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 17th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 17 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....DE Marcus Anthony
6-3, 240 pounds, 4.7-seconds in the 40-yard dash
Patrick Henry High School, Ashland, Va
Drew Wimsatt, Shawn Price, Terrance Chapman, Mario Williams, Manny Lawson- the list of defensive ends that have flourished under Chuck Amato seems to grow every year. The Pack has been able to consistently identify talented DE's and then develop them- establishing a lengthening list of all-conference-caliber defensive linemen.
Marcus Anthony would appear to fit this mold and the Pack recently jumped on board as the first to offer. The talented DE has a super frame but the thing that jumps is out his blistering speed off the edge. Last year he collected 64 tackles and 10 sacks and 2005 should be even better.
Anthony recently tested at the Nike Camp in Blacksburg, Va and was consistently mentioned as one of the top two DE's in attendance. Although his 4.8-second 40-yard dash was not spectacular, once the one-on-one drills began, Anthony was incredible.
Although State has offered, they have yet to crack Anthony's top five. However, that probably has as much to do with lack of familiarity as anything. The rising senior will likely attend the Adidas Camp at NC State on May 21. That will be the Pack's initial chance to crack Anthony's top five which currently lists Michigan, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Florida.
For NC State, landing Anthony means the opportunity to continue the steady infusion of talented defensive ends into the program. The loss of Manny Lawson after the 2005 season is a given and it's possible Mario Williams will depart for the NFL. Those two departures should be a huge selling point for the NC State coaches later in the year. The bottom line with Anthony, however, may be just how big of a splash the Wolfpack can make on the college football scene in 2005.