Pack Pride Recruiting Board: Defense

Pack Pride takes a look at the defensive prospects still remaining on NC State's recruiting board.

With nine commitments already in the fold, NC State will likely look to take at least 7-8 more commitments in the class of 2010 before all is said and done. With their number of available spots down, the Pack's recruiting board has shrunk considerably over the last few weeks. However, Pack Pride takes a look at the players still considering State and who also continue to be on the Wolfpack's radar. Today we break down the defensive side of the ball.

DEFENSIVE LINE 

The Wolfpack’s numbers along the defensive line may be a work in progress but as of now, it would appear State will take at least one more defensive tackle and two defensive ends. It is certainly possible that the Pack could give the junior college ranks a look at these positions later in the year.

-DT Eric Young...Durham, NC...Young is one of North Carolina’s real hidden gems who has been ignored for the most part, due likely to his absence during the spring combines. State was his first and only FBS offer to date with grades possibly playing a factor in that total. The Pack leads but is unknown at this time whether Young actually has a committable offer.

-DE Alfy Hill...Shallotte, NC...Hill is clearly one of the elite players for the class of 2010 and was our selection as the state’s top defensive end. His public top three lists UNC, Alabama and NC State (in that order). However, the Tide recently pulled out all the stops during a recent visit to Tuscaloosa by Hill and they actually may be threatening the Heels. For State it’s the same old song. They need to get Hill on campus and then distinguish themselves from the other two schools.

-DE Kareem Martin...Roanoke Rapids, NC...NC State has offered but doesn’t appear to be a huge player right now. The Pack could pick it up on their end, however, with several other defensive ends falling off the board. Duke and UNC look particularly strong.

-DL Fre’Shad Hunter...Cary, NC...Hunter could end up at defensive tackle or end in college depending on his development. NC State leads but admittedly, Hunter has been all over the place with his favorite’s list lately. It does appear the Pack either leads or is very near the top. With grades (core courses) being a concern, East Carolina could become a factor. Florida State is another school to keep a close eye on.

-DT Mike Thornton...Stephenson (GA)...Thornton is one of the nation’s top defensive tackles and boasts a plethora of offers. Unfortunately State has not had a lot of success in Georgia with these caliber of players. The Pack is in his top six but a longshot at best. The SEC is most likely in Thornton’s future.

-DT Brandon King...Stockbridge (GA)...King reports a verbal offer from State although whether that offer is committable is unknown. He did camp at State and currently lists the Pack in his lead group of schools along with Auburn, Troy, Miami and Florida State.

-DT Jerome Davis...Buford (GA)...Davis says he is up to a dozen offers including one from NC State. He would like to visit the Pack and appears to be genuinely interested. Davis is a former teammate of 2009 signee Deion Roberson.

LINEBACKER 

Not a huge need due to the success over the past couple of years but it does appear that State will take a linebacker in the class of 2010.

-Terrell Hartsfield...Hargrave Military Academy...Hartsfield is a former Wake Forest-Rolesville standout that will spend this upcoming season at Hargrave. He has made numerous visits to State and the Pack was his first offer. Although he denies a favorite, the Wolfpack is in very good shape. However, they must be wary of the attention he may possibly attract if he has a big season at Hargrave.

-Jeremy Grable...Alpharetta (GA)...State reportedly offered early in the year and hosted Grable on an unofficial visit. At this point it’s hard to judge just how serious the Pack is about pursuing Grable.

-Justin Parker...Beaufort (SC)...Parker is a big, thick linebacker that is generally considered to be one of South Carolina’s best. The Pack has quietly forged a spot in his top five along with Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson and UNC. Many insiders believe Clemson and South Carolina to be virtually unbeatable but Parker seems intent to follow through on his choice to take official visits before making a decision.

CORNERBACK 

NC State is not currently targeting any cornerbacks for the class of 2010.

SAFETY 

At a minimum the Pack is looking to add at least one additional safety in this class and if they can get who they want, could take two.

-David Amerson...Greensboro, NC...Amerson is simply one of the best defensive backs on the east coast this year. NC State leads the way and has hosted him on several unofficial visits over the course of the summer. At this point the main (and seemingly only) competition is Notre Dame. Family and coaches have reportedly asked Amerson to visit Notre Dame to make sure he is making the best decision. The Pack needs to get him back on campus and ideally, try to pair him up with some of their current commitments.

-Dontae Johnson...Pennington (NJ)...Johnson appears to be very strong on Maryland and NC State. The Pack hosted him on a recent visit but Johnson has been impossible to track down for feedback. Until we hear differently we’d give the Terps a small edge.

-Ed Reynolds...Woodberry Forest (VA)...Reynolds has been on the Pack’s radar for some time and he made a visit to Raleigh to check out the Pack in person over the summer. While he seemed to enjoy the visit, State’s interest level is questionable at this point. As such, it would appear unlikely that the Pack will emerge as a serious player.

-Synjyn Days...Hillgrove (GA)...Days is a solid athlete who has made his money on the offensive side of the ball. While he hopes to play QB in college, Days is probably better suited for safety in college. The problem is, he’s not familiar with the position which means you have to project him there and hope he catches on. In State’s case, they have several safety prospects on the board that have proven their defensive back skills and their potential on that side of the ball is unquestioned. As things stand currently it appears unlikely that Days will end up at NC State.


ATHLETE 

Reggie Wilkins...Shelby (NC)...Wilkins is a terrific athlete that could help out at slot receiver, corner or special teams. He put on a nice display at NC State’s camp and helped increase their interest in his talents. The Pack led but a recent offer from North Carolina, his childhood favorite, has changed things. Due to a number's crunch, NC State won't be able to hold out for him forever. Should Amerson and Johnson commit to State then Wilkins could be the odd man out.


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