Wolfpack's Numbers for 2010 Growing Thin

The month of June was particularly productive for NC State's recruiting efforts with the Wolfpack now standing at nine verbal commitments for the class of 2010. Pack Pride takes a look at a dozen prospects that NC State appears to have the best shot at landing to help fill out the recruiting class.

The month of June has been particularly productive for NC State’s recruiting efforts with the Wolfpack now standing at nine verbal commitments for the class of 2010. With State projected to take somewhere between 7-9 more commitments in this class, the Pack is quickly running out of spots. Pack Pride takes a look at a dozen prospects that NC State appears to have the best shot at landing to help fill out next year’s recruiting class. Current projections are listed although numerous factors could impact those choices down the road.

1. S David Amerson...6-1, 180 pounds...Dudley High School, Greensboro, NC

Notes...Amerson is one of NC State’s top remaining prospects and has held the lead for him since the conclusion of camp. Although State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame are his top three, the Fighting Irish are probably the main competition. Amerson came very close to committing to the Pack a couple of weeks ago but it appears he’s going to hold off until he sees Notre Dame in person.

Current Projection...NC State

2. DE Alfy Hill...6-4, 245 pounds...West Brunswick, Shallotte, NC

Notes...Hill is the top defensive end prospect in the state in our opinion. NC State was the first school to offer but that was just the beginning of a deluge of offers that would follow. The main players at this point are UNC, State and Alabama, likely in that order. Hill is probably going to take a visit to Alabama this month. Although State has hosted Hill on several occasions, they’ve been unable to get him back on campus recently and that’s been a thorn in their side. They must get him back to Raleigh in the next two weeks to have a legitimate chance.

Current Projection...UNC

3. S Dontae Johnson...6-3, 185 pounds...The Pennington School, Pennington (NJ)

Notes...Johnson is another major target for NC State and the Pack has been on him for quite some time. He is visiting NC State over the next couple of days, and that visit is important for the Wolfpack. Johnson has mentioned taking a visit to Stanford in August but the potential is there for him to announce prior to that trip. This weekend’s visit to State will have been Johnson’s second trip to Raleigh this year.

Current Projection...NC State or Maryland

4. CB Reggie Wilkins...5-10, 180 pounds...Crest High School, Shelby, NC

Notes...The Pack was the first to offer Wilkins although they seemingly cooled a bit once it was determined they wouldn’t take a cornerback in the class of 2010. However, the transfer of CB Dominique Ellis opened up an additional spot and after a very impressive workout at the Wolfpack’s camp, Wilkins appears to be back on the radar. There’s no doubt that he really likes Carolina as well and a Heel’s offer could complicate matters but for now State leads the way. Should State land a commitment from Dontae Johnson in the near future then Wilkins’ offer from the Pack could be in jeopardy.

Current Projection...NC State

5.. LB/DE Kendall Moore...6-3, 240 pounds...Southeast Raleigh (NC) High School

Notes...Moore is a local prospect that State has recruited heavily for months. He has made numerous visits to NC State and is very familiar with the staff and surroundings. At his current size it’s very possible that he could grow into a defensive end down the road which is an obvious position of need for the Pack. For now, he officially lists NC State, Notre Dame and South Carolina as his top three. However, this will boil down to the Pack and Irish. For now, the race is simply too close to call although we should have a better grasp later in the week.

Current Projection...NC State or Notre Dame

6. TE Evan Wilson...6-6, 215 pounds...Woodstock (GA) High School

Notes...NC State is not in a position where they have to take a tight end in the class of 2010 but should they miss on Ethan Farmer, the Wilson is a prospect State could very well target. Wilson had a very solid workout for the Pack at their camp and overall, was the top performing player at that position. Although he’ll need to grow into his 6-6 frame, Wilson flashes a lot of potential. Up to this point Wilson has been largely under the radar and doesn’t boast a Wolfpack offer yet but should he get one, we think State is in great position to land him.

Current Projection...NC State should they offer

7. TE/Jumbo ATH Ethan Farmer...6-2, 257 pounds...South Columbus High School, Tabor City, NC

Notes...Farmer is probably NC State’s number one jumbo athlete on the board. With his size, athleticism and quickness, Farmer could project at a number of positions although he would appear to favor tight end. Sources tell Pack Pride that State is in good shape here and the Pack was in his top two as recently as early May. However, with the addition of several new offers, State seemingly slipped a bit in June and needs to get him back on campus to improve their chances. Throughout the recruiting process, Clemson has been a constant with Farmer.

Current Projection... Clemson

8. LB Terrell Hartsfield...6-3, 210 pounds...Hargrave Military Academy

Notes...If you’re looking for a true linebacker to add in this class then Hartsfield may be the best bet for the Wolfpack. He will spend this season at Hargrave Military Academy and is a prospect that has been to NC State many times. Currently, the Wolfpack is his only offer but players often see interest in their talents explode once they get to Hargrave so what seems like a slam dunk now could potentially turn into a heated battle down the road.

Current Projection...NC State

9. DL Fre’Shad Hunter...6-4, 245 pounds...Cary (NC) High School

Notes...NC State remains in great shape with Hunter, but academics could eventually play a factor in his final decision. Hunter recently mentioned that a poor academic start to his high school career has put him behind, but he is working hard to qualify academically. East Carolina has moved into the mix, and the Pirates could certainly be a viable option if Hunter has to enroll as a partial qualifier. Other programs such as Tennessee and LSU are also under consideration, but if his grade situation can be cleared up Hunter will likely be a member of NC State's 2010 class.

Current Projection...NC State or East Carolina

10. ATH Synjyn Days...6-2, 205 pounds...Hillgrove High School, Powder Springs, GA

Notes...Days is a very talented athlete that certainly impressed at NC State’s football camp in June. However, he likely won’t project at quarterback for the Pack and State has several other defensive backs ahead of him on the board. Should the Wolfpack decide to extend an offer at some point then they could become a player but time is likely not on their side. One caveat would be Days’ brother Jabari. Currently, only Toledo has offered both which could make them a player. However, Georgia Tech says they will give Days a shot at QB which is his preferred position.

Current Projection...Georgia Tech

11. DT Eric Young...6-3, 360 pounds...Hillside High School, Durham, NC

Notes...Young may be one of the better in-state prospects that no one is talking about. He is dominating at times from his defensive tackle spot and moves extremely well for a player in excess of 300 pounds. Shortly after the commitment of Southern Durham’s Tony Creecy, there was a rumor that Young may have been close behind. However, that never materialized. For now there doesn’t appear to be a definite timeline for Young although it would appear possible he could make a decision virtually at any time.

Current Projection...NC State

12. OL Robbie Havenstein...6-7, 340 pounds...Linganore High School, Frederick, MD

Notes...Havenstein may be one of the bigger reaches on this list but physically, he would seem to match up well with what State would like to land with their final offensive line spot. The Pack recently hosted Havenstein on a visit and that was crucial for State to have any legitimate shot. As things stand now, Virginia and Maryland will likely be two of the biggest obstacles for NC State.

Current Projection...Maryland or Virginia

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