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.
Key losses...Garland Heath
Pack is likely to sign...1-3
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 B
NC State has had good success developing the safety position under Chuck Amato but they will definitely need to inject some new blood into the program with starters Garland Heath and Miguel Scott set to leave the Pack over the next two years. Chris Culliver was an early commit but has since wavered and landing him will be a battle that will last well into 2007 most likely. Fortunately, the Wolfpack has several other prospects on the line and landing at least two of them will be key for the class of 2007.
Pack Pride's Dream Recruiting Class at S....Chris Culliver, Major Wright
On the board and listing the Pack:
Chris Culliver ...an early commit but State would probably be best labeled as a top five school currently. UNC, Florida, Florida State and Clemson are other teams of contention. Culliver has a long standing relationship with Todd Stroud that is strong and that has been hugely in State's favor. Will likely take a team effort to land him when all is said and done, however.
Josh Oglesby ...Pack recently offered but UNC will be the big hurdle. Again, Stroud has been key to State's chances. What it may boil down to is whether the Pack can overcome the obvious connections to Carolina by selling the fact they offered first and UNC only followed suit after an offer from the Wolfpack. For now, we still think the Heels will be tough to beat should they offer.
Major Wright ...The Pack has always been busy at St Thomas Aquinas High School and would love nothing more than to land Wright as he has emerged as one of the nation's top safety prospects. State was on the radar early but since exploding as a national-caliber recruit, it would be considered a long shot at best for him to end up in Raleigh.
Emanuel Davis ...Sleeper prospect from Manteo that has picked up offers from UNC and East Carolina. State has been in his top three but they'll have to offer soon to stay in the hunt. The Pack does have some decent connections with Davis, however.
Maurice Harris ...could play safety or possibly OLB. State has offered and has been in his top four. Of his top four schools, NC State, Miami, Florida and Florida State, the Gators and Wolfpack have offered. This may be a player to watch for Wolfpack fans.
Charleston Sinclair ...Sinclair reports a bunch of offers but, interestingly, says he favors South Florida. State has been recruiting Sinclair but has not offered. His brother plays for South Carolina.
Danny Dembry ...Dembry is an interesting prospect. He wants to play QB in college but is being recruited more as an athlete by the Pack. His speed was not overly impressive during combines over the spring so we're not sure how hard State is pursuing him currently.
Joe Nicolas ...From same school as Maurice Harris. We don't know if State has offered yet but the Pack has been a serious team under consideration. Nicolas is another kid to keep in mind for down the road.
Antonio Allen ..Another Florida kid that State has offered. The Pack is on the outside looking in with South Carolina, Florida and Clemson leading the way.