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12 days ago Article 17 comments
Come inside, my brothers. Everything is going to be okay. You will get a hot meal and all the snaps you've dreamed of.
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3 months ago Update 2 comments
National signing day is in the books, and there were no major surprises for NC State. No super top secret mystery all-americans, no singing to recruits (that we know about). Dave Doeren met with the media to talk about it all on Wednesday afternoon:
"This is a great day for NC State and our football program," he said. "We are ready and excited to welcome this class. It's been a busy couple of months for our coaches and for the kids making the decisions, but our motto was ‘1 Pack, 1 Goal' throughout the process. We recruit as a staff and every member of our staff has contact with these guys. We look at our team as a family and if they choose to join this family, they have to meet a lot of people."
Every program in the country had a great day today. Just one time I want a coach to come in completely depressed about the whole thing and slam his class at every turn.
3 months ago Update 16 comments
I can tell already this is going to be a Tobais-type problem. So check out the spelling here, y'all. I mean, shit, he eschewed a couple of ivy league schools for NC State, so the least we can do is get the guy's name right.
Signee #10: QB Bryant Shirreffs - 7:32 a.m. #NCStateNSD13— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
And absolutely no puns will be allowed. (Please make as many puns as possible.)
3 months ago Update 5 comments
You have to love when the fax machine is getting hot!!— Ryan Nielsen (@CoachRNielsen) February 6, 2013
Signee #6: DT Monty Nelson - 7:10 a.m. #NCStateNSD13 — NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
Signee #7: WR Pharoah McKever - 7:15 a.m. #NCStateNSD13— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
Signee #8: OL Tylar Reagan - 7:39 a.m. #NCStateNSD13— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
Signee #9: S Malcolm Means - 7:50 a.m. #NCStateNSD13— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
3 months ago Update 2 comments
It's never too early for some LOIs and/or enrollments in the spring semester.
Pack already has 3 enrolled for spring semester: OL Cole Blankenship, WR Bra'lon Cherry, QB Jacoby Brissett #NCStateNSD13— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
Lake Mary (FL) linebacker Jerod Fernandez has signed with NC State!Fernandez considered Rutgers and Pitt late in the process.— Pack Pride (@PackPride) February 6, 2013
Signee #5: WR Jonathan Alston - 7:05 a.m. #NCStateNSD13— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 6, 2013
3 months ago Article 21 commentsContinue
3 months ago Update 4 comments
Hours after apparently committing to Rutgers, 6-6, 350-pound offensive line prospect Ali Kassem changed his mind and pledged to the Pack. NJ.com had a Rutgers-centric info article on Kassem before sheepishly updating the story to indicate that the JUCO prospect had a change of heart. Kassem will have an opportunity to play right away with the departure of four seniors from the Wolfpack offensive line.
Wide receiver Travares Copeland, who left West Virginia late in the season "for family reasons," caught 10 balls for 55 yards in a three-game stretch during his freshman season after burning his redshirt for the Mountaineers. He even became a starter before abruptly leaving the program. Copeland may petition the NCAA to not have to sit out a year, but, as a Florida kid, it is hard to see how transferring from WVU to N. C. State really brings him home to address those off the field issues.
Kassem, who played in TOB recruiting country at Moeller High in Cincinnati (also, I believe, Andrew Brackman country), bounced from Western Michigan to ASA College in Brooklyn before deciding to head to Raleigh. He was a two-star recruit out of high school according to Scout.
The six-foot, 180-pound Copeland was more highly regarded out of high school, ranking as a three-star recruit and the nation's #28 athlete according to Rivals. Rivals pegged him as the #53 recruit in talent-rich Florida. He had a long offer list that included Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt. Though a dual-threat quarterback in high school, presumably Copeland will remain at wide receiver at N. C. State.
4 months ago Article 8 commentsContinue
4 months ago Update 4 comments
Coach Dave Doeren serenaded JuMichael Ramos this weekend, and the Georgia Tech pledge has changed his tune, flipping to the Wolfpack according to From the Rumble Seat, the Jackets' SBNation interwebz place.
Ramos is a sizeable target at 6-3, 200 pounds, and purportedly runs a 4.5 40, excellent speed for such a big target. Rivals, Scout, and ESPN all rate him as a three-star talent, and Scout thinks of him as the 72nd best receiver in the 2013 class.
Ramos, who also had offers from Cincinnati and South Florida, perhaps realized that they throw the ball like six times a game at Tech. Smart kid. He hails from the pleasantly named town of Lovejoy, Georgia, where he attended the pleasantly named Lovejoy High.
