Still Solid

Pack Pride has the latest on NC State verbal commitment Nathan Franklin.

Although NC State has suffered through a tough, 2-3 start in 2005, at least one prospect considers himself solid to the Wolfpack despite the Pack's troubles.

Finding a placekicker was a major priority for NC State and they landed a commitment from, arguably, the state's best when Nathan Franklin from Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC made a verbal commitment back in August.

This past Friday Franklin had another solid game as he had two punts downed inside the 10 yard line and averaged 45 yards per kick. He also nailed all four of his extra points and was one of two on field goals, making a 20-yarder, while missing a 48-yarder.

When he's not playing football, Franklin is often busy keeping up with NC State. He recently told Pack Pride that the early season struggles have not shaken his feelings for the Wolfpack.

"I've still got faith in them," said Franklin. "They will put it together. (As a player) you just have to take it, learn from your mistakes and work even harder to turn things around. I've been talking to coach Williams. He just asks how everything is going. We talk about school and Hoggard football and State football."

Franklin continues to see in interest from other schools and just received a call from Tennessee last Saturday. However, it appears State fans can rest easy for the time being.

"I'm still solid for NC State," said Franklin.

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