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...Marcus Stone, Anthony Hill
Pack is likely to sign...2
Number signed at this position over the last two years...3
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Critical
How does the Pack's recruiting pool look: Grade A
Although NC State has signed three tight ends over the last two years, those numbers are somewhat deceiving when you dig a little deeper. Rashad Phillips was seriously injured in a car accident and his recovery and future potential to contribute is unknown at this point. George Bryan is a huge, athletic prospect that will start his career at tight end but it's certainly not out of the question that he could grow into an imposing offensive tackle down the road. After missing on Jonathan Hannah, the Pack signed RJ Armstrong although he is considered to play primarily as a run blocker for NC State. With Marcus Stone and Anthony Hill set to graduate after the 2007 season, the tight end spot- especially considering it's prominence in the Dana Bible offensive scheme- is of prime importance to the State coaching staff in 2007. The Pack got off to a great start at the position when they landed a verbal commitment from Mario Carter earlier in the year. However, they will likely continue to recruit this spot heavily in the coming months considering the aforementioned concerns at the tight end position.
On the board and listing the Pack:
Mario Carter...Carter was a huge, early commitment to NC State and helped get the ball rolling for the Pack with in-state recruits. Chose the Wolfpack over numerous other offers. He'll need time to fill out but has all the tools to develop into a tremendous TE down the road.
Dwayne Allen...Allen is likely priority number one right now for NC State at this position.
|Allen has also been a frequent visitor to Raleigh over the summer.|
With Allen seemingly moving closer and closer with each passing day to completely opening up his recruiting- this battle may ultimately boil down to UNC and NC State. The Heels have a lot of ammo in this fight so beating UNC may be a tough task for State. Because Allen is such a fan of basketball, look for UNC to use the Dean Dome as often as possible down the road. State has basketball commit CJ Williams selling the Wolfpack and the two are close. Allen has also been a frequent visitor to Raleigh over the summer. This will be one of the more interesting in-state battles as Georgia, State and Carolina all duke it out.
Mark Wedderburn...Wedderburn is one of the more under-rated prospects in the nation and has picked up a boatload of offers from numerous major colleges. The Pack offered Wedderburn several months ago and has received some mention but it is almost a foregone conclusion that he will end up at Penn State.
Harry Kehs...Kehs is a sleeper prospect out of Virginia that State had a chance to observe for three days at camp. He admits that he is a few spots behind some other prospects on the recruiting board but could become a viable option is State misses on some other kids. Navy, Virginia and State round out Kehs' top three.
Hubie Graham...Graham is another top tight end from Pennsylvania with numerous offers on the table including one from the Pack. We mention his name simply because of the offer as State does not appear to be a major player at the current time.