Wolfpack Nabs LB Recruit From South Carolina; More Recruiting (Updated)

South Carolina linebacker Sterling Lucas, was rumored to be a ‘lock’ for the University of South Carolina…that is until he committed to NC State this morning.

Lucas is considered one of the Top 25 middle linebackers in the country and chose the Wolfpack over offers from UNC-CH, USC, Maryland, Michigan State and Wake Forest.

Lucas becomes the 4th major linebacker prospect committed to the Wolfpack in this recruiting class joining Terrell Manning (see commitment entry), William Beasley and Dwayne Maddox (see commitment entry). It is generally understood that Terrell Manning will redshirt next year to give his injured knee sufficient time to rehabilitate therefore opening the door for one of the other three commits to potentially earn playing time as a true freshman.

We don’t typically spend too much time on recruiting, but we can’t help but be super excited about what Coach O’Brien is doing in Raleigh. As evidenced by this group of linebacker commitments, Coach Tom O’Brien has done an EXCELLENT job recruiting talent at a position which Wolfpack desperately needed help.

This link will take you to some more random comments about some of the Wolfpack’s 2008 commitments.

Additionally, if you have access to ESPN INsider then you can see a narrative summary of the ACC Atlantic Division’s recruiting by clicking here.

Tom O’Brien probably did not achieve the success he desired in his first-year at NC State, but off the field, the former Boston College head coach is building a quality recruiting class like he did for many years at Chestnut Hill. We actually expect even better classes down the road as O’Brien becomes accustomed with a recruiting area far more fertile than New England and with an admissions department presumably far less rigorous than BC’s. This current 2008 class may reflect the changes already taking place, as the Wolfpack currently have the No. 20 class heading into signing day and perhaps have O’Brien’s next Matt Ryan at quarterback.

…and…just for a little fun in the event that you were interested…

Despite a slide down the stretch, Boston College established itself as one of the premier teams in the country throughout most of the 2007 season and tallied its highest win total in more than 60 years. The popular question from BC fans since September has been whether its success and jump into elite status on the field would translate into a stellar recruiting class.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t.

The Eagles did not appear in the top 25 of our latest class rankings and do not look likely to climb in on February 6.

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55 Responses to Wolfpack Nabs LB Recruit From South Carolina; More Recruiting (Updated)

  1. Mr O 01/29/2008 at 1:31 PM #

    IMO, TOB has done about as well as could have been expected with his first full recruiting class. Hopefully he and his staff’s evaluations of these prospects will be as accurate as those they had done while at BC. Nice group at both LB and the OL along with some JUCOs which should help immediately.

    Also, it seems (though I have no real specific evidence to support this thought) that we will have relatively few academic non-qualifiers.

  2. McPete 01/29/2008 at 1:34 PM #

    Great News! So that’s 4 LBs in this class, all quality players. Does this signal an anticipated shift to the 3-4 scheme in the near future?

  3. packbackr04 01/29/2008 at 1:45 PM #

    i posted this in the other f-ball thread and thought i would bring here for discussion. this is from local news website…

    “N.C. State also secured commitments from junior college players Clem Johnson (6-1, 195) and Thomas Locust (6-3, 310).

    Johnson was team captain at Valley Forge Military College and is from Carlisle, Pa. He was an option quarterback, but Valley Forge coach Don DiCarlo said Johnson probably would play defensive back at N.C. State.”


    SFN: Glennon will compete with Russell Wilson for the starting quarterback job next year. If Wilson wins, then the hope will be to redshirt Glennon. Clem Johnson will be playing in the secondary.

  4. packbackr04 01/29/2008 at 1:51 PM #

    did the coaches really howl when he gave them the good news?

    if so… i love it

  5. bTHEredterror 01/29/2008 at 2:02 PM #

    I would be surprised if Bible turned the reins over to a JUCO triple option QB. That would be a cry for help in my book.

    So we beat Clemson for a great OL prospect and USC for a solid LB in one week? The times, they are a changing.

