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 16th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 16 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....DE Travian Robertson
6-4, 230 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40
Scotland County High School, Laurinburg, NC
Scouting Report: Travian Robertson is North Carolina's number one defensive end prospect. He showed flashes of brilliance as a sophomore but his junior season was cut short by a serious knee injury. Now back to near 100%, Robertson showed the footwork, agility and frame this spring that has earned him scholarship offers from around the region. The rising senior comes from a family of football players and may not be the last to come out of Scotland County. With time, Robertson has the potential to become a stellar collegiate defensive end.
The Lowdown: Long considered a heavy UNC lean, the tide seemed to turn somewhat with Robertson over the last month. Although the Heels are certainly a strong player, South Carolina and NC State have made huge pushes and those two may be the teams to beat currently. As for the Wolfpack, Robertson's visit to NC State last week was a make or break deal for the Wolfpack coaching staff. By all accounts he received the royal treatment and things went well. However, the rising senior doesn't seem too crazy about the recruiting process and will likely make his decision soon. USC is selling the chance to come in and start right away while State promotes it's recent success in the NFL draft.
Robertson Quote on NC State: "State is a big defensive program. Coach Amato, he's all about defensive ends off the corner and that's my position so I want to go where ever defensive ends are a big part."