Schaeffer Key to Re-establishing Momentum

Pack Pride is reporting that highly-sought Junior College Quarterback, Brent Schaeffer is set to make his decision of where he will play Division One football on Friday evening at 6pm.

Rated a five-star prospect by, Schaeffer has narrowed his list to three schools and will announce at 6:00 EST. NC State, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin are the three finalists for his services. ….Schaeffer has garnered offers from NC State, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Kansas State, and Virginia Tech among others but recently narrowed his list to the Wolfpack, Rebels, and Badgers.

Schaeffer’s road (and story) has been long and winding ….and is one that we won’t bother to re-hash in excessive detail here. Schaeffer originally signed with the University of Tennessee where he competed for playing time with Eric Ainge at the beginning of his true freshman season. He later transferred to Junior College after failing to win significant playing time and getting into some trouble off the field.

Listed around 6 feet, 3 inches (although he seems shorter than that), Schaeffer is considered a “dual-threat” quarterback that many people believe could be a God-send for the Wolfpack’s struggling offense. Although Marcus Stone compiled a 5-1 record in the stretch drive of the 2005 season, he did so by avoiding game-changing mistakes and allowing State’s fantastic defense to control the scoreboard and field possession.

Looking ahead to next year, the Wolfpack will hae to score significantly more points than Stone was able to muster in the wake of the departure of its top six defensive players. Stone’s poor passing performance and game management is not going to be enough to keep the program’s head above water. Although some positive buzz exists around rising redshirt-sophomore, Daniel Evans, no other quarterback on State’s roster will have ever taken a snap in Division One football.

I HATE putting much reliance on recruiting and recruiting evaluations in the overall assessment of programs. I think recruiting is too often used as a bullshit ‘crutch’ in evaluations of programs by both fans and administrators. But, make no mistake about this — Brent Schaeffer’s potential recruitment to NC State is HUGE for Chuck Amato and the NC State football program.

Every off-season has been difficult for Chuck Amato, and this off-season has been no different. Usually, Amato loses an inordinate amount of assistant coaches that significantly hampers the long term continuity of his program; this season, he has lost an inordinate amount of talented underclassmen all expected to be All-ACC and All-American candidates) that will significantly hamper the short term success of the program.

These are the factors that contribute to the importance of potentially landing Schaeffer. There is no doubt that he would positively impact the program on many key fronts, the most obvious of which would be to (1) immediately improve our struggling offense and (2) signal to the ‘market’ that our program may not have stagnated as much as some believe.

The public relations impact of landing a high profile recruit like Schaeffer, who has three years of eligibility to play two seasons, would mean a lot to the perceived momentum of State’s program and also could open the door for Amato to land some big names as we race to the recruiting finish line. One of State’s most thin (and weakest) positions is along the offensive line; I can’t help but think that the opportunity to block for our stable of running backs and a semi-proven commodity like Brent Schaeffer can only enhance State’s chances of attracting some top O-Line talent.

Please don’t misunderstand me – losing Brent Schaeffer would not be the straw that broke this program’s back. But, landing him would definitely be a catalyst to create some much-needed positive momentum for Chuck Amato and NC State Football.

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31 Responses to Schaeffer Key to Re-establishing Momentum

  1. Mr. O 01/20/2006 at 9:45 AM #

    Amato definitely needs something positive to happen. He is facing a real battle ahead of him.

  2. BJD95 01/20/2006 at 9:48 AM #

    Schaeffer is no panacea, but getting him would certainly ease the pressure a bit. It would at least give us reason for hope (beyond the Charmain-soft schedule) for 2006 success. Combining 2005’s offense with 2003’s defense would be a very toxic (perhaps fatal) mix for the football program.

  3. Sam '92 01/20/2006 at 9:51 AM #

    No one needs any convincing that we’ve been weak at the quarterback position, that’s for sure.

    I remember some press that Fulmer was saying he wouldn’t “release” schaeffer to play at any school that was on Tennessee’s schedule (such as NC State), did that all become a moot point by schaeffer playing juco?

  4. class of '74 01/20/2006 at 9:51 AM #

    I agree with everything you said until the statement- losing Schaeffer would not be the straw that broke this programs back. Unless Greco, Evans or the incoming freshman Burke can supplant Stone, the season will be no better offensively than last year. And just as you said defensively we probably can’t expect to be as good as last season, so to me that is a recipe for another losing season. If I’m correct then the resulting pressure may be unbearable for Chuckie to stick around.

  5. class of '74 01/20/2006 at 9:53 AM #

    ^By going JUCO Fulmer has no say in the matter.

  6. Jim 01/20/2006 at 10:07 AM #

    What, is this the THIRD time he’s done this drama-queen “helmet reveal” recruitment thing? How old is this guy, 12?

    I have no idea if we will get him or not, but he strikes me as a tool who is looking for a deal.

  7. Jeff 01/20/2006 at 11:11 AM #

    I can’t disagree with this^

    IMHO, our program is on very thin ground (which is why this could have such a positive impact). By the same token, if Schaeffer ends up being a head case with too much baggage then things will just get worse.

  8. class of '74 01/20/2006 at 11:21 AM #

    ^Desperate men take desperate measures. Is Chuck a desperate coach?

  9. BJD95 01/20/2006 at 11:26 AM #

    ^ I don’t think there’s any question – he definitely is.

  10. TVP 01/20/2006 at 11:46 AM #

    I think those folks who expect Schaeffer to be the savior (not saying anyone here is) are going to be disappointed. Dude didn’t exactly set the world on fire at Tennessee – I looked at his stats and he seemed to have a fumbling problem (sound familiar?). He also is going to have to learn a new offense in a very short amount of time – an offense that Stone apparently didn’t grasp over a year.

