Number signed at this position over the last two years...1
How important was this spot in relationship to other positions...Crucial
Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers... Grade A+
After the early departure of former PK Tyler Lewis, the Pack desperately needed to add depth at the kicking spots. By landing two talented prospects at this position, State adequately addressed the needs here.
Did the Pack get their top prospects... Grade A+
NC State offered two prospects and landed them both. You can't do any better than that.
After watching Nathan Franklin of Hoggard High School in Wilmington, North Carolina last year, along with several other kickers, it was clear that he was the cream of the 2005 in-state kicking crop. At just 5-11, 160-pounds, it was amazing how much power Franklin generated in his kicks. Equally impressive was the consistency with which he hit the ball. While many high school prospects have a tendency to mis-hit ever so often on their place-kicking, Franklin hit the ball squarely on every kick when we scouted him in Chapel Hill last spring. At this point in his career, Franklin is probably a better punter than kicker although he is just scratching the surface of his potential at both spots. As he matures and fills out, Franklin certainly boasts the potential to challenge for either spot down the road. Another attribute that must be pointed out is Franklin's easy-going, laid back demeanor. He seems to keep an even keel at all times which is in interesting contrast to the second half of the Wolfpack's kicking duo.
With tatoos and a fiery personality on the field, placekicker Josh Czajkowski from West Springfield (VA) High School certainly doesn't fit the mold of the average high school kicker. You're more likely to find this talented prospect in the weight room than playing video games. However, when the time comes to kick, Czajkowski is a cool, calm and collected customer that connected on 6-of-7 field goals as a senior. The senior kicker has a powerful leg and tremendous work ethic that established him as Virginia's top kicker in 2005. At this point, Czajkowski's place-kicking may be a little ahead of his punting which is an interesting match with fellow kicker Nathan Franklin. However, he too has the talents to ultimately challenge for kickoff, placekicking or punting duties once current Wolfpack kicker John Deraney departs after the 2006 season.