The signing class hails from 11 different states, plus a U.S. Territory, and covers almost every position on the field. "Just like last year, we needed to shore up every position," said O'Brien.
"Our staff did a great job of finding young men with great talent and great character. We feel very good about the class."
5-11 • 180 • Athlete
Cartersville, Ga. • Cartersville HS
Spent the majority of his time at running back for Coach Frank Barden at Cartersville High School … Rushed for over 1,200 yards during senior season and scored 10 touchdowns… Also played wide receiver and cornerback as a senior… Named first-team all-state in 2008 …Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Georgia Top 150…As a junior, ran for 1,400 yards… Named to the Prep Star All-Southeast Region class of 2009… Also competes on his school's track team in the 100 and 200-meter sprints.
6-2 • 200 • Safety
Boca Raton, Fla. • Boca Raton HS
Safety who registered 108 tackles and five interceptions during his senior campaign at Boca Raton High School, where he played for Coach Eddie Giersbook… Returned one interception for a touchdown in 2008… Also caught 45 passes for 600 yards and eight touchdowns as a wide receiver… A first team all-conference selection in 2007… Also named to the Class 2A all-county squad in 2006… Named to the Prep Star All-Southeast region class of 2009.
5-11 • 180 • Cornerback
Pahokee, Fla. • Pahokee HS
Cornerback who played varsity all four years at Pahokee High School for Coach Blaze Thompson… Registered more than 60 tackles and three sacks during his senior season… Also had one interception, 15 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles in 2008… Blocked three punts and two field goals as a senior … Helped lead his team to the Class 2B state championship game… Named to the Class 2B all-state first team following his senior campaign and to the small-school all-area first team defense… Played on the American team in the 2008 Treasure Coast All-Star game… Named a Prep Star All-American as a senior.
6-4 • 250 • Defensive End
Groton, Mass. • Lawrence Academy
Played defensive end at Lawrence Academy for Coach Michael Taylor… Scored two touchdowns as a senior… Helped lead the Spartans to a 7-1 record during his senior campaign, with the only loss coming in the ISL Championship game… Rated the No. 5 overall recruit in Massachusetts by Rivals.com… Named to Prep Star's All-East Region class of 2009… Also a standout forward on the basketball team, he was offered several scholarships to play on the hardwood… Invited to the Reebok All-American camp for basketball… Father, Darryl Bishop, was the first African-American to earn a basketball scholarship at the University of Kentucky, also played football at Kentucky and then went on to the NFL.
6-6 • 340 • Offensive Line
North Plainfield, N.J. • North Plainfield HS
Spent most of his high school career on the defensive line at North Plainfield High School for Coach Robert Lake… Recorded 36 tackles, 14 for a loss, as a senior… Tallied eight tackles, five for loss, caused two fumbles, and blocked an extra point in his final game… The 17th-rated prospect in New Jersey according to Rivals.com… Throughout his junior season, registered 56 tackles, 22 for loss, and nine sacks… Earned first-team all-conference, all-county, all-area and all-state group two honors as a junior… Named to Prep Star's All-East Region class of 2009… Also led his basketball team to the state tournament.
6-1 • 230 • Linebacker
Lancaster, Ohio • Lancaster HS
Played linebacker for Coach Rob Carpenter at Lancaster High School… Registered 66 tackles, two sacks, and grabbed two interceptions during his senior campaign… Also played running back, rushing for 751 yards on 124 carries and 13 touchdowns in 2008… As a quarterback, completed 15-of-31 pass attempts for 234 yards and five touchdowns as a senior… Voted a 2008 all-area special mention… As a junior, tallied 88 tackles, 2.5 sacks, snagged two interceptions, and had one fumble recovery for 60 yards… Also rushed for 377 yards on 44 carries and completed seven passes for 163 yards and a touchdown as a junior… Selected to the all-state second team, as well as earning all-district, all-area, and all-conference honors as a junior… Prep Star named him to the All-Midwest Region class of 2009.
6-6 • 285 • Offensive Line
Woodstock, Ga. • Woodstock HS
Part of the offensive line at Woodstock High School for Coach Mike O'Brien… A three-star recruit who competed as a defensive end in Georgia's North-South all-star game… Helped his team win seven games in a row before a one-point playoff loss to eventual state champion Camden during his senior season… Named first-team all-state…Named to Georgia Top 150…Named to the All-Southeast Region class of 2009 by Prep Star.
6-4 • 225 • Defensive End
Charlotte, N.C. • Northside Christian Academy
Tallied 73 tackles during his senior season, including 18 in the season opener as a defensive end at Northside Christian Academy for Coach Brenston Buckner… Also had two fumble recoveries, blocked two field goals, and tallied 22 sacks in 2008… Contributed to the offense as a wide receiver, making five catches for 28 yards as a senior… Played on the North Carolina team in the 2008 Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic… Recorded 18 sacks his junior season at Victory Christian… Named to Prep Star's All-Atlantic Region class of 2009… Also played basketball for his high school.
