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.

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 ....Pack has been in top two but grades are a hindrance

- Marcus Anthony ...Pack lead early but are now even in top three. Grades are a question

- Rodney Gnat ....NCS is evaluating

- Audie Augustine ...NCS is in top three and one of State's best shots at a top DE

- Ronnell Brown ....NCS is evaluating but offer looks unlikely

- Adam Patterson ....Pack's chances appear to be growing slimmer and slimmer. Likely USC bound

Pack's best bets at this position...Marcus Anthony, Audie Augustine

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....Marcus Gilbert

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... NC State has a commitment from Gavin Smith

- Aleric Mullins ....Likely headed out of state

- Andre Morales ....NCS in top two but offer is questionable

- Gary Tucker ...NCS evaluating

- Marcus Gilbert ....NCS chances probably hinge on MIA interest. Recruiting as a DL may help

- Greg Tomczyk ....Prospect that NCS may turn heat up on. First school to offer may take the lead

- Abre Leggins ...NCS in top five but still evaluating. Leggins could get an offer

Pack's best bets at this position...Greg Tomczyk, Marcus Gilbert

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...B+

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...NCS has received a verbal commitment from Nate Irving

- Matt Wright ...Pack has faded as years has worn on. VT likely destination

- Emmanuel Cook ....Cook favors OM but visit to State could Pack right there. Pack has good chance here in our opinion. Cook could also play safety

- Brandon Spikes ...Any chance for Spikes probably faded with loss to BC. Likely headed out of state

- Kevin Alexander ....Pack could get a visit but probably headed to SEC school

- Martel Pope ....NCS is evaluating

- Terry Adams ...NCS is evaluating

- Donnell Brown ....NCS is evaluating

- Orlando Farrow ....NCS probably could get him but offer looks questionable

- Chasman Davis ...NCS burned official visit early. AUB and TENN likely teams to beat

- Antonio Lowery ....Pack is in top five and should get a visit if they push...A solid LB

- Alonzo McQueen ....NCS in top two or three and is a definite possibility for this class

- John Ware ....Another great possibility for NCS. OM may lead slightly right now

Pack's best bets at this position...Emmanuel Cook, Alonzo McQueen, John Ware

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 (committed)

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...

- Santonyo Jones ....Good athlete but NCS is evaluating

- Marcus Udell ....Very solid CB. Pack has shown much more interest but MD may lead

- Ochuko Jenije ...Another CB Pack has turned it up with. Should get a visit

- Ashton Henderson ....NCS is evaluating

Pack's best bet at this position...Too early to tell

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...

- Darius Gaither ...NCS has faded somewhat as year has worn on. May still get a visit

- Darin Baldwin ...Looking primarily at FLA and NCS. May be Pack's best shot at a top safety

- David Erby ....NCS is evaluating

- Jequin Sessoms ...NCS is evaluating

- Jared Mitchell ...Good local prospect that likes State but offer is questionable

- Shannon Ballard ...NCS is evaluating

- Jeremy Terry ....Terry likes State but Pack is evaluating

- Donkay Degraffenreid ....Likely a D-2 kid

- Rico Bell ...NCS should get a visit but TENN and VA schools look tough

- Greg Davis ...Pack should get visit but UVA leads

- Griff Yancey ...Solid prospect that could get a heavier look depending on what happens with other prospects

- Charles McCrea ...NCS in top five but has not offered

- Dion McNair ...Good athlete but NCS is evaluating for now

Pack's best bet at this position...Darin Baldwin, Rico Bell

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


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