Key losses...Derek Morris, John McKeon, Dwayne Herndon
Number signed at this position over the last two years...8
How important was this spot in relationship to other positions...moderate
Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers... C-
Admittedly, the offensive line wasn't in dire need of huge numbers in 2006 after picking up six line commitments in 2005. However, it's a safe bet that State would have liked to land more than just one offensive lineman.
Did the Pack get their top prospects... F
Coach Amato stated that he told his coaches after signing day in 2005 that any lineman they could land in 2006 would likely be a bonus. His words proved prophetic as the Pack struggled all year making in-roads with their top line prospects. Ultimately, State offered and missed on Alex Stadler (Alabama), Seaver Brown, (South Carolina), Hutch Eckerson (South Carolina), Carl Johnson (Florida), Billy Cuffee (Virginia), Jamal Medlin (Clemson), Ryan Wischnefski (Florida Atlantic), Marcus Lind (Duke), Jarrod Holt (Duke), Marcus Gilbert (Florida) and Kevin Young (South Carolina). All in all, it was a forgettable recruiting year at this position.
As bad as it was, NC State did manage to land one offensive lineman and it came from a school that has a strong tradition in putting out division one players.
Gary Gregory from Apopka High School was a player that NC State had their eye on for much of the 2005 season. The 6-4, 300 pounder projects as a guard for the Pack and possesses solid potential to become a contributor for State a few years down the road.
One of Gregory's best attributes is his work ethic. Apopka head coach Ty Ensor raved about the talented lineman's dedication to improving and willingness to stay after practice to work on fundamentals.
Gregory has only been playing football for three years which means his best days lie ahead. He did a solid job as a blocker, and was a key for the Apopka rushing attack. Gregory was recognized with all-county and all-state honors as well as being selected to the central Florida all-star contest.