Key losses...TJ Williams
Number signed at this position over the last two years...1
How important was this spot in relationship to other positions...moderate
Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers... Grade A+
Tight End was certainly a position of need and the Pack managed to land two highly-touted players.
Did the Pack get their top prospects... A-
The tight end spot got a huge boost from the transfer of Jonathan Hannah to NC State from South Carolina while the addition of Rashad Phillips was a nice breakthrough for the Pack coaching staff into the Virginia Beach region of Virginia. Some of the players NC State targeted and missed on at the tight end spot were Jeff Minemyer (West Virginia), Tyler Tkach (Pittsburgh), Vince Jacobs (UNC) and John Lubischer (Duke).
With both parents NC State grads and his father playing football for the Wolfpack, many had tight end Jonathan Hannah pegged for the Wolfpack from day one. However, as his senior season and high school recruiting wore on, it became more and more apparent that the younger Hannah seemed set on blazing his own path. That path ultimately led to South Carolina and a spot with the Gamecocks. Hannah began the year as the starting tight end for Steve Spurrier but injured his ankle after three games and sat out the remainder of the year. He managed one catch for 24 yards in his three games of action. Hannah decided sometime during the 2005 season that Columbia wasn't the best fit and made the decision to transfer after the season. The comfort level and ties with NC State along with an offense that often utilizes the tight end ended up as major selling points that ultimately landed Hannah in Raleigh. What the Pack got was a solid, big-time talent with the potential to become a major player for the Pack down the road. Hannah has solid size and speed and the hands to make him a dangerous pass-catching threat when he hits the field in 2007. In high school he was a vocal leader for South View located in Hope Mills, NC and it would be nice to see Hannah regain that swagger again while at NC State. Exiting high school, Hannah was rated an all-american by nearly every major recruiting publication.
Landstown High School in Chesapeake, Virginia was best known for two highly regarded wide receivers in 2005. Damon McDaniel and Percy Harvin were on every school's wish-list but, along the way, college coaches also took notice of another talented prospect with division one potential of his own. Rashad Phillips is a very raw football prospect having sat out his junior year to focus on basketball. However, he hit the field in 2005 and showed he had the measurables and potential to earn scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland in addition to NC State. At 6-4, 200 pounds, Phillips has a lot of filling out to do on the college level but in high school, he dominated as a defensive end- racking up an eye-popping 23 sacks en route to all-state honors. He also blocked an amazing five punts and had 36 receptions for 336 yards on offense. Phillips is best defined by his athleticism and versatility. The Pack recruited him for tight end, his preferred position but many liked the all-state selection as an outside linebacker. If Phillips can put on the required bulk to line up at tight end, he could become a Willie Wright-type target for the Pack down the road. If not, it wouldn't surprise us to see him given a shot on the defensive side of the ball where he could maybe play quicker.