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 17th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 17 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....S/RB Jonathan Williams
6-2, 207 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40
Rose High School, Greenville, NC
Scouting Report: Williams shared the rushing load with former Rose standout Maurice Weaver last season but still managed better than 1,500 yards on the ground. During Rose's 16-0 state championship season, Williams rushed for 1,509 yards and 23 touchdowns on 132 carries, which was good for an 11.4 yards-per-carry average. He also caught nine passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Defensively, he had 32 tackles, 10 assists, four tackles for loss, three sacks, 2 forced fumbles and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown.
Look for Williams to put up monster stats in 2006 as he becomes the feature back. Physically, Williams is one of the most impressive players in the state. He is a very solid running back with good acceleration and shiftiness. Williams is not a shake-and-bake runner but has some wiggle and can be a load to bring down. Although he will likely star at running back this season, Williams would make a super safety or outside linebacker on the next level. However, he appears to be set on staying on offense.
The Lowdown: NC State and East Carolina were the first two offers for Williams and he made a trip up to State for the Spring game. However, Williams grew up a fan of UNC basketball and thus, it will likely be an uphill battle for the Wolfpack. They will likely have to do a masterful job of recruiting him if UNC does offer. Every time the NC State coaches can get him on campus would be another small victory. It will also be important to win over mom as she is very involved in his recruiting. Grades are somewhat of a concern.
Williams Quote on NC State: "It's a great school. They treat you good down there, and the staff was very hospitable. Andre Brown is from my school and plays there but he left before I got here so I don't really know him."
Coach Quote: "I think his strength is unbelievable athletic ability. He can run, jump and is very strong. He's a quick learner and he understands the game. I think some things that he needs to work on are holding onto the ball and maybe a little more mental toughness." -- Rose Head Coach Greg Thomas
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