Pack Pride will take a weekly look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2008 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. 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
Number signed at this position over the last two years...2
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Crucial
How does the Pack's early recruiting pool look: Grade A
As is the case with nearly every recruiting class, NC State will look to take at least one QB in the class of 2008. Because the coaching staff has not had a chance to see any of their prospects work out under their direction, the camps held this week and next will go a long ways toward determining who will ultimately receive an offer from the Pack. It is safe to say that State will primarily target pure, drop-back QB's. While no QB currently boasts an offer from the Wolfpack, State does find itself in solid standing with several promising signal-callers.
Pack Pride's Dream Recruiting Class at QB....With no offers extended, too early to say
On the board and listing the Pack:
Mike Glennon...Westfield High School...Centreville, VA...Glennon boasts several major offers including Miami, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Virginia. He doesn't, however, have one from NC State but that seemed to only make him more determined to earn one by attending the Wolfpack's camp. Obviously, with several big-time offers already in his pocket, there would appear to be no need to pursue an NC State offer unless there's legitimate interest on his part and we think there is. One selling point is location. Another is the word that he is very high on Wolfpack OC Dana Bible and head coach Tom O'Brien. While his brother, Sean, plays for Virginia Tech, the Hokies also have Tyrod Taylor waiting in the wings. Virginia signed Peter Lalich last year. At this point we think Glennon is a front-runner to earn an offer from the Pack. Should that happen, State could emerge as a major player.
Jacob Charest...Butler High School...Charlotte, NC...Charest is another front-runner to land an offer from the Pack. While the old staff had offered Charest during his junior season- the new Pack regime stayed true to their word and made it clear they wanted to see their QB targets work out in person. To this point, Charest has seemed to not have a problem with the Wolfpack's decision. Like Glennon, Charest has picked up several major D-1 offers including Louisville, Oregon, Cal and Iowa. Obviously, should the Pack offer, it gives Charest an option that can keep him much closer to home. However, at this point it's unclear how much of a factor that will really be. One interesting sidebar is that State is in good position with two of Charest's teammates- Spencer Adams and Eddie Whitley. Landing Charest certainly wouldn't hurt the Pack's chances with those two important prospects.
Dakota Derrick...Conway (SC) High School...Derrick is a prospect that piqued the coaching staff's interest when they were making the rounds during the May evaluation period. Apparently his film caught their eye and they quickly pursued getting him into camp. While Derrick may ultimately be a tad behind Charest and Glennon (he has yet to land a division one offer) a solid workout could land him as a viable candidate to get an offer from the Pack at some point. Realistically, our opinion is that State may still want to watch some of his senior film to see how he has progressed from last year. As things stand now, the Pack could certainly emerge as the front-runner should they decide to offer at some point.
A.J. Blue...North Gaston High School...Dallas, NC...Blue is a solidly-built prospect with a strong arm. While he really wants to play QB in college, we think he'll likely get worked out at some other positions as well when he attends NC State's camp. We think he really has some upside for DB or possibly LB. There's no secret that Virginia Tech is his favorite and his skills may give him the best shot at staying at QB should the Hokies offer and he accept.
Braden Hanson...Charlotte (NC) Latin...Hanson is a QB that we really like and he's a major talent. He boasts several division one offers but it appears he's all but signed, sealed and delivered to UNC. He has expressed some interest in NC State but unless he comes to camp (right now that doesn't appear to be the case) then it's hard to imagine State becoming a major player as things stand currently.
Tyler Brennan...TL Hanna High School...Anderson, SC...Brennan plays for one of the top schools in South Carolina and he looked pretty good at the Adidas camp held earlier this year at NC State. He has a lot of interest in NC State but is similar to Dakota Derrick in that the coaches may want to evaluate some senior film in addition to observing him at camp.
Brandon Rogers...Union High School...Tulsa, OK...Rogers has picked up an offer from Eastern Michigan and has stated that he plans to attend NC State's camp. We've not been able to reach Rogers to verify this so it's difficult to assess his interest in the Pack and vice versa.
Stephen Shimko...Ewing (NJ) High School...Shimko has yet to earn an offer but is getting interest from NC State, Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse and Iowa. Physically, he has the frame you're looking for in a drop-back QB and the coaches will likely scout him closely. He does not have any faves currently.
Zack Stoudt...Coffman High School...Dublin, OH...Stoudt is a real sleeper prospect from one of Ohio's better programs. Stoudt missed part of his junior year due to injury and then split time with a senior the rest of the time. While it may be easy to dismiss him because of that, he did impress at UNC's camp last week and his senior year will be huge for his chances at earning a D-1 offer. He has no favorites currently and will be attending NC State's camp.OTHER POTENTIAL PROSPECTS:
Lexington (KY) Lafayette quarterback Logan Bunch
Hilton Head (SC) Prep quarterback Mike Hermann