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...Phillip Holloman, Jimmie Sutton
Pack is likely to sign...2-3
Number signed at this position over the last two years...3
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate
How does the Pack's recruiting pool look: Grade B
Cornerback has been somewhat of a mystery position so far this year. The known recruiting board is rarely thin although on the surface, it would appear the Pack does need to add at least a couple of prospects at this spot. It is certainly feasible that athlete types like Tobias Palmer and Brandon Barnes could help here but it's just as reasonable that both could play offense as well. We think the bottom line is that you'll see several new names added to this board over the coming months. It is fairly clear that State is being very deliberate and careful with their recruiting of cornerbacks.
Pack Pride's Dream Recruiting Class at CB...Marcus Udell, AJ McCray
On the board and listing the Pack:
Marcus Udell...Udell was one of Florida's top players a couple of years ago and committed to Alabama out of high school. He failed to qualify and has since re-opened his recruiting. In an interview with Pack Pride he said State was out front with Florida under heavy consideration as well. It would appear that Udell would like to see how the Pack's season goes before making a decision but he made it sound like State was in great position.
AJ McCray...LB coach Andy McCollum leaned on his Georgia connections and got the Pack involved early with McCray. He is a solid performer and a prime candidate for an offer. There is conflicting information right now over whether he has received an official offer but regardless, McCray could emerge as serious Pack prospect in the weeks to come. McCray has mentioned making an unofficial visit to Raleigh and that could go a long ways toward establishing State as a major player.
Rahkeem Morgan...Morgan is one of North Carolina's better get secrets out of Asheville. He has received an offer from Marshall already but we think he would prefer to play closer to home. We will have more on Morgan in the near future.
Brandon Robinson...Robinson reportedly looked very solid at NC State's football camp and we think he certainly could emerge as a serious prospect over the coming weeks. It is likely State will want to watch some senior film first before deciding on how hard to pursue him. Robinson's father, Eugene, is the radio analyst for the Charlotte Panthers.
Ed Gainey...Gainey was one of North carolina's most productive defensive backs last year as he led the state in interceptions. His numbers at the combines over the spring were very good, yet, he still awaits his first scholarship offer. For now, Wake Forest and NC State seem to be the two main contenders. The fact that Gainey apparently didn't camp at NC State probably hurt a bit so they'll likely want to watch him in action this fall before deciding on whether to offer.
Steve Murray...Murray is out of Maryland and has reported that he felt NC State may be close to offering him. The Pack has been very near the top of his favorite's list and could very well end up as the team to beat should they extend a scholarship. We'll hopefully have more on Murray in the near future.
Darryl Hamilton...Hamilton is one of the better cornerbacks out of Virginia and he already boasts an offer from the Cavaliers. He camped at State this summer and the Pack is solidly in his top five. Like several other players on this board, Hamilton probably falls into the category where State will likely want to observe some senior film before offering.