Scout talked with Southeast Raleigh LB Kendall Moore this week who updated his scholarship offer total which now sits at 10. While he maintains that he is open, some feel Florida State may be the team to keep an eye on. However, we wouldn’t count the Pack out just yet.
Shallotte (NC) DE Alfy Hill added offers from UNC and LSU this week to go with pledges from Alabama, Duke, Iowa State, Kentucky, New Mexico, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. While the Pack was the first team to offer and appeared to be in good shape early on, Hill maintains that he has no favorites at this point.
There was an earlier report that State had offered College Park (GA) RB Juwan Thompson but we learned in our interview with him that the Pack has yet to offer. However, Thompson expressed sincere interest in State and he may be a player to watch down the road. He does hold offers from Duke, Ole Miss and Stanford.
Southern Durham’s Tony Creecy picked up offers this week from Illinois and Kansas State while Southern Cal has started to show interest. That brings Creecy’s scholarship total to 19. NC State remains in the lead although Duke is making a huge push.
Norcross (GA) OL Max Garcia has received a verbal offer from NC State but has received just lukewarm interest from the Pack as of late. In any event, he remains open to the Wolfpack stating, “"Definitely, I like them," Garcia said. "I know they have a really nice campus and I know they're highly recommended for academics as well." Garcia currently reports offers from Alabama, Maryland, Michigan State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Remember the name DeJoshua Johnson from Pahokee, Fla. Although his favorite’s list has been all over the place he has indicated his desire to play in the ACC and named State as one of the teams he likes from that conference along with UNC and Florida State. He was teammates with current NC State signee Jarvis Byrd. Johnson plays wide receiver for Pahokee.
Everyone is waiting for news from Chapel Hill’s Rob Crisp and Pete Singer. As of now, there’s nothing new to report. The two made the trip to Georgia but there are reports the visit was shorter than what was expected. They have shut down doing interviews from what we’re hearing so that’s why nothing has really broken on the internet. We maintain that if they decide over the next several weeks then State’s chances look very good. If they hold off and decide to explore more options then the Pack is still in the game but obviously the potential arises for a new team to emerge.
NC State was one of the first programs to offer Ardrey Kell LB/DE Prince Shembo but don’t seem to be recruiting the rising senior that hard right now. He told Pack Pride this week, “"I haven't spoken to them lately," Shembo said of NC State. "I do need to call them, though. I've been kind of busy. I like the way they've recruited me. They're hard on me. I like the coaches and I'd like to go over there sometime. They're still in my head.”
The latest numbers we’re hearing for the class of 2010 is 16. Here’s a hypothetical breakdown of how the class may play out:
Running Back- 1 or 2
Wide Receiver- 0 or 1
Tight End- 0 or 1
Offensive Linemen- 3 or 4
Defensive End- 2
Defensive Tackle- 2
Safety- 1 or 2
Cornerback- 1 or 2
NC State has offered State College (PA) WR Alex Kenney and he had some positive remarks about the Pack in a recent interview with Scout. “I was at North Carolina State last spring and it’s a very nice school,” Kenney said. “When I went down it wasn’t to meet with the coaching staff, so me and my parents just walked around campus and took everything in. I did get to see the facilities and was really impressed with what they had to offer.”
Michigan State and Maryland have reportedly held the lead for Pennington (NJ) S Dontae Johnson. However, State may have chipped away at that advantage after hosting Johnson on an unofficial visit last weekend. He told Pack Pride, “I actually got in on Thursday night and we left on Saturday,” said Johnson. “I was really impressed with the campus. All the facilities were really nice. I’m actually impressed with the new facilities they’ve built. That was a plus. They have a great coaching staff and I was really impressed by that. I definitely see myself coming back for another visit in the future just to check it out and experience the atmosphere.” Johnson holds offers from NC State, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut.