Pack Pride's Best Guess Recruiting List

With two commitments already in the fold, Pack Pride projects that NC State will look to land roughly 14 more prospects for the class of 2011. We take an in-depth look at the players the Wolfpack is in the best position to land currently although this list will certainly change frequently throughout the course of the recruiting year.

With two commitments already in the fold, Pack Pride projects that NC State will look to land roughly 14 more prospects for the class of 2011. We take an in-depth look at the players the Wolfpack is in the best position to land currently although this list will certainly change frequently throughout the course of the recruiting year.

1. Quarterback...currently there are no prospects projected at this position although State will surely sign a quarterback in the class of 2011. Players like Brian Taylor (Harnett Central), Garrett Leatham (Middle Creek) and John Loughery (William Penn Charter) are all candidates to earn a Wolfpack offer at camp over the summer.

2. CB Dominique Noble...6-1, 185 pounds...West Rowan HS, Mt Ulla, NC (Horton)
Notes...Noble is another player who's stock is taken off during the spring evaluation period. He currently reports offers from NC State, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Virginia, and Wisconsin. However, Noble proclaimed NC State in a recent interview and was sporting Wolfpack wrist bands to back up the claim. It will be critical for State to keep the pressure on and match the interest level from other schools. If they do that, then the Pack should have a great opportunity to land him when all is said and done.

3. LB Jared Barber...6-0, 220 pounds...Davie County HS, Mocksville, NC (Reed)
Notes...Linebacker is clearly a focus for the NC State coaching staff in the class of 2011 and one of the first ‘backers to get a Wolfpack offer was Barber. As it stands currently, the Pack and Wake Forest lead the way and both appear dead even. Barber has befriended a couple of current NC State players and that could definitely help the Pack's cause. It's possible that a decision could come in the not so distant future.

4. DE Joe Gore...6-6, 255 pounds...East Columbus HS, Lake Waccamaw, NC (Petercuskie)
Notes...Gore is a player that State is very familiar with and has been on since his sophomore year. He's attended the last two Wolfpack camps and made a couple of unofficial stops in Raleigh. Early on it appeared Duke and State were the front runners although his recruiting has taken off during the months of April and May. It is certainly possible that a decision could come as early as next month.

5. DE Desmond Floyd...6-5, 230 pounds...Union County HS, Union, SC (Bridge)
Notes...Floyd has reportedly landed nine offers to date which makes the task of landing him exponentially harder but State appears to be in good shape to pull it off. One report had Duke out front but it's more likely that Floyd is open for the most part as it relates to favorites. South Carolina may ultimately prove to be the team to beat but the Pack is definitely in the thick of the chase.

6. DT Chris Manns...6-2, 305 pounds...Mt Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, NC (Reed)
Notes...NC State offered Manns back in March and appear to be his only offer at this time. That has given the Pack time to establish themselves on the recruiting side but Manns is still considering schools like UNC, South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Should any of those programs offer, particularly UNC, then the task of landing Manns will become more difficult.

7. K Connor Loftus...6-0, 180 pounds...Servite HS, Anaheim, CA (Petercuskie)
Notes...The Pack offered Loftus after watching him perform at camp last summer. That early offer has solidified State among Loftus' leaders although he will likely wait a couple of months before making a decision. Academics will be the deciding factor in his commitment so State has to push that angle. If they can land a return trip from Loftus this summer then they should be in good shape. He has already visited State twice previously.

8. LB Ben Councell...6-5, 210 pounds...AC Reynolds HS, Asheville, NC (Tenuta)
Notes...State jumped on Councell early and was named the favorite at the time of their offer. However, since then he has landed offers from Notre Dame and Auburn which has certainly muddied the waters to some degree. Councell's father attended NC State which is a plus but the Pack will need to get him back on campus this summer to offset the recent interest of Notre Dame and Auburn.

9. LB Mike Rose...6-3, 215 pounds...Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, SC (Bridge)
Notes...The Pack was Rose's first and only offer and he is very interested in the Wolfpack. However, he makes no secret about the fact he would like to land offers from the two in-state schools, South Carolina and Clemson. Rose is slated to visit State over the summer and that visit could prove critical in the Pack's quest to land his commitment.

10. OL Stephen Grommer...6-5, 285 pounds...Spartanburg (SC) HS (Bridge)
Notes...State offered Grommer several weeks ago and are listed as his top school. At this point he has yet to land any additional offers although schools like Vanderbilt, Duke and Kentucky are heavily involved. Although he has visited once, Grommer will likely be back on campus this summer and that may give the Pack an opportunity to land his commitment.

11. RB Malcolm Crockett...5-10, 185 pounds...Edison-Friendship Charter, Washington, DC
Notes...Defensive line coach Keith Willis has done a tremendous job on the recruiting trail so far in 2010 and one of the players he's in good shape with is Crockett. While Crockett's favorite's list has flip flopped among several teams, the one constant has been NC State. Currently, it appears Maryland and Rutgers may pose the biggest threat. If State can lure him back on campus during the summer then that will only enhance their chance to land him.

12. S Sherman Ragland...6-1, 185 pounds...Southern Duham (NC) HS (Swepson)
Notes...Ragland's recruiting blew up over the last couple of weeks with South Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia and East Carolina all making offers. Ragland made the trip to State to get his offer from the Pack in person and it is believed the Wolfpack holds a slight advantage with Wake Forest right there as well. State has several factors working in their favor and a summer commitment is certainly not out of the question.

13. TE Drew Owens...6-6, 230 pounds...Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, NC (Bridge)
Notes...There's no doubt that Owens is one of the in-state prospects that NC State covets. Early on, South Carolina and UNC were the two favorites but it is believed that the Wolfpack has made up some ground. With tight end's coach Jim Bridge leading the NC State charge, it's unlikely the Pack will be out-recruited for Owens and a planned return trip to State in June will be critical for their chances to land him.

14. WR Antonio Cannon...6-3, 175 pounds...DW Daniel HS, Central, SC (Bridge)
Notes...Currently it's a two team race for Cannon between NC State and Kentucky and both have offered. The Cats may hold a slight advantage simply because Cannon has visited but State should be able to close that gap this summer because the rising senior is scheduled to attend the Wolfpack's camp in June.

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