With NC State’s recruiting needs whittled down to just a handful of spots, official visits will take center stage over the next eight weeks as the Wolfpack looks to round out their recruiting class of 2010.
At this point the Pack appears focused on landing one running back, a tight end, one or two offensive linemen and a defensive end to help complete the recruiting year. Pack Pride breaks down the major candidates on the Wolfpack’s board.
Ethan Farmer (South Columbus High School, Mt Tabor, NC)
At 6-2, 260 pounds, Farmer is surprisingly agile and athletic for his size. He has tremendous catching ability and that has helped establish him as one of the top remaining targets on the Wolfpack board.
State has fought an uphill battle all year with UNC leading the way and Clemson right behind. The door is still open for Farmer to make an official visit to Raleigh and that will obviously be the Pack’s best opportunity to land him.
Will Tye (Salisbury (CT) High School)
Tye plays at the same school as fellow Pack recruit Bjoern Werner and has the ability to line up at either defensive end or tight end. The 6-4, 235 pounder prefers offense and that could ultimately have some impact on his decision down the road.
Tye made his first official visit to NC State and was on hand for the Wolfpack’s exciting win over UNC. He seemed to enjoy the visit but it wasn’t enough for the Pack to come away with a commitment. The other major player at this point is Florida State and he will likely visit the Noles this month. Tye is also considering Miami but it doesn’t appear that he is a major factor on the Cane’s recruiting board. For now it looks like a toss up between FSU and NC State.
Andy Jomantas (Chaminade Julienne High School, Dayton, OH)
Jomantas is a tall, lanky prospect that has made some noise on the recruiting circuit of late. He added a recent offer from NC State to go along with scholarships from Kansas and Ball State. At 6-7, 250 pounds Jomantas will obviously need some time in the weight room but he’s shown decent agility as evidenced by his work at defensive end for Chaminade.
Although unconfirmed, it appears Jomantas will be at NC State next weekend for an official visit. If the Pack is form in their offer then a commitment is certainly possible.
Jack Deboef (State College (PA) High School)
At 6-7, 270 pounds, Deboef certainly has the size to impact on the next level and he’s been able to accumulate quite a bit of interest over the past year. The main players at this point appear to be NC State, Purdue, Boston College, South Carolina, Maryland and Illinois.
Deboef visited NC State over the summer and that certainly helped their odds and now they’re working to get him back on campus for an official visit in December. He’s already made an official visit to Purdue and if he hopes to follow through on his plan to commit around Christmas then the number of weekends for potential visits is dwindling.
As things stand now it would appear Purdue and the Pack are the top two players.
Mikel Overgaard (Snow (UT) Junior College)
Overgaard has certainly taken the path less traveled to get to a major FBS scholarship offer. He began his career as a walk on at Washington State then transferred to Snow College where he’s started for the past two seasons. During that time he’s improved his game and now boasts offers from NC State, New Mexico and Southern Illinois.
With an official visit to NC State under his belt, Overgaard appeared set on making a visit to Southern Illinois as well before reaching a decision. He proclaimed the Wolfpack as his leader after visiting Raleigh but with the number of available spots dwindling, Overgaard may have to decide soon if State is ultimately where he wants to be.
Andrew Bridges (Westminster Christian Academy, Watkinsville, GA)
With scholarship offers on the table from Rice, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, NC State and Harvard, Bridges has seen his recruiting stock improve over the last two months.
The Wolfpack hosted him on an unofficial visit earlier this year and will be hoping to bring him back to Raleigh in the coming weeks. Bridges doesn’t list any favorites currently so deciphering a leader has been tough although it is believed the Pack is a major player. The fact that he wants to major in engineering should certainly help State’s cause.
James White (St Thomas Aquinas, Ft Lauderdale, Fla)
White plays on arguably the top high school team in the nation. At 5-10, 200 pounds he is extremely quick and would be the feature back on most teams. However, playing for a team with so much talent, his touches have been limited to some degree.
White camped at State last summer and recently made an official visit to Raleigh. He’s obviously very familiar with the Wolfpack and it would appear that a decision could come in the not so distant future.
Although he has shied away from naming particular favorites, Wisconsin, NC State and Clemson look to be the three to beat with the Pack and Badgers the likely front runners. At this point it’s hard to predict exactly which way he may be leaning.
Mustafa Greene (Irmo High School, Columbia, SC)
Greene is one of South Carolina’s top running backs and has been a Wolfpack priority throughout the recruiting year. State has solidified themselves as a major player behind the work of tight end’s coach Jim Bridge and should get an official visit next weekend.
This past weekend Greene was scheduled to take a visit to Rutgers and the Scarlet Knights, along with the Wolfpack are the top two players for his commitment. It is possible a decision could be made after his visit to Raleigh.
Alfy Hill (West Brunswick High School, Shallotte, NC)
Hill attended NC State’s recent game against UNC although realistically, the Pack’s chances would have to be considered remote at best. One thing is for sure, State would love nothing more than to add a speed rusher in this class and Hill would fill the spot perfectly.
Eric Young (Hillside High School, Durham, NC)
Young was a prominent name on the Pack’s board earlier in the year but academics were a concern. He will need to become more consistent on the football field as well but State has kept the door open for a potential visit down the road.
Lamar Ivey (Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, NC)
Had Ivey surfaced on the recruiting board nine months earlier he may be a Wolfpack commitment right now. As it is, State has filled it’s skill positions so any potential offer will likely hinge on the Pack missing on several other prospects. Another option would be for Ivey to impress in the state championship game next weekend and subsequent appearance in the Shrine Bowl. One thing is for sure, Ivey can work to prove he’s too good not to take in this class.
Editor’s Note- While these are many of the main names still remaining on the recruiting board, it is very likely as many as three to five additional names could surface between now and signing day.