Rated the No. 51 player in the southeast by Scout.com, QB Jacob Charest from Butler High School in Charlotte, NC has emerged as one the state's top prospects.
At 6-3, 190 pounds, Charest has the frame coaches look for and during the spring combine circuit has displayed the talents that have helped him garner scholarship offers from the likes of California, Louisville, Illinois, Akron and Oregon.
Playing on a team stocked with division one prospects, Charest threw for an impressive 2,485 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior en route to all-county honors. The rising senior shows great command of the QB position and good arm strength but his best asset may be his ability to simply make plays. Those attributes helped him land a scholarship offer from the previous Wolfpack coaching staff. However, new head coach Tom O'Brien and company have decided to take a wait and see approach with all of the QB targets for the class of 2008. Charest said he understands the strategy.
"I understand that they haven't offered and they're looking for the right guy and I'm going to give them a chance but if they wait too long, I don't know," said Charest. "It doesn't really bother me that they haven't offered yet. I mean, they haven't offered anyone else so it's okay."
NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible had a chance to watch Charest this past weekend at the adidas camp held in Raleigh and that was actually his second opportunity to scout the talented signal-caller throw this spring.
"They actually came down and watched me about two weeks ago," said Charest. "Coach Bible came down and watched practice. They still haven't offered anybody so I'm hopeful they offer me. They're still talking to me. They're showing a good bit of interest."
For now, the Wolfpack still finds itself in contention for Charest's commitment although the schools that have offered may hold a slight advantage.
"I think my top schools are the ones that have offered me and then maybe Miami, Auburn and NC State."
Charest told Pack Pride that he isn't going to rest on the offers he's earned to date and plans to hit several camps over the summer.
"I'm going everywhere around here plus Louisville, Illinois and I'm gonna try to get out to California but that's gonna be tough," he said. "I might have to use an official visit to get out there."
Charest stated that Illinois, Louisville and California are currently recruiting him the hardest.