The Pack will definitely gain some help up front from the group, which consists of 10 linemen. O'Brien and company also inked four linebackers and an All-America quarterback, Mike Glennon.
Four members of the class are already enrolled at NC State and will go through spring practice with the team. Dominique Ellis and Kyle Linney originally signed last year before enrolling in January, while Ahmad Jaradat and Dwayne Maddox graduated from high school early.
In addition to the in-state signees, players from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada also inked with NC State on Wednesday.
6-3 • 300 • Offensive Line
Tifton, Ga. • Tift County HS
Offensive line prospect who played left tackle for Tift County HS under head coach Jay Walls … Three-star recruit by Scout.com and is their No. 50 offensive guard nationally … Rated the No. 85 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN … Earned first-team all-state honors after his senior season … Played in the Georgia North/South All-Star Classic … Earned MVP honors at the Nike Training Camp in Athens, Ga. … Named to the first-team all-state team as a junior …Named all-region after his junior season … Older brother Josh is a wide receiver for Troy University.
6-0 • 180 • Running Back
Bunn, N.C. • Bunn HS
Played running back, wide receiver, defensive back and returned kicks at Bunn HS for coach David Howle … Rated No. 85 overall in the nation in the ESPN 150 and is the No. 8 athlete in the nation by ESPN … Ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 14 safety in the nation by Scout.com … Also ranked a four-star by Rivals.com and the No. 33 athlete in the country … Ranked as the No. 6 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com … PrepStar Magazine ranks him as the No. 34 player in the nation … Played in the inaugural Under Armor High School All-American Game … Also played in the Shrine Bowl … Recorded over 800 all-purpose yards and had 11 touchdowns his senior season while amassing 53 tackles and three interceptions on defense … Tallied over 800 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns on offense as a junior … Also collected 77 tackles and five interceptions that season, including two touchdowns from kick returns.
6-2 • 225 • Linebacker
Milton, Fla. • Milton HS
Named to the All-Northwest Florida team as well as being named all-area … Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 36 strongside linebacker in the nation … Rated as the No. 19 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … Collected 135 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception during his senior season … Earned 4A all-state and all-area honors after his junior season … Recorded 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior … Played for coach Mike McMillion at Milton HS
6-1 • 300 • Defensive Line
Columbia, S.C. • Georgia Military
Junior College transfer who played at Georgia Military College under coach Bert Williams … Ranked a three-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com … The No. 69 JUCO player in the nation according to Rivals.com … Played defensive end this past season, accumulating 24 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback knockdowns, seven quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception that was returned for a touchdown … As a freshman he had 20 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks, 20 quarterback pressures, five quarterback knockdowns, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception at nose guard … Recorded 108 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior at Ridgeview High School in Columbia, S.C. … Played in the South Carolina North-South game after his senior season.
6-4 • 230 • Tight End
Charlotte, NC • Independence HS
Tight end prospect who played at heralded Independence HS under head coach Tommy Knotts … Unable to play as a senior after suffering a knee injury in a preseason scrimmage … Ranked the No. 9 tight end in the nation by ESPN … Rated a three-star recruit and the No. 26 tight end in the nation by Scout.com … Caught 22 passes for 309 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior … Also had 10 rushes for 52 yards that season … Named to the all-state, all-region and all-conference teams after his junior campaign.
5-11 • 190 • Defensive Back
Originally signed with NC State in the spring of 2007, but didn't enroll until January 2008 … Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 29 safety in the nation after his senior season by Rivals.com … Scout.com rated him a three-star recruit and the No. 61 safety in the nation coming out of high school … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl where he was awarded defensive MVP honors for the North Carolina team … Recorded 75 tackles, five interceptions and scored four special team touchdowns as a senior … Named first-team All-Combine at Scout.com's Atlanta combine … As a junior he tallied 87 tackles and 13 interceptions for Coach Jimmy Williams at East Wake High School.
