With Tom O'Brien's 2010 football camp now in the rear view mirror, Pack Pride takes a look at eight impressive prospects that performed well in front of the Wolfpack coaches. These players have yet to earn a scholarship offer from the Pack but are serious candidates to do just that based on their work at camp.
K Miller Snyder...Myers Park High School, Charlotte, NC
NC State is looking to take a kicker in the class of 2010 but received some disappointing news when Wakefield K Niklas Sade opted for Nebraska over the Pack recently. The good new is there were at least two other kickers at the Wolfpack's camp that were equally talented and should provide decent options. The in-state choice, Miller Snyder, was as good or better than Sade at camp. However, he had very little playing time as a junior which prevented the NC State staff from fully evaluating him. State's position could get dicey if Snyder lands a D-1 offer over the coming weeks. The Pack will have to decide whether to go ahead and offer or risk losing him to another school. Ideally, the Wolfpack would have an opportunity to scout him in at least three or four games to ensure that Snyder is able to replicate in live game action what he accomplished at NC State's camp. If he can then the Pack could land a tremendous kicker.
OL Monte Golden...Northside High School, Jacksonville, NC
At 6-2, and roughly 290 pounds, Golden may not have prototypical offensive lineman size. However, he makes up for that with a great personality, high motor and coachability. He has been a workhorse during the spring and summer in an attempt to land a division one offer and he impressed the Wolfpack coaches at camp with his work ethic, ability to learn and desire just to get after it. Golden would likely project at center and realistically, NC State may want to see him in action as a senior for a few games before deciding to pull the trigger on an offer. Then again, if the Pack offered him sooner, it wouldn't come as a surprise. The fact that State offers Golden's major is a feather in the Pack's cap should an offer be made.
QB Brian Taylor...Harnett Central High School, Angier, NC
Taylor has been a Wolfpack fan favorite since it became known early on that the rising senior was a fan of NC State growing up. The best compliment that you can give Taylor is that he is simply a winner. Last year, in an offense predicated on Taylor being productive, he led Harnett Central to the 4A state championship game. Although he doesn't have the physical ability of a 5-star quarterback, Taylor brings many other qualities to the table. He is an above average athlete that has the potential to produce at a variety of positions. Taylor is a tremendous worker with a grasp for the game well beyond his years. Whether NC State ultimately offers Taylor may depend on the decision of Athens (AL) QB Stephen Rivers. However, Taylor has proven he can be an asset somewhere on the field as a division one athlete. He currently holds scholarship offers from UNC and Clemson although the Heels likely won't be an option once Mallard Creek's Marquise Williams announces for Carolina.
S Mark Bridges...Butler High School, Matthews, NC
Bridges is a player that has been hoping and working for an NC State offer for months. The recruiting work of tight end's coach Jim Bridge has established the Pack as Bridges' top school and he put his talents on display at State's football camp. Like many of the other players on this list, what Bridges lacks in physical ability, he makes up for with desire, hard work and the fact that he's coachable. Whether the Pack ultimately offers may hinge on the decision of Southern Durham's Sherman Ragland. State has made it clear that they're willing to wait on Ragland to fill their final safety slot and it appears a decision could come from him in early August. If the Wolfpack misses on Ragland than Bridges could easily slide up the recruiting board and land the offer he's been looking for.
DE Dontez Tyler...Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, NC
Tyler is a little different than many of the other players on this list because he already holds several scholarship offers. At State's camp he very well may have been the most impressive defensive end in attendance. Although he doesn't have tremendous size now, Tyler has the frame and long arms you look for in a rush end. He also possesses some upside and should mature into a very productive college player. For NC State's part, it simply doesn't appear that defensive end is a huge focus for the class of 2011 and they may be willing to wait on some other players if the goal is to land just one or possibly two in this class. However, it would come as no surprise if Tyler emerged with a Wolfpack offer at some point down the road.
DT Kendall Patterson...Dematha Catholic, Hyattsville, MD
Although Patterson reported in a couple of interviews that he had an offer from NC State, we don't think that's actually the case just yet. However, he certainly put on a solid showing for the Wolfpack coaches at camp. Like Golden, he may not have prototypical size but is another hard worker that consistently makes plays. Should the Pack extend a committable offer, they would likely be a major contender for his commitment. However, with Thomas Niles already in the fold, State may wait on a few other players or could decide to take just one defensive tackle in this class.
OL Caleb High...Millbrook High School, Raleigh, NC
It's very possible that High may have been a victim of his own hard work when he arrived at NC State. He had basically camped himself to death and was 26 pounds lighter and four tenths slower on the 40 yard dash than when we saw him at a combine earlier this year. However, he still managed to impress the Wolfpack coaches during one on ones and a couple of coaches were overheard raving about his work out. The Pack may choose to evaluate a couple of his senior games before deciding on an offer but High will definitely be one to watch over the coming months. It doesn't hurt that he blocks for and is close friends with one of the top players (RB Keith Marshall) for the class of 2012.
ATH Maurice Morgan..North Lenoir High School, La Grange, NC
Of all the un-offered players that attended NC State's football camp, Morgan may have been the biggest surprise. At 6-2, 213 pounds he consistently runs in the 4.4-second range but because he plays for a terrible high school team, was overlooked by most colleges during the spring evaluation period. Morgan is a player somewhat reminiscent of former NC State RB Andre Brown because of his blend of size and speed. He may not be quite as athletic which is why the Pack could project him at anything from defensive end to linebacker to safety. Morgan reportedly has good grades and if everything else checks out okay then he would appear to be a shoo-in for an offer over the coming weeks.
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