6-0, 180 pounds, 4.45-seconds in the 40
South Stanly High School, Norwood, NC
Junior Stats: As a junior, Shankle hauled in 49 passes for 957 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense he collected 15 interceptions and returned four of those for scores. He also returned three punts for touchdowns.
Ranking: 4-star prospect and No. 19 cornerback in the nation according to Scout.com
The early word: Shankle is considered to be one of the top corners in North Carolina but also has the size to potentially play safety as well. He has tremendous coverage skills as a defensive back and his overall athleticism has made him one of the state’s most coveted prospects for the class of 2009.
Scholarship offers: NC State, Alabama, Clemson, UNC, Tennessee, Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina
Top Schools: Clemson, Alabama, NC State, Florida, UNC
Timeline for a decision: Originally Shankle looked as though he would ride the process out until very near signing day. While he may not go quite that long, there’s a good shot he’ll take several official visits prior to a decision.
NC State recruiting coach: TE coach Jim Bridge
NC State connections: The Pack was one of the first schools to offer Shankle but had a tough
time cracking his list in the early going. A visit to State and a trip to South Stanly by the
Wolfpack coaching staff have put State in the thick of the battle for Shankle. Also, NC State is reportedly the only program offering Shankle the opportunity to play wide receiver and cornerback.
Another key for
State may be Shankle’s relationship with DB coach Mike Reed. He may prove to be a critical
factor in the Pack’s favor.
Another key for State may be Shankle’s relationship with DB coach Mike Reed. He may prove to be a critical factor in the Pack’s favor.
Behind the scenes: Early on it appeared Clemson may be the team to beat but that has leveled off. State’s biggest competition may simply be to keep Shankle in the state. He seems to have a lot of interest in the out-of-state programs so should any of those really turn up the recruiting heat as the year progresses, State will have it’s hands full.
Wolfpack Visits: Shankle attended NC State’s spring game which happened to be his first visit to see the Pack in person. That trip was critical in helping establish the Pack as a player and they’ll need to get Shankle back on campus over the summer.