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 2nd selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 2 selection in the 2005 mock draft is...LB Brandon Spikes
6-4, 230 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40
Crest High School, Shelby, NC
Don't call us crazy for putting Spikes at No. 2- at least not yet. While everyone has written Spikes off for the out-of-state college powerhouse programs, we've seen similar storylines before with in-state stars like AJ Davis and DeMario Pressley. Coach Amato always seems to find a way to keep the Pack involved with players like Spikes and State reportedly has a solid relationship with the coaching staff at Crest. The Wolfpack also boasts a fairly impressive pipeline of Chargers' standouts including OL Andy Barbee who signed with the Pack this past February.
It's a safe assumption that Spikes basically has his choice of any college program in the nation and for good reason. At 6-4, 235 pounds, one would think Spikes may be better suited at DE but watch him in action and it's easy to see why he's one of the top LB prospects in the nation.
All of his physical attributes aside, Spikes is a vocal leader and has the ability to rally his teammates around him. On the field, he has tremendous agility, speed and the desire to be a force on every snap of the ball.
While it would be foolish to call Spikes anything more than a longshot for the Pack at this point, those odds could improve dramatically if State puts together a stellar 2005 season. Equally important will be to get Spikes in the stands at Carter-Finley for at least one game. State will also need to change his mind about officially visiting NC State during the winter. If the Pack can get him in, then anything is possible.
Watch Brandon Spikes in action!