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 10th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 10 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....DT Kyle Linney
DT Kyle Linney
6-2, 285 pounds, 5.0-seconds in the 40
Alexander Central High School, Taylorsville, NC
Scouting Report: The thing that really jumps out with Linney is just how hard he plays. He runs with a non-stop motor and has the ability to make plays all over the field, not just at the line of scrimmage. Shows good leverage at the point of attack which allows him to get under and by the opposing offensive lineman. Has a solid frame and after a couple of years in a strength and conditioning program, could emerge into a solid defensive tackle on the collegiate level.
The Lowdown: Clemson led early after a trip to Death Valley by Linney. However, the Pack jumped on board with an offer followed by an unofficial visit to State. Since then State has held the lead for Linney, but South Carolina is firmly in the mix as the Gamecocks have offered as well. East Carolina has also offered Linney, and he seems to be in no hurry to make a decision.
Linney On NC State: "NC State is first and then I like South Carolina and Clemson," said Linney. "State has been showing me the most interest. I made a visit there and I really liked it a lot.
"Coach Cignetti is recruiting me and he seems honest and straightforward. Like I said, they've just been showing me a lot of interest. They talked to me about committing but I'm going to wait and probably do it sometime during the football season."