Pack Land Big OT From Charlotte

Charlotte Olympic offensive tackle Andrew Wallace has committed to N.C. State University, Olympic Athletics Director Ken Konstaney confirmed to WRAL Friday.

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50 Responses to Pack Land Big OT From Charlotte

  1. Jamie 08/24/2007 at 10:11 PM #

    That’d be the Olympic Trojans from Charlotte North Carolina, home of Nascar and the Carolina Panthers. (Class of ’91, can you tell?)

  2. E-RO 08/24/2007 at 11:34 PM #

    Steven Howard committed to us last year, he played with Andrew last year at Olympic. This might be worth noting.

  3. noah 08/25/2007 at 11:26 AM #

    Tackle is a huge need for us. Great pickup.

  4. acc10k 08/25/2007 at 8:20 PM #

    The Pack now has five of the top 15 in-state players according to (sorry – not savvy on putting links into comments). Has that EVER happened? Most of the uncommitted have State listed as “medium” interest (sort of the default for “still in the hunt” – “high” interest doesn’t show very often), even the quarterback and we’ve already got Glennon. How many of those guys are really serious? As I track fan, I’d love to see us get Adams.

  5. vtpackfan 08/26/2007 at 10:08 AM #

    Congrats to AW and good luck this year playing for Olympic. This is really good news for TOB and his program at NC State, and hopefully there will be more to follow regarding the rebuilding of the OL.

    Manning, Maddox, and Barnes are fantastic verbal commits (I agree that Adams would be another huge addition), but I would love to see the day where NC State consistently send batle tested, dependable OL to the NFL. TOB was doing it at BC and I think he can achieve even greater success grooming OL at a school with more resources.

    It would be symbolic at the very least in that it would be truly the anti-CTC way in building a program up. Not that Chucks way was wrong, but atleast we should be able to determine which method works best and why.

  6. Buck 08/26/2007 at 10:30 AM #

    Yes, great news! And definite congrats to AW!

    Who am I to tell, but his camp vids seemed awesome. Very mobile guy…not just for his size either…the guy can really move.

    TOB is doing a great job going after the in-state talent. I thinks TOB’s success in this area is the best in recent memory, if not ever.

  7. E-RO 08/26/2007 at 1:45 PM #

    “but I would love to see the day where NC State consistently send batle tested, dependable OL to the NFL.”

    We weren’t too bad at it in the first half of CTC’s time at state.

  8. westwolf 08/26/2007 at 2:39 PM #

    ^Hos many of those were O’Cain recruits?

  9. RochesterRedWolf 08/26/2007 at 4:05 PM #

    i am in rochester, ny, can anyone put up or is anyone already putting up youtube’s of the coaches show this season?

  10. statered 08/26/2007 at 5:13 PM #

    west how many did MOC have playing the wrong position??

  11. westwolf 08/26/2007 at 5:31 PM #

    ^ I don’t know.

  12. packwolf90 08/26/2007 at 8:12 PM #

    This really is going to be a great class of incoming recruits.

    Is anyone tailgating in the free parking lots like the vet school lot or beside the road at the bottom of the hill on trinity.

  13. noah 08/27/2007 at 9:22 AM #

    “The Pack now has five of the top 15 in-state players according to (sorry – not savvy on putting links into comments). Has that EVER happened?”

    Sure. Amato’s first complete class was pretty strong in-state, I believe. Dick Sheridan’s first complete class signed 12 of the top 25 in-state players. That included Jesse Campbell, Anthony Barbour, Ray Griffis, Ledel George, Scott Adell, and Robert Hinton (among others). That was Mack Brown’s first class as well and he signed eight of the top 25 (Julius Reese and Chuckie Burnette were his big names). ECU signed four of the top 25 and Dook landed the other. So, of the top 25 players in-state in 1987, all of them went to schools within 150 miles of one another. How times have changed.

    Three years later, Mack Brown signed his first really great recruiting class. He landed something like 17 of top 25 players in-state. We signed four. That was the year they signed Johnson & Johnson (curtis and leon). The next year, even before the season started, Marcus Jones committed to UNC. Two years after that, Mack and Sheridan split the state, recruiting-wise. It looked like we had finally pulled even with them in attracting in-state talent. Afterall, we were coming off consecutive nine-win seasons, had been to the Gator Bowl and the Peach Bowl and were a top-25 mainstay. Sheridan’s first two classes, the core of his talent, had just finished up.

    Unfortunately, the top 25 in-state players we signed were Brad Collins, Kyle Blalock, Brandon Davis, Kenny Harris, Montez Moye and Trot Nixon. Collins was a solid player, Blalock was constantly hurt, Davis never lived up to his HS AA status, Harris was a good safety for us, Moye never showed up to enroll, and Nixon signed to play baseball with Boston.

    Doubly-unfortunate, Carolina’s top in-state haul had people like Brian Simmons and Greg Ellis and Robert Williams. And then they landed guys like K-Mays and Ebenezer Ekuban out of state. That would be the class that formed the core of their consecutive ten-win seasons.