6-4 • 300 • Defensive Line
Bushnell, Fla. • South Sumter HS
Played defensive tackle at South Sumter High School for head coach Inman Sherman … Scout.com ranks him a three-star prospect and the No. 28 defensive tackle in the nation … ESPN ranks him as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the nation … Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 32 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com … Rivals.com also ranked him as the No. 64 player in Florida … Earned an invitation to the Florida North-South all-star game … Recorded over 50 tackles and four sacks as a senior en route to earning all-conference honors … Tallied 25 tackles and three sacks as a junior.
6-6 • 195 • Quarterback
Centreville, Va. • Westfield HS
Ranked by ESPN as the No. 3 quarterback in the nation and the No. 32 player regardless of position … Rivals.com ranks him as a four-star recruit, the No. 3 quarterback, the No. 3 player in Virginia and the No. 59 overall player in the nation … Also a four-star recruit, the No. 5 quarterback in the nation, and the No. 87 player overall by Scout.com … Ranked as the No. 107 overall player in the nation by PrepStar Magazine … Named Gatorade and AP Player of the Year in Virginia … Selected to the 2008 Parade All-America team … Named to the EA SPORTS All-American team … Selected to the Elite 11 quarterback camp as well as the inaugural Under Armor All-American game where he was named MVP for his team … Completed 5 of 12 passes for 91 yards and ran for a touchdown … Won the pass attack portion of the varsity skills competition at the event … Completed 171 of 265 passes his senior season for 2,557 yards and 32 touchdowns … Also rushed the ball for 129 yards and seven TDs … Led his team to the Virginia AAA Division 6 Championship his senior season with an undefeated 15-0 record … Named first-team all-state, all-region and all-district as well … Voted by coaches as Virginia 1st Team all-state player of the year… As a junior he was named first team all-district, district player of the year and Washington Post all-metro honorable mention … Older brother, Sean, plays quarterback for Virginia Tech … Played at Westfield HS for coach Tom Verbanic.
6-0 • 180 • Wide Receiver
Raleigh, N.C. • Wakefield HS
Local standout who played for Wakefield HS coach Chip Williams … Scout.com ranks him a three-star recruit and the No. 138 wide receiver in the nation … ESPN ranks him as the No. 54 wide receiver in the nation … The No. 30 player in North Carolina according to Rivals.com … Caught seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns his senior season and had two kickoff returns for 109 yards … Finished third nationally in the 100-meter dash at the Nike Nationals in 2007 … He is the son of well-known track coach Trevor Graham.
6-0 • 190 • Defensive Back
Miami, Fla. • Dr. Michael M. Krop HS
Tallied 43 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior … Played in the Florida North-South all-star game … Rated the No. 51 prospect in the nation by scout.com ... Also competed in track & field in high school … Coached by Rick DaVita at Dr. Michael M. Krop HS.
6-2 • 225 • Fullback
Dublin, Ga. • Trinity Christian
Rushed 208 times for 2,597 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior … Also recorded 92 tackles, three fumble recoveries and one interception on defense as a linebacker … Rated the No. 10 fullback in the nation by ESPN … Named to the Georgia Independent Schools Association All-State team … Also wrestled for his high school and was a two-time state champion … Named Player of the Year by Bigger, Faster, Stronger, a strength and conditioning magazine ... Played for coach Steve Price at Trinity Christian.
6-4 • 290 • Offensive Line
London, Ontario, Canada • Catholic Central HS
Offensive line prospect who played left tackle, tight end and nose tackle for coach Mike Circelli at Catholic Central HS … Enrolled in January for the spring semester … Won the Jim Allen Award for being the top lineman in the Thames Valley Region Athletic Association after his senior season … Rated as the No. 1 college prospect in Ontario by All-Canada Gridiron … Originally born in Kuwait but moved to Canada at the beginning of the Persian Gulf War.
6-0 • 190 • Defensive Back
Carlisle, Pa. • Valley Forge Military
Recruited as a defensive back after spending the past two seasons at quarterback for Valley Forge Military College … Named Seaboard Conference Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback both of his seasons at Valley Forge … Also named first-team all conference both years … Earned all-state honors and played as a free safety in the Big 33 game after his senior year … Threw for 1,318 yards and recorded 60 tackles and two sacks on defense as a junior in high school … Played at Valley Forge Military College for coach Don DiCarlo.
