Pack Pride will take a periodic look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2010 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.
Key losses...Ray Michel, Nate Irving (possible early departure to NFL)
Pack is likely to sign...1-2
Number signed at this position over the last two years...8
How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...Low
What was once one of NC State’s biggest needs, the Pack has done a very good job of restocking the linebacker position headed into the 2009 season. The additions of Terrell Manning, Sterling Lucas, Dwayne Maddox and William Beasley along with the pending arrivals of players like Ryan Cheek and Rickey Dowdy have the Wolfpack in good shape headed forward. State already boasts one linebacker commitment in Roy Mangram for the class of 2010
Pack Pride’s Dream Recruiting Class at LB....Terrell Hartsfield, Kendall Moore
On the board and listing the Pack:
Kendall Moore...NC State was the first school to offer Moore but it didn’t take long for a host of other schools to follow suit and now, he’s one of the most highly recruited linebackers on the east coast. The Pack has hosted him on a number of visits and he’s probably the most familiar with NC State and their staff. Location and comfort factor could be two big pluses in the Wolfpack’s favor. Moore recently released a top seven of NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, and Clemson.
Terrell Hartsfield...Hartsfield has been almost entirely out of the recruiting spotlight and the folks at NC State are probably okay with that. The Pack has offered and been on Hartsfield for months. They have hosted him on numerous unofficial visits so familiarity and location are definitely in State’s favor. Hartsfield will spend this next season at Hargrave working on academics. The only fly in the ointment if you’re an NC State fan is the distinct possibility that Hartsfield could explode in popularity because of the exposure earned at Hargrave. As things stand now, he is probably the Pack’s best bet for one of their few linebacker spots.
Jeremy Grable...Grable is another player that NC State jumped on early and was able to host on an unofficial visit back in April. While he had positive things to say about State we think realistically, he would be tough to pull away from the SEC if one of that conference’s schools decided to extend an offer. For the time being the Wolfpack appears to be in pretty good shape but we’ll see how things transpire over the coming months.
Justin Parker...There’s no doubt that Parker is a tremendous linebacker but landing him will be a tall task for NC State. The Pack has had success in South Carolina of late behind the work of tight end’s coach Jim Bridge and linebacker Sterling Lucas could help. However, the odds of swaying him out of the Palmetto State right now appear slim at best. State’s best chance will be to get him on campus over the summer and hope they can wow him.