New Feature: TSW News Wire

Starting with Signing Day, we at TSW are starting a new feature for all our subscribers, <b>TSW News Wire</b>. We will discuss all the hot news and rumors concerning NC State athletics in this timely column. Enjoy!

TSW News Wire

Welcome to the new TSW News Wire. We at TSW have decided to put together a column to let our subcribers know exactly what is going on in the world of NCSU athletics. Our mission is to keep everyone up-to-date on recruiting, news, stories, rumors, commentaries, etc. in an easy to read format.

This issue we focus on football recruiting and, more importantly, Signing Day. We will give you information on all the verbals we have received so far.

Current Commitments

TE Jamesley Jean

This 6'5" TE fills a major need at the position. The Pack is thin with the graduation of Sean Berton.

S LeRue Rumph

Rumph committed to the Pack early in the process, but decided to keep his options open. After visiting NC State this weekend, LeRue came away completely impressed. "My mom and I drove up on Friday and got in about 1:00 am, so all we did was sleep that night. But on Saturday, we had breakfast with the coaches. Coach Amato, Coach Cignetti, and Coach Demarest were there. After that we looked at the academics and spent time talking about that. Then we toured the new facilities which were awesome. That is the first time I had seen them. They are great facilities for a great team."

S Miguel Scott

Scott helped lead Killian to an 11-1 record with 65 tackles and three interceptions. He is being recruited to play corner or safety, but he prefers the corner position. We asked Miguel why he chose NC State. "Overall, It was just the best school for me. I like the defensive back coach, Demarest."

DB Phillip Holloman

We asked Coach Sawyer(High School Coach) to describe the future Wolfpacker. "He is a defensive back that runs a 4.3 40 /10.7 100 meter. He is very quick. He was the fastest player on our team this year and we were very talented. He finished the year with five interceptions." Phillip will also be used some on the return teams according to Coach Sawyer. "He ran back our kick-offs and punts this year. He averaged 16 yards per return on the kick-offs and 18 yards on the punts. He ran two punts for touchdowns and three kick-offs for touchdowns. People finally just quit kicking it to him."

LB Guerlin Dervil

A blossoming linebacker originally from Haiti who is just learning the game. He displayed LB instincts as a senior amassing 64 solo stops, five sacks and four fumble recoveries.

WR Jimmy Sutton

Two-way player who will be heavily recruited for both sides of the football. He could play both wide receiver or cornerback on the next level. Caught 32 passes and scored 5 TDs last season.

RB Brian Dennison

An elusive running back that is deadly in the open field. Rushed for 1,645 yards and 31 scores as a junior while averging 11.9 yards per carry. Has 3,559 yards and 61 career touchdowns. Dennison is 127 yards away from breaking the school record. "I'm going to North Carolina State," Dennison said. "The coaching staff made me feel like I was at home, and that is why I chose the Pack."

LB James Martin

Martin is an outside linebacker prospect. He is a big hitter and very aggressive. Martin is the kind of player who's motor is always running.

LB Martrel Brown

Big and fast, Brown played defensive end as a junior, but will make the transition to outside linebacker as a senior. Linebacker is the position he is being recruited to play at the next level. " I have wanted to go to State since the 10th grade. It (choice of NC State) made me feel good. If I go there and work hard, I will be able to play." The Insiders has ranked him as the 59th best linbacker in the nation and has given him a three star grade. He also had an outstanding season for Purnell Swett. For the year, he had 165 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

RB Reggie Davis

A big, power back emerging from Florida's panhandle. He will likely play fullback at the next level. Davis finished his senior season carrying the ball 214 times, gaining 1597 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns. "The treatment that the coaching staff showed me this weekend was great. I'm going to State because they're a good program on the rise and I want to help them win a National Championship." "They made me feel right at home. It was like a big family there."

OL Derek Morris

The South's top offensive line prospect. A giant with nimble footwork. Vertical jumps an amazing 32-inches at 350 pounds. Very strong. Tenacious player. Father and Uncle played in the NFL. "I feel so good," said Morris. "I can't wait to finally hit someone during Spring ball. I am so hungry and I am not talking about food. This whole year has been a mess. No football. "Coach Amato was really happy and so am I. I guess it is time to start helping NC State recruit and host some prospects. We are supposed to do that this weekend. Spring ball starts soon and I will be ready. It looks like right tackle for me because they already have a pretty good left tackle. "Man it feels so good to have a new home."

DT Demarcus Tyler

Huge tackle who plays both ways for the Golden Bulls of E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC. Was selected 1st Team All-Conference as a DT, 2nd Team All-Conference as an OT. "All the schools were real good. I waited on my gut feeling on where to go. I want to get a good education. I wanted to play for a good program. It came down to NC State and Ohio State. Both programs are really good, but NC State is just closer to home."

DE Mario Williams

One of the nation's top defensive ends. Great size and athleticism. Played MLB last season because of injuries on his team. A future strong side end. Super leadership and very intelligent. "I'm going to NC State to win a national championship", said Williams. "Chuck Amato has come in and that program is on the rise."

RB Darrell Blackman

Darrell started on both sides of the ball for Williamsport, playing running back on offense and corner back on defense. He rushed for 2,547 yards and 32 touchdowns his junior season, earning 1st Team All-State honors. Blackman had an outstanding season for SHS finishing his senior year with 2467 yards and 22 touchdowns.

