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 9th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 9 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....DB Brandon Heath
6-0, 190 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40-yard dash
Palm Beach Lakes High School, W Palm Beach, Fla
Brandon Heath is exactly the versatile type of athlete that NC State loves to target. He is an electrifying receiver when you get the ball in his hands yet can transform into an aggressive, in-your-face defensive back when the ball changes possession. Heath is not a player that blows you away with his numbers at combines but his production and ability to shine on the football field has resulted in offers from Florida, Oklahoma, NC State, Georgia, West Virginia and Louisville among others.
The Wolfpack would likely give Heath a shot at WR first or even the possibility of playing both ways should he decide to cast his lot in Raleigh. State has enjoyed success landing players like Heath in the past and their odds would probably increase immensely if they could convince the rising senior to camp at NC State this month.
There's little doubt that Miami will become the team to beat should they offer but, short of an offer from the Canes, Doc Holliday and the Florida Gators could prove to be a huge hurdle. The Wolfpack will likely have to sell their Sunshine State connections as well as a depth chart that will be woefully thin of wide receivers and defensive backs after the 2005 season.
NC State has managed to crack Heath's top four along with Miami, Florida and Louisville. The Pack looks to be in fine shape for an official visit later in the year and with that, will come their best chance to lure the south Florida athlete out of Palm Beach.