Pack Pride presents The Top 25 List. This feature gives a detailed listing of players interested in NC State and they are ranked according to their interest in the Wolfpack based on information gathered by the staff at Pack Pride. This list is in no way connected with any actual recruiting list of the NC State coaching staff. All players on this board have received a scholarship offer from the Pack unless specified otherwise. Note- viewed best with WP IconicSymbolsA font set.
Pack Pride Rating Legend
100- Verbal Commitment
95-99 NCS Lean
90-94 NCS in top 2 or 3
85-89 NCS in top 5 or 6
75-84 NCS has work to do
1. iii DT Gavin Smith....6-4, 270 pounds, 4.9/40...Wakefield (NC) HS
Notes...Smith was NC State's first commit for the class of 2006. Recruited as a DT by NCS. Was scheduled to camp at Duke, UNC and Ohio State over the summer but has stayed firm in his pledge to the Wolfpack.
2. iii PK Nathan Franklin...5-11, 160 pounds, 4.6/40...Hoggard HS, Wilmington, NC
Rating...100...NCS Recruiter...Williams...Offers...NCS, UTEP
Notes...Small player but powerful leg. Was offered by the Pack after camp and committed shortly thereafter. Scouts believe he has tremendous amount of upside.
3. iii PK Josh Czajkowski...5-10, 185 pounds...W Springfield HS, Springfield, Va
Notes...Another player that impressed enough at camp to earn an offer. Has a LB's mentality playing kicker. Strongest attribute is ability to stay cool under pressure.
4. i i i i QB Justin Burke...6-2, 195 pounds, 4.7/40...Lexington (Ky) Catholic HS
Rating...100...NCS Recruiter...Trestman...Offers...NCS, LOU, UK, TENN, NW, PUR
Notes...One of just 4 offered QB's on the Pack's board. Burke is considered a huge get for the Pack and will now give them a marquee name to show to WR prospects. Coach Trestman was key in swaying Burke to Raleigh.
5. i i i WR Owen Spencer...6-2, 165 pounds, 4.45/40...N Brunswick HS, Leland, NC
Rating...Last Update...98...New Update...98...NCS Recruiter...Williams...Offers...NCS, VT
Notes...NCS was first to offer and leads over VT. Some feel it is just a matter of time before Spencer commits to the Wolfpack. Although slightly built now, Spencer is probably the best true WR in the state this year. Should be on hand for VT game. Update...Sept 19.....Spencer still lists NC State as his leader after making an unofficial visit to State for the VT game. Will likely take a trip to VT prior to making a decision but we still feel very good about Spencer. Also visited for the EKU game.
6. i i i WR/ATH LaMarcus Bond...5-8, 175 pounds, 4.4/40...Hertford County HS, Ahoskie, NC
Rating...Last Update...96...New Update...96...NCS Recruiter...Diaz...Offers...NCS, UVA, VT, CLEM, USC, ECU
Notes...Another fantastic athlete that has been compared favorably to Tramain Hall. Appeared to be an NCS lean early on but has backed off of naming favorites recently. However, we feel State is very near the top of Bond's list. Should be on hand for VT game. Sept 19 Update....Attended VT game and, although he has shied away from naming leaders, we continue to feel very good about the Pack's chances. It appears likely he will take official visits before making a decision.
7. i i i ATH DeAndre Morgan...5-10, 160 pounds, 4.4/40...Suncoast HS, Riviera Beach, Fla
Rating...Last Update...94...New Update...95...NCS Recruiter...Stroud....Offers...NCS, OM, WVU, SYR, CLEM, VANDY, RUT, USF
Notes...As things stand now, the Pack should be in fine shape to land Morgan later in the year. The fly in the ointment could be whether or not Miami decides to offer. Should the Canes do so, that could create an interesting battle. Morgan may get a shot at WR but may be a better college prospect at CB- only time will tell...Sept 19 Update...Says he will officially visit OM, WVU and WF. If State has to compete against those three schools, we feel very good about our chances. An offer from any of the Big 3 would certainly complicate things.
8. i i i DE Marcus Anthony....6-2, 251 pounds, 4.7/40...Patrick Henry HS, Ashland, Va
Rating...New Entry...95...NCS Recruiter...Diaz...Offers...NCS, MARSH
Notes...NCS hosted Anthony for the VT game and to say the Pack blew him away would be an understatement. He quickly named NCS his top school and sounded very close to committing. However, we also know that the glitter can wear off of a visit so we're optimistic but not calling Anthony a Pack lock just yet. Grades could be a concern. UVA could be major player should they offer.
9. i i i LB Chris Neild...6-3, 275 pounds, 4.75/40...Stroudsburg (Pa) High School
Rating...New Entry...95...NCS Recruiter...Williams...Offers...NCS, UNC, GT, SYR, RUT, WVU, MD and UVA
Notes...Neild is a player that the Pack coaches reportedly love. Tough, nasty football player that gets after it. Coach Williams has done a great job of establishing Pack as the leader. Has flown completely under the radar despite receiving most of his offers last spring. Being recruited as a MLB for NCS. We would rate Neild higher but we know a PSU offer at any point could really complicate things. For now, Neild's top six consists of NCS, GT, UNC, SYR, WVU and UVA.
10. iii WR Johnny Patrick...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4/40...Deland (Fla) High School
Rating...New Entry....94...NCS Recruiter...Dixon...Offers...LOU, NCS,USC
Notes...Pack really turned up the heat in August, made an offer and now lead for Patrick. We feel great about where State stands currently. However, Patrick has been very inconsistent naming leaders so we're not so sure how safe NC State's lead really is. As things stand, we feel great about NCS getting an OV which is probably the main goal for now.
11. i i i DT Geno Atkins...6-2, 270 pounds, 4.7/40...St Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft Lauderdale, Fla
Rating...New Entry...94...NCS Recruiter...Stroud...Offers...NCS, PITT, USF, TOL, ISU, VANDY, C MICH
Notes...Atkins is a new name that State has turned up the heat on recently. Atkins was a LB last year that has moved to DT for one of Florida's top prep programs. The Pack currently leads and we believe you'll be hearing much, much more about Atkins over the coming months.
12. i i i OL Seaver Brown...6-5, 305 pounds, 5.1/40...Countryside HS, Clearwater, Fla
Rating...93...NCS Recruiter...Dixon...Offers...Approximately 20
Notes...NC State was one of Brown's first offers and have forged into his top two. Made an unofficial visit to State over the summer and enjoyed the trip. Pack has ties through head coach John Davis- father of Pack QB Jay Davis. USC leads the Pack at the current time.
13. i i i i S Darius Gaither...6-0, 200 pounds, 4.5/40...Fairfield Central HS, Winnsboro, SC
Rating...93...NCS Recruiter...Portee...Offers...NCS, USC, CLEM, VT, TENN, UNC & others
Notes....Gaither visited NC State for junior day and made an impression that has lasted for months. We feel the Pack is a major player and is in solid position for an official visit later in the year. Gaither is denying any faves although he listed the Pack at the top earlier in the year. May be on hand for UNC game.
14. i i i i LB Orlando Farrow...6-3, 229 pounds, 4.6/40...Lackawanna JC Scranton, Pa
Rating...93...NCS Recruiter...Williams...Offers...NCS, KSU, MSU
Notes...Farrow's rating is based on potential and could go up or down. Coaches rave about his ability and he has a college-type body now. Cousin is Littleton Wright and Farrow has already made an unofficial visit to NC State. The Pack probably holds the upper hand currently according to Lackawanna head coach Mark Duda.
15. i i i i DT Adam Patterson...6-3, 255 pounds, 4.85/40...Richlands NE HS, Columbia, SC
Rating...Last Update...91...New Update...93...NCS Recruiter...Portee...Offers...20+
Notes...Impossible to get a read on Patterson but State has been there since the beginning. South Carolina is probably a major force to be reckoned with. Other teams solidly in the race are OKL, VT and AUB. Patterson will likely be on hand for VT game and that initial impression could be huge for NCS...Sept 19 Update...Since the last update, Patterson narrowed his choices to two and then opened things back up. We feel State and USC are still at the top of the heap. A trip to UGA could definitely be huge for the Dawgs' chances, however. As things look right now, we still feel USC is clearly the team to beat. Likely to be on hand for UNC game.
16. i i i DE Tavares Brown...6-2, 250 pounds, 4.65/40...Richmond County HS, Rockingham, NC
Rating...Last Update...91...New Update...93...NCS Recruiter...Williams...Offers...NCS, MD
Notes...Has been a hard to get a solid grasp on where Brown stands because he has been difficult to reach. We feel like State is a major player as is Maryland and Virginia. Should Tennessee offer, they could become the favorite....Sept 19 Update....Brown made an unofficial visit to NC State and the Pack may be in a little better shape than they were before the visit. However, there's still little doubt that TENN holds the trump card should they offer.
