Each month, Pack Pride will evaluate NC State's recruiting efforts to date and provide an in-depth analysis of where the Wolfpack stands and where they may go in the months to come.
Summary: Over the last couple of years NC State has used the strategy of landing much of their recruiting class prior to the start of the football season. This has afforded the Wolfpack coaches the opportunity to focus on relatively few prospects during the fall and winter months while allowing them to begin their evaluation of rising seniors.
This was clearly the case in 2009 and gave the Pack an early jump on the class of 2011. The Wolfpack has been particularly active in the state of North Carolina, having offered nearly 30 prospects before March 1. That number may be unprecedented for NC State.
Despite the early attention being given to North Carolina's players, the Pack will face a tough battle from UNC. The Heels are projected to take a full class and enjoy the benefit of being the childhood favorite for many of 2010's players. In addition to UNC, State will also have to fend off the perennial national powers that annually invade North Carolina and that has already proven evident in the early stages of the recruiting year.
Commitments to Date: 1
Average number of commitments at this point over last three years: 1
Recruiter in the Spotlight: Tight Ends Coach Jim Bridge…With former LB coach Andy McCollum moving on to Georgia Tech, there will be even more pressure on the Wolfpack's ace recruiter to produce. The good news is Bridge's primary area of Charlotte appears fairly stocked while South Carolina should provide some opportunities as well.
Where the Pack will really need Bridge to pick up the slack will be in the state of Georgia. State signed six players from the Peach State in February and will need Bridge's help if they're to continue that success in 2011.
Important Upcoming Recruiting Dates over the next 30 days: Wolfpack coaches will be inviting in juniors periodically during this period…April 17 (Shrine Bowl combine at Butler High School)…April 17 (NC State spring game)
Three Recruiting Areas of Focus: Wide Receiver (6 juniors or seniors on roster), Defensive End (4 juniors or seniors on roster), Linebacker (5 juniors or seniors on roster)
Five Prospects That State Has a Good Shot at:
- RB Malcolm Crockett...Friendship Academy, Washington, DC...Pack has offered and is in his top two or three along with West Virginia, Rutgers and Connecticut.
- LB Jared Barber…Davie County High School…State and Wake Forest have offered with the Wolfpack near the top of his favorite's list
- RB Nyjee Fleming…Independence High School…Virginia was the early leader but State made a lot of ground during their first junior day
- OL/DL Joe Gore…East Columbus High School…The Pack recently offered and are solidly in Gore's top two or three
- WR Matthias Farley…Charlotte Christian…Publically, Farley hasn't listed any favorites but State is in good shape along with Duke.
Out of State Prospect to Watch:
S Nicholas Law…Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD…State was the first to offer and the first school to get a visit when Law attended the Pack's junior day back in February. He has since landed roughly a half dozen offers but State appears to be in good position in the very early stages of his recruiting. Getting him back on campus over the summer will be the next big step.
Highly Rated Recruit to Watch:
DE Kevin McReynolds…St John's College High School, Washington, DC…McReynolds is rated a four-star defensive tackle by Scout.com and the Wolfpack has made a very solid impression early on. It doesn't hurt that McReynold's recruiting coach (Keith Willis) would also be his position coach. State will face a stiff challenge but setting up an unofficial visit over the summer will be key.
Approximate Number of Spots Left to Fill in the Class of 2011: 14
Rough breakdown of positions and numbers: Quarterback (1), Running Back (1), Tight End (1), Offensive Line (2-3), Wide Receiver (2-3), Defensive End (2-3), Defensive Tackle (1-2), Linebacker (2), Safety (0-1), K (0-1), Cornerback (1-2)