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...Andre Brown
Pack is likely to sign...2 (running backs) 1 (fullback)
Number signed at this position over the last two years...2
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Moderate
Over the next two seasons, NC State will lose Andre Brown, Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene to graduation. This places added emphasis on the Wolfpack’s efforts at running back for the class of 2009. State got off to a good start by landing James Washington from Orlando, Fla but appear poised to take at least one additional running back and a fullback. The Pack appears to be in fairly good shape with several prospects headed into the start of the 2008 season.
On the board and listing the Pack
James Washington...Washington gave NC State their fourth commitment for the class of 2009 when he selected the Wolfpack over Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida and Cincinnati. He is deceptively strong for his size, moves very fluidly and is a solid overall athlete. Washington is working towards enrolling for the spring semester in 2009 which would give him a head start on preparing for next season.
David Sims....offer...NC State is making a huge push to land Sims at running back. He made an unofficial visit to State back in June. The Wolfpack along with South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Tech comprise his top four currently. At this point, NC State and USC may be the two teams to beat as they have both offered as a running back. Interestingly, NC State and South Carolina’s season opening contest could have some influence on Sims as he’ll likely be in attendance.
Bud Golden...offer...Golden is a player that State has been on for quite some time and appear to have a decent shot with. Realistically, it may be very tough to get him out of Big 10 country. However, at this point Indiana, Illinois and NC State appear to be the main players. Since the Pack is unlikely to host him over the next few weeks, it is imperative that they land an official visit with him this fall.
Marcus Green...offer...Green is a player that NC State offered as a fullback during the spring. The Pack appeared to be in pretty good shape based on the fact that they extended the offer although Green admitted he didn’t know much about the Wolfpack at the time. He also has quite a bit of interest in Virginia and Penn State although an offer from either looks unlikely at this point.
Deuce Finch...offer...The Wolfpack reportedly offered Finch several months ago but have been on the fringe of his favorite’s list throughout the spring and summer. While State appears to be in the race, Kentucky, Louisville and Stanford look to hold an advantage. Finch has yet to visit NC State so the Pack will likely need to utilize an official visit to get him on campus. For now, he appears to be a longshot.
Antoin Scriven...Scriven is an under the radar player from Citrus, Fla that the Pack has offered. He has completely avoided the recruiting scene so we have basically no idea on his interest level in State. His coach has indicated that the Wolfpack is a player but that’s about the extent of it currently.
Kevin Fogg...Fogg is one of North Carolina’s better running backs. Although smallish, Fogg has shown the ability to be productive when healthy. After an injury-plagued year in 2007, Fogg should be back to 100% for his senior season. At this point State is involved but whether they will offer looks questionable. Fogg will likely need to put together a monster season to attract more division one interest.
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