In Focus: NC State's 2011 Recruiting Class

Hakeem Flowers

The class of 2011 brought numerous surprises, leading up to signing day and beyond. Here is a look at potential impact players, some surprises, and even the top miss in NC State's 2011 recruiting class.

Biggest Impact Offense: K Niklas Sade - Rarely do specialists get mentioned, but NC State will be counting on kicker Niklas Sade from day one. The Wolfpack's three-year starting place kicker, Josh Czajkowski, graduated, and top backup Chris Hawthorne transferred to Minnesota in the offseason.

Sade, who signed with NC State after switching his commitment from Nebraska in January, is a local product out of Raleigh (NC) Wakefield High School, and is expected to handle the placekicking and kickoff duties as a true freshman.

He must be ready to go in the fall.

Biggest Impact Defense: DE McKay Frandsen - JC All-American selection enrolled in January and is expected to contribute right away for NC State.

The Wolfpack must replace three of its top four defensive ends from last season, so Frandsen should see the field instantly in Raleigh.

Biggest Surprise: WR Hakeem Flowers - NC State recruited Hakeem Flowers for months, but they weren't a serious player for the Wade Hampton (SC) star receiver before he visited the Wolfpack in mid-January.

A week later he would commit to State as a press conference at his high school, selecting them over finalists Michigan, LSU, and Oregon.

Biggest Loss: LB Stephone Anthony - From day one NC State made Anson County (NC) linebacker a priority.

Tight ends coach Jim Bridge, the Wolfpack's best recruiter, recruited Anthony for over two years and secured the final official visit, set for the final weekend of the recruiting season, last fall.

However, Anthony canceled the trip a week before the visit was set to take place, and he signed with Clemson on signing day. Anthony is considered to be the top prospect in the state in the 2011 class.

Top Recruiter: Recruiting Coordinator/Special Teams Coach Jerry Petercuskie - Petercuskie was active in this class, landing three specialists, Frandsen, Rodman Noel, and Carlos Gray.

He also secured a commitment from North Lenoir (NC) standout Maurice Morgan, arguably the top pure athlete in the state.

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