With the 2006 NFL draft now passed, the staff at Pack Pride will take a draft-like look at the prospects NC State is targeting for the class of 2007. We have researched the recruiting needs for the class of 2007 and the early names the Pack has targeted to meet those needs. We compiled all the information and came up with, who we believe to be, 20 of the most important recruits for 2007. We've ranked them in order based on talent and the Wolfpack's need at each position and will work backwards from No. 20 to No. 1. As always, the info provided in this report is solely the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and is in no way connected with any actual recruiting board of the coaching staff at NC State. Today we highlight our pick for the Pack's 18th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 18 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....CB CJ Fleming
5-11, 172 pounds, 4.45-second speed in the 40
Highland Springs (Va) High School
Scouting report: If State were to land one defensive player from the state of Virginia this year, CJ Fleming would have to be at the top of the list. Several attributes jump out but the two that are most impressive to us are his closing speed and willingness to lay the lumber on opposing ball-carriers. Fleming rarely gets out of position but when he does, he shows tremendous burst towards the ball to give himself a chance to make a play. He also routinely explodes into the ball-carrier, much more like a safety or linebacker than cornerback. He has a good backpedal and solid coverage technique.
The lowdown: Fleming has picked up offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, UNC, Tennessee, Louisville, Maryland, West Virginia and Georgia. He should easily be a top 10 pick in Virginia for the class of 2007. Fleming has completely avoided naming favorites but we do think proximity to home will be a consideration. Quietly, our personal opinion is that Virginia Tech may be a serious contender. NC State's success on defense over the last couple years combined with the opportunity to come in and play early could help the Pack. It's also relatively close to home. State must find a way to get him on campus this summer.
Fleming quote on the Pack: "They've recruited me right from the start, and they've offered. I've had them right up there at the top of my list with a few others for a long time. I know in 2004 they had the No. 1 defense in the nation, and they just sent a bunch of defensive players to the NFL. They're going to want people to come in and help them out right away."