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...Jeremy Gray, JC Neal,
Pack is likely to sign...1-2
Number signed at this position over the last two years...5
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate
The additions of Gary Grant, Akeem Cunningham and C.J. Wilson in the class of 2008 helped the Wolfpack fortify the cornerback spot headed into next season. NC State will now look to add depth in next year’s class with a focus on players that can cover well out in space and also come up and provide run support when needed. While still early, the Wolfpack coaches have amassed a solid list of potential cornerbacks with which to work.
On the board and listing the Pack:
Rashard Smith...offer...Smith is a player that NC State jumped on early. He has a brother at Shaw and has been a frequent visitor to State over the last few months. One gets the feeling that the next visit could be the one that puts the Pack over the top with him but thus far, he has stuck to his original plan of waiting out his recruiting. Should any schools such as Georgia, Florida, Clemson or Florida State offer then it would get a lot tougher for the Pack. State is considered to be a silent leader.
Josh Hunter......offer...Hunter brings good size to the cornerback spot and that’s something the Wolfpack coaches have been looking for. State really wanted to get him in for camp but unfortunately that didn’t happen. He has quietly put together an impressive collection of offers including Maryland, Miami, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. If Hunter decides to stay in-state then the Pack is in great shape as they are solidly in his top three or so. Hunter’s father reportedly played fullback for NC State.
Dean Haynes......offer...Haynes has seen his stock take off as of late. The Pack has reportedly offered after an impressive performance by Haynes at NC State’s football camp. That came on top of an impressive showing at the Scout combine held in Atlanta. Haynes brings solid size and speed to the position and is an athlete in the mold of Rashard Smith in that he plays both CB and QB for his team. Haynes currently lists NC State as his top school.
Terry Shankle...offer...Shankle is one of North Carolina’s more highly-rated prospects. He has picked up numerous offers but appears to be most focused on NC State, UNC, Clemson and Alabama (Curt Cignetti). It would not surprise us if Shankle ultimately boiled down to a NC State-UNC battle. He lists those two as recruiting him the hardest currently. For what it's worth, Shankle is a dual-threat guy who could ultimately project as a wide receiver, but most teams are recruiting him exclusively as a defensive back.
Zach Greene...offer...Greene has connections to NC State through his dad and has grown up around the Wolfpack program. He also boasts offers from Duke and South Carolina. Greene could project at cornerback but has the skills to end up at slot receiver as well. Realistically, Greene is a player that NC State has to have in the class of 2009.
Dale Peterman...Peterman is a very solid cornerback from Ohio that State has been in touch with. Unfortunately he did not attend NC State’s camp so that could put a delay on any potential Wolfpack offer. Nearly committed to South Carolina earlier in the year and they may be the team to beat. Grades could be something to keep an eye on.
Dominique Tate...Tate committed to Wake Forest recently but he’s also a player that NC State is very interested in. In fact, the thinking was the Pack would likely offer Tate after he attended their camp in June. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the trip and remains committed to the Deacs. It is likely that the Wolfpack coaching staff will look to keep the lines of communication open with Tate down the road.
Tony McQuay...Riviera Beach (FL) Suncoast speedster was impressive at the Wolfpack's recent camp but has yet to earn an offer. Look for McQuay to be evaluated closely during his senior season.