Pack Pursuing Milford Linemen

Pack Pride catches up with Berlin (NY) Milford Academy head coach Bill Chaplick for the latest on NC State's recruitment of some of his top players.

After taking over as head coach at NC State, Tom O'Brien watched some film and realized that he needed to add more offensive linemen. He was already recruiting Jake Vermiglio while head coach at Boston College, and he and offensive line coach Don Horton ventured up to Berlin (NY) Milford Academy and secured a verbal from the underated lineman.

"I've known those guys for a long time," said Milford Academy head coach Bill Chaplick. "I think [Vermiglio] is going to be a good fit for them. He's a player. He had a chance to gain experience here against some other college players. He has what they are looking for in offensive linemen."

Coach Chaplick stated the Wolfpack are back at his school in pursuit of more offensive linemen. As it stands now, they are recruiting three of his players.

"Coach Horton [came on Friday] to evaluate three of our linemen," said Chaplick. "They are recruiting Kenny Plue, John Morookian, and Ron Dunn. They have not offered those three players yet, but all three of them are going to take official visits to NC State on November 8th."

The most highly regarded of the three linemen is Plue. A mammoth offensive tackle prospect, Plue originally committed to Boston College, and Tom O'Brien, back in the summer of 2006. After signing with Boston College in February, Plue failed to qualify academically. He already has a couple of offers on the table, and NC State is certainly in the mix.

"He needed to get his test score," said coach Chaplick. "[Plue] should be a mid-year enrollee. He already has offers from Purdue and Maryland, and NC State is right there. As I said, he is visiting them November 8th. I really believe he is wide open."

Originally rated a three-star prospect and the No. 37 offensive tackle in the 2007 class by, Plue is now a prep schooler gaining valuable experience. He has all the physical traits you look for and he has a chance to contribute early in his career on the college level because of his physical attributes.

"I think he has a great future," stated coach Chaplick. "I think he can go all the way to the National Football League... I think he is a Sunday player.

"Right now he is 6-foot-8, 343 pounds, and he runs real well. He is a basketball player playing football so you know he is athletic. He is our team captain. I can't say enough good stuff about him."

John Morookian and Ron Dunn aren't as highly regarded by recruiting analysts as Plue is, but both are solid prospects. Morookian, a 6-foot-6, 323-pound offensive tackle, hails from Providence, Rhode Island. He attended La Salle Academy, arguably the top program in the state, where he played football and basketball. Morookian was a two-time all-state selection for the Rams.

Dunn, who checks in at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, was an all-state selection as a senior at Abington (MASS) High. Dunn, who also starred in basketball and lacrosse, battled injuries late in his high school career and enrolled at Milford looking to earn scholarship offers.

Expect all three players to be closely evaluated by the Wolfpack as they are at Milford learning under one of the best prep offensive line coaches in the country. Coach Chaplick also serves as the team's offensive line coach, and he was a three-year letterman at center at Boston College in the 1970s, earning Honorable Mention All-American honors.

Because the Wolfpack's head coach previously held the same position at his alma mater, coach Chaplick is very familiar with coach O'Brien and raves about him and his staff.

"They have a great staff," said coach Chaplick. "It's a big step up for the program. Coach O'Brien is a great coach, and he is a proven winner. I played at Boston College, and it was a sad day when he left Boston College. If I had a son who was going to play Division I-A football, I would want him to play for Tom O'Brien."

Pack Pride will have more on all three players in the near future so stay tuned!

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