Several Big Visitors
Dave Doeren and Co. hosted three known visitors this week, but none are bigger than four star quarterback Lorenzo Nunez from Georgia. According the 247 Sports Composite, Nunez is the 199th ranked player in the country and the eighth ranked dual threat quarterback in the country. The Pack came somewhat out of nowhere to be a legitimate contender for Nunez. With offers from schools all the country, a combination of effort and dominoes falling elsewhere has landed NC State into a battle with South Carolina for his services. The quarterback is making his first trip to campus on Saturday and likely deciding within a week. If the visit goes well, State may be the favorite due to a favorable depth chart and an offense better suited to his style of play.
NC State hosted two other targets this week, one who was offered just this week. Defensive end Houshun Gaines from Nash Central in Rocky Mount was offered early in the week and immediately set up a visit for Friday. Virginia Tech was an early offer for the under-the-radar and has them in the driver's seat so far. Gaines' other two offers are also in ACC country and come from Boston College and Duke. Gaines appeared to have a good first trip to the facilities at State.
The other visitor this week was offensive lineman Chance Hall from Roanoke, Virginia. Hall did a tour of North Carolina by visiting UNC on Thursday while hitting Raleigh and then Wake Forest on Friday. At 6'4" 290 lbs, Hall seems suited to the interior of the line. The three star lineman is likely favoring the in-state schools and North Carolina, but getting a visit will certainly give the Pack a chance if they seriously pursue.
NC State sent out two reported offers this week: Gaines and South Carolina corner James Valdez. Valdez only has two offers, but the other one is South Carolina, which he has held for a while. It will be interesting to see how this progresses, as Valdez has seemed ready to commit to the Gamecocks for a while, but the offer may be conditional. The Wolfpack will likely only take one cornerback in 2015, so it will be first-come first-serve.
Several of the Pack's top targets received offers from other schools throughout the week. 2015 center Brian Chaffin picked up a big offer from Louisville. NC State currently stands among his top schools along with schools like Duke, UNC, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Chaffin attends Charlotte Christian, home of 2014 signees Bo Hines and Garrett Bradbury, as well as 2015 commitment Philip Walton.
Interestingly enough, the other two major Pack targets who received offers are also from Charlotte Christian, but in the 2016 class. Highly-recruited quarterback Austin Kendall and running back Elijah Deveaux, both in the class of 2016, received offers from Boston College. The Pack has offered Kendall and done very well with him so far (possibly bringing in his older brother as a preferred walk-on does not hurt) and looks to be fighting schools like Clemson and Tennessee early on. Deveaux has oddly enough not been offered yet, but with a strong crop of running backs in the next two classes in North Carolina, it is probably just a numbers situation. Thanks to Hines in particular, Deveaux seems to be high on NC State despite not yet holding an offer.
Big Visit Elsewhere
Perhaps the top defensive target for Dave Doeren's staff is currently on a huge visit to a top contender out of the region. Lincolnton defensive end Darian Roseboro is currently in the middle of a four day trip to Michigan, one of his early leaders. Roseboro has said in several interviews that he grew up a fan of both the Pack and the Wolverines, so this is more than a token visit to a big school that offered. While some of the Michigan writers did not rule out a commitment while on his lengthy visit, I think he will return from Ann Arbor impressed, but not to that extent. NC State, Clemson, and Michigan are probably his unofficial top three with some SEC schools thrown in there. As long as Roseboro does not commit on his visit, the Pack will feel good with where they stand.
Target Sets Commitment Date
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Three star defensive lineman Anthony Rush from Cary has seemingly been on commitment watch forever, but appears as if he will put it off until towards the end of his season. After picking up some new offers Kentucky, UNC, and Virginia, the Pack will have to work hard to gain this commitment if there is still a spot for him.
Target Commits Elsewhere
Offensive tackle Gabe Megginson from Illinois visited Raleigh for a three day stay several weeks ago and seemed to enjoy his time. However, he committed to Illinois on Friday over the Pack and a host of big-name schools including most of the Big Ten as well as several Pac 12 and ACC schools.
It Was Someone's Birthday
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