Ten of the Pack's Most Wanted

With six commitments in for the class of 2009, NC State has filled roughly a third of the spots for next year's recruiting class. Pack Pride takes a detailed look at ten of the top prospects remaining on the Wolfpack's board.

With six commitments in for the class of 2009, NC State has filled roughly a third of the spots for next year’s recruiting class. Pack Pride takes a detailed look at ten of the top prospects remaining on the Wolfpack’s board.

NOTE: This list is the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and is in no way connected to any recruiting board of the NC State coaching staff.


1. OT Xavier Nixon...6-6, 270 pounds, 5.0 in the 40...Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville, NC

- Nixon very well may be the top prospect on NC State’s board regardless of position. Rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation, he is a monster priority for the Wolfpack coaching staff as they look to raise the talent level along their offensive line. Nixon has avoided the recruiting scene for the most part so discerning particular favorites has been tough. However, we feel that State is a legitimate contender along with schools like Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, LSU and UNC. It will be important for State to host Nixon as often as possible over the next few months as out of state schools will likely try to convince him not to make an official visit to Raleigh. One key indicator of how big a player the Pack will be with Nixon is whether they can land one of those all-important official visits....Recruiter....Bridge


2. ATH Zach Greene...5-10, 170 pounds, 4.4 in the 40...Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, NC

- Greene is a prospect NC State needs to land for two reasons. First is the speed and athleticism Greene brings to the football field. He is cat-quick and could be an early contributor, especially at punt or kick returner. Secondly, Greene has every tie imaginable to the NC State program. The Pack was his first offer. Greene’s father played at NC State and he’s been raised around Wolfpack football. The quarterback for his Leesville Road squad is the son of current offensive coordinator Dana Bible. There have been some legacy misses for the Pack over the past few years so landing Greene in the class of 2009 is certainly important. Duke and South Carolina have also offered and comprise his top three along with NC State....Recruiter...Bible


3. RB David Sims...5-11, 200 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Calhoun County High School, St Matthews, SC

- Sims is a national-caliber recruit that NC State has emerged as a serious player for. The Pack was one of the first schools to identify him as a future running back and that fact has played a huge role in establishing State as one of Sim’s top schools. At this point South Carolina may be the biggest hurdle for the Pack. The Gamecocks originally targeted Sims as a defensive back but recently changed that to running back once it became clear he wasn’t interested in defense. One fact going for State and something they can easily sell is playing time. When the 2010 season rolls around, Andre Brown will have graduated and both Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene will be seniors.....Recruiter...Bridge


4. DE Justin Foxx...6-3, 230 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Victory Christian School, Charlotte, NC

- Early word had Duke and NC State at the top for Foxx but that was before he attended football camp at Virginia Tech recently. Afterwards, it appeared VT had pulled even with the Pack and Blue Devils at the very least. In this particular battle, time is on the Pack’s side. The Hokies are quickly running out of scholarships and a greyshirt won’t be a viable option when it comes to Foxx. If State can survive the next week or so without him pulling the trigger for Virginia Tech then we think the Pack will be in great as decision time rolls around in August. One of the keys in State’s favor is location and proximity to home. Something to keep an eye on is whether the Pack is able to get Foxx back on campus over the next few weeks. If they are, that could bode very well for their chances....Recruiter...Bridge


5. DT Eric McDaniel...6-2, 300 pounds, 5.2 in the 40...Calhoun (GA) High School

- Defensive tackle has become a huge need for the NC State coaching staff. While it won’t be surprising to see a junior college name or two surface in the fall, one high school standout getting big interest from the Pack is McDaniel. At this point it is clear that Louisville leads the way for his commitment. However, there appears to be a decent shot of him making a visit to Raleigh before a decision is made. That trip will be key as State tries to gain ground on the Cardinals. The Pack has had recent success in the state of Georgia recently and they’d love to continue that trend by landing McDaniel....Recruiter...McCollum


6. RB Bud Golden...6-0, 190 pounds, 4.45 in the 40...Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, OH

- It’s a safe bet you haven’t heard a lot about Golden but we think the potential is there for State to make a run at him before all is said and done. The biggest challenge for the Pack may simply be to get him out of Big 10 country. Indiana and Illinois pose the biggest threats to land him and he obviously has more familiarity with those two programs. However, the Pack has done a very good job of recruiting him and an early season official visit is a definite possibility. Golden and David Sims give NC State two solid options for taking a second running back in the class of 2009....Recruiter...Horton


7. CB Dean Haynes...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4 in the 40...NW Whitfield County High School, Tunnel Hill, GA

- In all honesty, we’re somewhat surprised Haynes hasn’t committed to State already. He seemed to be right on the brink within the last ten days but hasn’t pulled the trigger as of yet. As it is, State is in tremendous position to land him. Haynes brings good size, athleticism and speed to the corner position and his commitment would give State yet another star player from the state of Georgia. The only fly in the ointment to landing him would be if a school such as Georgia Tech came along and tried to get Haynes to delay his decision. At this point, there’s nothing to suggest that is the case so he remains on commitment-watch for the time being....Recruiter...McCollum


8. LB Hans Rice...63, 205 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Eufaula (AL) High School

- The Pack had solid success last year at the linebacker position and that has carried over to the class of 2009 with a commitment from Ryan Cheek. It appears State would love to land just one additional ‘backer in this class and it would seem they have the most need for a weakside LB. With his size, speed and play-making ability, Rice would appear to be a perfect fit. It appears to be a three horse race for him right now between Central Florida, Vanderbilt and NC State. If decision day were tomorrow, we feel UCF may be the team. However, Rice has been adamant about visiting State before reaching a decision although as of last week when we contacted him, he did not have a date set. In this particular battle, State can really push that he would be the final LB taken. What it will all boil down to most likely will be how well Rice’s visit to State goes down the road....Recruiter...McCollum


9. CB Josh Hunter...6-2, 175 pounds, 4.45 in the 40...Mallard Creek, Charlotte, NC 

- Hunter has quickly shot up the charts over the summer and emerged as one of the state’s top prospects. With his unusual combination of size and speed for the cornerback position, he has become a major priority for the NC State coaching staff. Circumstances have prevented Hunter from being able to visit Raleigh and that is critical for the Pack’s chances. He seems somewhat intrigued by the out of state programs- most noticeably Virginia Tech and South Carolina although we feel the Hokies won’t be that big of a factor. We definitely wouldn’t write off the Pack in this race and they could be a sleeper for down the road....Recruiter...Bridge


10. WR Jheranie Boyd...6-3, 185 pounds, 4.45 in the 40...Ashbrook High School, Gastonia, NC

- If you’re completely honest then State certainly doesn’t appear to be in as favorable a position with Boyd as they were back in the early spring. However, we’re stubborn and because he’s such an important prospect for the Wolfpack, we had to list him here. Boyd is a player that genuinely enjoys just about every school he visits and as such, his recruiting favorites have been all over the place. There has been talk of Boyd being a package deal with DT Curtis Porter from Victory Christian which would likely eliminate State as they don’t appear to have interest in Porter. However, we don’t think that will ultimately play a major role in Boyd’s recruiting. What has probably dropped State down the list has been their inability to get Boyd back on campus during the summer. That will happen this fall and will go a long ways towards determining whether State will be in the battle to stay....Recruiter...Bridge


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