  14. waxhaw 08/27/2007 at 9:28 AM #

    Forgot about Trot Nixon….We sure have just missed on some big name QB’s over the years for one reason or another.

  15. noah 08/27/2007 at 9:48 AM #

    The bad thing about Nixon…we knew we had to have a QB in that class, so we were chasing two. We were also going after a kid named Mike Bobo who really liked us.

    We got a commitment from Nixon right around Christmas (Sheridan turned down another job offer) and we stopped chasing Bobo. He ended up going to UGa and had a nice little career.

  16. noah 08/27/2007 at 10:06 AM #

    BTW, we were a little snake-bit around this time. At QB, Terry Jordan had finished his fine career and Terry Harvey was in place, but we didn’t have anyone behind him really. We signed a kid out of Fayetteville named Scott Reeves, but he apparently spent the majority of his time chasing girls.

    We kept signing players that never showed up. Or if they showed up, they showed up and only had one leg. Or they had contracted some awful disease. Or…well, there was always Randy Banner.

    We signed a kid out of Florida who had been one of the top kickers in the SE. He was a great punter and had kicked something like a 57-yard-FG in high school. We brought him in and he showed up with his wife. Who was about 45 years old. Oh, and she was the mother of the girl he dated as a senior. That one didn’t work out so well.

    Then there was Graham Stroman. He was a really good high school prospect. He was from Rock Hill, SC. This was the year that Rock Hill and Northwestern High School were both top-notch teams. We were chasing a RB from Northwestern that we really liked. He was the class president, an honor society member, captain of the football team and track team, and a high school all-american.

    Everybody else liked him too. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Jeff Burris? Played about 15 years with the Buffalo Bills after being a three-year starter for Notre Dame.

    So we didn’t get Burris, but we got Stroman. He came to State and he had dislocated his shoulders so often that they had become degenerative. He ended up getting an academic scholarship, quit football and is an engineer now.

    Then we got Robert Lee. Good DE/TE prospect out of South Carolina. He showed up. And promptly developed leukemia. He ended up dying a couple of years later.

    Some of you may know a guy in the WPC office named Tony Sales (I don’t know if he’s still there). He was a good DT prospect from Ashville. He was redshirting and destroyed his back during a weight-lifting session.

    We had a really good fullback prospect out of Virginia named Dan Hayden. He came down with Chron’s disease, which is an autoimmune disease of the intestines. It’s treatable now and can be reduced to a chronic thing, but it was much more serious then (I had a college advisor who died from it) and it ended Hayden’s career.

    It’s one thing when you have a recruit or two not qualify, or you have a guy get hurt and never recover (we had freshman def. back prospect named Mike Johnson who destroyed his knee on the opening kickoff of the first game of the season against Iowa and never played again). We had those too…I didn’t mention, in the class with AB, we also signed Eric Swann (d’oh!!!!). But it was like a 1/4 of every recruiting class would just fall into a bottomless pit of bad luck.

  17. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 08/27/2007 at 10:15 AM #

    What time today should we expect a starting QB announcement?

  18. Dr. BadgerPack 08/27/2007 at 10:35 AM #

    Noah, I am once again amazed by the depth and breadth of your recruiting history knowledge. I’m sure you’ve been asked this before, but were you actively involved in the recruiting process at any point, or do you simple have a rediculously keen memory?

  19. RochesterRedWolf 08/27/2007 at 11:54 AM #

    the press conf is at 2pm today, God willing

  20. noah 08/27/2007 at 12:04 PM #

    Badger – sponge memory.

  21. Dr. BadgerPack 08/27/2007 at 12:10 PM #

    Noah- ever consider a career in chemistry? We could use more researchers with memories like that.

  22. noah 08/27/2007 at 12:22 PM #

    Sadly, the more useless the info, the more likely I am to remember it.

    I remembered looking over the shoulder of a friend who was taking organic chemistry and being very thankful that I was not.

  23. Dr. BadgerPack 08/27/2007 at 12:26 PM #

    Ah. I see. My memory is like that to an extent– although my doctorate is in O-Chem, I’m more apt to remember anything and everything related to baseball. And of course, recent State and Wisconsin athletics.

    Since you have the recruiting sponge memory, can you tell me anything about what Wendell Moore did football-wise (I believe I recall the name correctly, he was a lineman in the late 90s, perhaps early 00s).

  24. packpigskinfan23 08/27/2007 at 1:20 PM #

    ESPN says Evans’ is the starter.

    good choice. I cant think of any reason why he shouldnt be… his numbers where the best thru scrimmages and his play last year was commendable.

  25. PamlicoPack 08/27/2007 at 1:21 PM #

    Don’t forget Jose laureano and Jay Dukes. Dukes was an all american kicker iin HS, and was a rare kicker given a scholarship by Sheridan/MOC. Turns out he was far more effective punching out female public safety officers than kicking the ball. He didn’t last long…Laureano was another in a long line of criminals and mediocrities to once hold the title of “QB of the future” for State. Think he ended up at Florida A&M.

    Those of us who have been following Pack sports for a while thus have a tendency to not really get excited about outstanding recruits until they have actually arrived on campus (10-15% don’t even make it that far) and actually become outstanding players.

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