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...2-4
Number signed at this position over the last two years...3
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Critical
How does the Pack's early recruiting pool look: Grade A
NC State has had tremendous success landing and developing defensive ends since the arrival of Chuck Amato. However, the losses of Manny Lawson, Mario Williams and Renaldo Moses, combined with the fact that signees Chad Green and Greg Peterson never enrolled at State has left the Pack in dire need of defensive ends. The Wolfpack is extremely young and thin at the position and needs talent that can come in and help immediately. Landing DE Linwan Euwell this past week was certainly a step in the right direction but the State coaches will be hoping to snag a couple of other big fish before all is said and done.
On the board and listing the Pack:
Linwan Euwell .... Euwell committed to NC State over an offer from East Carolina, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He is undersized right now but has the frame to play bigger down the road.
Solomon Thomas ...NC State led for Thomas early but an Ohio State offer changed all that. The home-state Buckeyes now lead but State is still pushing to get him in for a visit in November. Thomas is still working to qualify and it would likely be in the Pack's best interest if Thomas were a late qualifier. That could potentially lead OSU to take some other prospects ahead of him if his academic status stays uncertain long enough.
Antwan Jones ....Jones is a sleeper prospect out of NC that we really like and will be one to keep in mind over the coming months. Jones plays FB and DE in high school and is getting a close look from the State coaches who have reportedly been on hand to watch him in person this season.
Jameil Farrington ....Farrington is an up and coming DE that State is watching intently. We're not sure if State has extended a solid offer as of yet but the possibility is certainly there that State will look to take both Farrington and his best friend, Maurice Harris. The two teammates currently live together.
Patrick Grant ....Grant is a player that State looks particularly strong with. Colorado has already received an official visit and Minnesota and Nebraska look like sure bets as well. Grant will trip to State in November. We feel State is really strong but Nebraska will definitely be a team to keep an eye on.
Rufus Williams ...Williams is a kid that had consistently mentioned NC State in his top five until just recently. Tennessee looks particularly strong. The Pack's best chance right now will be to try to secure an official visit and then hope they blow him away on the trip.
Derrick Morgan...Morgan is looking primarily at Ohio State, Penn State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami and NC State. The Pack desperately wanted to secure his final official visit but it appears Boston College will get that instead. State has connections with Morgan's coaching staff and his mother has ties to North Carolina. State looked like a strong player earlier but not getting an official visit will be a tough obstacle to overcome.
Adewale Ojomo...While home-town Miami is still generally considered to be the team to beat, if there was one kid that could pull a shocker for NC State- this could be the one. He is a major priority for State and the turmoil at Miami certainly can't be helping their cause. The variable will be whether the Pack can win enough games to give themselves a serious chance. Look for him to potentially make a decision in the next month or so.