The 73rd annual Shrine Bowl will be held this Saturday in Spartanburg, SC and showcases many of North and South Carolina’s best senior football players. NC State has been well represented over the years and 2009's game will boast several Wolfpack commitments and potential targets. Pack Pride takes a look at the players with Pack connections.
DB David Amerson...Dudley High School...NC State commit
After spending most of his senior season playing center field for Dudley, it will be interesting to see how Amerson is utilized in the Shrine Bowl. At 6-1, 180, Amerson has the versatility to play either corner or safety. He is a fluid athlete that displayed impressive one on one cover skills during the camp and combine circuit last summer. Amerson was a major commitment for the NC State coaching staff and he selected the Pack over offers from Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and UNC.
QB Tyler Brosius...Tuscola High School...NC State commit
With the North Carolina squad reportedly running a wing-T offense, Brosius was an interesting selection given his 6-3, 230 pound frame. However, he does boasts surprising athleticism and agility given his size while passing-wise, Brosius is arguably the top quarterback in the state. He originally committed to Virginia but changed that pledge to NC State back in October. Brosius also had offers from Pittsburgh, Central Florida and Maryland.
LB Major Bryant...Dudley High School
Most would label Bryant as a very good high school player but probably borderline as a college prospect. He has a rock solid build but there are questions about his speed and quickness. As it relates to NC State, the Pack doesn’t appear to have middle linebacker as a remaining need and they already have a commitment from a fullback. Bryant would probably need an eye-opening week of practice and performance in the Shrine Bowl to help elevate his standing.
TE Ethan Farmer...South Columbus High School
Farmer is one of the top remaining prospects on NC State’s recruiting board. A recent report had the Pack recruiting him as a defensive line prospect but we wouldn’t rule out tight end- his preferred position. Farmer has tremendous hands and his size (6-2, 260 pounds) should make him a formidable blocker in the run game as well. UNC has been the odds on favorite for much of the year and they appear poised to land him as things stand now. Clemson and NC State are also in the race with the Pack scheduled to receive Farmer’s final visit in late January.
ATH Lamar Ivey...Eastern Alamance High School
Ivey is a player that really emerged once the state playoffs started a few weeks back. He is an above average athlete but can be best described a football player that gets the job done on the field. At 6-0, 175 pounds, Ivey has decent size and could project at either wide receiver or defensive back. With the commit of Reggie Wilkins, NC State may be out of spots but they will likely be keeping a close eye on Ivey to see how he performs against some of the region’s best talent.
WR Reggie Wilkins...Crest High School...NC State commit
Wilkins is somewhat similar to Ivey in that he just makes plays once the lights come on. The advantage he has is that Wilkins is probably quicker and a little more polished in his ability as a wide receiver, which is what NC State has in mind for his career with the Pack. He originally committed to UNC but switched to the Wolfpack in November behind the work of LB coach Andy McCollum with some help from QB Tyler Brosius.
RB Mustafa Greene...Irmo (SC) High School
Although hampered by nagging injuries off and on through his high school career, when 100%, Greene is one of the region’s very best running backs. At 6-0, 200 he has good size, quick cuts and is simply a natural at running back. Recently it appeared to be a two horse race for his commitment between NC State and Rutgers. With UNC missing on a couple of running back targets, the Heels have also entered the fray and very well may turn up the heat depending on how things fare with a couple of their other targets. The Pack will likely get their official visit in January and appear to be in very good shape.
DT Thomas Teal...Marlboro County, Bennettsville, SC...NC State commit
At 6-2, 330 pounds Teal is the prototypical nose tackle prospect. At times he can absolutely take over a game and was one of the most impressive players on a high school team loaded with division one prospects. Teal will need to work on conditioning and consistency once he gets into college but boasts a world of potential. He committed to NC State over the summer and continued to get heavy interest from Illinois although he recently turned down their request for an official visit.
K Kasey Redfern... Jamestown (NC) Ragsdale High School
NC State isn't expected to offer a scholarship to a kicker in this class but is keeping a close eye on Redfern. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is handling kicks for North Carolina this week.
Stay tuned as Pack Pride will be in Spartanburg this week and will have all the scoop leading up
to next weekend’s Shrine Bowl.
Stay tuned as Pack Pride will be in Spartanburg this week and will have all the scoop leading up to next weekend’s Shrine Bowl.