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.
Key losses... Clem Johnson, Bobby Floyd
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
Like with several of the other positions, NC State has managed to fortify the safety position fairly well. However, they’re continuing to work towards adding talent to help fend off any future depth issues. In the early stages of the recruiting season, State has several prospects showing interest in the Wolfpack.
Pack Pride’s Dream Recruiting Class at S...Pete Singer, David Amerson, P.J. Clyburn
On the board and listing the Pack:
Pete Singer...Singer has deep ties to NC State with several siblings that have attended there as well as being a season ticket holder. The Wolfpack has shown heavy interest along with the possibility of a scholarship offer. He is close friends with all-american OL Rob Crisp and the two have indicated their desire to play at the same college. Many feel like State is the team to beat although South Carolina and Georgia have been involved as well. Update...Committed to NC State
David Amerson...Amerson is one of the top prospects in North Carolina this year although he probably hasn’t received as much press as others. The Wolfpack offered him early on and have hosted him on a junior day. He also holds offers from Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Louisville, UNC, South Carolina and Maryland among others. Landing Amerson would be a huge get for NC State with the Pack and Notre Dame currently comprising his top two.
Ricky Chaney...Chaney is one of South Carolina’s sleepers who has yet to land a scholarship offer but certainly possesses the potential to do so at some point. The Pack has been involved and is one of the teams Chaney is keeping a close eye on. State may want to see him in camp and his academics are unreported at this time so that may be a consideration. We expect to hear more about this prospect as the summer approaches.
P.J. Clyburn...Clyburn is another of North Carolina’s top defensive backs who made all-state last year because of his explosive work on special teams. NC State, East Carolina and Illinois have extended early offers although the Pack and UNC appear to hold an early lead. Clyburn visited for junior day back in January an is a prospect State has a very good shot at landing. The potential is there for an early commitment so it won’t come as a surprise if State pushes hard in the coming weeks.
Dontae Johnson...Johnson has emerged as one of the northeast’s top defensive backs and has earned offers thus far from NC State, Michigan State, Virginia, Connecticut and Maryland among others. Although he appeared to be a slight lean to Michigan State and Maryland early on, visits to Virginia and NC State have him wide open at the current time. The Wolfpack will push hard to get him back on campus in the coming months and appear to have as good a shot as anyone currently.
Frank Tamakloe...Tamakloe is a new name on the radar that State recently offered. In addition to the Pack, Tamakloe also boasts pledges from UNC, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin. After a recent visit to NC State, Tamakloe sounded very high on the Wolfpack and it appears State has solidified itself as a major player for his commitment. Maryland will pose a stiff challenge, however. Tamakloe will likely make a decision before the end of the summer.