Pack Welcomes 2010 Walk-Ons

NC State recently welcomed a handful of new walk-ons to the Wolfpack family. Pack Pride breaks down the additions and has background information on each player.

NC State recently welcomed a handful of new walk-ons to the Wolfpack family. Pack Pride breaks down the additions and has background information on each player.

TE Rob Fronk...freshman...6-4, 220 pounds...Apex High School/Hargrave Military Academy
Fronk had offers from Georgia State and Marshall. However, he decided to walk on at NC State after spending a year at Hargrave Military Academy. Fronk has a solid frame and the potential to emerge as a contributor on some level down the road.

Fronk on why he chose to walk on at NC State: "I definitely wanted to be close to home. I had been to a couple of NC State games during the season and they gave me a tour of the facilities. We went around the campus and met the coaches. I'll be honest, I was just impressed with the whole thing they've got going on there. They seem to be a program that's gonna be on the rise and I just wanted to be a part of that. They're a great school academically and can't ask for more than that."

PK Chris Hawthorne...freshman...6-4, 180 pounds...Leesville Road High School
NC State has been in dire need of kickers so convincing Hawthorne to walk on at NC State was a positive addition for the Wolfpack. He had originally committed to walking on at Appalachian State but changed his mind once the Pack made its offer.

As a senior in high school Hawthorne connected on eight-of-eight field goals with a long of 44 yards. He was 44-of-46 on extra points, had over 30 touchbacks and averaged 40 yards per punt.

Local observers have raved about Hawthorne's ability, and he's a player worth watching considering 2009 was his first year playing football.

DE Jacob Kahut...redshirt Freshman...6-4, 245 pounds...Wake Forest Rolesville/Campbell

Observing Kahut recently at NC State first practice, he certainly didn't have the physical appearance of an ordinary walk on. Kahut has a big frame and the long arms you like to see in a defensive end and appears to have a ton of upside physically. In fact, one college coach not associated with the Wolfpack stated that Kahut would one day be a scholarship player for State.

Kahut joins NC State after spending a year at Campbell. In high school Kahut was a three-year varsity football letter winner at Wake Forest-Rolesville... named to academic all-conference teams during sophomore, junior and senior seasons... named CAP 7 First Team All-Conference his senior season...aid team to conference title in each his final three seasons with 32 total wins...also played tight end and totaled six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns as a senior...additionally lettered in basketball for three years where he served as team captain a junior and senior. (Courtesy Campbell official site)

OL Curtis Martin...freshman...6-2, 250 pounds...South Mecklenburg High School, Pineville, NC
Martin was a leader for his south Mecklenburg squad and was named to the all-southwestern 4A conference football team.

TE Tyler Purvis...freshman...6-3, 220 pounds...Lancaster Catholic, Reinholds, PA
Purvis was a very productive player for Lancaster Catholic. He finished off his senior season with 1,080 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Purvis averaged better than 17 yards per catch and had a long reception of 60 yards. He was named to the all-Lancaster-Lebanon Section 3 football team and was selected to the 2A all-state first team after helping lead his team to a 15-1 record and state championship.

Purvis had 42 catches and nearly 1,000 yards receiving as a junior and was named the New Era player of the week for his 10 reception, three touchdown performance against Ephrata.

P Andy Leffler...redshirt junior...5-10, 170 pounds...Dublin, OH/Elon
Leffler punted eight times for Elon College in 2009, averaging 38.1 yards per kick. His longest punt was 56 yards and he tallied two kicks inside the 20 and two kicks in excess of 50 yards. He also had one punt blocked.

In high school Leffler was a  three-year letter-winner… Named Outstanding Special Teams Player at first playoff game… Team's second-leading scorer with 55 points… Punted 39 times in 12 games with a long of 49 yards… Hauled in seven catches on 11 attempts for 117 yards (16.7 yards per catch) as a receiver. (Courtesy Elon Official Site)


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