    I agree with McPete we may start to play some 3-4. I expect they will be a little of a fusion next year, maybe 3-4 on run downs and 4-3 in pass situations until they find a rush LB. Not just because of all the LBs, but the JUCO DLs that have been brought in and look like prototype 3-4 linemen. Either way, the class is top twenty and the incoming talent at OL and LB is encouraging.

    Best part, we aren’t done yet!

  6. Ed89 01/29/2008 at 2:11 PM #


    i don’t think so. if Glennon reshirts, it won’t be because of johnson. he mentioned in the article he thinks his future is at DB. he wants to play in the nfl, and thinks his prospects at playing QB in the nfl are slim. he also praised glennon, and mentioned that we were losing our starting safety (morgan) and that he had a chance to come in and start right away.

  7. Otis 01/29/2008 at 2:49 PM #

    I am really pleased to see us winning recruiting battles, impressed with the class that TO’B has put together, and signing day is not until next week. Let me grab my shades, cause our future is looking bright.

  8. Sam92 01/29/2008 at 3:28 PM #

    every time we get a recruit that unx wanted my heart warms 5 degrees

  9. CEK NCSU 01/29/2008 at 3:30 PM #

    packbackr04 –

    I think you have to assume the competition right off the bat will come down to, yes, Evans and Russell Wilson (redshirt Freshman from VA, who was voted to almost every VA honors team out there). TOB and Bible both loved the play of Wilson in practice prior to this past year but said they both agreed he needed to “grow” a little bit, meaning mature and gain some experience.

    Probably a good thing when you look at the number of times our QBs were killed at the beginning of the year.

    Wilson is likely to take over this year and Evans or Burke will be the back-up.

  10. Noah 01/29/2008 at 3:39 PM #

    Clem Johnson was recruited to replace Dejuan Morgan at Safety.

    I’d be willing to bet cash money that Glennon redshirts. I don’t know why everyone assumes that Wilson will get the start over Burke. That’s fine…if Wilson is as good as the previous staff thought. It’s just that the same staff seemed awfully high on Burke as well.

    Regarding this recruiting class, I really don’t know what more you could realistically want. We didn’t go to a bowl, we had some embarrassing losses and a terrible start.

    In spite of that, we landed one of the top QBs in the southeast, three of the top five in North Carolina, and a solid group of in-state recruits, JUCO help and some interesting “sleepers.”

    Someone showed me a quote from Mac at the Tard Pit about how Terrell Manning was never going to recover from his injury and how all of these guys were “scrap heap” players.

    Just remember that Mac was the guy who thought Ian Firestone was going to be the greatest thing ever. Mac was the guy who thought Mike Mason was actually 6-1 and thought Joe Kedra and Mariko Feemster were going to be all-ACC players.

  11. choppack1 01/29/2008 at 3:56 PM #

    Noah – Do you think it’s funny that both Tony Haynes and James Henerson (I think ) asked specifically about Wilson? I’ve spoken w/ someone who has seen him practice – and I’ll just say this, had the ECU game started differently, things could have gotten very interesting.

    Burke may very well win the position, but I haven’t heard any excitement/buzz about him. He seems to be more accurate than Burke and have a better arm than Evans – which means he’s almost qualified to be a D1 QB.

    Everything I’ve read indicates that the coaches are hoping that Wilson “earns” the job.

  12. CEK NCSU 01/29/2008 at 4:20 PM #

    The big knock on Wilson is that he isn’t the tall prototypical QB. Under 6′ tall and only 190. But he is fast by QB standards 4.69 and does have a rocket arm and good accuracy (was also drafted in the MLB draft last year). The coaches reiterated his abilities when asked if he would get playing time.

    Everyone that has seen him play says the kid can do just that, play. Burke, the few stats I’ve seen on him (red/white, practice scrimmages) look awful, especially knowing how our defense started the year. I’m not sure if he threw more than 2 TDs in all the scrimmages, but I’m almost certain he threw more than 10 picks.

  13. bTHEredterror 01/29/2008 at 4:33 PM #

    “Someone showed me a quote from Mac at the Tard Pit about how Terrell Manning was never going to recover from his injury and how all of these guys were “scrap heap” players.”

