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 13th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 11 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....LB Ricky Sapp
6-5, 225-pounds, 4.7-seconds in the 40
Bamberg Ehrhardt High School(Bamberg, SC)
Why wouldn't a defensive end be attracted to NC State? Next year, the Wolfpack will field arguably the top defensive line in the country with super defensive ends Mario Williams and Manny Lawson both garnering preseason all-america mention. Williams was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2004 and Lawson earned second-team honors. Both players will likely be first-round draft picks in 2006, with Williams a potential top-15 pick should he declare for the draft, as he's expected to do.
There is plenty of depth on the roster, but Chuck Amato has made it no secret that defensive end is a position he loves to recruit and develop. One prospect that could be at the top of NC State's '06 defensive end board might be South Carolina standout Ricky Sappy. Sapp, a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, wears the No. 9 jersey in high school, and on film he's eerily similar to NC State's #9 defensive end, Mario Williams.
Sapp is explosive and gets up the field in a hurry. He has a strong lower body for a high school player, and comes out of his stance like a sprinter. He needs to continue improving his technique and strength, but the raw talent is there for Sapp to be an outstanding college player.
He has been wide open throughout the recruiting process, but NC State's believed to be among the leaders along with Clemson and Georgia. Clemson could have a slight edge because they are the in-state school, but Sapp has given no indication that the Tigers are his leader.
Because of NC State's ability to develop defensive ends and the fact that they will likely be losing both starters after the '05 season, Sapp will definitely give them a serious look.