Camp O'Brien Preview: Defense

Pack Pride breaks down several of the players that will reportedly be in attendance for NC State's football camp.

NC State’s 2007 football camps kick off this week with several hundred players expected to be in attendance. The first session will run from June 20-22 with a second session to follow on June 24-26. Although not all actually camped at NC State, last year’s event proved critical to the Wolfpack’s recruiting efforts as they landed several key prospects either during, or shortly after the camp concluded. Those players included QB Mike Glennon, WR T.J. Graham, LB Dwayne Maddox, LB William Beasley and S Earl Wolff.

While a repeat of 2007's commitment run during camp looks unlikely this year, there are several major prospects expected to be in attendance. The opportunity to see the NC State football program up close and interact with the coaches will be important for the Wolfpack’s recruiting success headed forward.

Today Pack Pride breaks down several of the players on the defensive side of the ball that have indicated they plan to be in Raleigh for one of the Wolfpack’s camp sessions.

The defensive line seems to be a recruiting priority every year and it will be no different this season. DE Tariq Edwards from Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC is likely to be on hand for NC State’s camp and already boasts a Wolfpack offer. He is one of South Carolina’s top players and at 6-3, 215 pounds could project at linebacker but has the frame to grow into a rush end once he gets to college. Virginia Tech would appear to hold the inside track but they have yet to offer. Another major player is South Carolina but Edward’s time at State could a long ways toward moving the Pack up.

DT Deylan Buntyn from Havelock (NC) is a sleeper prospect with the versatility to end up at either defensive tackle or offensive guard in college. He is 6-4, 280 pounds and moves extremely well. State has yet to offer but Buntyn has the potential to earn one during camp and the Wolfpack coaches will certainly be watching him closely. Buntyn has indicated previously that NC State is at the top of his wish-list.

DE Duane Chisolm is a big time prospect out of Beaufort, SC that will reportedly be in attendance. At 6-4, 250 pounds he has great size and is a player that State covets. While Clemson and South Carolina appear to be the teams to beat for now, Chisolm’s visit to NC State will be huge for the Wolfpack’s chances headed forward.

One of the state’s more unheralded prospects has been DE Parker Thomas from Mt Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, NC. He boasts early offers from Duke and East Carolina and at 6-5, 225 pounds has the frame college coaches love in a defensive end. Thomas has ties to NC State and a solid workout could really pique the interest of the Wolfpack staff.

NC State commit DE Rickey Dowdy from High Point Central High School will likely be in attendance as well.

The Wolfpack could conceivably take just one more linebacker in the class of 2009 with Lancaster (OH) standout Ryan Cheek already committed. Although a long shot, Stone Mountain (Ga) LB Nigel Mitchell-Thornton is a possibility to camp. While Mitchell-Thornton appears to have SEC written all over him, the Pack could go a long ways towards solidifying their place with him if they’re able to convince him to show up.

Beyond that, the linebacker position doesn’t appear to be very deep for camp on the surface. Steven Moore from Chapel Hill High School will attend and he was impressive at a couple of combines earlier in the spring. However, it is questionable whether the Pack will offer with Cheek already committed.

At cornerback, Dale Peterman from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Oh has told Pack Pride that he plans to attend camp. He is 5-11, 176 pounds with solid cover skills and hitting ability for a defensive back. He has picked up offers from South Carolina and several MAC schools and is a player that will be a serious contender for an offer from the Wolfpack. Should State decide to offer, they will likely become a player for him headed forward.

Another CB that may be on hand is Rashard Smith from Dublin, Ga. The 5-10, 175 pounder is a tremendous athlete that has been high on the Wolfpack’s radar for months. Smith’s brother plays locally which could play in the Wolfpack’s favor. Although he has previously indicated a willingness to hold off on committing for a while, it’s not impossible that he could make a decision over the summer.

Torrance Hunt from Jordan High School in Durham may be the state’s fastest prospect for the class of 2009. Although smallish at 5-8, 155 pounds, Hunt boasts blazing speed having been hand-timed under 4.3-seconds a couple of times earlier this spring. The State coaches will likely give him a close look during camp.

Two of the better safety prospects that will likely be in attendance are Perry James from Davie County high School in Mocksville, NC and Demetrius McKelvie from East Columbus High School in Wacccamaw, NC.

James is a good looking prospect that is just now recovered from a season-ending shoulder injury he suffered prior to last season. At a recent combine he showed no ill effects and was one of the top defensive backs on hand. While it may be likely the Wolfpack coaches would want to see him in live action as a senior, they’ll certainly be keeping close tabs on him at camp.

McKelvie is another player that State will probably continue to evaluate as a senior but he has the size that coaches love and could be a player to watch down the road.

NC State will likely take a punter in the class of 2009 and the big name that will be on campus is Ryan Wulfeck from the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. State has been involved with him for quite some time and he has reciprocated interest in the Wolfpack. Should he have a big-time workout for the NC State coaching staff, he’s certainly a viable candidate to earn an offer.

At least three major prospects for the class of 2010 are expected to be on hand. WR Tony Creecy from Southern Durham, OL Rob Crisp of Chapel Hill and WR Terrell Hartsfield will all be on hand. Creecy will likely contend as the state’s top wideout in the class of 2010 while Crisp has a leg up on being named the top player overall. Hartsfield is a very solid linebacker that will attend camp with the entire Wake Forest Rolesville squad.

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