Pack Pride takes a look back and reviews all of the NC State football recruiting news from this past week.
The NC State coaches spent this past week visiting various prospects across their respective recruiting regions. Pack Pride heard that special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie was hitting schools along the eastern side of South Carolina while Don Horton visited prospects in Ohio. Running back’s coach Jason Swepson visited Southern Durham’s Tony Creecy again this week and made a stop to check in on Mount Zion’s Hakeem Vinson.
Speaking of Vinson, his destination for next year still appears to be up in the air but could ultimately end up staying at Mount Zion.
As for Creecy, Duke continues to be a nemesis and his lead recruiter for the Blue Devils, Scottie Montgomery, reportedly found a way to be in attendance for Southern’s award’s banquet held last week. The Pack continues to lead as Creecy routinely wears Wolfpack gear to his workouts and the potential is there for a decision to come sometime in June.
Another prospect Pack Pride is continuing to keep a close eye on is West Brunswick’s Alfy Hill. We think a decision could still come in the next two months if not sooner. The State coaches visited with him again and may have closed the gap with Carolina to some degree. The Pack will probably need to focus on getting Hill and his family on campus in the coming weeks. While Hill may rank State highly, there are reports that indicate his family is pushing UNC.
Defensive tackle is one of the more important target areas for the class of 2010 and Pack Pride detailed the major prospects listing the Pack in an article posted this week. At this point, Eric Young, Ethan Farmer and Thomas Teal may prove to be the Pack’s best bets.
Pack Pride spoke with Teal this week who talked about his visit to State back in April. He told us, “I got to see the stadium and everything,” he said. “It’s a good school. They’ve got loyal fans and I like the atmosphere up there. Coach Bridge is recruiting me and we’ve talked a couple of times. He told me they want some big bodies that can clog up the middle. I’m planning to go back up to State for their first home game.” Teal reportedly favors USC (no offer) with State right behind.
This week we took a look at five of the story lines that have materialized through the first three months of the recruiting year. In the article we broke down the areas NC State seems to be showing the most attention, the Pack’s plan for offering a QB and State’s focus on in-state recruiting.
One of the focuses of that article was the uncertainty surrounding the recruiting of the offensive line. A prospect that State has shown some interest in is State College (PA) OL Jack Deboef. We talked to him recently and he admitted he still needs to learn more about the Pack. Deboef told Pack Pride, "Well, my coach told me I might should be expecting it (an offer), so that was a cute little way of letting me know it might be coming," he said. "I've talked to someone from NC State one other time. I don't remember who it was, though.
"Other than that they've sent me some letters. I've thought about them. I've checked out the website and done a little research, but I have to admit, I don't know much yet. I'd like to get down there and visit them sometime this summer."
Another prospect hoping to learn more about NC State is College Park (GA) RB/LB Clarence Jackson. The Pack likes him as a running back and he told us, “"I don't know too much about them yet," said Jackson. "I'm going to take a visit up there and learn more about them. Coach Reed is recruiting me for NC State... I like him. He says they like the way I run with the ball, and I can run the ball for them." You can read the rest of the article here.
2009 signee Tyson Chandler is a big body that could project on either side of the line. He is working hard to become academically eligible and gave us the latest in our recent interview.
Be on the lookout for an update on Southeast Raleigh LB Kendall Moore next week. He recently told us, “A lot can change between now and the end of the month but as of now I'm pretty high on State. Because they're one of the first schools to show interest in me and they're so close, I really like them. I know a lot about the school so they're definitely high up there."
Next up on the recruiting calendar will be a trip to Eastern Alamance High School next weekend for the invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine. Numerous Wolfpack targets will be in attendance and Pack Pride will have all the news after the event so stay tuned.