While NC State certainly didn't like the results of the UNC game, it was a successful weekend as far as recruiting was concerned. The team hosted two official visitors, DeAndre Morgan from Riviera Beach, Fla and Chasman Davis from Port St Lucie, Fla and both raved about their trip to Raleigh. The Wolfpack also played host to three defenders from Lackawanna Junior College including linebacker Orlando Farrow, linebacker Daniel Muhuezi and defensive lineman Ricardo Henry. Farrow, in particular, has caught the eye of the NC State coaching staff and this was his second trip to see the Wolfpack. He was also on hand for the Pack's opening practice back in August.
At 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds, Farrow is a physically imposing prospect that has had a solid start to the 2005 season. In helping lead his squad to a 2-1 record, Farrow has collected 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Lackawanna head coach Mark Duda told Pack Pride earlier this year, "(Orlando) doesn't need anything physically. He has every tool there is in the world. He's bright and he picks stuff up very quickly. He has that edge over most people because he is just a damn good student of it."
The Pack has yet to officially offer a scholarship as they are waiting to view tape from Farrow's season. Should they decide to offer a scholarship, the sophomore indicated that State has already laid the groundwork for a potential commitment later in the year. Farrow talked with Pack Pride about his most recent visit to NC State.
"We had a bye week and the coaches gave us the weekend off," said Farrow. "So, we drove down on Friday night and met up with my cousin, Littleton Wright. We went by the stadium and there were people already out there. I couldn't believe it but Littleton said they were tailgaters getting ready for the game on Saturday.
"The next morning we went to the walk of champions, and it was just crazy. It was a great experience, and I really enjoyed it. I didn't like the fact that State lost, but I did like the way the LB's played."
Right now Farrow has the most interest in NC State, Florida State, Georgia and Clemson in addition to hearing from Kansas, Kansas State and Marshall.
"I really want to play in the ACC or SEC," said Farrow. "I'm not really looking to play in the northeast. I'd say right now I'm leaning towards NC State. It's not a positive that that's where I'm going to go but that's where I'm leaning. I've got a ton of family down there. My grandmother lives there, and Littleton is down there but he's telling me I need to do what's best for me."
One factor that may make Farrow even more attractive is that he has been granted an extra year of eligibility after being injured and playing an abbreviated schedule at Wesley College as a freshman. This means he will have three years to play three and should be able to enroll at a division one school in January of 2006. Whatever school he ends up selecting, Farrow knows that, as a junior college player, he'll be expected to contribute sooner, rather than later. For him, that's exactly the situation he'll be looking for.
"I think the main consideration for me is where I can go in and play immediately," said Farrow. "That's what I'm really looking for."