Running back James Washington and safety Donald Coleman, who graduated from high school a semester early, and offensive lineman Sam Jones will all be freshmen in eligibility this year, while defensive tackle Nathan Mageo is a junior college transfer.
Jones (6-7, 295, Fuquay Varina, N.C.) originally signed with NC State in the spring of 2008, but [didn't enroll in the fall]. An all-conference performer at Fuquay-Varina High School, Jones played defensive end and offensive tackle.
Washington (6-0, 180, Orlando, Fla.) rushed for 1,597 yards on 175 carries during his senior campaign at Boone High School, an average of over nine yards per carry. He also scored 17 touchdowns en route to leading his squad to the 6-A state semifinals. As a junior, he tallied over 1,700 yards.
Coleman (6-0, 205, Detroit, Mich.) spent his senior campaign as a safety and running back at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J. In eight games last season, he rushed for 803 yards and seven TDs, while forcing five fumbles and racking up 74 tackles on defense. Previously, he played linebacker at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Michigan.
Mageo (6-3, 285, Pago Pago, American Samoa) transfers from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He tallied 26 stops, including a dozen tackles for loss, during his sophomore campaign.