Class of 2008 Review: Quarterback

Pack Pride takes a look back at NC State's recruitment of quarterbacks in the 2008 class.

Quarterback

Signees:

- Mike Glennon...6-6, 195 pounds...Westfield High School...Chantilly, Va


How important was this spot in relation to other positions: Critical...The Wolfpack had inconsistent play in 2007 at QB so landing a top-notch QB was a necessity.

Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers: A

The Pack missed on: None

How many may the Pack target for the class of 2009: 1


The race to land QB Mike Glennon began with an offer from Virginia. Then came Virginia Tech. Followed by Duke. And Maryland. Miami. Florida State. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. After receiving offers from all those schools, Glennon made this comment in May of 2007 about NC State, “Im definitely planning on camping there this summer, and Im really hoping thats when theyll offer me a scholarship.”

After making unofficial visits to Miami, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue, Glennon had his choice of big-name program and the opportunity to commit to any of those schools along the way. And yet, he bypassed all of those programs for the chance to go to work out for the NC State coaches at camp in the hopes of earning an offer- following up on a promise he and his family had made to the Wolfpack staff earlier in the year.

Once he hit the field at State there was absolutely no doubt left in anyone’s mind that Glennon was the top QB in attendance and receiving an offer was simply a formality. Shortly after departing camp the Pack made their offer and it only took Glennon roughly a day to end his recruiting by committing to the Wolfpack.

From that point forward he became one of State’s most vocal supporters, both on a national stage with ESPN at the Under Armour all-star game and behind the scenes with other Wolfpack recruits. He would become close friends with Brandon Barnes and TJ Graham. When RJ Mattes had basically narrowed his choices to Clemson and State, Glennon struck up a friendship with him and the two even played Halo online together. He also made it clear to Mattes several times along the way how much he wanted him to anchor one side of the offensive line for him at NC State. Whether it made a difference with Mattes is unknown but it certainly couldn’t have hurt.

With State struggling almost yearly at the QB position since the departure of Philip Rivers, landing Glennon was a major victory for the NC State coaching staff. Many behind the scenes have compared him to a young Matt Ryan. He’s tall, intelligent and has the arm strength needed to make every throw on the collegiate level. Although he’s not a running QB, Glennon operates efficiently in the pocket and knows how to move his feet effectively to buy time.

Although he has spent nearly all of his high school career under center, Glennon played in the shotgun at the Under Armour all-star game. With just a few days practice in the gun, Glennon didn’t miss a beat. He looked comfortable and when he needed to get outside of the pocket, he showed the ability to still hit his receiver in stride while on the run.

Physically and mentally, Glennon has it. At this point there are basically two primary areas where he will need to mature. Glennon is extremely thin and needs to add some bulk to take the pounding of division one football. Secondly, there’s the obvious learning curve and speed adjustment between high school and college football. Glennon will get bigger, that much is almost a given. Whether he becomes the big-time QB that State fans have been craving will be determined by Glennon’s ability to adapt to the complexity and huge step up in the speed of the college game. From purely a talent standpoint, he may the best State has signed in years.


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