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NC State football recruiting: Pack still looking at several potential additions to 2015 class

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With less than one month to go until Signing Day, most of NC State's 2015 signing class is complete. However, with a few roster movements and one decommitment, there is still some room left in the class.

The current class sits at 17, with room to possibly grow to 21. Six of those 21 have already enrolled in the spring semester plus two grayshirts from the 2014 class. Of the four spots remaining, one is undoubtedly being held for four star running back Johnny Frasier. The three other spots are likely to be a quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive tackle.

Of the early enrollees, four stars Darian Roseboro and Reggie Gallaspy are the best bets to see the field come fall. Roseboro should plug into the two-deep at defensive end or tackle and Gallaspy has a chance to get some action as a third down back. The specialists who delayed enrollment, Kyle Bambard and AJ Cole, are expected to take over the kicking and punting roles immediately. There are some returning walk-on kickers, such as redshirt freshman kicker Jackson Maples who could make the newcomers' attempts to see the field more difficult however.

The other four early enrollees are expected to redshirt, but could be solid long term contributors. Interior lineman TJ McCoy is only rated a two star by most services, but appears to be fundamentally sound (a la Tony Adams). His father, Tony McCoy, played in the NFL for almost a decade. Safety Freddie Phillips was one of the Pack's earliest and most vocal commitments, so his arrival in Raleigh has been much anticipated. At over six feet and around 200 pounds, Phillips is physically ready but can take his time behind State's large numbers at the position. The two linebackers in the class, Riley Nicholson and James Smith-Williams are both enrolling early. Nicholson put up big numbers at a top school in Florida and could be ready sooner rather than later, but is still expected to redshirt. Smith-Williams is a strong academic prospect and high potential player, but at 6'4" 205 lbs, may be a few years away physically.

As for what is left, the quarterback question is the biggest. The one name that constantly pops up is Jakobi Meyers, currently a commitment to Kent State. An undersized quarterback at 6 foot, 175 pounds, Meyers has a skill set that seems to fit what the Wolfpack are looking for. He plays in an area of Georgia that has strong programs, so he should not come in too unpolished. Other options are unclear at the moment, but it is believed that Dave Doeren is seeing what progress can be made with players committed to other Power 5 schools.

Defensive tackle provides several options between graduate transfers, junior college prospects, and high school recruits. Richmond senior Evan Kelly has been believed to be announced as a new member of the program any day now, but nothing is finalized. Some out of region prospects are being looked at for the DT spot as well. Jason Strowbridge (current Kentucky commitment) and Javier Edwards out of Texas are on the Pack's radar.

There are four known targets at wide receiver, with varying degrees of experience and strengths. Dominique Taylor is a junior college prospect who could help replace the experience lost from Bo Hines and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He may jump on an offer if he receives one on his official visit. The same goes for Vernon Grier, a slot receiver from powerhouse Mallard Creek. He may be offered a grayshirt, but is hopeful of a full offer. Justin Smith is a 6'7" receiver from Georgia who offers a high ceiling. The Pack is battling Missouri for his services, where he visits on January 16 before his scheduled visit to Raleigh on the 30th. Denzel Johnson is perhaps the highest profile target at the position, with a chance to grayshirt at both Clemson and South Carolina, with a possible offer forthcoming from the Tigers. Likely only one of these will be taken unless there is further attrition.