Pack Pride will take a periodic look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2011 and the prospects that are currently mentioning the Pack as one of their top schools. The following should be considered a rough guide only as many factors will affect the actual numbers at each position between now and signing day next year. All information contained in this article is the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and should not be confused as being information from the coaching staff at NC State. It is also based on information known at the current time. Several aspects of this listing will certainly change as the recruiting season progresses.
Tight End / Wide Receivers
Key losses...Owen Spencer, Darrell Davis, Jarvis Williams
Pack is likely to sign...Wide Receiver (2), Tight End (1)
Number signed at this position over the last two years...Wide Receiver (3), Tight End (2)
How important are these spots in relationship to other positions...Moderate
State takes a substantial hit at wide receiver after the 2010 season, especially with their bigger wideouts. The departure of Spencer, Davis and Williams will definitely leave a void and the Pack has reportedly targeted some bigger receivers to cover the losses. State has a commitment from Maurice Morgan who very well may begin his career at wide receiver although he could play other positions as well. It is unknown at this point if his commitment will affect the numbers so for now, we're still projecting State to take two more.
The Wolfpack isn't slated to lose any tight ends but one has to at least consider that George Bryan may give the NFL a look if he puts together the season many expect. Regardless, State is looking to land at least one tight end in this class.
On the board and listing the Pack:
Drew Owens....Owens is a big, physical tight end and one of North Carolina's top prospects. State has consistently been mentioned in his top five but realistically, may be trailing a couple of other schools at this point. UNC, South Carolina and Clemson appear to be the main competition with Arkansas in the mix as well although most feel the Razorbacks to be a longshot. No one has recruited Owens harder than Wolfpack tight end's coach Jim Bridge but State has to win enough games this fall to keep him on the line. If they can get it done on the field then the Pack can certainly sell their emphasis of the tight end position.
Benson Browne...Browne is a relatively new name to the recruiting board although State offered him back during the spring. Offensive line coach Don Horton is responsible for Browne's recruiting but getting him out of the midwest could be a tough task. For now, State hasn't been eliminated and will have to work towards landing an official visit later in the year.
Stanton Seckinger...Seckinger fits the mold of the bigger wide receiver the Wolfpack is targeting. State and Memphis have offered while Clemson has promised a greyshirt opportunity. There's no doubt that Seckinger would probably prefer to stay in South Carolina for college but a full scholarship offer from State has them neck and neck with the Tigers. For now it's too close to call but the Pack should have an opportunity to host Seckinger for a game this fall. The one wildcard in the battle could be South Carolina. They've shown increased interest of late and an offer could be too much for State to overcome.
Dexter Bridge...Bridge has been sitting on offers from Illinois and NC State for quite some time but in all honesty, it's not known if Bridge still has, or ever had a committable offer from the Wolfpack. Whatever the case, Bridge has been content to take his time and look around although he has expressed legitimate interest in the Pack. It may be a while before we know exactly where State stands with Bridge.
Pack Pride Recruiting Board: TE/WR
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