17. i i i LB Matt Wright...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.55/40...Phoebus HS, Hampton, Va
Rating...Last Update...92...New Update...93...NCS Recruiter...Diaz...Offers...UVA, VT, NCS, MD, UNC, MSU, WVU & others
Notes...Wright is a major target for NCS at a position of critical need. Landing Wright would also give the Pack a presence in Hampton which is something they would desperately like to establish. Smart money appears to be on VT (brother plays for Hokies). However, we think NCS and UNC could be serious players. Will be on hand for VT game. Sept 19 Update....Wright had a great visit to State for the VT game and we feel confident that as things stand today, NCS and VT appear to be the top 2. Wright has told us that he knows VT has owned the Hampton area but he has also told us that he wouldn't mind blazing his own trail. This will be an interesting battle.
18. i i i LB Emmanuel Cook...5-9, 200 pounds, 4.54/40...Palm Beach Gardens (Fla) HS
Rating...Last Update...88...This Update...93...NCS Recruiter...Stroud...Offers...10+
Notes...The Pack doesn't shy away from under-sized LB's and Cook fits that mold perfectly. Despite having prototypical size, there are few LB's in S Florida more productive. NCS offered early and looks to be solidly in Cook's top five along with UNC, RUT, USC & OM....Sept 19 Update...State has emerged in Cook's top three along with South Carolina and Rutgers. Will definitely make official visit to NCS, likely in December.
19. i i i WR Jason Simmons...6-6, 200 pounds, 4.65/40...Matawan HS, Aberdeen, NJ
Rating...92...NCS Recruiter...Barry...Offers...LOU, NCS
Notes...NCS and LOU are only offers and those two appear to be at the top. Simmons also hopes to play basketball in college. The Pack looks solid to get an official visit later in the year. Should Simmons commit to the Pack, he would be State's first commitment from NJ under Amato.
20. i i i TE John Lubischer...6-4, 250 pounds, 4.7/40...Boca Raton (Fla) HS
Rating....92...NCS Recruiter...Stroud...Offers...Duke, NCS, RUT
Notes...Lubischer says he's favoring Duke and NC State. He unofficially visited State over the summer. One team to keep an eye on is Boston College should they offer. Will likely make official visit to State in December if he has not committed elsewhere.
21. i i i i RB Josh Adams...5-11, 170 pounds, 4.5/40...Cary (NC) HS
Rating...Last Update...89...New Update...91...NCS Recruiter...Trestman?....Offers...NCS, UNC, VT, TENN, USC, OSU & others
Notes...It would have to be considered a huge longshot for NC State to land Adams as a TB, his preferred position. It is likely State will host Adams on several visits this year. Unfortunately, Adam's recruiting may boil down to which school can do the best job of selling what Adams wants to hear. We think he could contribute as a freshman at the slot position. It appears likely that Adams will stay within a geographic region of states that border NC. Any school within that area is a possibility. Will visit for VT game...Sept 19 Update...Adams visited for VT game and was observed signing numerous autographs for kids. Hard to get a solid read on Adams but we think State's in decent shape here, perhaps better than at earlier times.
22. i i i i WR Greg Mathews...6-3, 190 pounds, 4.5/40...Edgewater HS, Orlando, Fla
Rating....90...NCS Recruiter...Dixon....Offers...NCS, OM, MICH, OSU, LSU & others
Notes...Currently, NC State is in Mathews top four but probably trails LSU, Michigan and Miami. We don't think Miami is a major option currently as Mathews told us he's not hearing much from the Canes. If their offer becomes solid, he'll likely stay in Miami. We think State is in line to get an official visit. Mathews was a teammate of current DE Quinton Brown.
23. i i i i WR Andrey Baskin...6-4, 200 pounds, 4.6/40...Woodrow Wilson HS, Camden, NJ
Rating...Last Update...90...New Update...90...NCS Recruiter...Barry...Offers...20+
Notes...Baskin is a major target for the Pack at WR and looks to be solidly in his top four along with Syracuse, Tennessee and Ohio State. Baskin has talked about an official visit with NC State on the weekend of Sept 4th. However, it would be much more favorable for the Pack if he came for an unofficial visit for that game and made an official visit later in the year. Tennessee may be a slight, quiet leader currently but the Pack's need at WR could be a big draw...Sept 19 Update....Baskin did not officially visit which is probably a good thing. Pack would like to have that scheduled a little later in the year. TENN has emerged as Baskin's top school with the Pack right behind in our opinion.
