LOI #11: Anthony Talbert

Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods tight end Anthony Talbert has signed with NC State!

Anthony Talbert
Scout Rating:
Scout Rank: No. 102 Tight End in the nation
Size: 6-4, 230 pounds
Hometown: Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati, OH

Projected position at NC State: Tight End

Accolades: No. 90 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine...No. 77 tight end in the nation by ESPN...recognized for his academic achievement during the first half of the 2008-09 school year...rated the No. 7 tight end in Ohio by Ohio Varsity...used primarily as a blocking tight end for Winton Woods but has also seen time at defensive end...recruited by NC State offensive line coach Don Horton

Commit Date: 9/28/2008

Recruiting Scene: Talbert boasted scholarship offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio among others. However, it was a pledge from NC State in September that led to a quick commitment and the Pack's first tight end verbal for the class of 2009.

NC State began scouting Talbert in the spring of 2008 but didn't offer until after his first game in September. Although he had a pretty good idea that he was going to commit to the Pack beforehand, Talbert quickly made a visit to NC State after receiving the offer and subsequently committed to the Wolfpack while on that trip. Talbert was swayed by the Pack's facilities and commitment to football and liked State's depth chart at his position. He remained solid for NC State throughout the rest of the recruiting year.

Why NCSU? "I knew for a couple of weeks that I would be going to NC State. It was mainly after I started talking to the coaches. I realize how good a program it is. They are in the ACC, and it doesn't get much better than that.

"My mom came up with me on my visit, and she liked it too. She likes the school a lot, and it is a beautiful campus. What she liked the most was the coaching staff. She thought the coaches seemed to be all about the kids on the team and not just about it being a business. She feels like they really care about the players, and I know that was important to her."

Duane Long, Ohio High Magazine: Talbert was not what I expected but that is not a bad thing. I did not see him until recently. I thought he was going to be a defensive end.

There is, in fact, no defensive line play on the film. Not one play. It is all Talbert as a tight end. I do not even know if he played any defense. An athlete of this caliber would have made some impact plays on defense if he played.

As a tight end, I like what I see very much. He is an old school tight end. Everyone wants the field stretchers, the tight ends like NFL ends Kellen Winslow and Jeremy Shockey. Talbert is more like Ohio State recruit Nic DiLillo from last year. He is a chain mover and a safety valve. Talbert sits in the underneath zones and helps his quarterback get out of trouble. He looks athletic enough that he could create problems for the defense if he were called on to do so.

Talbert is also an outstanding blocker. I thought DiLillo was the best blocker of the outstanding tight end class of 2008 and Talbert is at least that good.

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