With less than four months to go before signing day, official visits will soon take center stage in the recruiting process. Pack Pride breaks down several prospects that may take visits to NC State and could play key roles in the Wolfpack’s class of 2010. Look for the Pack to take roughly five more players in this class.
S David Amerson...Dudley High School, Greensboro, NC
Notes...Amerson is a major Wolfpack target and at a huge position of need for NC State. He could play corner or safety and has had the Pack in his top two for months. State held a slight lead for most of the summer until a recent official visit to Notre Dame. The Pack should get an official visit and that will be the key to their chances. In fact, Amerson is expected to visit this weekend, although we've been unable to reach him to confirm if the visit is official or not.
RB James White...St Thomas Aquinas, Ft Lauderdale, Fla
Notes...White is an extremely talented football player that could help in a number of ways. He camped at State over the summer and that helped establish the Pack as a major player. White is scheduled to make his visit to Raleigh for the UNC game and could decide shortly thereafter. Currently Wisconsin and Clemson pose the stiffest threats although sources feel very good about State’s chances once he’s on campus.
DE/TE Will Tye...Salisbury (CT) School
Notes...Tye is a player State recently offered and he plays on the same team as fellow Wolfpack recruit Bjoern Werner. The Wolfpack has told Tye he could play tight end or defensive end at NC State. He also holds an offer from Florida State and it would appear the Pack and Noles are the two major players right now although he denies any favorites.
DL Bjoern Werner...Salisbury (CT) School
Notes...Werner is a German native that NC State has been on heavily for months. He actually made an unofficial visit to State earlier this year and befriended Wolfpack DL Markus Kuhn. It appears that location will not play a factor in Werner’s decision so he could literally end up anywhere. For now, the Pack is focused on getting him back on campus for an official visit although that may be a long shot as things stand currently.
TE Ethan Farmer...South Columbus High School, Tabor City, NC
Notes...Farmer is probably NC State’s top remaining in-state target with tight ends coach Jim Bridge reportedly on hand to see him last week. The Pack has been fighting an uphill battle for most of the year with Farmer so landing an official visit is priority one. To get him the Wolfpack will likely have to beat childhhood favorite UNC with Clemson and South Carolina in the mix as well.
RB Mustafa Greene...Irmo, High School, Columbia, SC
Notes...Greene is a player the Wolfpack has had as a priority since last year. He is one of South Carolina’s top running backs and a player State loves. He visited unofficially a few weeks back and seemed to have a good trip. However, being a native of the northeast, Greene has spoke fondly of Rutgers and they very well may be the team to beat. South Carolina is also in the race.
LB Justin Parker...Beaufort (SC) High School
Notes...Parker is one of South Carolina’s top linebackers but probably a little more of a long shot for NC State. First, many believe it very unlikely that he will leave his home state with Clemson and South Carolina being the teams to beat. Additionally, linebacker isn’t a huge need numbers wise for the Pack although they do continue to recruit him and have been mentioned in his top three.
LB Aramide Olaniyan...Woodberry Forest (VA) School
Notes...Olaniyan is rated as one of the top ten players in Virginia by most recruiting outlets. He committed to Duke earlier this year but backed off that and is exploring his options. He has visited the Blue Devils and UNC and has talked of visiting NC State although realistically, the Pack appears to be down his list a ways. Michigan, UCLA and Vanderbilt also appear to be in contention for an official visit later in the year.
S Ed Reynolds...Woodberry Forest (VA) School
Notes...Reynolds is teammates with Olaniyan and has emerged as a fairly heavily recruited player. For now, Stanford and UNC appear to lead the way although State appears to be in fairly decent shape to get a visit. However, the Pack’s interest could hinge on the outcome with David Amerson. Reynolds currently lists UNC and Stanford as his top schools. Duke and Vanderbilt could also receive official visits.