24. i i i i DT Aleric Mullins...6-3, 295 pounds, 4.9/40...E Wake HS, Wendell, NC
Rating....Last Update...90...New Update...90...NCS Recruiter...Stroud...Offers...12+
Notes...Early on, one E Wake coach told us he wouldn't be surprised to see Mullins end up at NC State. However, it seems as though State may have slipped some since that time and now, it's anyone's guess as to where he may end up. Oklahoma is a childhood fave and he had a very good camp at UNC. The Pack must make a good impression when they get him to a game this fall...Sept 19 Update...Nothing much has changed as Mullins is playing recruiting very close to the vest. He did visit for VT game, accompanied by his position coach. It is likely his head coach would accompany him on trips to UNC. Grades could be a concern
Tie 25. i i i S Darin Baldwin...6-0, 170 pounds, 4.5/40...S Dade HS, Homestead, Fla
Rating...90...NCS Recruiter...Stroud...Offers...FLA, NCS, UGA, CLEM & others
Notes...Pack is solidly in Baldwin's top four but probably trails Florida and Miami in the early going. State does look solid for an official visit and their chances will hinge greatly on that visit and, most likely, what kind of season they have in 2005.
Tie 25. i i i DT Marcus Gilbert...6-6, 285 pounds, 5.0/40...St Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft Lauderdale, Fla
Rating...90...NCS Recruiter...Stroud....Offers...Better than a dozen
Notes...NCS appear to be solidly in Gilbert's top three along with Miami and Florida. Unfortunately, NCS has been down this road before where one of Florida's top OL listed the Pack prominently only to sign with one of the Big 3. Unlikely that will deter coach Stroud, however. Pack is recruiting as DT while most are recruiting as OL.
Others to watch to potentially make official visits to NC State
26. i i i DE Audie Augustine...6-2, 230 pounds, 4.67/40...Northeast HS, Oakland Park, Fla
Notes...Pack has been on again, off again with Augustine. We feel pretty good about NC State getting an official visit. Augustine's top four list consists of FSU, AUB, NCS and OKL. FSU likely holds the upper hand and if they push, could be tough to land.
27. i i i S Greg Davis...6-2, 200 pounds, 4.5/40...Blue Ridge, Va
Notes...NCS has not been on Davis' radar until recently. He made a trip to State for the VT game and we think the Pack is a team that he will give serious consideration. UVA and VT are likely the team to beat but we know Davis did have a very enjoyable trip to State. He could be moving up this list in the coming weeks.
28. i i i LB John Ware...5-10, 200 pounds, 4.6/40...Cardinal Gibbons HS, Ft Lauderdale, Fla
Notes...Pack is pursuing heavily and Pack is in his list of favorites. There's a tremendous amount of potential for Ware to move up this list. Former teammate of Pack QB Mike Greco. Likely to project as a LB for NCS although he has had a huge year rushing the football.
29. i i i i LB Jarrell Miller...6-3, 235 pounds, 4.6/40...Highland Springs (Va) HS
Notes...Miller is another prospect that has yet to narrow his list down to a final five. He's considering Florida, Miami, LSU, Tennessee, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UVA, Maryland, Penn State, and NC State. Sept 19 Update...Miller had a good visit to NCS but has not narrowed his list just yet. We think TENN may be the team to beat.
30. i i i i WR Kenny Britt...6-4, 190 pounds, 4.5/40...Bayonne (NJ) HS
Notes...We must admit, we know nothing about which schools Britt is considering. All we can tell you is that he is an elite wideout that State wants in the worst kind of way.
31. i i i i OL Alex Stadler...6-6, 300 pounds, 5.2/40...Liberty HS, Bealeton, Va
Notes...Stadler made an early trip to NC State for junior day and was offered by the Pack a few weeks later. State has solid connections to Stadler through OL Kalani Heppe. To date, Stadler still maintains a favorite's list that includes NC State, Alabama, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Boston College. We feel fairly confident that the Pack will make the cut when Stadler narrows to five schools in September....Sept 19 Update...Not feeling as confident about NCS chances as we did earlier. BAMA and VT could be tough.
