Ten to Watch: Leaving the Borders

Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at ten out-of-state prospects that will likely figure heavily into the Wolfpack's recruiting plans over the next several months.

Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at ten out-of-state prospects that will likely figure heavily into the Wolfpack’s recruiting plans over the next several months.

Ten To Watch: Leaving The Borders
Ten out-of-state prospects who are receiving heavy interest from NC State.

DE Zack McCray...6-4, 240 pounds...Lynchburg, VA

Notes....McCray is one of the east coast’s top defensive ends and boasts offers from the likes of NC State, UNC, LSU and Virginia Tech among others. He made a trip to Raleigh for the Pack’s junior day and came away impressed and spoke of his relationship with Wolfpack DL coach Keith Willis. At this point UNC and Virginia Tech likely pose the biggest threat but State is in the game.

DE Brandon Burrows...6-3, 235 pounds...Marietta, GA

Notes....Burrows made an earlier unofficial visit to NC State and that trip helped solidify the Pack in his top five. Since that time he has landed offers from Georgia and Oklahoma and lists those two schools along with NC State, Florida and Alabama in his top five. It is important that State get Burrows back on campus in the coming months so that they can keep pace with the other heavy hitters on his list.

ATH Synjyn Days...6-0, 195 pounds...Powder Springs, GA

Notes....Days is a versatile prospect that plays quarterback but has the skill set to project at wide receiver or safety as well. He made a visit to State for junior day a couple of months back and declared the Pack his leader afterwards. Although State has yet to offer, it is conceivable that they could at some point as an athlete and then make a determination on recruiting him as a QB after he camps this summer. Oklahoma State has offered. The Pack appears to be in very good shape at this point.

DL Brice Laughlin...6-3, 280 pounds...Summerville, SC

Notes....Laughlin is a tremendous talent that visited State for junior day and came away listing the Pack as his top school. Maryland has since offered and the Terps, along with Clemson now comprise his top three. State is keeping a close eye on Laughlin’s academics and he has worked hard to improve his standing. We believe he will make strides with his class work and won’t be surprised to see the Wolfpack offer at some point.

S Dontae Johnson...6-3, 185 pounds...Pennington, NJ

Notes....Johnson is one of New Jersey’s top defenders and holds early offers from NC State, Virginia, Michigan State and Maryland among others. The Pack fell behind some of the other schools but seemed to make up some ground after hosting him on a recent unofficial visit. DB’s coach Mike Reed is leading the charge for Johnson and has made inroads with him. For now, Johnson isn’t naming any favorites but did indicate he’ll visit State again in the coming months.

DT Thomas Teal...6-2, 330 pounds...Bennettsville, SC

Notes....NC State has become much more active in the state of South Carolina behind the efforts of TE coach Jim Bridge. The latest Palmetto prospect to land a Wolfpack offer is Teal. Teal has indicated interest in the Pack and is also considering Illinois who has offered, as well as South Carolina, Clemson and UNC. Marlboro County is a school that NC State has been very active at in the past.

DE James Kittredge...6-4, 250 pounds...Ramsey, NJ

Notes....Kittredge holds offers from Rutgers, NC State, Virginia, Central Florida, Maryland, Duke and Pittsburgh. He made a visit to NC State for junior day back in February and seemed to come away impressed. At this point Kittredge is not naming any favorites although Rutgers could quietly be the team to beat. It will be crucial for the Wolfpack to get Kittredge back on campus in the coming months.

DT Evan Hailes...6-2, 320 pounds...Chesapeake, VA

Notes....NC State was one of the first schools to offer Hailes although he now boasts pledges from LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and California among others. He has made a couple of unofficial visits to State and those trips have helped establish the Pack as a major player. The Pack held an early lead after his junior day visit although he seems to be more open at this point. In any event, the Pack is positioned extremely well with Hailes headed into the summer camp season.

LB Travis Williams...6-3, 200 pounds...Norfolk, VA

Notes....Williams has been hot and cold on NC State but there would appear to be plenty of time for the Wolfpack to re-establish their standing with the rising senior. He made a couple of unofficial visits to State last year which helped build a foundation but the Pack needs to get him back on campus in the coming months. Virginia Tech, UNC, Louisville, Penn State and West Virginia are the main competition at this point.

TE Alex Welch...6-4, 225 pounds...Cincinnati, OH

Notes...NC State was the first to offer Welch and that move has helped maintain the Wolfpack as one his top schools. He has since earned a bevy of scholarships from the likes of Cincinnati, Boston College, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Northwestern among others. He has plans to visit NC State in the coming weeks and that trip will be crucial for the Pack. He currently lists a top four that includes NC State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Boston College.

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