Football recruiting heating up

NC State landed a verbal football commitment today from another true scholar-athlete that represents the kind of ‘Champion’ in the classroom and on the field to which Coach O’Brien often refers. You can click here for more about Marcus Edmund

He recently received football scholarship offers from Arizona, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State, and more might be in the pipeline for the cornerback as his senior season approaches.


Edmond is rated as the top football prospect in the Midlands by publisher Jim Baxter.

“It feels great, to know some of the options I have already,” Edmond said. “I just work hard and my parents push me to try at everything. It’s great to see that paying off.”

Edmond improved his stock as he played quarterback and cornerback this past season.

“He came in and did a great job and had a great season on both sides of the ball, and has a chance to do it again next year, only with bigger expectations,” Farmer said.

Edmond followed his junior season on the football field by hitting the basketball court as a guard for the Lower State finalist Diamond Hornets. He also competed in the track and field state finals in the 400-, 800- and the 1,600-meter relay.

“But football has always been my main sport and my favorite, and I’m going to be working even harder to improve over the summer,” Edmond said.

Edmond, who plans to study engineering, said he will choose a program based on the academic possibilities.

By most accounts, the Wolfpack currently has approximately nine verbal commitments for the 2013 class, having picked up three commits last week that are discussed here.

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12 Responses to Football recruiting heating up

  1. choppack1 06/18/2012 at 5:57 PM #

    We seem to be doing well so far. He looks like a nice pick-up.

  2. tjfoose1 06/18/2012 at 6:42 PM #


  3. tjfoose1 06/18/2012 at 6:42 PM #

    The blog post references Marcus Hand, but the linked article is about Marcus Edmund. A typo? Marcus Hand = Marcus Edmund?

  4. mak4dpak 06/18/2012 at 6:58 PM #

    Watched the clip from above, and it is in fact Marcus Edmond.

    /////// Fixed. Thank you!

  5. GAWolf 06/19/2012 at 7:07 AM #

    Engineering is a tough, tough major. Imagine that.

    TOB continues to deliver kids that will make us proud. Nice work, and welcome to the Pack gentlemen.

  6. sequoyah 06/19/2012 at 7:46 AM #

    seems like a smart kid & a great player, a TOB kind of kid.

    nice to see the staff picking up skills guys so early this year…just need a land a few big hosses to fill out the class.

  7. Prowling Woofie 06/19/2012 at 7:56 AM #

    Of our 9 commits thus far, 7 are three star prospects. Nice work, staff !

    Marcus wants to study engineering, huh ? Not Swahili ? Not AFAM Studies ? Welcome, Mr. Edmond, welcome !!!

  8. adwomack 06/19/2012 at 3:46 PM #

    I’m still pretty disappointed in our recruiting. We have a few nice pieces, but most are just average recruits. Many have minimal scholarship offers from the big schools, and have only recently been offered a scholarship by State.

    That tells me we have “missed” on all the recruits that we offered over the last year, and don’t have any hope of getting any of them.

    While I’m sure that some of these players will turn into useful contributors, if we want to build “quality” depth, we must get a higher caliber of player, and that just does not seem to be happening.

    Maybe this is ok, if our only goal is to win 7 games every year. If we want to win championships, we need to up the level of player we are getting, or hoping that we hit the jackpot with a boat load of “sleepers”.

  9. baxter 06/19/2012 at 9:09 PM #

    ^ completely disagree with your assessment, burton is the top TE in Va, Edmond the top CB in SC, McDaniel the #4 wr in NC, Blankenship is arguably the 2nd best interior line prospect in NC, and Nichols is going to put up big numbers this year for richland. That said be on the lookout for a qb commit next week and maybe a commit to switch from another team to the pack.

    We haven’t missed on all the guys we offered early, in fact it’s pretty much impossible outside of the no brainier prospects to determine who had actual commitable offers. Still in the game on some big time prospects.

  10. Prowling Woofie 06/26/2012 at 9:58 AM #

    Apparently alarmed at the number of ranked recruits signing, the State staff has subsequently offered scholarships to several zero-star prospects to bring things back in balance… Status Quo regained.

  11. sundropdrinker13 06/27/2012 at 11:40 PM #

    adwomack, the deal with the “stars” is that those players have been in the national spotlight more than the other recruits. Do to the seemingly endless number of football players, most of these kids do not get properly evaluated by recruiting services and the like. Some of the kids pay the big bucks to go to the national camps which is the main way they get their name out there. Most kids just go to local camps, as they are cheaper, so their name doesn’t get out as much.

    TOB and his staff is considered to be one of the best set of evaluaters in the country.

  12. adwomack 06/28/2012 at 3:00 PM #

    sundropdrinker13, TOB is considered to be one of the best evaluaters? Really? Then why is he always stuck around 7-8 wins? This includes stops at BC and now State? If he was so good at it, would he not have won a championship by now?

    Forget the stars, if no other high-major program is interested in a player, then they are probably not that good. I’m sure of TOB’s ability to coach them up, and by the time they are senior’s they can contribute to the team.

    But that puts a cap on how good that player will ever be for the team, and in turn how good the team will ever be. With 2 1-AA games on our schedule every year, I’m sure we’ll still get to the magical 7 wins most years, but is that the ultimate goal?

    My belief is that TOB is not capable of building championship caliber teams. I’ve got 12 or so years of his coaching history to agree with me. Maybe he finds a way to break out and do something magical, but I’m not expecting it.

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