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. 10 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....ATH LaMarcus Bond
5-9, 175-pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40
Hertford County High School(Ahoskie, NC)Bond's a playmaker, it's that simple. Get the ball in his hands, and he will make plays. He lined up at running back, slot back, kick returner, and cornerback for Hertford County and his explosiveness allowed him to excel at every position. He's shifty, quick and has a tremendous burst that can set him apart from other players. His ability to cut on a dime and change directions is probably the best in the state.
He projects as a slot receiver on the next level and compares favorably to Wolfpack wide receiver Tramain Hall and former Miami Hurricane Roscoe Parrish. Some may say he'd be a terrific college corner, but Bond is too good with the ball in his hands to not play on offense.
As a jurnior, Bond played slotback – a hybrid tailback/receiver position in the flexbone offense – for Hertfort County. The position highlighted his ability as a runner and a receiver allowing Bond to rush for 922 yards and 18 touchdowns on 100 rushes, and catch 16 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 6 more touchdowns on special teams. Bond's statistics helped lead Hertford County to a 9-6 record as he earned all-conference and all-state honors. He was also named Conference player of the year.
He's arguably the top skilled player in the state of North Carolina and will end up with a slew of offers before it's over with. NC State's believed to be in great shape, along with the Virginia Tech Hokies.