Key losses...Manny Lawson, Chip Cross, Renaldo Moses, Mario Williams, John McCargo
Number signed at this position over the last two years...10
How important was this spot in relationship to other positions...crucial
Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers... D
NC State was not in dire need of defensive tackles but the Pack certainly would have liked to add at least one in the class of 2006. With the status of Raymond Brooks in question and former signees Chad Green and Greg Peterson never making it onto campus due to academics, defensive end was definitely a spot that needed addressing after the graduation of Manny Lawson and Renaldo Moses and the early departure of Mario Williams. However, the Pack was able to sign just one defensive end.
Did the Pack get their top prospects... D
Landing Audi Augustin was a huge get for NC State and the Pack will likely need contributions from the talented defensive end sooner, rather than later. At defensive tackle the Pack targeted players like Gavin Smith (Virginia), Aleric Mullins (UNC), Kareem Crowell (Louisville), Jason Kates (Michigan), Geno Atkins (Georgia) and Kenrick Ellis (South Carolina). Defensive end emerged as a tough sell for NC State as the Pack missed on several prospects including Darrell Roseman (Auburn), Tavares Brown (UNC), Marcus Broxie (West Virginia), Adam Patterson (Michigan) and Aaron Maybin (Penn State).
After being decimated by graduation and the NFL draft at the defensive end position, NC State badly needed to land an impact prospect at the position in the class of 2006. Enter Audi Augustin, a 6-3, 235 pound defensive terror out of Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Florida. The talented defender wowed college coaches last spring during the May evaluation period and earned offers from schools around the nation. However, in a strange twist that worked out great for the Wolfpack, Augustin waited until late in the recruiting process to take the SAT, a fact that caused other schools to look elsewhere. Another fact that may have caused schools to go in another direction was that Augustin had told the NC State coaches in December that he planned to sign with NC State. What the Pack got was another ultra-talented Florida prospect with the football instincts that simply can't be taught. His combination of strength, speed and the ability to read opposing offenses resulted in nearly 140 tackles, 16 sacks and eight forced fumbles as a junior and senior. His overall production, explosion off the line and backside pursuit made him one of Florida's most dominating defenders. Although most defensive ends making the transition from high school to college need at least one year to mature at a minimum, the Pack may be forced to utilize Augustin along a depleted defensive line in 2006.