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.
Pack is likely to sign...1-2
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 A
Landing Andre Brown and Toney Baker two years ago gave NC State one of the best one-two punches in college football. However, when a class of 2007 RB arrives in Raleigh, the two high school all-americans will be juniors which means the Pack has to start looking at replacements now. State has emerged with several highly rated backs but will have to work extremely hard to have a legitimate shot at any of them. The Wolfpack is also targeting some fullbacks in this class.
On the board and listing the Pack:
Tyrell Worthington ...Worthington is a tremendous two-sport star that stars in football and baseball. Many feel Worthington may go the baseball route. Grades have reportedly been somewhat of a concern as well. If he decides to go football, UNC, NC State, East Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech appear to be the main players.
Bo Williams ...Bo Williams is one of Florida's best running backs. The Pack was one of the first schools to offer but since, he has attracted nation-wide attention. State is also heavily recruiting his teammates, Darian Williams and Josh Hartigan. State is hoping to have Williams in for an official visit the weekend of the Boston College game.
Jonathan Williams ...Williams has put up monster numbers for Greenville Rose this year. Physically, he is off the charts and could project as a RB or S/LB on the next level. The Wolfpack was one of the first to offer but it's been difficult to get a read on where he may be leaning. NC State, ECU, Clemson, Maryland, and North Carolina have all offered Williams.
Dale Martin...Martin is one of the midwest's best RB's. He made an unofficial visit to State over the summer and that seemingly solidified the Pack as one of his favorites. However, it would appear Tennessee has forged a slight lead despite having three RB's already committed. For now, Martin would go in the long shot category but should the Pack get an official visit, anything is possible.
Enrique Davis...Another Florida standout that looks similar to Andre Brown when Brown starred for Rose High School in Greenville. Davis is a big, bruising back that runs extremely hard and shows good acceleration in the open field. The competition for Davis is tough with schools like Auburn, Florida State, LSU, South Carolina and Florida involved. State has been mentioned fairly consistently in his top five so an official visit looks like a good possibility.
Nic Cooper...Cooper is a relative sleeper prospect in North Carolina that could play FB or LB. May be a better fit at LB but stars for Clinton High School as a RB. Stout, tough runner who doesn't have blazing speed but could be a good lead blocker in college. Cooper loves the Pack but it will be a matter of whether or not State decides to offer a scholarship.
Jephte Cherenfant...Cherenfant is a 6-0, 230 pound FB/LB that State has reportedly offered from N Miami (Fla) High School. Little is known about Cherenfant but he's certainly one to keep in mind as the year progresses. He is also a track standout.
Quan Warley...Probably North Carolina's most productive running back and the AP state player of the year as a junior. Size and speed have been somewhat of a concern but he simply gets it done on the field. The Pack has not offered but is evaluating and would likely be a major team of contention should they decide to offer.