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 15th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 15 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....OL Alex Stadler
6-6, 300 pounds, 5.2-seconds in the 40
Liberty High School, Bealeton, Va
Alex Stadler has quietly become one of Virginia's most wanted prospects with a laundry list of better than two dozen scholarship offers. From Virginia and Virginia Tech to Florida and Florida State, Stadler's stock has skyrocketed this spring.
Stadler has the potential to play either guard or tackle in college. He moves his feet well and does a good job of playing low, but most impressive is simply his nasty disposition and ability to lock on defenders and dominate them six or seven yards down the field. On film, he nearly singlehandedly collapsed the interior of the opposing defensive line on several plays.
There's no secret here that the Pack's top recruiting weapon for Stadler may be current offensive lineman Kalani Heppe. The two are close friends and that relationship should bode well for State's shot at an official visit later in the year. Stadler made a visit down to NC State back in March for junior day.
To date, Virginia Tech has been all over Stadler and the Wolfpack will look to overcome that with visits by coach Barry and coach Portee in May.
Although the Pack signed seven offensive linemen this past February, not one of them could boast the offer listing of Stadler minus Brandon Jeffries. It's likely State will be extremely selective recruiting the position this year but Stadler more than fits the bill. When all is said and done, the stiffest competition will likely be from Virginia and Virginia Tech.