32. i i i OL James Boyd...6-3, 280 pounds, 4.8/40...Countryside HS, Clearwater, Fla
Notes...Pack is clearly in the race but will likely wait for grades to clear up before going full throttle. Could play DL as well.
33. i i i i S Tervaris Johnson...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.5/40...Monsignor Pace HS, Miami, Fla
Notes...Favors MIA and may already be a quiet verbal for the Canes. Should something happen and he not end up at MIA, NCS looks to be a very viable option.
34. i i i WR Darrell Davis...6-5, 195 pounds, 4.6/40...Pasco HS, Dade City, Fla
Notes...FSU, USC and USF lead over UNC and NCS. If State pushes, they should be able to secure an official visit. As things stand now, we're not completely sure of State's interest.
35. i i i i LB Brandon Spikes...6-4, 235 pounds, 4.65/40...Crest HS, Shelby, NC
Notes...Early on it appeared Spikes was all but signed, sealed and delivered to one of the traditional, out of state power programs. Schools like Miami, Texas, Florida, LSU and Oklahoma are certainly still a major threat but Spikes did appear to be more receptive to checking out the in-state programs, UNC and NC State, over the summer. The Pack has solid connections to Crest through the head coach and former players. However, a huge season may be the Pack's best recruiting tool. Scheduled to be on hand for VT game. Update Sept 19...Spikes visited for VT game but little is known about his top five. We haven't heard anything to suggest he should be in the Top 25 right now.
36. i i i LB Kevin Alexander...6-3, 210 pounds, 4.65/40...Union County HS, Lake Butler, Fla
Notes...Favors AUB over MD, UNC, TENN, LOU and NCS. Unless NCS picks it up, they may be on the outside looking in for an OV.
37. i i i WR Preston Parker...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.5/40...Atlantic HS, Delray Beach, Fla
Rating...89...NCS Recruiter...Stroud...Offers...NCS, UNC, RUT, PITT, LOU & others
Notes...Another talented Florida two-way standout being recruited as a S and WR. Speed may be a slight concern at WR so S may be ultimate destination. It's not clear which way State is recruiting him currently. He lists the big three, UNC, NCS, PITT and LOU as possible visit destinations.
38. i i i i DE Aaron Maybin...6-3, 215 pounds, 4.65/40...Mt Hebron HS, Ellicot City, Md
Notes...Impossible to get a read on where NCS stands since Maybin is still looking at about 15 schools including Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia, Auburn and LSU....Sept 19 Update...Maybin had a great visit for the VT game but it wasn't enough to secure an OV just yet. PSU, VT and FLA will get visits. State must get one of last two slots to have a realistic shot.
39. i i i i LB Colin McCarthy...6-1, 215 pounds, 4.5/40...Clearwater (Fla) Catholic HS
Notes...McCarthy's interest in NCS is not known currently but he is considering the Pack along with Penn State, Miami, GT, FSU and West Virginia.
40. ii i i DL John Graves...6-3, 250 pounds, 4.8/40...Meadowbrook HS, Richmond, Va
Notes...Graves unofficially visited State last year with Jonathan Hannah. State has been on the outside looking in for most of the recruiting year so it will likely take a big year and a successful visit to get State seriously in the race. Other schools of contention are Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia.
41. i i i RB Brandon Minor...6-0, 215 pounds, 4.6/40...Varina HS, Richmond, Va
Notes...Minor is very similar to Graves. However, the Pack does have a connection through former teammate Michael Cash. Could be a super FB or LB. Likes MIA, FLA, VT, OSU and LSU in addition to NCS. Sept 19 Update...Right now, NCS appears to be out unless something drastic happens.
42. i i i OL Kevin Young...6-5, 315 pounds, 5.3/40...Clearwater (Fla) Catholic HS
Notes...NCS is in top five but will find it tough to overcome FSU and USC.
43. i i i OL Kareem Crowell...6-5, 285 pounds, 5.15/40...Godby HS, Tallahassee, Fla
Notes...Currently favors AUB over UNC and LOU. NCS, CLEM, UGA and FLA also under consideration.
44. i i i WR Dominic Brown...6-5, 185 pounds, 4.55/40...
Notes...At one time it appeared Brown had transferred to a school in Georgia but then, reports had him coming back to Florida so we're not sure where he's playing in 2005. Where ever he ends up, Brown will be a force. Currently the in-state powers, Miami and FSU hold the upper hand but State is a possibility for an official visit which could give them some fight in the battle.