With the possibility of NC State's dynamic tandem of defensive ends both playing in the NFL next season, the Pack has been out on the recruiting trails looking for prospects with similar potential.
Defensive end Marcus Anthony is one of the young men the staff targeted early in the process. The 6-3, 240-pound senior from Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA has NC State at the top of his list.
"I think there's a good chance that I'll end up at NC State," said Anthony. "They're my favorite right now. I didn't know too much about them at the beginning of the whole recruiting process, but they were the first school to offer me. That took me by surprise, and when I visited the school I felt real comfortable with the environment.
"I now have a very good relationship with Coach Diaz, who is responsible for recruiting me. I know they might be losing their starting defensive ends, and they're looking for some guys that can come in and help out down the road."
While things look good for the Pack, some competition remains.
"I'm still being recruited pretty heavily by schools like Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, Boston College, UNC and Clemson. I know by the end of next week I should know where I'm going to take my official visits. I think I'm going to try to set up officials to at least NC State, Virginia Tech and Maryland. Hopefully I'll be ready to make a decision by late January."
Anthony recorded 10 sacks during his senior campaign and is considered by most to be one of the top, and most versatile, prospects in the region. What does he think he can bring to the next level?
"Speed," he replied quickly. "That's something you just can't teach at any level. That's something I definitely have. I think my speed, and the fact that I already have a pretty strong frame, will give me a head start. Ideally I'd have the chance to red-shirt and get my feet wet before jumping in, but I'll do whatever the coaches want me to do."