Pack Pride's Recruiting Report Card: Defense

Pack Pride takes a look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2006 and the prospects that are currently mentioning the Pack as one of their top schools.

Football Recruiting Report Card

Defense

Pack Pride takes a look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2006 and the prospects that are currently mentioning the Pack as one of their top schools. The following should be considered a rough guide only as many factors will affect the actual numbers at each position between now and signing day next year. Based on numbers available currently, the Pack will likely sign between 20-25 players in next year's class. All information contained in this article is the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and should not be confused as being information from the coaching staff at NC State. It is also based on information known at the current time. Several aspects of this listing will certainly change as the recruiting season progresses.

Defensive End

Key losses...Manny Lawson, Chip Cross, Renaldo Moses

Pack is likely to sign...(2-3)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...5

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...crucial

Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers...too early

Did the Pack get their top prospects...too early

How does the Pack's recruiting pool look at this position given it's needs...C-

Pack Pride's choice for a Dream Prospect....Josh Minton

On the surface, NC State appears to be in pretty good shape at the defensive end position but looks could also be potentially deceiving. What is for certain is that State will lose Manny Lawson, Chip Cross and Renaldo Moses after the 2005 season. It is also very possible that Mario Williams could project as a top 10 draft pick should he build on his sophomore season. The status of Ray Brooks is also an unknown headed into 2006. Willie Young is a super talent already with the Pack but he will certainly have to build on his thin frame before he's ready to become an every down player for NC State. All of these concerns mean that State will likely aggressively pursue the defensive end spot once again in 2005. On the bright side is the fact that the Wolfpack has had no problem landing big name DE's since the arrival of head coach Chuck Amato. They'll certainly look for more of the same for the class of 2006.

On the board and listing the Pack...

- Jayson Ayers

- John Graves

- Marcus Anthony

- Aaron Maybin

- Tavares Brown

- Rodney Gnat

- Audie Augustine

- Ronnell Brown

Defensive Tackle

Key losses...None

Pack is likely to sign...(1-2)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...5

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...low

Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers...too early

Did the Pack get their top prospects...too early

How does the Pack's recruiting pool look at this position given it's needs...B+

Pack Pride's choice for a Dream Prospect....Adam Patterson

Defensive tackle, like the offensive line, is a position that you always take talent if given the opportunity, regardless of numbers. The Pack has done a super job recruiting this position with stalwarts John McCargo and Demarcus Tyler starting and talented newcomers Demario Pressley, Gerard Miller, and two freshmen- Alan-Michael Cash and Ted Larsen waiting in the wings. From a numbers standpoint, DT will not be in a make or break position for 2006 but expect the Wolfpack to heavily pursue some of the region's best.

On the board and listing the Pack...

- Gavin Smith....verbal commitment

- Adam Patterson

- Aleric Mullins

- Andre Morales

- Gary Tucker

Linebacker

Key losses...Oliver Hoyte

Pack is likely to sign...(3-5)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...2

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...crucial

Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers...too early

Did the Pack get their top prospects...too early

How does the Pack's recruiting pool look at this position given it's needs...C

Pack Pride's choice for a Dream Prospect....Brandon Spikes

A former LB himself, it has to be of some concern to coach Amato that the Pack has signed only two LB's over the last two years. While the lack of numbers may not greatly impact the team on the field in 2005, there's no hiding the fact that State needs linebackers for the future and they need several of them. Admittedly, 2004 was a poor year for high school LB's across the Wolfpack's recruiting region but the potential to come in and earn early playing time will probably be a common theme played over and over with ‘backer prospects for the class of 2006.

On the board and listing the Pack...

- Colin McCarthy

- Jarrell Miller

- Matt Wright

- Emmanuel Cook

- Brandon Spikes

- Kevin Alexander

- Martel Pope

- Terry Adams

- Donnell Brown

- Orlando Farrow

Cornerback

Key losses...Marcus Hudson

Pack is likely to sign...(1-2)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...2

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...moderate

Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers...too early

Did the Pack get their top prospects...too early

How does the Pack's recruiting pool look at this position given it's needs...B

Pack Pride's choice for a Dream Prospect....DeAndre Morgan

Including last year's losses with 2005, the Pack will have seen impact players Marcus Hudson, Lamont Reid and Dovonte Edwards depart the Wolfpack program. During that time, NC State has landed Jeremy Gray and seen Levin Neal make the transition from WR to CB. AJ Davis, Jimmie Sutton, Phillip Holloman, Gray and Neal will give the Pack depth in 2006 but State will likely still look to add one or two CB's in this class.

On the board and listing the Pack...

- DeAndre Morgan

- Aaron Berry

- Rico Bell

- Santonyo Jones

- Ricky Gary

Safety

Key losses...JJ Jones

Pack is likely to sign...(2-3)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...2

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...crucial

Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers...too early

Did the Pack get their top prospects...too early

How does the Pack's recruiting pool look at this position given it's needs...B+

Pack Pride's choice for a Dream Prospect....Darius Gaither

Like the CB position, State will have lost three key contributors at safety over the last two years. During that time they have signed no true S prospects but the position did get a boost after the moves of Dajuan Morgan and JC Neal from WR to S. However, after the 2006 season, NC State will be down to just Morgan, Neal and Miguel Scott so landing talent to develop for a couple of years down the road is paramount. The Wolfpack will clearly make the safety position a priority for the class of 2006.

On the board and listing the Pack...

- Tervaris Johnson

- Darius Gaither

- Darin Baldwin

- David Erby

- Jequin Sessoms

- Jared Mitchell

- Shannon Ballard

- Jeremy Terry

- Donkay Degraffenreid

Kicker

Key losses...none

Pack is likely to sign...at least one

Number signed at this position over the last two years (still on roster)...0

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...crucial

Has the Pack met their needs based on sheer numbers...Grade A+

Did the Pack get their top prospects...Grade A+

While some coaches shy away from recruiting scholarship kickers, coach Amato has made the position a recruiting priority while at NC State. The spot took a hit when Tyler Lewis withdrew from school earlier this year. With just two years of eligibility left for K/P John Deraney, expect State to aggressively pursue this position in 2005 and try to sign at least one kicker next February.

On the board and listing the Pack...NC State has landed verbal commitments from Nathan Franklin and Josh Czajkowski. Both earned offers from the Pack and committed over the summer. Franklin is a five-star kicker according to kicking guru Chris Sailer.

To find out where NC State stands with many of these prospects, check out our most recent edition of the Top 25 List.


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