Pack Pride will take a weekly look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2009 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...Daniel Evans
Pack is likely to sign...1
Number signed at this position over the last two years...2
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate
While NC State’s need at this position is listed at moderate, the basis for that assessment is very dependent on the development of freshman QB Russell Wilson and incoming QB Mike Glennon. While the Pack would likely prefer to land a big-time, bluechip QB in the class of 2009, the reality is that may be tough to pull off after landing Glennon last year. A more likely scenario is State will evaluate a crop of signal callers at camp and then try to pull one from that group. The Pack likes to secure at least one QB in every class although at this point, there are no known prospects with Wolfpack offers on the board.
Pack Pride’s Dream Recruiting Class at QB...too early to call
On the board and listing the Pack:
Aaron Mershman...Another Ohio standout that has seen increased interest from NC State of late. Has attracted attention from Iowa, Virginia, Illinois, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Ball State and NC State. He plans to camp at State this summer and will be a player State will watch closely. Mershman currently lists Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Army and NC State as his top five.
Richard Brehaut...Brehaut has early offers from Colorado, San Diego State and Boise State. The Rancho Cucamonga (Calif) star is rated three stars by Scout.com and boasts interest from Notre Dame, Clemson, Louisville and Kansas State among others. Brehaut is getting steady interest from State but the distance from home could make camping at State this summer tough for the Pack to pull off. If they can, then perhaps State will have a shot. As it stands currently, it appears most likely Brehaut will stay on the west coast.
Zach Toerner...Toerner impresses on film and at 6-4, 210 pounds, has the size you’re looking for. From Badin High School in Ohio, Toerner is one of several players from the Buckeye State to garner attention from the Wolfpack. He currently has a top five of NC State, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio and Eastern Michigan. Toerner will camp at NC State this summer. The Pack could land him quickly should they offer.
Michael Box...From Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga, Box is a talented 6-4, 195 pounder with 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He has not received any offers yet but is hearing from Virginia Tech, NC State, South Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan State and Central Michigan. Virginia Tech is the early leader since his dad went to school there. With the Hokies missing on two of their major QB targets, Box may be the next in line to earn an offer. Box plans to camp at State this summer.
John Ryan...Ryan is from Penn Charter School and is the brother of former Boston College QB Matt Ryan. Ryan is 6-2, 200 pounds and receiving interest from NC State, Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland, Connecticut, Duke and West Virginia among others. Not much is known about Ryan at this point but State is interested. He plans to camp at State this summer.
Morgan Newton...Newton is probably the highest rated (4-star) QB on the board right now. He recently visited the Pack and his teammate, Brooks Michel, is also being recruited by NC State. It will be tough for State as Newton appears focused on schools that have offered. If the Pack can convince him to come to camp then they may have a shot.Newton plays on the same AAU basketball team as Wolfpack hoop’s commit Scott Wood.
Donny McElveen...McElveen is originally from Mt Tabor High School but transferred to Summerville (SC) High School to play for his grandfather in 2008. He has offers from Central Florida and Middle Tennessee State thus far with interest coming from South Carolina, UNC, Wake Forest, NC State and Clemson. He will likely camp at State this summer.