Although he's not a common name among NC State football recruiting fans, wide receiver Doug Baldwin from Gulf Breeze (Fla) High School hasn't gone unnoticed by the Wolfpack coaching staff. The 5-11, 175 pound wideout with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash is well-known by locals as being one of the panhandle's most electric wide receivers.
As a junior, Baldwin hauled in 47 passes for 650 yards and eight touchdowns. Although he's been slowed due to an injury, resulting in him missing two contests, Baldwin has accounted for seven touchdowns while amassing close to 400 yards receiving in 2006.
Baldwin talked about what makes him one of Florida's most highly-regarded wide receivers.
"I don't know that you would say I'm a game-breaker or a possession-type receiver," he said. "This year it's been tough because teams double cover me a lot. But the thing for me is whenever coach pulls me over and says he needs a big catch, I can usually go out and get it. A lot of my catches have gone for touchdowns."
The ability to get in the endzone has drawn heavy attention from several schools, including NC State.
"Right now I've got offers from Stanford and Louisiana-Lafayette," said Baldwin. "I'm supposed to be making an official visit to NC State the first weekend of December, then Stanford on Dec 8th and I'll be going to ULL the third week of December."
Baldwin talked further about his interest in the Wolfpack.
"My first option is Stanford, but I know they are a long ways from home," he said. "But I'm very interested in NC State. If they offer, they'll be way up on my list. I like the way they play and they have a great engineering program. Coach Meyer calls me every week and I really like him. I don't know as much about NC State right now but I'll get to see a lot more of them when I go up for my visit."
With the Pack obviously in the mix, Baldwin broke down his top five schools.
"Stanford would be number one because they've offered," said Baldwin. "Number two would be NC State and then Georgia Tech. They've been showing a lot of interest lately. The other two would be Louisiana-Lafayette and Alabama State. South Carolina is another school that's been calling me a lot lately."
Baldwin is an outstanding student and plans to major in Aeronautical Engineering once in college. He indicated that academics will play a huge role in his final decision.