Although NC State landed an early commitment from Jack Britt QB Everett Proctor, the Pack has stayed in touch with one local signal-caller.
That player is quarterback Ross Snotherly of nearby Athens Drive High School in Raleigh. At 6-4 and 235 pounds, Snotherly has a big arm and has been around the Pack's program his entire life. That would seem to make him an intriguing prospect for NC State coaches and fans.
"Our season hasn't been going too bad. I haven't played in every game this season. I was out with an injury for three games before I came back to play for two and a half, and then I was injured again. I separated my ribs and I have a deep laceration to my throwing hand. I'm not going to be able to play this week, but if we make the playoffs -- and it's looking like we have a good chance -- then I'll play then."
Despite missing several games, Snotherly still ranks as one of the state’s top quarterbacks. On the year he’s completed 89 of 156 passes for 1,489 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Because he is only a junior and has been out of action for so long this season, Snotherly has not received the hype that some other quarterbacks in his class have. That could change if he performs well in the playoffs and then at camps and combines next summer.
"I've been getting mail from NC State and ECU, and those are really the only two I'm interested in right now," he said. "NC State has invited me to all their home games and I live down the road from them. My brother goes there, so that's kind of convenient for me. I've followed them ever since I was born, so I really like State.
"I like ECU mostly because it's close and it's in North Carolina. Nobody in my family has ever gone there but I'm still interested in them."
While he hasn't been out of action due to injuries, Snotherly has excelled in Athens Drive's spread offense. He said his ability to read defenses and his arm strength are his best assets, and he would like to work on his mobility.