LB Raymond Brooks

Raymond plays fullback and defensive end for the Millionaires. Some Division I coaching staffs are even envisioning him as a linebacker. He averaged nearly 7 yards per carry and totaled over 700 yards rushing with 8 touchdowns. On defense, he had approximately 94 tackles including 12 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss. We asked Brooks what it was about the Wolfpack that helped him to choose NC State over Virginia. "I loved the environment. There are alot of nice people down there and there are colleges all around Raleigh. The players are really cool. I can just see me being there for the next 4 or 5 years."

LB Stephen Tulloch

Stephen finished his high school season with 106 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 defensive touchdowns, 2 forced fumbles, 3 batted down passes, 1 interception and a fumble recovery. "The team really sticks together. I felt really comfortable there as well. Being from Miami, Fla, it was good to have 23 other guys from the state there. NC State will win a National Championship within a few years. There are just a lot of opportunities for me at NCSU. State will be the next FSU."

OL Luke Lathan

An OL prospect that could play guard or tackle at the next level. Moves well. More of a run blocker at this stage because he has played in a "Wing T". He has the physical tools to compete on the division one level. He is 6'5" and checks in at 295 pounds. He benches 385 lbs and deep squats 495 lbs (received Nike camp honors). Lathan also runs 5.1 forty which is plenty quick for a lineman. One of the most amazing numbers is Luke's 20-Yard Shuttle which he ran a 4.75 at Nike. That is awesome for a lineman!

DE Kennie Covington

JUCO DE that has the combination of size and speed to make it in Division I. May be able to play DT.

DE Chad Green

Tall and fast, Green has the frame and quickness to be one of the top OLB prospects in the nation this year. Could also play DE at the next level if he keeps growing.

QB Marcus Stone

Marcus Stone committed to NC State over Penn State and others on Wednesday. The Bishop Mcdevitt High player told the Fayetteville Observer "I really felt the coaching staff there was great, and I love the offense, the way they throw it around. There was really nothing about the school that I didn't like."

LB Ernest Jones

NC State looks to be getting a super defensive player in Jones. Coach Perry(HS Coach) describes him as a "demon on defense". He had 110 tackles on the season, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and 2 blocked kicks. At 6'4 and 210 pounds with a 4.6 forty, Ernest Jones has the makings of an ideal outside linebacker on the next level. He already has the size and speed, but one of the attributes that really sets him apart is his tenacity. "I'm like a cheetah going after a meal," said Jones with a laugh. "I'll get to the ball carrier any way I can, and if someone gets between me and the ball, he's going to get run over."

QB Chris Hawkins

Chris visited NC State and they were impressed with what they saw. Coach Perry(HS Coach) remarked, "When they went down to visit, the first thing they were shown was the academic side of NC State and then they toured the Athletic facilities. That made a big impression on Chris and his parents." Athletic quarterback with a big arm. Good size, speed and quickness. Threw for over 1,000 yards and rushed for over 700 yards as a junior. Terrific point guard as well. Averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists last season.

OL Kalani Heppe

Kalani was the pulling blocker for a team that rushed over 4000 yards last season. We asked him what his strengths were as a player. "My strengths are my quickness and lateral movement" Heppe said, "I may not be the biggest player, but I have a big heart and I want to stay in the game until its over."

OL Yomi Ojo

A powerful OL prospect. Plays the run and pass very well. Smart, strong and a very good work ethic. Could play guard or tackle.

Remaining Targets

DE Maurice Charles

Charles finished this past season with 158 tackles, 1 TD, 7 fumble recoveries, 12 forced fumbles, and 3 blocked punts. Maurice is a multisport athlete. He plays football, baseball, track, and wrestles. He went 18-2 on the mat his junior year. He plays third base on the diamond, and throws the discus and shot put. At this past year's NIKE camp, Charles measured in at 6-foot-1 and 234 pounds. He ran a 4.72 there, ran a 4.40 shuttle run, and had a 22 inch vertical jump.

We feel there's a 75% chance Charles picks the Pack.

DT Shane Lucas

Shane Lucas is a big time defensive tackle prospect that had a good forty time of 5.17 on the hard court at Hargrave's combine in December. Even more impressive was his display of lateral movement in the shuttle drill in which he clocked a blistering 4.30.

We believe there is a 90% chance that Lucas picks the Pack.

CB Patrick Lee

One of the top defensive back prospects in south Florida, Lee finished last season with 42 tackles and four interceptions.

We believe Lee could be that surprise on signing day.

DE Turk McBride

Turk McBride (6-4, 234, 4.6) of Camden Wilson, NJ is one of the top defensive end prospects in the country. He is a tremendous speed rusher with good strength and quickness. He recorded 67 tackles and 16.5 sacks as a junior.

Turk has waffled so many times it's almost impossible to know what's going on in his mind. It now looks like Tennessee is the lucky school.

S Akim Lannaman

One of the top defensive back prospects in south Florida, he was one of the top defensive back performers at this year's NIKE Camp in Miami. We also asked Akim if he had committed while he was there. "No, they have two slots left and they have offers out to defensive lineman. They said they would know by Tuesday evening or earlier if they have one to offer."

Akim is in a holding pattern. The Pack has two scholly's left designated for defense and one of them is probably heading to Shane Lucas.

Tomorrow, as news breaks, we'll be sending out updates to everyone on who signs where. Future News Wires will include links to the Daily Struts and commentaries. If you have any suggestions on how to make this new feature better, please feel free to send us an e-mail to

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