Pack Pride Recruiting Board: Defensive End

Pack Pride takes a look at the early names on NC State's defensive end recruiting board.

Pack Pride will take a periodic look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2010 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.

Defensive End

Key losses... Willie Young, Shea McKeen

Pack is likely to sign...2

Number signed at this position over the last two years...4

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate

NC State has recruited the defensive end position fairly well over the last couple of years but has missed on a few of it’s top tier prospects. The good news is the Wolfpack appears to be in good shape early on for several of 2010's top defensive ends. Ideally, it would appear that State would like to sign at least a couple of DE’s in the upcoming class.

Pack Prides Dream Recruiting Class at DE....Zack McCray, Alfy Hill

On the board and listing the Pack:

Zack McCray...McCray is generally considered to be a top 10 prospect in the state of Virginia and has landed scholarship offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, UNC, LSU, Virginia and Tennessee among others. He visited for the Wolfpack’s junior day and State appears to be solidly in the mix for him currently. In addition to NC State, LSU, Virginia Tech and UNC also appear to be major players.

Alfy Hill...After receiving his first scholarship offer from NC State, Hill’s recruiting has exploded with offers arriving in the mail daily. He now boasts pledges from LSU, UNC, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee among others. Hill has visited for numerous Wolfpack games and attended their junior day earlier in the year. When State was his lone offer, the Pack appeared to be very strong. However, since receiving so much interest, Hill has backed away from naming favorites. The general consensus is that he will likely choose a college that isn’t too far from home.

Fre’Shad Hunter...Like with Alfy Hill, NC State was the first to offer Hunter. He has since picked up offers from East Carolina and Purdue. Hunter has made no secret of the fact that he would love to pick up additional scholarship offers although he admits he grew up following the Wolfpack. NC State appears to be very near the top of his list although the door appears open to other programs. Academics could be a question mark headed into Hunter’s senior season. It should also be noted that Hunter could potentially grow into a defensive tackle once he arrives in college.

James Kittredge...NC State has slowly built up their presence in New Jersey and it’s a state they’d probably like to continue targeting in the future. Kittredge is a player they jumped on fairly early and was able to get him down for junior day back in February. At this point, the Pack would appear to have as good a shot as anyone while Kittredge mulls over offers from State, Virginia, Maryland, Duke, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. Some have hinted that Rutgers could hold a quiet lead at this point. Like Hunter, Kittredge could potentially line up at defensive tackle in college.

Marcus Rush...Rush could potentially play linebacker but has the frame for defensive end in college. He is probably much more of a longshot for NC State than some of the other prospects on this listing with Michigan likely leading and Virginia not too far behind. The Pack has some history at Rush’s high school as former Wolfpack two-sport star Andrew Brackman played for the same program. For now, State has to get him on campus for a visit to have any shot at landing him.

Gabe King...King is arguably the top defensive end prospect in North Carolina although Alfy Hill will certainly get consideration as well. King currently holds offers from UNC, NC State, Georgia, California, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia. State is listed in his top five but realistically, there’s likely a pretty sizable gap that exists between them and leader, UNC. King has visited State for junior day and a future visit is quite likely if he’s still on the board. The potential certainly exists for King to make a decision prior to the beginning of the 2009 season with the Heels leading the way.

Brandon Burrows...Burrows has been off the radar for the most part although that will likely change with him landing an offer from Georgia recently to go along with pledges from Maryland, NC State and Tulane. Common sense says that it will be an uphill battle to lure Burrows out of his home state but the Pack is in the game. He’s reportedly visited State previously and there’s a decent chance that they’ll get him on campus again. While a long shot, the Pack does appear to have a shot, albeit small.


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