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. choppack 01/20/2006 at 9:09 PM #

    If one thing really bothers me, it’s the way that recruiting has totally fallen off the map. Chuck’s seat is very hot – he needs to show us something this year.

  2. Cardiac95 01/20/2006 at 10:13 PM #

    I can’t believe he said that Stone’s presence was actually a significant factor in his decision.

    It just boggles the mind that a QB that finished the season ranked #80 in Passing Efficiency scared off the JUCO National POY.

    Some amount of improvement was to be expected from Stone. But for a 6-5 team with heavy losses on defense, we’ll need ALOT of improvement at QB just to make another bowl game. I hope Stone is up to the task……or that Burke is a fast learner.

  3. J.R. 01/20/2006 at 10:32 PM #

    Enough with the talk about Burke starting. That is not going to happen no matter how delusional State fans have gotten. I love NC State, so don’t even think about calling me a flame. The only reason Rivers was able to start right away, was because he enrolled early, and the satble was empty. Neither is the case with Burke. I crave a true QB leading State more than any one. Marcus Stone is our starter, unfortunately, after today’s announcement. Schaeffer is a gamebreaker, Stone is not. However, this year, if I’m Chuck I’m putting all my eggs in Brown & Baker’s basket. Schaeffer would have made that tandem unstopable. Next year, any team with a competent coach is going to straight up dare Stone to beat him. Brown & Baker will have to really fight for every yard next season. I feel if Stone works his ass off, studies the game like Rivers did, he can finally live up to all the hype.

  4. packaroo 01/21/2006 at 1:15 AM #

    I am not surprise at all that Brent chose Ole Miss over the Pack. I have been to both campuses and seen games at both places. Ole Miss is a beautiful campus in a charming true college town with nicer football facilities and one of the most beautiful settings in the country in “The Grove”, jammed with passionate fans on fall football weekends. NC State CANNOT produce that type of passion that Ole Miss has and the pagentry that is associated with going to a game there. It is an unbelievable experience, one that you should experience. NC State cannot compare to that type of exciting atmosphere. The SEC is also a better more exciting conference to play in week in and week out.

  5. J.R. 01/21/2006 at 2:42 AM #

    obviously, you haven’t been to Carter-Finley, at least when something special happens. The opener this season was like nothing else I’ve ever seen. When we scored on our opening drive after holding V-Tech 3 and out, that stadium was a lot louder than 1 of that size should be. Your reasoning is way off. Brent went to Ole Miss because its the only team in the nation that would garauntee him the starting job.Don’t talk shit, as if Ole Miss is some Garden of Eden of football.

  6. TVP 01/21/2006 at 10:43 AM #

    ^^Yeah, but are you going to win any games at Ole Miss?

    I agree with what Jim said earlier about Schaeffer looking like a drama queen.

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