6-5 • 300 • Offensive Line
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. • Hargrave Military
Academy/Fuquay Varina HS
Played left guard for Hargrave this past season but projects to be an offensive tackle … Originally committed to NC State out of Fuquay-Varina HS but went to Hargrave … Rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com … Also named a four-star recruit by Rivals.com … Ranked the No. 11 post graduate player in the nation by Rivals.com … Played defensive end and offensive tackle in high school … Earned all-conference honors after his senior year in high school … Coached by Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy … Played for David Riggs at Fuquay-Varina HS.
6-3 • 300 • Defensive Line
Taylorsville, N.C. • Hargrave Military Academy
Originally signed in the spring of 2007, but didn't enroll until January 2008 … Rated the No. 18 post-graduate player in the nation by Rivals.com … They also named him a four-star prospect … Scout.com also list him as a four-star … Played in the Shrine Bowl after his senior season … Was named all-state, all-district and all-league after his senior year as well … Played for head coach Robert Prunty while attending Hargrave Military Academy … Coached by Chris Deal at Alexander Central HS.
6-3 • 325 • Defensive Line
Riviera Beach, Fla. • Cerritos Community
College/RIviera Beach HS
Spent one season at Florida A&M before transferring to Cerritos Community College … Recorded 24 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and five quarterback hurries last season … Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com … Former high school teammate of Wolfpack cornerback DeAndre Morgan … Named first-team all-state, all-county, all-area and all-league after his senior year at Riviera Beach HS … Played at Cerritos Community College under coach Frank Mazzotta.
6-2 • 220 • Linebacker
Orangeburg, S.C. • Orangeburg Wilkinson Senior HS
Team captain and team MVP for coach Reggie Kennedy at Orangeburg Wilkinson Senior HS … Tallied 161 tackles and five sacks during his senior campaign … Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star recruit, the No. 20 inside linebacker in the nation … They also ranked him as the No. 13 player in South Carolina … Ranked a three-star prospect and the No. 23 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com … Played in the Shrine Bowl where he came away with defensive MVP honors after recording eight tackles, one tackle for loss, a fumble recorver and an interception … Named all-state, all-region and all-area after his senior season … Earned Coca Cola Touchdown Club Player of the Week honors … Named to the High School Sports Report all-state team.
6-2 • 220 • Linebacker
Shelby, N.C. • Crest Senior HS
In-state linebacker who enrolled in January for the spring semester after graduating early … Scout.com named him the No. 17 middle linebacker and a three-star prospect … A three-star prospect, the No. 27 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 15 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … ESPN rated him as the No. 36 inside linebacker in the nation … Collected 169 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks and 14 quarterback hurries his senior season … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl and named to the AP all-state team … Named conference defensive player of the year after his junior and senior seasons … Played for coach Roy Kirby at Crest Senior HS.
6-1 • 200 • Defensive Back
Brunswick, Ga. • Glynn Academy
Recorded 51 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior … Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 32 safety in the nation … Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star prospect as well … Ranked the No. 33 safety in the nation by ESPN … Named to the Georgia North/South All-Star game … Earned all-region honors after his senior season … Played at Glynn Academy for head coach Rob Ridings.
6-3 • 220 • Linebacker
Laurinburg, N.C. • Scotland County HS
A preseason All-American who recorded an impressive 219 tackles, five+ sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, over three quarterback pressure, three passes broken up and one blocked kick as a senior at Scotland County HS for coach Mark Barnes … Named conference defensive player of the year, all-conference and all-region after his senior year … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl … A four-star prospect and the No. 6 weakside linebacker by Scout.com … Rivals.com also ranks him as a four-star recruit and the No. 15 outside linebacker in the nation … They also rank him as the No. 3 player in North Carolina and the No. 138 overall player in the nation … Ranked the No. 33 outside linebacker by ESPN … Rated as the No. 119 player in the nation by PrepStar Magazine … Two-time most outstanding defensive player at Scotland HS … Earned all-conference and all-region honors after collecting 130 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior … Named second-team junior All-American after his junior season … Also named all-conference after his sophomore season.
