Key losses...JJ Jones
Number signed at this position over the last two years...2
How important was this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate
Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers... Grade A
Like the cornerback position, State wasn't in desperate need of a large number of safeties and that seemed to be proven by the relatively small number of players that NC State targeted for that position. Landing two prospects here was a solid number for the Wolfpack given their needs.
Did the Pack get their top prospects... Grade C
Some of the prospects that were offered but opted elsewhere were Darius Gaither (South Carolina), Darin Baldwin (undecided), Rico Bell (Virginia) and Greg Davis (West Virginia). Both Wolfpack commitments, Jordan Delegal and Jevon Walker were offered later in the recruiting process. Delegal selected NC State after his official visit to Raleigh while Walker picked the Pack over South Florida.
While many fans of recruiting focus on weights, heights and 40 yard dashes, one aspect that is often overlooked is simply the winning nature of a player. With that in mind, safety Jordan Delegal of Chaminade Prep School in Hollywood, Florida was probably the most accomplished of any of the 2006 signees. That he was also a team captain for a squad that won two state titles in three years cannot be overlooked. At 6-1, 195-pounds and 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Delegal finished off his senior campaign with 75 tackles and three interceptions. He is known as a ferocious hitter that plays extremely physical. Delegal played quite a bit of linebacker in high school but will likely start his career as a safety at NC State. He will need to add strength as well as speed before he's ready to challenge for a spot on the depth chart at NC State but, with time, could grow into a solid player for the Wolfpack.
It was certainly odd watching film of a 6-1, 195-pound player with his hand on the ground playing defensive end. Because he played so far out of position it would've been understandable for schools to overlook safety Jevon Walker out of South Dade High School in Homestead, Florida. However, that anonymity on the defensive line may have also disguised the raw talent that Walker possesses. What he picked up from his time at defensive end and linebacker is the aggressiveness to explode into ball-carriers and learn how to run down plays. With 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Walker has the speed and will simply need experience to make the transition to the defensive backfield. It's certainly not out of the picture for Walker to ultimately land at LB, following in the footsteps of former Pack safety Lerue Rumph. When you combine Walker's physical attributes with a relative scant recruiting rating of just two stars, a serious argument can be made for his nomination as the sleeper of the 2006 class.