    I think we are in biggggg trouble in football.

  11. class of '74 01/20/2006 at 12:34 PM #

    I may be just totally wrong but I view Chuck as very good if not great defensive co-ordinator. I just never thought of him as good head coach material. Therefore, I think the defensive side will be ok next year, maybe not as good as this past season but better than most in the ACC. It’s the offense that scares the heck out of me. The line play has not been good and the QB situation has been alternating between awful to just barely tolerable since PR left. Unless the QB situation improves tremendously I see a long miserable season next year.

  12. choppack 01/20/2006 at 12:52 PM #

    I’ve got to say that Schaeffer – while a very intriguing prospect – has a negative history – and that’s the angle you’ll see played out in the local media if he decides to come here. He was flightly on his first choice – and involved w/ an incident with the law while at UT.

    When comes to “Star” ratings, this will help. However, when it comes to Chuck’s image – it will only reaffirm those who think the worst about CTC.

    I also think that Stone did a good job of managing the game. He made only one really bad mistake – the INT vs. BC before the half – that I can remember. However, you’re correct if you say he hasn’t proven he can win a game w/ his arm.

  13. SCWolf 01/20/2006 at 1:13 PM #

    Stone’s arm isn’t the problem. It’s his head. There’s no doubt he has all the physical attributes of a great QB. But it takes more than that to be a good QB. He has to learn to read defenses better and stay in the pocket longer. If he even thinks he’s getting pressure, he runs. Amato will never have a more talented team, with the exception of the QB position than he did this year. The QB position is very important, but he should have been able to win with this team and did not. I was an Amato fan until this past season. The previous season certainly raised many doubts when we had the No. 1 defense in the nation, more offensive yards than any team we palyed, and a 5-6 record. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt and blamed it all on the offensive coordinator and of course, Jay Davis. But this past season proved it was Amato’s fault. Schaffer will make a difference, but he’ll have to be a Phillip Rivers to save Chuck now.

  14. Jeff 01/20/2006 at 1:47 PM #

    Stone did a fine job of managing games last year.

    Stone will not have the benefit of our great defense next year to win games based on simply managing them.

  15. Chris 01/20/2006 at 1:55 PM #

    So does anyone have any real idea of where he’s gonna chose tonight?

    Personally, I don’t see why in the world he would want to go to Ole Miss.

  16. Herb 01/20/2006 at 2:05 PM #

    Is there some sort of serious problem here? Is Chuck just that much of a jackleg that people don’t want to be around him? It’s not like he’s Al Grohl having half his staff leaving for head coaching jobs or the undergrads jumping ship are all first-rounders. With a couple of exceptions (Norm Chow and Mario), the guys leaving are too average to be leaving in these kind of numbers. There are no other signs that I see, but that kind of turnover is certainly a major red flag.

    (SFN Note: When anyone here gets paid for their time, we are open to comparisons with paid sites & criticism. Until then, its not going to fly. We’re normal people with real jobs, families and lives. We’re not going to apologize to you that we don’t have time to link up every thing in the world.)

  17. bcudd17 01/20/2006 at 2:07 PM #

    schaeffer is coming to state,bet on it. We desperately need him at qb next year.stone will be much better off moving to tight end or some other position.he is just not the answer.if not schaeffer we need to take a serious look at justin burke or daniel evans.

  18. J.R. 01/20/2006 at 2:29 PM #

    Guys, the kid has paid his dues. Why is it that some of you feel that this kid is another Marcus Vick. Brent has clearly worked very hard since leaving Tenn. JUCO football makes a star athlete put their ego in check. Brent’s coaches do nothing but rave about not only his football skills, but his leadership and attitude as well. But because the kid got into a fight with another student, his freshman year mind you, some are convinced he will quickly tarnish some holy image you have of Wolfpack football. Do you really think Chuck would risk what little leeway he has left on some thug. I don’t. Let’s not forget that when B.Schaeffer first stepped on Tenn.’s campus, he was impressive enough to clearly win the starter’s job by the opener. We need a QB. I personally would love to hear him announce for the Pack tonight, and any real Wolfpack fan who says otherwise, surely hasn’t been too bothered by the last 2 seasons. Schaeffer combined with Brown & Baker, come on fellas, it sure beats the alternative.

  19. class of '74 01/20/2006 at 2:34 PM #

    Not to become a Pack Pride or The Wolfpacker recruiting rumor monger but WTSB’s Taylor Zarzour reported Ole Miss coaching staff was told yesterday by Schaeffer himself that he will be coming to Oxford, MS. That and $4.50 will get you a Starbucks latte.

  20. BJD95 01/20/2006 at 2:43 PM #

    Herb – we haven’t been ignoring it, just haven’t posted our comprehensive “state of the program” piece yet. Timing on this kind of stuff is sensitive.

    I have heard that Oxford is to Mississippi what Austin is to Texas.

  21. Jeff 01/20/2006 at 2:57 PM #

    ^ You have heard correctly.

  22. class of '74 01/20/2006 at 3:04 PM #

    ^I’ve been to both and that’s pretty funny.

  23. TVP 01/20/2006 at 6:14 PM #

    Just announced…Ole Miss.

    Back to the “Stone Age” for us!

  24. BJD95 01/20/2006 at 7:16 PM #

    Yep, no soup for us. It’s not an overly bold prediction to say that not many blue chippers with other options are coming to Raleigh this year. Can’t say that I mblame them.

  25. kevin 01/20/2006 at 8:30 PM #

    I don’t think one player is going to make or or break an entire class. It ain’t over until it’s over!!

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