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 7th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 7 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....ATH Crezdon Butler
6-0, 175 pounds, 4.4-seconds in the 40 yard dash
Asheville (NC) High School
ATH Crezdon Butler is extremely important to NC State on several fronts. Most importantly, he is a versatile athlete and one of the state's best and could project at a number of spots for NC State- from WR to DB or special teams. He also comes from a region that has typically been owned by Tennessee and it would definitely be a boost to the Wolfpack's recruiting efforts in that region to land a player of Butler's caliber.
Butler is a silky-smooth player that has excelled at QB for Asheville. However, he's likely to find himself lining up as a WR or DB on the next level. NC State has typically recruited players like Butler with the idea of letting the player decide where he thinks he would best fit in and then give him the chance to prove it.
So far, the rising senior has collected offers from Clemson, NC State, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Nebraska among others. Clemson appeared to be an early favorite but Butler has recently taken more of an open stance. He seems set on majoring in Engineering which should give the Pack a solid chance at an official visit later in the year. However, they will have to go all out to land this top 10 in-state talent if they hope to have him in Raleigh next fall.
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