6-2 • 225 • Linebacker
High Point, N.C. • High Point Central HS
As a senior linebacker at High Point Central High School under Coach Wayne Jones, recorded 105 tackles, 17 sacks, 10 other tackles for loss, and grabbed two interceptions… Registered 74 tackles, and 13 sacks his junior year… Was named all-conference as a junior and senior… Named to the All-Atlantic Region class of 2009 by Prep Star.
6-3 • 250 • Defensive Line
Southport, N.C. • South Brunswick HS
A four-year starter at South Brunswick High School for Coach Gordon Walters, he recorded 90 tackles, including 20 for loss, and 10 sacks during his senior season… Scored three touchdowns on defense as a senior… Also played tight end, pulling down 10 receptions and four touchdowns in 2008… Helped lead his team to the third round of the 2AA state playoffs… Named all-conference in 2008 and 2007… Led South Brunswick in sacks for three seasons (2006-08)… Named to the All-Atlantic Region Class of 2009 by Prep Star… Also ran track in the 100 and 200-meter events.
6-6 • 325 • Offensive Line
Gaffney, S.C. • Gaffney Senior HS
Played offensive tackle at Gaffney Senior High School for Coach Phil Strickland and is rated the No. 5 overall prospect in South Carolina…The number 6 rated offensive guard by Scout.com…Was a two time all-region and all-area (Spartanburg) player in high school and in 2008 was voted first-team all-state by the Associated Press, Coaches Poll, Media Poll, and HSSR Poll … Participated in the Shrine Bowl following his senior campaign…Named to the All-Atlantic Region class of 2009 by Prep Star…During his senior year, his overall blocking grade was 84% and he graded out at 80% or higher in 10 out of 13 games…Tallied 62 knockdown blocks and 30 pancake blocks in the 2008 season…A member of the Giving Back Organization and an Honor Roll student in 2008.
5-11 • 178 • Cornerback
Tunnel Hill, Ga. • Northwest Whitfield County HS
Played most of his senior season at quarterback and running back under Coach Mike Falluer at Northwest Whitfield County High School … Led the area in rushing with 878 yards and 18 touchdowns… Passed for 782 yards and three scores to lead the area with 121 points scored… Selected as the player of the year for the area… Given the Bruin Award for best all-around player as a senior… A Class 4A first-team all-state selection his senior year… Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Georgia Top 150…Named to the All-Southeast Region class of 2009 by Prep Star… During his junior campaign, he registered 99 tackles, and seven interceptions… Also played running back, rushing 43 times for 428 yards and nine touchdowns in 2007… Tallied 56 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore… Named to the all-area team for three straight years, as a defensive back his sophomore and junior seasons, and as the quarterback his senior year… Also ran track.
6-4 • 190 • Wide Receiver
Anderson, S.C. • T.L. Hanna HS
Attended T.L. Hanna High School and played for Coach Kenya Fouch… As a senior, played quarterback, completing 15 of 33 passes for 284 yards and 3 TD's…Rushed 43 times for 288 yards, caught 23 passes for 359 yards and three TDs …Was selected to the 2008 HSSR Class AAAA All-State Offensive Team … Selected and participated in the 2008 SCADA North-South All-Star game…2008 All Region 1 AAAA Football selection… A member of the Anderson County All-Area team in 2007 and 2008 … Voted Anderson Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week In 2008 … T.L. Hanna High School Most Valuable Offensive Player for 2008 … Also won one of Hanna's Permanent Captains Award in 2007 and 2008 … As a junior, pulled down 51 passes for 822 yards and nine touchdowns… A 2007 All-Region 1 AAAA Football Selection… Named his school's Best Receiver Award in 2007 … Named to Prep Star's All-Atlantic Region class of 2009 … Also played basketball, where he was an all-tournament selection in Anderson County 2008, and ran track … Selected by faculty and students to the T.L. Hanna Who's Who 2008… A newspaper staff sportswriter and a member of the Student Leadership Summit … A three year volunteer for the Special Olympics.
