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 16th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 16 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....CB DeAndre Morgan
5-11, 155 pounds, 4.4-seconds in the 40-yard dash
Suncoast High School, Riviera Beach, Fla
Were DeAndre Morgan 15 pounds heavier, he'd probably have offers from schools across the nation. As things stand now, however, most everyone is taking a wait and see approach before offering up a scholarship.
On the high school level, Morgan is lightning in a bottle. He possesses tremendous speed (10.7-second 100m) and acceleration and in 2004, had close to 1,000 all-purpose yards on offense and 30 tackles and three interceptions on defense despite an injury-shortened year.
It is on defense where Morgan is likely to reside once he gets to college and that happens to be a position of need for the Wolfpack. State would love to get Morgan into camp over the summer to evaluate him closer.
Although State has yet to offer, it is hard to imagine that they won't- especially if Morgan shows improvement from his junior to senior years. He has the speed and athleticism to become a major recruit but weighing in the 150-155 pound range could be an area of concern.
The Pack's connections to Morgan are obvious as his brother, Dajuan, is already with the Pack. It also has to help that NC State stuck with Morgan when others backed off due to a severe car wreck Dajuan and DeAndre suffered in back in 2003.
When all is said and done we feel State will offer Morgan but they'll encounter stiff competition from schools like Miami, South Florida, Florida, Auburn and Boston College.
Watch DeAndre Morgan in action!