With head coach Chuck Amato being released from NC State this past Sunday, the future of the Wolfpack's committed recruiting class was thrown into question. The Pack was off to a strong start with 17 high school seniors committed as well as four additional players that were carried over from the 2006 recruiting class. Pack Pride caught up with several to gauge their reaction to Amato's dismissal and whether the Wolfpack may still be in their plans.
DT/OG Curtis Bryant...South Miami Senior High School
"I felt real bad about it when I found out," said Bryant. "I was hoping he was going to be my coach. I haven't heard from anyone at State yet. I don't really know what's going on so I'm waiting to see what happens. All I'm doing is waiting for State and seeing what I should do. I am pretty much lost. I don't know what's going to happen." Bryant added that he's been hearing from Florida State and Marshall.
TE Jonathan Hannah...Louisburg Junior College
"I've been feeling what everybody else was feeling," said Hannah. "I took it hard because I had a special relationship with coach Amato because he recruited me as well as his relationship with my father. He's done great things for the program. At the same time, it's a business so I understand."
Without a doubt, Hannah's recruiting has been a roller coaster ride but he says his intentions are to stay with the Wolfpack.
"As long as State wants me then I'm still coming. I had a chance to talk to coach Cignetti and he told me he's coming by to see me but I'm planning to come to State."
Hannah plans to enroll at State for the first session of summer school
S Jordan Delegal...Chaminade Madonna College Prep
"I heard the news from a couple of my teammates, Dajuan Morgan and John Dunlap," said Delegal. "I didn't think they would fire coach Amato and I felt like it was premature. But it's a business and if you're not winning as much as people want to see then they end up making a change. I love coach Amato and coach Stroud and I had a great relationship with them. They were always there supporting me. It hit me deep and I was hurt. I was really down about it. So far I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone at State."
Delegal told Pack Pride that he will still consider the Wolfpack heavily but he's keeping some other options open as well.
"It's a really hard decision," he said. "I'm still being chased by other schools. I'm looking at Wisconsin heavily and Iowa as well. Right now I'm just playing it by ear. I want to come to State but I've got to see who the head coach is and who my position coach will be."
Delegal continues to work to get qualified and will be taking the ACT on Dec 2. He's attending tutoring classes to help him make the grade.
"I'm trying so hard to pass this test," he said. "I need to get out of Florida and get on with my career. It's been killing me not being able to play football."
WR Owen Spencer...North Brunswick High School
"I was shocked at first when I heard coach Amato was let go," said Spencer. "He came in and had some great years in a short period of time. I won't say he was a bad coach but I guess a change is what State needed.
"I've had a chance to talk to Chad Jamison and he said he would be talking to me from now on and letting me know what's going on. I'm 100% committed to State, though. I'll still be enrolling in January."
DT/OT Sam Jones...Fuquay Varina High School
"I was watching a game on TV and I saw that coach Amato had been fired scroll across the bottom of the screen," said Jones. "I was shocked. Coach Amato was a great guy, a great coach and an alumnus of the school but I guess they just didn't get the job done."
Jones said, despite the firing, he still plans to play his college football at NC State.
"I'm a man of my word and I'm 100% committed to NC State," he said.
OG Henry Lawson...Charlotte Catholic High School
"When I heard the news, I was sad," said Lawson. "I was looking forward to playing for coach Amato. But I'm 100% committed to playing for the Pack. I've fallen in love with the school. Coach Portee has talked to me and told me they definitely want me to come."
OL Desmond Roberts...Northampton High-West
"I've talked to coach Cignetti and he let me know that he wants me to hold my commitment to NC State," said Roberts. "He told me that State was still a great place to go to college.
"As far as coach Amato being let go, I didn't know much about it. They had some pretty big wins but as the season went on they kind of went down. I didn't think they would fire him but I guess it wasn't meant to be."
For the time being, Roberts said he is still committed to State but will explore some other options.
"I'm still committed right now," he said. "I want to see who they replace coach Amato with. I'm still planning to take some official visits but I was planning to do that anyway just to make sure that I was making the right decision."
OL Mike Golder...Apex High School
"I was very disappointed when I heard the news," said Golder. "I've been over there so much that I had gotten close to all the coaches- particularly coach Meyer and coach Stroud. I don't know what's going to happen. But I gave my word that I was going to State and I'm 100% committed. It's State all the way."