The staff at Pack Pride is always looking for new and improved ways to provide recruiting coverage. With the NFL recently completing their 2005 draft, we started wondering what an NC State draft might look like if such an event were possible. So, we started researching the recruiting needs for the class of 2006 and the top prospects that the Pack has targeted to meet those needs. We compiled all the information and came up with, who we believe to be, 20 of the most important recruits for 2005. We've ranked them in order based on talent and the Wolfpack's need at each position and will work backwards from No. 20 to No. 1. As always, the info provided in this report is solely the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and is in no way connected with any actual recruiting board of the coaching staff at NC State. Today we highlight our pick for the Pack's 18th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 18 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....RB Josh Adams
5-11, 170 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40-yard dash
Cary (NC) High School
Like the QB position, if there's a RB on the board that can contribute, you go after him regardless of the numbers. Adams would seem to fit that mold. While many see Adams as a potential star at CB, the rising senior is set on RB and that is the position he will likely be recruited for all year.
Adams has emerged as one of NC's most prolific runners. He rushed for 2,884 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and established himself as the marquee player in the triangle area. Although he's not an overpowering runner, Adams plays much tougher than one would expect from a 170-pound player. He has tremendous instincts and vision but his number one attribute is easily his athleticism. On the high school level, Adams is able to use that ability to easily dominate defenders and he should put up some huge numbers yet again in 2005.
Were NC State's numbers not what they are at the RB position, they would probably be in a much better position for Adams. In any event, they have hosted Adams on numerous unofficial visits and he has stated that the Pack has been one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.
The Adams' bandwagon has become somewhat crowded of late as Virginia, Clemson, Tennessee, LSU, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Georgia have joined NC State, UNC, Duke and Maryland with offers.
One team to keep a close eye on here is UNC. If the Heels put together a solid year in 2005 they could become a major player for Adams. As for the Pack, they'll probably have to win Adams simply by out-recruiting everyone else. Location and familiarity are a plus for State but they'll have to convince Adams that he has a realistic chance to contribute at RB to have a fighting chance. The Pack really needs Adams to camp at State this summer to stay on equal ground with UNC headed into the fall.
Watch Josh Adams in action