6-2 • 200 • Safety, Quarterback
Fayetteville, N.C. • Jack Britt HS
Completed 63 of 133 passes for 1,100 yards, and threw eight touchdowns during his senior campaign at Jack Britt High School under Coach Richard Bailey … Also rushed for 1,100 yards on 156 carries and 15 touchdowns and caught five passes for 134 yards and four touchdowns… Responsible for 27 total TD's last season ... Served as a punter in 2008, punting 21 times for 809 yards – his longest was a 72-yarder … A Shrine Bowl selection ... As a junior, completed 77 of 160 passes for 754 yards and threw five touchdowns … Also rushed for 1,105 yards on 183 carries and scored 13 touchdowns in 2007 … Named his region's Player of the Year and his team MVP as a junior ... A two-time all-region performer ... Tallied 300 yards of total offense in the state title game, he was named the MVP of that contest ... Scored 152 total points as a kicker ... Named to the NC Preps and AP all-state first teams in 2008 and to the All-Atlantic Region class of 2009 by Prep Star.
6-2 • 320 • Defensive Tackle
Brandywine, Md. • Gwynn Park HS
Started all four seasons at Gwynn Park High School for Coach Danny Hayes… Registered 68 tackles, including four sacks, and had one interception as a senior… Tallied 35 tackles and six sacks his junior year… Named first-team all-county as a sophomore… Named to Prep Star's All-Atlantic Region class of 2009… Also member of the track team, competing in the shot put.
6-2 • 205 • Linebacker
Eufaula, Ala. • Eufaula HS
Rated the nation's 25th-best weak side linebacker by Scout.com after his time at Eufaula High School under Coach Dan Klages… Tallied 87 tackles and had three interceptions his senior season… Registered 82 tackles (47 solo and 35 assists), and six tackles for loss as a junior… Also talllied one sack and caused two fumbles in 2007… Named to Prep Star's All-Southeast region class of 2009 … Also played basketball.
6-3 • 275 • Defensive Tackle
Tucker, Ga. • Tucker HS
Named a top-five defensive lineman at the U.S. Army All-American combine, he missed his entire senior campaign after severely dislocating his ankle on the second play of the season… Played defensive tackle at Tucker High School for Coach Frank Stevens … Tallied 35 tackles, 12 for loss, and three sacks in 14 games as a junior … As a sophomore, made 44 tackles and six sacks … A member of the Atlanta Journal Constitution's "The Georgia 150" ... Honor roll student who was a member of the chess club and worked with Habitat for Humanity.
6-3 • 290 • Defensive Tackle
Ashburn, Va. • Stone Bridge HS
Played defensive tackle at Stone Bridge High School for Coach Mickey Thompson… Recorded 72 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, and blocked two kicks as a senior… Tallied 65 tackles and six sacks as a junior… Helped lead his team to the 2007 and 2008 Group AAA Division 5 state title… A second-team all-state selection as a junior… Played his sophomore season at Kennesaw Harrison High School in Georgia, where he earned all-area, all-district, and second- team all-state honors after recording 88 tackles and 10 sacks … Named to the All-Atlantic Region class of 2009 by Prep Star.
5-11 • 175 • Cornerback
Dublin, Ga. • Dublin HS
Intercepted 10 passes as a cornerback in both his senior and junior years at Dublin High School for Coach Roger Holmes…Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Georgia Top 150 … Tallied 30 interceptions in his career … Also served as quarterback, passing for 1,300 yards and rushed for 997 in 2008 … Returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns as a senior … Named the Georgia Class AA Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2007 as voted by the media … Named Georgia Class AA Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 as voted by the coaches … A Class AA first-team all-state selection as a junior and senior … Plays point guard for Dublin's basketball team, currently ranked #1 in the state … Named to Prep Star's All-Southeast Region class of 2009.
6-4 • 230 • Tight End
Cincinnati, Ohio • Winton Woods HS
Played tight end at Winton Woods High School for Coach Troy Everhardt … Was a 2008 All-Tri-state nominee… Named to Prep Star's All-Midwest Region class of 2009… Ranked the number seven tight end by Ohiovarsity.com … The number 90 player in Ohio by Ohio Magazine … The number 77 tight end in the nation by ESPN … Also played basketball for Winton Woods … Recognized for his academic achievement during the first half of the 2008-2009 school year.
5-11 • 170 • Wide Receiver
University Heights, Ohio • Cleveland Heights HS
Competed at Cleveland Heights High School under Coach Jeff Rotsky at wide receiver … A starter as a senior, he pulled down 16 catches for 156 yards and four touchdowns… Caught 40 passes for 573 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior… Averaged 21 yards per kickoff return, returning one for a touchdown in 2007 … Named to the All-Sun Northeast regional team his senior season … Named to Prep Star's All-Midwest region class in 2009 … Won the state championship with Cleveland Heights' track team.
