Pack Pride will take a weekly look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2007 and the prospects that are currently mentioning the Pack as one of their top schools. The following should be considered a rough guide only as many factors will affect the actual numbers at each position between now and signing day next year. Based on numbers available currently, the Pack will likely sign between 22-25 players in next year's class. All information contained in this article is the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and should not be confused as being information from the coaching staff at NC State. It is also based on information known at the current time. Several aspects of this listing will certainly change as the recruiting season progresses.
Pack is likely to sign...1-2
Number signed at this position over the last two years...3
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate
How does the Pack's early recruiting pool look: Grade A
Landing Andre Brown and Toney Baker two years ago gave NC State one of the best one-two punches in college football. However, when a class of 2007 running back arrives in Raleigh, the two high school All-Americans will be juniors which means the Wolfpack has to start looking at replacements now. Look for State to aggressively pursue the position this year and they're off to a solid start with several talented backs listing the Pack early on.
On the board and listing the Pack:
Tyrell Worthington ....Worthington is a kid we love as a prospect. He timed at 4.56 on a slow surface at Duke then recorded a 4.36 on a track at Methodist college. At 6-0, 185 pounds, he has a good frame. Worthington could play defense but we like him at running back and that seems to be what many schools are recruiting him to play. NC State has been named a leader for Worthington, but we certainly don't think that's written in stone as he is likely to garner much attention over the coming months. Baseball is a consideration for him as well.
Bo Williams ....Williams, at 6-1, 205 pounds, has a super frame and solid 4.5 speed. He didn't put up huge numbers in 2005 but most think he will have a huge season in '06. NC State was the first to offer, and he hails from same school as Audie Augustine and they are good friends. Now Williams has more than a dozen offers, and the Wolfpack has consistently been mentioned as one of his faves but State will likely need to amp up their efforts to stay in the hunt.
Brian Maddox ....May be South Carolina's top back. He has unofficially visited State, and he may return in the near future. Most consider him a South Carolina lean, and he will be tough to get him out of the Palmetto State. The Wolfpack realistically has a very remote chance, and he will make an early decision.
Darryl Vereen ....To be quite honest, we're surprised Vereen hasn't picked up more offers than just NC State, South Carolina, and Duke. He has been timed at 4.35 and 4.38 seconds in the 40 at two different combines and has been measured at 5-11, 188 pounds. We think he has the versatility to play a couple of positions in college. After talking with him we think NC State has a solid sho, but the Gamecocks lead for now.
Muhammed De'Reese .... A three-sport athlete from Titusville, Fla with great combo of size and speed (6-0, 210 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40), De'Reese could also play linebacker. Listing NC State in his top four early on.
Jae Fitzgerald .... He measured at 5-11, 190 pounds and ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Scout combine. However, he didn't put up huge numbers as a junior, and he may be a prospect that schools would like to see in camp. He is considering NC State among his favorites.
Jonathan Williams ....Not a lot has been written about Williams, but he does have an offer from NC State. He rushed for nearly 100 yards and two scores in last year's 4A state championship win. Williams hails from the same school, Greenville (NC) Rose High, as Andre Brown. NC State appears to be a major contender for his services.
Ryan Houston ....Houston looked to be one of the state's top prospects early on but concerns over his weight may lead to him falling somewhat in rankings released later this year. He must get his weight under control (270 pounds) if he hopes to play running back in college. NC State offered early but it's hard to get a read on just how hard the Wolfpack is pushing. Florida and UNC lead early on.