There will be much on the line as NC State takes on the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Pack will be looking for their sixth win of the season which would make them bowl eligible. It will also be a huge recruiting weekend as State welcomes in 10 prospects for the class of 2009. Pack Pride takes a look at the players expected to be be on their official visits to NC State this weekend.
RB Morgan Alexander...5-11, 170 pounds, 4.47 in the 40...Cartersville (GA)
Notes...Solid athlete that could play running back, slot receiver or cornerback. Has already made an official visit to Louisville. Unless another school gets involved late it appears his decision will come down to NC State or Louisville. It is possible a decision could come after his visit to Raleigh.
DE Ryan Davis...6-4, 250 pounds...Cerritos College
Notes...Davis is a sleeper prospect that has put up solid numbers in 2008. Through 11 games Davis had 32 tackles, 17 quarterback hurries, five sacks, 11 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. He has attracted a lot of PAC-10 attention but not much is known about his interest in NC State.
At a Scout.com combine in the spring, Davis measured in at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, benched 225 pounds 19 times, posted a 4.77 40-yard dash, ripped off a 4.44 shuttle and vertically jumped 35.3 inches.
S Brandan Bishop...6-1, 200 pounds, 4.54 in the 40...Boca Raton (Fl)
Notes...Bishop has received offers from NC State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia and plans to visit all three schools. Syracuse is also involved and appears close to offering as well. He plans to take several official visits so a decision doesn’t appear to be likely in the near future. It may be January before he decides.
OL Travis Bond...6-7, 330 pounds, 5.28 in the 40...Bertie High School, Windsor, NC
Notes...The consensus No 2 offensive linemen in North Carolina behind Jack Britt’s Xavier Nixon. He has already officially visited Michigan and after his trip to Raleigh this weekend, plans to visit UNC in December. The Heels have been considered the team to beat for some time.
TE Darryl Cato-Bishop...6-3, 240 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Lawrence Academy, Dorchester, Ma
Notes...Cato-Bishop is a dual-sport star that is also a very solid basketball player. He has been almost completely off the recruiting radar in 2008 so it will be interesting to see where he stands after his visit to NC State.
DT Tyson Chandler...6-6, 340 pounds...North Plainfield (NJ) High School
Notes...Chandler is a prospect that State has been on for months and has been recruiting the hardest. It is possible the Pack could land a commitment this weekend. However, there’s the chance that State could continue to monitor him but we should know more after his visit.
S Jarrell Harrison...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.55 in the 40...CC of San Francisco (Ca)
Notes...Harrison is a very talented safety that excels in run support and fits the mold of what the Pack is looking for. He has already visited Arizona and Missouri. Harrison originally signed with UNLV and plans to visit them as well. It is possible State could land him this weekend although odds may be against it.
DT Edwin Herbert...6-4, 295 pounds...CC of San Francisco
Notes..Herbert is a big-time defensive tackle prospect that State offered several weeks ago. He is teammates with Jarrell Harrison and originally committed to Tennessee. Herbert is still considering the Vols and plans to visit Colorado and Arkansas as well. This would be a huge pickup for State if they were able to pull it off.
DT Nathan Mageo...6-4, 280 pounds, 4.96 in the 40...New Mexico Military
Notes...Mageo, originally from American Samoa, just committed to Hawaii this past week but appears to be following through on his decision to visit NC State. Obviously it would appear to be an uphill battle but we’ll have to see how it goes after his visit.
LB Antwon Higgs...6-2, 243 pounds...Pompano Beach (Fl) High School
Notes...Higgs has already visited Louisville and the Cards, along with NC State and South Carolina appear to be the three main players. South Carolina has been the leader for weeks and they will receive their visit in December.