One wonders if recent WR/OLB verbal Johnathan Alston, another potential big target at 6-3 if he plays offense, will instead head to the defense. With the addition of Ramos, the Pack has a deep incoming class at receiver, though LB is relatively thin.
4 months ago Update 0 comments
Monty Nelson, a consensus three-star recruit, joined Kenton Gibbs as defensive tackles pledged to the Pack from the class of 2013 when he verbaled during his visit this weekend. Nelson, a 6-2, 310-pound space eater, chose the Pack from an impressive offer list that included Michigan State, Wisconsin, and many other BCS programs.
Rivals thinks most highly of Nelson, ranking him as the 43rd best defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2013. ESPN has Nelson 48th, while Scout and 247sports peg him at 55th and 64th, respectively. Nelson showed nimbleness in his junior campaign, recording 10 sacks. He joins recent recommit Matt Dayes as future Wolfpackers from the Broward, Florida area.
Nelson’s commitment boosted the Pack’s class into the top 50 nationally and to the middle of the pack in the ACC which, all things considered, is pretty impressive. The new staff has done an excellent job keeping most of the inherited class intact while filling positions of need with quality prospects. Assuming no defections from current commits or current players, Dave Doeren and crew have two more scholarships available for the current class.
4 months ago Update 4 comments
4 months ago Update 2 comments
Johnathan Alston, a 6-3, 200-pound athlete from Bunn High School, has pledged to the Pack over UNC, Notre Dame, and a host of SEC schools. Alston's future position is somewhat in flux, but Scout and 247sports both love him as an outside linebacker, where he ranks 30th and 31st respectively in the national rankings at that position. 247sports says Alston is the 11th best prospect in the class of 2013 from North Carolina. If he indeed ends up at linebacker, Coach Dave Doeren and staff have once again moved quickly to fill a position of need in a short recruiting window, and they have done so with highly sought after recruits. Impressive.
Rivals ranked Alston as an athlete and he checked in at 70th in their ranking at that "position." He is a 3-star recruit according to all of the above outlets and at ESPN as well. If he does not end up at linebacker, Alston is mostly likely to play wide receiver, though he could perhaps grow into the role of rush end. Here is a link to his junior highlight reel.
4 months ago Update 3 comments
N. C. State has struck out on a number of 2013 QB targets and is in jeopardy of going through a second straight season with just two scholarship signal callers on the roster, making QB the most pressing need as the recruiting season winds down. Enter Bryant Shirreffs. He's not the guy for stars lovers, but the Georgia prep put up impressive numbers against impressive competition in the Peach Tree State. He does not have a big arm, but his highlight reel shows the ability to throw on the run, solid pocket presence for a yoot, and enough athleticism to make him a dual threat. He also must be fairly bright, as several Ivy League clubs are after his services. Between the range of play calling you see in the video and the level of competition one sees in Georgia, plus the smarts, I would feel comfortable with Shirreffs in an emergency next year, and he seems like a worthy investment for the future.
4 months ago Update 0 comments
Matt Dayes flirted with Vanderbilt after the ouster of TOB and was even reported to have given here and you will see some very good news: Dayes has recommitted to run with the Pack.a verbal this morning, but that news proved to be erroneous. Click
Dayes, a 5-10 195-pound (or 5-8, 200, depending on the source) running back out of Weston, Florida, may be the jewel of the class. Rivals ranks him as the 27th best running back in the class of 2013. Scout rates him as the #59 RB and shows an impressive offer list that includes Miami and several SEC programs. Dayes will join fellow three-star RB recruits Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols to give the Pack some much-needed depth at the position, as Shadrach Thornton and Tony Creecy are the only returning scholarship backs in 2013.
Here's a recruiting video of Dayes that, like all recruiting videos, doesn't tell us much. It appears his high school coach's game plan was to hand him the ball and see if he could outrun everyone to the edge. More times than not he could, which is a good thing.
4 months ago Article 28 comments
State's best recruit for 2013 is first major casualty of the coaching change.
4 months ago Article 10 comments
The Pack added another member to its 2013 class on Thursday.
4 months ago Article 11 comments
Former four star was recruited by Dave Doeren - will be eligible in 2014 as a redshirt junior.
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4 months ago Article 27 comments
The Wolfpack's head man has kept a number of top recruits in the fold while setting his sights on filling out the rest of the 2013 class.