Four Recruits Set to Enroll

Four Recruits Set to Enroll

The spring semester begins this week at NC State with classes resuming on Wednesday. This will give the Wolfpack coaches the opportunity to welcome four new members to the football squad. Pack Pride has a breakdown of the early enrollees.

NC State welcomes four new additions to the Wolfpack football squad. OL Sam Jones, RB James Washington, DT Nathan Mageo and S Donald Coleman will enroll this week and begin their careers with the Pack. Each player will eligible for spring practice and get an early jump on the 2009 season. Pack Pride breaks down the early enrollees.


OL Sam Jones...6-7, 295 pounds...Hargrave Military Academy...Fuquay-Varina, NC

Rating...4-star prospect...Recruiter...Petercuskie...Team State beat for his commitment...Florida State/East Carolina

Sam Jones

Notes...Jones had a long journey before ending up at NC State. First there was a coaching change in Raleigh during his senior season in high school. However, Jones failed to qualify after high school and spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy. He would commit to State while at Hargrave but still take a visit to Florida State before signing day and that had some Wolfpack fans nervous. Jones was expected to join the Pack for the 2008 season but fell short on one course which he made up during this past fall. East Carolina made a serious run at Jones but State shored up their standing with him in October.

Jones gives NC State another talented offensive tackle- a point of emphasis since the arrival of O’Brien. With a tremendous frame and long arms, Jones has above average athleticism and moves extremely well given his size. As he enters the Wolfpack’s strength and conditioning program full-time, the sky is the limit for his development.

High School Scouting Report: "He shows good flexibility and his long arms make him a perfect match for a future at offensive tackle. However, at this early stage of his career, Jones is probably much more polished and appears more comfortable at defensive tackle. He will need work hammering down his technique at offensive tackle, but he has all the tools to become a force at that position down the road.

"All of the physical tools are there. Jones will simply need time and experience to evolve into the type of lineman he can be." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams


High School Film: OT #68 Sam Jones -

Post-Grad Film: OT #68 Sam Jones -


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RB James Washington...6-0, 180 pounds...Boone High School, Orlando, Fla

Rating...3-star prospect...Recruiter...Swepson...Team State beat for his commitment...Cincinnati/Memphis

James Washington

Notes...Washington was a prospect that RB’s coach Jason Swepson identified early on and a trip to the Wolfpack’s camp over the summer quickly solidified an offer from State.

Washington is a silky-smooth athlete that runs effortlessly and provides quite a bit of versatility. He has the potential to help at a number of spots from running back to receiver to special teams.

During his senior season Washington rushed for 1,597 yards on 175 carries, averaging better than nine yards every time he touched the ball. In all he accounted for 17 touchdowns on the ground and helped lead his Boone squad to the 6-A state semifinals.

Scouting Report: "With Florida boasting numerous division running backs for the class of 2009, Orlando (Fla) Boone standout James Washington has proven his name belongs right up there with the state's best.

"Washington has put together a monster season in 2008 and has shown solid improvement from his junior year. He is a silky smooth athlete with tremendous acceleration through the line of scrimmage and in to the secondary.

"Washington is deceptively elusive. He isn't a shake-and-bake running back. Instead, he uses subtle shifts of the hips and quick sidesteps to elude defenders. Washington shows good lower body strength and the ability to run through tackles but there's no doubt he enjoys getting on the perimeter and out running the defense. With his impressive break away speed, there are few on the high school level that can track him down once he's cleared the defensive backs.

"This is a player who has a lot of upside. Physically, Washington is going to get bigger and stronger and his athleticism gives him versatility. While many of the national recruiting experts have yet to take notice of him, it certainly will come as no surprise to see him emerge as a major contributor for NC State a few years down the road." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

Sr. Film: RB James Washington Video (AthleteVault.com)


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S Donald Coleman...6-0, 205 pounds...The Hun School, Princeton, NJ

Rating...2-star prospect...Recruiter...Reed...Team State beat for his commitment...Iowa

Donald Coleman

Notes...Coleman received scant recruiting attention exiting high school in 2008 and made the move to the Hun School this past season.

In 2008, Coleman developed physically and emerged as a play-maker on both offense and defense. He will begin his career at safety for the Pack and proved to be a fearless tackler this past season with good instincts and solid upside. He didn’t get a lot of reps in pass coverage and may need some polishing in that area but with time should develop into a solid, alla-round safety for NC State.

Coleman officially visited NC State and thoughts after the visit were that he was a done deal to the Wolfpack. However, a subsequent visit to Iowa complicated the issue although it probably helped that Coleman’s father didn’t accompany him to visit Iowa as he did with NC State.

After an in-home visit with coach Petercuskie upon returning from Iowa, Coleman called NC State head coach Tom O’Brien and announced his commitment to the Wolfpack.

Scouting Report: "Donald Coleman spent a year at prep school to improve his football stock and it's obvious that move paid off. Coleman is a very fluid athlete with little wasted movement who does a good job of diagnosing plays quickly to make a stop. He plays physical and doesn't shy away from contact which should help him immensely in NC State's defensive scheme.

"Coleman will obviously need to get stronger but one aspect you like in his film is that he consistently stops the opposition at the point of attack or drives them back. He rarely gets taken forward on a play. At this point Coleman would appear to be more experienced in stopping the run. He covers ground quickly and does a good job of making plays out in space." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

Prep Film: #2 LB/S Donald Coleman -

Prep Film: #2 LB/S/RB Donald Coleman -

Jr. Film: #46 Donald Coleman -


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DT Nathan Mageo...6-4, 285 pounds...New Mexico, Military Institute, Roswell, NM

Rating...3-star prospect...Recruiter...Petercuskie...Team State beat for his commitment...Hawaii

Nathan Mageo

Notes...Defensive tackle was a pressing need for NC State in the class of 2009 and the opportunity for Mageo to join the Pack prior to spring practice was an added bonus.

Landing Mageo didn’t come easy for the Wolfpack, however. Although State had jumped on him before several other schools, the native American-Samoan committed to Hawaii after an official visit.

However, Mageo would visit NC State a week later and waste little time changing his commitment to the Wolfpack.

During the 2008 season Mageo recorded 26 tackles including 12 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He will have three years to play two for NC State and with his size, maturity and athletic ability, should be able to make early contributions for the Pack.

Scouting Report: "Heading into 2009, defensive tackle is a major need for NC State and the Pack took a big step in addressing that when they landed a recent verbal commitment from Roswell (NM) New Mexico Military Institute standout Nathan Mageo.

"At 6-4 and 280 pounds, Mageo has adequate size for a defensive tackle but what sets him apart is his technique and non-stop motor. On film, Mageo consistently keeps a good pad level and does a tremendous job of getting under the offensive linemen. He's able to then use his strength to shed blockers which allows him to disrupt plays in the offensive backfield.

"Although Mageo moves fairly well, it's at the point of attack where he'll be most effective for NC State. He is able to occupy blockers and eat up space which should mesh well with defensive coordinator Mike Archer's philosophy. Because the Pack will be so thin at defensive tackle next season, Mageo will likely be counted on for early contributions and he certainly appears to have the talent to make that happen." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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