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 11th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 11 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....LB Josh Hartigan
LB Josh Hartigan
6-2, 215 pounds, 4.7-seconds in the 40
Northeast High School, Oakland Park, Fla
Scouting Report: Hartigan caught the eye of several college scouts over the spring with his relentless style, physical build and nose for the football. He has played quite a bit as a defensive end opposite current NC State DE Audi Augustin but will make the move to LB as a senior. Hartigan is your typical Florida football player. He has tremendous physical attributes but also the instincts to quickly read and react to plays on the field. May best be suited for MLB on the college level but that will depend on how he develops over the next year.
The Lowdown: Hartigan has picked up close to 20 early scholarship offers but the three at the head of the field are Tennessee, Pittsburgh and NC State. The Wolfpack has ties to Hartigan through Augustin and will likely use that as the year progresses. All three schools are tied currently according to Hartigan but we feel that Pittsburgh is definitely a team to watch. They have been very active in south Florida and particularly at Northeast High School. Hartigan reports that he will officially visit on Sept 8. Although a long shot at this point, watch out for Florida State if they get involved.
Hartigan On NC State: "The thing with State is they just had the number one pick in the draft and they had like the number one defense in the nation. They signed one of my friends. They have a great defensive coach. They hadn't talked to me a lot about early playing time but they said if I come in and work hard, everything should fall into place. I know that if I go there and stand out, I could get some early playing time. Coach Stroud is recruiting me for State and he's a very nice guy and I really like him. He's showed me that he's got a sense of humor and we text back and forth. He just let me know that he really wants me to go there."
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