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.
Key losses...Martrel Brown, DeMario Pressley, Littleton Wright
Pack is likely to sign...2-4
Number signed at this position over the last two years...7
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate to low
How does the Pack's early recruiting pool look: Grade C
The emphasis that NC State ultimately places on the DE and DT positions may very well hinge on the prospects of the seven defensive linemen signed over the last two years. Obviously if this group shows promise then the defensive line may not be a huge priority for the class of 2008. That would also seem to be reenforced by the Pack's relatively small recruiting pool thus far into the recruiting season.
On the board and listing the Pack:
DE Quinton Coples...Coples is the top defensive line prospect in North Carolina although, admittedly, it is a down year for DL prospects in the state. . Coples has a great frame and quickness and has accumulated close to 30 offers. UNC and Florida likely hold the upper hand although State is in the mix as well. Grades may be a concern and could ultimately impact the Pack's interest level.
DE Leon Mackey...Mackey is a 4-star prospect out of Delaware that State made an impact with when DB coach Mike Reed visited earlier this year and made an offer. Tennessee leads the way now with NC State and Pittsburgh in hot pursuit.
DE Robert Quinn...Quinn is another 4-star prospect out of South Carolina. Sources indicate Quinn is very likely headed out of state. Up to this point, State has not been a major player although the Pack is certainly interested. With two former Wolfpack players on Quinn's high school coaching staff, one would think State should get a look at some point.
DE Kamar Frost...Frost is a raw, although talented defensive end out of North Carolina. He has the physical attributes to blossom into a solid defensive end and for now, just needs the reps. NC State has shown heavy interest but has yet to offer. However, it won't be surprising if they do at some point. The Pack has been the early leader for Frost.
Toshmon Stevens...Stevens is another tall, long defensive end in the mold of current Wolfpack DE Willie Young. NC State was the first to offer Stevens and held an early lead for the Crescent City, Fla star. However, as the offers have mounted (Stevens has close to a dozen now) Stevens has taken more of a wait and see approach. The Pack should be able to secure a visit later in the year and try to build off of that.
Randy Salmon...Salmon is one of the few defensive tackles reporting an NC State offer. Realistically, there is probably a long ways to go before we'll get a good feel for whether the Pack will emerge as a serious player for Salmon. South Carolina has also offered and could be a major factor.
Anthony Garner...Garner is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in North Carolina. Doesn't have prototypical size but gets it done on the field. Virginia Tech and NC State have shown the most interest and it's likely that if either offers him, could snatch him up fairly quickly. He has been a fairly consistent lean to NC State for much of the year.
Cordian Hagans...Very talented defensive tackle out of Georgia that State has offered. However, realistically the Pack has a ton of work to do to make itself a major player to land him. The good news is State has three coaches assigned to recruit Georgia with the primary objective likely to be just to get Hagans on campus at some point this fall. Auburn is likely the team to beat.