Summer camps and open schedules for visits mean teams' commitment lists should start filling up. Last year, June was very kind to the Wolfpack, with almost half of the #Pack14 signees hopping on board during the month.
As we saw last year at this time, June is perhaps the most important month in college football recruiting. NC State picked up 15 of their 31 commitments in the month alone in the 2014 class. The Pack picked up at least three commitments on the same day twice last June. After a decent start to the class of 2015 with the commitment of Malik Douglas in February, #Pack15 has slowed a bit. However, with camps coming up starting this week, the Wolfpack should add to their commitment list quickly.
On top of prospects at camps, who can be known to jump on offers immediately, several major Wolfpack targets have mentioned committing this month. Some of these could start before the week is up.
As covered in an earlier post, Kendall Hinton from Southern Durham High was the lone remaining high end target at quarterback for Dave Doeren and staff. The Pack found out their fate with the signal caller on Wednesday, one day after a visit to Wake Forest. Hinton committed to the Demon Deacons in the afternoon, leaving State in a very tough position at the position. The coaching staff quickly recovered by landing Elite 11 finalist Austin King on Wednesday night at camp.
Center Brian Chaffin, from Wolfpack-friendly Charlotte Christian, may also be deciding in the next few days. With a visit to Raleigh on Friday, the Wolfpack will likely get the last word. Chaffin is fresh off a visit to Stanford, who may be the Pack's toughest contender. Chaffin apparently has some ties to NC State, but likes the academics in Palo Alto as well as the depth chart at UNC. The center is a borderline four star among the recruiting services and would really shore up the interior of the offensive line.
One prospect that the Wolfpack were in first on is offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt. Since then, he has blown up with offers from most of the ACC and SEC. After many visits to both Raleigh and Chapel Hill, the Durham Hillside senior is about two weeks from a decision. Georgia has come in at the last minute which seems to intrigue McGirt, but it is likely too late. These appear to be his final three, but it truly seems to be a 50-50 battle between the Wolfpack and Tar Heels. Kendall Hinton committing to State would have helped greatly with the tackle, as the two are very close.
One name that has lingered on the periphery of the recruiting board for a year is four star defensive end Michael Barnett. He committed to Virginia Tech last summer, but backed off after a couple months. NC State has always been mentioned by Barnett, but many analysts did not consider them a serious contender. However, it appears that the Wolfpack are in Barnett's final two along with the always daunting Florida State Seminoles. Barnett is finishing up a two day trip to Tallahassee and plans to be in Raleigh next weekend, at which time he wants to come to a final decision. Like Chaffin and McGirt, this appears to be a complete toss-up, but would be a huge coup for the Pack.
Linebacker Riley Nicholson has been one target that NC State has surged with. The three star from Florida has offers from Big 12, Big 10, and other ACC schools, but seems to focusing in on NC State and West Virginia after recent visits to both. He has not stated a decision date, but the general thought is that he could make his commitment by month's end. Once again, this one could go either way, but State does seem to have some momentum.
Dave Doeren would be pleased (and do well) to get three of the four above. There will certainly be a few commitments not listed in the coming weeks as offers go out to previously unevaluated campers.