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 No. 1 selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 1 selection in the 2005 mock draft is...QB Tim Tebow
6-3, 220 pounds, 4.65-seconds in the 40
Nease High School, St Augustine, Fla
After reviewing dozens of players with NC State scholarship offers, how could Tim Tebow not be our choice as the No. 1 pick in our mock draft? If you summed up Tebow's talent, it could very well be stated in just one word- sick. Rare is the high school player that can combine great size, speed, athleticism and the ability to simply make plays. Tebow has made a living on the prep level by turning plays that were basically dead into big gainers. He has good arm strength and the ability to place the ball on a dime but most impressive is his ability to improvise- whether it be with a throw on the run or tucking the ball and rushing upfield.
Tebow has earned scholarship offers from around the nation and has his choice of college destination although some of the teams that appear to be at the forefront currently are Florida, Michigan, Florida State, Clemson, NC State, Alabama, Miami, Iowa and Southern Cal.
The Gators are the odds-on favorite according to most insiders. Tebow grew up a Florida fan and the school is relatively close to home.
For the Pack, they received a two day visit from Tebow over the Memorial Day weekend and that was huge for State's chances. It may be months before we know if the visit had any real impact on State's chances but most importantly will be to build on the momentum from that trip and not fade into just another school on a list.
State OC Marc Trestman could be key for the Pack as well. If he can turn around an inconsistent offense from 2004 and reestablish it as one of the nation's most exciting, State could definitely catch the eye of Tebow down the road. Jay Davis will graduate after 2005 and Marcus Stone has yet to take the reins so the potential to come in and compete for an early spot could be a selling point for the Wolfpack. Landing Tebow would be monumental for NC State and the residual impact on the Pack's recruiting efforts in Florida could be substantial.
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