6-6 • 270 • Offensive Line
Concord, N.C. • Jay M. Robinson HS
A team captain who played left tackle for coach Bobby Cloninger at Jay M. Robinson HS … Named a four-star recruit and the No. 11 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … Rivals.com rated him as a four-star prospect and the No. 21 offensive tackle in the nation … Ranked the No. 4 player in North Carolina and the No. 195 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com … The No. 21 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN … Named a SuperPrep All-American … Named to the all-state team after his senior campaign … First ever player from Jay M. Robinson High School to play in the Shrine Bowl … An all-conference, all-county and all-piedmont selection after his junior and senior seasons … Also an all-conference and all-county performer in basketball … Set the school record for rebounds and was named MVP of his basketball team.
6-5 • 250 • Defensive Line
Princeton N.J. • Nassau Community College
Attended the University of South Carolina for one season before transferring to play for coach John Anselmo at Nassau Community College … Will have two years to play two seasons at NC State … Played two games for South Carolina before injuring his back … Named a three-star prospect by Rivals.com … Scout.com also rates him as a three-star recruit … Collected 42 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and four sacks as a defensive end last season on his way to earning first team All-NFC honors … Played in only four games as a senior in high school due to illness, but still managed to record eight sacks and hauled in three touchdowns as a tight end … Earned first-team all-league honors as a junior after catching seven touchdowns.
5-10 • 165 • Running Back
Pittsboro, N.C. • Northwood HS
Played running back and cornerback for coach Bill Hall at Northwood HS … Rushed for over 4,700 yards and scored more than 80 all-purpose touchdowns in three seasons … Scout.com ranks him as a three-star recruit and the No. 41 cornerback in the nation … ESPN rated him as the No. 27 athlete in the country … A three-star prospect and the No. 22 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … Played in the Shrine Bowl … A two-time offensive player on the year in his conference … Earned the Chatham County male athlete of the year award … Finished second in the 100-meter dash at the 2-A state finals last season.
6-5 • 280 • Offensive Line
Charlotte, N.C. • Olympic HS
Played right guard and was a team captain this past season for coach Barry Shuford at Olympic HS … A three-star prospect, the No. 38 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 11 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … ESPN rates him as the No. 49 offensive tackle in the country … Scout.com ranks him a three-star recruit and the No. 50 offensive tackle … Earned Queen City all-conference honors after his junior and senior season … Earned All-Mecklenburg honors after his senior season … Named to the 3A all-state team by the Charlotte Observer … High school teammate of Wolfpack wide receiver Steven Howard
5-11 • 171 • Defensive Back
Lincolnton, N.C. • Lincolnton HS
Played cornerback and running back for coach Scott Cloninger at Lincolnton HS … Helped lead his team to victory in the 2A state championship this past season and earned MVP honors for his performance in the game … Finished his career by breaking the Lincoln County record for career total yardage (5,919 yards), career rushing yards (3,941 yards) and career scoring (468 points) ... Recorded four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and broke up seven passes as a senior … Earned the Charlotte Observer Gaston/Lincoln Defensive Player of the Year after his senior season … Named Southern Piedmont Conference Player of the Year last season … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
6-0 • 190 • Defensive Back
Raeford, N.C. • Hoke County HS
Defensive back prospect who played running back and safety at Hoke County HS … Named a three-star athlete and the No. 79 safety in the nation by Scout.com … ESPN ranks him as the No. 93 athlete in the country … Rivals.com also rates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 24 player in North Carolina … Rushed 135 times for 997 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior … Also recorded 89 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five interceptions, one sack and seven forced fumbles during his senior season … Named all-conference as a running back and all-region as a safety … Also earned all-conference honors after his junior season as a safety … Named offensive player of the year for his team … Has been an all-conference performer in track since his ninth grade year … In 10th grade he finished fifth in the state in the long jump and triple jump … Played for coach Greg Bryant at Hoke County HS.