6-1 • 175 • Punter
Fayetteville, Ga. • Starrs Mill HS
Served as the punter for two years under Coach Mike Earwood at Starrs Mill High School … Won the best punter award with an average punt of 42.7 yards and average hang time of 4.17 seconds at the prestigious Southern Kicking Invitational … As a senior, averaged 42 yards per punt and was 7-9 on field goals… A 2008 all-region first-team punter for the region 5-AAAA and a Class 4A first-team all-state selection his senior year… Named an all-region and all-county punter his junior year… Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Georgia Top 150 … Averaged 41.6 yards a punt in 2007 … Named to the All-Southeast Region class of 2009 by Prep Star… Has played football just two years, he was a goalkeeper in soccer and an assistant principal talked him into going out for football.
6-4 • 225 • Tight End
Rock Hill, S.C. • Rock Hill HS
Rated No. 10 at tight end by Scout.com after playing for Coach Joe Montgomery at Rock Hill High School, where he served as a captain … Tallied 16 catches for 423 yards and two touchdowns his senior season … Also played defensive end… An all-state selection ... A Shrine Bowl selection, he won the event's Outstanding Achievement Award for the highest GPA among participants ... A Shrine Bowl captain … Named to the All-Region 4-AAAA team twice … Attended the Palmetto Boys State program that recognizes outstanding high school students … Selected to represent his team at the South Carolina High School League Leadership Conference … Was also selected as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain … A member of the track and field team where he was the state runner-up in the discus throw and was an all-region performer in the discus, shot put and 110 meter hurdles … Received his school's Challenger Award for character ... Was the Rock Hill High Homecoming King … A three-time all-region tuba player … His older brother, Benjamin Watson, is a starting tight end for the New England Patriots.
6-3 • 290 • Offensive Line
Marietta, Ga. • Lassiter HS
Ranked as the No. 12 center in the nation by Scout.com … Played left tackle and center his senior year at Lassiter High School for Coach Chip Lindsey … Started his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and was a four-year letterman… Named to the AP's All-Georgia team as a senior… Named to Prep Star's All-Southeast Region class of 2009… Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's "The Georgia 150"… Father, Jeff, was an All-American swimmer at Arkansas… Also played lacrosse and swam … Swimming helped him gain unique speed and mobility for his size.
ALREADY ENROLLED AT NC STATE
6-0 • 210 • Safety, Linebacker
Detroit, Mich. • The Hun School (N.J.)
Spent his senior campaign as a safety and running back for Coach Dave DuDeck at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. ... In eight games last season, rushed for 803 yards and seven TDs, while forcing five fumbles and racking up 74 tackles on defense ... Named first-team All-Prep League ... Named to Prep Star's All-East Region class of 2009… Previously, played for Coach George Purritt at Orchard Lake St. Mary's in Michigan ... An honorable mention all-state performer and All-Catholic first-teamer ... Played in the longest state championship game in Michigan history - five overtimes ... Son of Donald Coleman, Sr., and April Coleman, who is deceased ... Says his mother was the inspiration for him to continue to work to earn a Division I scholarship after high school ... Born 1/31/90.
6-7 • 295 • Offensive Line
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. • Fuquay-Varina HS/ Hargrave Military Academy
Originally signed with NC State in the spring of 2008, but attended Hargrave Military Academy last semester ... Played offensive guard and tackle at Hargrave for Coach Robert Prunty ... Was ranked as the nation's No. 11 Prep school player in the nation after his high school campaign... Also earned the Military Order of the World Wars Leadership Award ... An all-conference performer for David Riggs at Fuquay-Varina High School, where he played defensive end and offensive tackle ... His father, Alberto, is from Chiquiri, Panama and his mother, Shirley, is from Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Born 11/7/89.
6-3 • 285 • Defensive Tackle
Pago Pago, American Samoa HS • New Mexico Military Junior College
In his sophomore year at the New Mexico Military JC, tallied 26 tackles, including 12 for a loss and 2.5 sacks… Also had one fumble recovery and returned it 14 yards… Attended Samoana High School, where he played for Coach Jeff Lynn, and played rugby and competed on the rowing team… Named to the Prep Star All-Midlands Region class of 2009.
James Washington III
5'11" • 185 • Running Back
Orlando, Fla. • Boone HS
Rushed for 1,874 yards on 244 carries during his senior campaign at Boone High School under Phil Ziglar, an average of over nine yards per carry ... Also scored 21 touchdowns en route to leading his squad to the 6-A state semifinals ... Named to the All-Atlantic Region class of 2009 by Prep Star… As a junior, tallied 1,761 yards and 14 TDs and led his team to the 6-A state finals ... Set the Boone career rushing record with 4,731 yards ... A two-time All-Orange County, All-Metro Conference and All-Central Florida performer ... An honorable mention All-6A performer in 2007 and a third-team performer in 2008 ... Nicknamed "Lightning Bolt" ... Son of Natasha and James Washington, Jr. ... Born 12/23/90.