With four commitments already in the fold, Pack Pride projects that NC State will look to land roughly 13 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. LB Anthony Harrell...6-3, 215 pounds...Freedom HS, Tampa, FL (Swepson)
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] NC State has steadily moved up Harrell's list and a recent visit to Raleigh helped solidify the Pack's position. He has made a nice connection with coach Swepson and was very impressed with the Wolfpack's facilities. Harrell currently lists State and West Virginia as teams that will be in his top five when he formulates that list at a later time. He has a former teammate at Wake Forest and they could be a factor along with South Florida.
2. OL Darrell Williams...6-5, 250 pounds...Evans HS, Orlando, FL (Swepson)
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] NC State was one of Williams' first offers and the Pack has been a major player the whole way. Many felt it would be a slam dunk to Florida State when the ‘Noles reportedly offered but that hasn't happened yet. That makes one wonder if he actually has a committable offer from FSU. Currently Williams lists NC State, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Florida State and South Florida in his top five. The Wolfpack and Gamecocks are the only two he knows he will officially visit and may only visit a total of three before making his commitment. South Florida could become a major threat before all is said and done.
3. LB Brandon Pittman...6-2, 200 pounds...Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, NC (Bible)
Notes...Pittman was a fixture at NC State games last year so there's plenty of familiarity with the program. After a solid performance at the Pack's camp recently, Pittman landed an offer from State and they are currently in a battle with UNC for his commitment. The Heels have yet to offer but would likely emerge as the leader if they decided to do so. As things stand now, we believe the Pack is in very good shape. UPDATE AUG 9...Pittman has added a recent offer from Wake Forest and they could certainly emerge as a serious threat for Pittman's commitment. For now, we still feel pretty good about State's chances to land him.
4. WR Stanton Seckinger...6-5, 200 pounds...Porter-Gaud School...Charleston, SC (Bridge)
Notes...Seckinger may be one of the top players on the Wolfpack board that folks aren't talking about. Because he plays at a private school in South Carolina, he has been off the recruiting radar of many colleges. To date, he has a gray shirt offer from Clemson to go along with full rides from State and Furman. For now, it's tough to get a read on where Seckinger may be leaning because he genuinely seems to like all of the schools recruiting him. However, with TE coach Jim Bridge recruiting him, we feel State is a strong candidate to land him. UPDATE AUG 9...Clemson and State hold the top two spots for Seckinger. Should Clemson change their greyshirt offer to a regular offer, he would likely go ahead and commit immediately. As it is, the Pack is in decent shape and simply need to get him for a game this fall.
5. LB Montese Overton...6-2, 200 pounds...South Central HS, Winterville, NC (Willis)
Notes...State firmed up their offer to Overton during the spring and that move really seemed to vault the Pack up his favorite's list. The fact DL coach Keith Willis is recruiting him is a plus but it will be key for State to get Overton on campus over the coming weeks to build on their position. As things stand now- and minus a UNC offer- State and South Carolina are neck and neck for the lead.
6. WR Dexter Bridge...6-2, 185 pounds...Conestoga HS, Berwyn, PA
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] The Pack has been onboard with Bridge for quite a while with an offer as has Illinois. A recent interview with fellow wide receiver target Stanton Seckinger revealed that State would like to take two big wideouts in the class of 2011 and Bridge would appear to fit the bill physically. He has shied away from naming particular favorites and seems intent to wait the process out a while to see if any additional schools decide to offer. This is a player that could rapidly move up this list or fall off completely depending on what transpires over the next two months.
7. 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. UPDATE JULY 6...Since our last update, Rose has picked up numerous offers but State continues to be a strong option. Rose says NC State is recruiting him the hardest which is always a positive. However, pinning down an exact leader likely won't be possible until after Rose completes some visits over the summer. To date, Kentucky, West Virginia and NC State have been three of the biggest players.
8. ATH Frankie Williams...5-10, 170 pounds...Robinson High School, Tampa, FLA
Notes...Williams is somewhat of a wildcard to this list but we included him because of his interest in the Pack. We have not verified he has a committable offer and it's possible State could fill his spot before Williams ever makes a decision. However, there's no question that the Pack is high on his list so we'll continue to list him as an option for now.
9. 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. UPDATE JULY 6... NC State continues to find itself in Owen's top five but identifying any particular favorite's has been impossible. The bottom line is the Pack has to win games this fall and if they do, two factors come into play. First is the work of recruiting coach Jim Bridge, a guy that is rarely out-recruited. Secondly is the Wolfpack's obvious emphasis of the tight end position. If State is able to win on the field then those two items should play to the Pack's favor. UNC, South Carolina and Clemson are the main competition currently.
10. S Sheldon Royster...6-0, 185 pounds...St Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] With the Pack missing out on Sherman Ragland, the recruitment of Royster took on added significance for NC State. The good news for the Wolfpack coaches was that Royster made an impromptu unofficial visit to State after visiting South Carolina and he genuinely appeared to enjoy the trip. With double digit offers in the bank, landing Royster will be no easy feat so priority one has to be to get him back on campus for a visit during the season. He is not currently listing any favorites and says he will be a signing day decision.
11. 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. UPDATE JULY 6...We continue to list Noble very high on this list although he told us in a recent interview that Georgia Tech is his slight leader over NC State. It will likely take a tag team effort between OL coach Don Horton and DB coach Mike Reed to secure him. The Pack will likely get him back on campus over the coming weeks and we still feel State has a great shot at landing him. The Wolfpack likes him at corner and that would fill State's need at that position for the class of 2011. UPDATE AUG 9...Noble appears to be closing in on a decision and all indications are Georgia Tech has emerged as the team to beat. Penn State is trying to sneak in as well. State has to find a way to get him back on campus and soon if they're to have a shot.
12. QB Vad Lee...6-2, 210 pounds...Hillside HS, Durham, NC (Swepson)
Notes...The relationship between NC State and Lee has grown exponentially over the last several weeks with the Pack emerging as the clear leader of late. Lee has made numerous trips to Raleigh and built a solid connection with the Wolfpack coaching staff. He brings the added bonus of being friends with fellow Pack recruits Domonique Noble, Sherman Ragland and Drew Owens. State is looking to take an athletic QB and a traditional drop back QB in this class and Lee fits the dual-threat mold perfectly. Lee is tentatively scheduled to make a decision on August 7 although that could possibly be moved up. . UPDATE AUG 9...Decision could come at virtually any time and it appears the decision will come down to Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and NC State. A potential visit to State on Aug 8 did not happen.
13. DE Ira McCune...6-2, 250 pounds...Hillgrove HS, Powder Springs, GA
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] We included McCune at this spot because we know State really likes him but must admit we don't know a whole lot about what he thinks of NC State. McCune reportedly also holds offers from Air Force and Illinois State. We're working to get more information on McCune and should be able to paint a better picture of his recruiting in our next report.
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