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NC State football recruiting: Offensive position group grades

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With 22 signees in the Wolfpack's class of 2015, it can be hard to piece together what the particular strengths of the group may be. There are a few obvious high points if you look at the stars, but combining those with the needs and fit of the program can be a little tougher. So how well did each position group fare?

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QUARTERBACKS

Jakobi Meyers

The quest to find a quarterback in this class was a constant struggle. After being heavily in the mix for several high profile signal callers early in the process, the Pack struggled to find the right fit. On the day in which NC State lost out on major target Kendall Hinton to Wake Forest, they landed Austin King from Alpharetta, GA. After being committed to the Wolfpack throughout the season, King decommitted after his official visit in December, during which he witnessed the progress of true freshman Jalan McClendon.

In January, Dave Doeren and staff worked to find a replacement. They discovered Lithonia quarterback Jakobi Meyers, who was committed to Kent State, and brought him in for an official visit. The 6' 180 lb Meyers quickly committed to the Wolfpack to fill that need. After holding off a late run from Florida, Meyers signed with NC State. The newest Pack triggerman played three sports in high school and brings a dual threat to the position in Raleigh. Meyers seems like a strong fit for the offense despite holding a two star rating. He will aim to compete with McClendon over the coming years post-Jacoby Brissett.

GRADE: C+

RUNNING BACKS

Johnny Frasier
Reggie Gallaspy
Nyheim Hines

It goes without saying that running back has been the main topic of conversation regarding NC State's class of 2015, and understandably so. Adding three four-star ball carriers is a rare feat, and with the success on the ground in 2014 for the Wolfpack, is key to continuity in that department. Gallaspy was the first to drop during the season and helped to set the tone for the class to make a nice run. The four-star on Rivals is in the top 10 of all-time rushing yardage in NC high school history, mixing power and speed to make for a tough defensive assignment. His role will likely be as a short yardage back, at least early on in his career.

Hines popped for the Wolfpack just after the season and is seen by many as the crown jewel of the class, in part due to his status as a local star from Garner. He is extremely versatile as a running back, receiver, and kick returner and will inject speed into the mix immediately. Frasier is a combination of the two and was a huge late flip from Florida State. While he played against a low level of competition, Frasier absolutely dominated. At 5'11" 220lbs, Frasier already has ACC-ready size and will only get faster and stronger. Once again, while unproven, it is never bad to get the signature of a player who had Alabama and Florida State all over him. As a group, this unit ticks all of the boxes and you could not reasonably ask for more, especially with Shad Thornton and Matt Dayes returning as upperclassmen.

GRADE: A+

WIDE RECEIVER

Vernon Grier
Brian Sessoms
Freddie Simmons

One of the main weaknesses (following the transfer of Bo Hines) of the NC State program going forward was the lack of an elite receiver. While that need may not have been filled, the Wolfpack coaches did work hard to fill out the receiving corps. Sessoms committed during the summer and will immediately improve the team speed and provide a deep threat. Doeren has said several times that he is a legitimate 4.3 40 type of athlete, and that is useful anywhere no matter the player's height (5'9"). Vernon Grier was a late find by the staff, but they had their eye on him throughout the season. The back-to-back state champion was a teammate of Jaylen Samuels as a junior and became one of the main weapons for Mallard Creek as a senior. A member of a national champion track team, Grier also upgrades the roster's speed. The biggest knock against the wideout is his lack of FBS offers outside of NC State.

Simmons' commitment was a result of the hiring of new wide receivers coach George McDonald, who had recruited the former Rutgers commitment while at Syracuse. Simmons measures in at 6'3", providing the height that this class was missing. His film is impressive, but he will need to hit a college weight training program before seeing significant playing time. The Wolfpack did a good job of getting three different types of players, but none appear to be the all-around receiver that they need.

GRADE: C+

TIGHT ENDS/FULLBACKS

None

The Pack didn't sign any tight ends or fullbacks after taking three TEs last year (now two after Garrett Bradbury moved to defensive tackle) and Jaylen Samuels as a hybrid of the two.

GRADE: N/A

OFFENSIVE LINE

TJ McCoy
Emanuel McGirt
Philip Walton
Aaron Wiltz
Daris Workman

After losing two senior starting tackles, the position may have been the biggest priority for Dave Doeren and his staff. Four of the five offensive linemen signed are projected to play tackle, with McCoy being the only clear interior lineman. McCoy is the only early enrollee of the group, but may be blocked from early playing time due to a strong depth chart at guard at center. The son of an NFL veteran appears to be well-coached and just needs to get in a college weight room. McCoy could pair with Tony Adams to form a strong interior run game for years. The biggest name on the signee list is McGirt, who rose from an undersized 230 lb sophomore to a 285 lb four star senior. He has the size and tenacity to see the field early, especially with uncertainty at the tackle spot.

Walton was a camper who received his offer due to his size and newness to the game (can improve greatly with coaching. At 6'7" and roughly 260 lbs, the former swimmer has an ideal size for a tackle. It will be a while before you see his impact on the field, however. Wiltz was a late flip from UCF, but the Louisianan was a great pickup at an area of need. He is a little light at the moment, but at 6'5", he could be a versatile player along the line. Workman comes from a junior college in California, but is a Greensboro native. The junior is also a little undersized, but the staff loves the potential to add to his frame. Workman has the looks of a pure tackle, most likely on the right side of the line. McGirt is the marquee name of this group, but as a whole, all five players bring different positive traits and will improve the squad, which is the ultimate goal.

GRADE: B+