    That’s funny! Interestingly enough, UNC was interested in a majority of these “scrap-heap” guys. And some of those “scrap-heap” guys didn’t even care to give UNC a look along side Auburn, Southern Cal, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia (all noted for their “scrap-heap” talent pool and recruiting deficiencies). I expect Mac is a typical Tarhole, a prospect’s ability is severely overrated when he doesn’t have the plain good sense to choose baby blue. I hope your prediction comes true and Butch bolts for greener pastures, then the only thing on the scrap heap will be UNC football.

    I hope the starter at QB is anybody but Daniel Evans. Ideally redshirting Glennon will help our program, I would love for Wilson to get the nod so we can develop an athletic backup for Glennon down the line. I’ll be intrigued by how the depth chart plays out in spring and pre-season.

    Will the staff RS as liberally as they did at BC, or play the best guys like they did last year? I think we have to see some young LBs and might see some young OL.

  14. statered 01/29/2008 at 4:51 PM #

    I have heard from some folks that Wilson is particulary promising. I have also heard that one aspect that makes him so is his leadership ability. I find that easy to believe because one thing I noticed about the kid last year was that he was always on the sideline near the coach and was one of the first to welcome the team off the field. He seemed really engaged even though he was not playing.

  15. PAPacker 01/29/2008 at 5:48 PM #

    Thanks for the recruiting post SFN. Sorry for the tangent, but any news you might have on Lorenzo Brown or Tayshawn Mabry? Any other PG’s out there Lowe is looking at?

  16. wolfonthehill 01/29/2008 at 6:34 PM #

    Jags isn’t reeling them in?


    They might be in the bottom third of the ACC for years to come?

    Still more shocking.

  17. Noah 01/29/2008 at 6:38 PM #

    “Do you think it’s funny that both Tony Haynes and James Henerson (I think ) asked specifically about Wilson? I’ve spoken w/ someone who has seen him practice – and I’ll just say this, had the ECU game started differently, things could have gotten very interesting.”

    I heard the same thing about Burke the year before. the second-string QB on a losing team is always the savior. I’ll wait until spring practice to make a judgement. Until then, I’m in the “anyone but Evans and Glennon” camp.

  18. CaptainCraptacular 01/29/2008 at 7:28 PM #

    Lucas is quoted in the article as saying the coaches want to switch him to outside LB:

    “Lucas said the Wolfpack graduated four linebackers this past season and plan on moving him to outside linebacker, the position he played his junior season before moving to the middle this season.”

  19. Primewolf 01/29/2008 at 7:39 PM #

    Hijack. Back to recruiting.

    Funny how an organized, intelligent staff with a good leader that trusts his staff can do good things. This class will be our best class in quite a few years and probably our most balanced and best class ever?? Amato’s classes, even his best, had some big guns, but he never got the players we needed to fill glaring weaknesses, whether it be OL, LB, or whatever. His recruiting was a recipe for not having a balanced team since he never recruited consistently to his needs. Recall the contant moving DL to OL, RB to LB, etc. All this fell apart the last few years.

    This class is probably the best ever (in a long time anyway) in terms of balance and close to best by sheer quality.

    Gosh, how does that work. Good leadership, smart experienced assistants, staff continuity, and an organized plan focused on building long term relationships with HS coaches = great results.

    Compare that to poor, egocentric leadership, less experinced assistants, continous staff turnover, and irritating high school coaches with a prima donna mentality.

    Gosh, I just thought it was more complicated.

  20. westwolf 01/29/2008 at 8:36 PM #

    Ah, the hurling of the term “egocentric” in post with such condescending tone–you don’t irony like that everyday.

  21. BJD95 01/29/2008 at 8:50 PM #

    Like I’ve said all along about Coach O’Brien – he epitomizes our state motto “Esse quam videri” (to be, rather than to seem). I couldn’t be happier with the job he’s done to date.

  22. Ismael 01/29/2008 at 9:00 PM #

    im only down about losing Elton Ford, the guy was supposed to be a “bringer of pain with SEC speed”. The guy was not even offered a real scholarship till TOB discovered him and then he bolts for a team with a pig mascot. I don’t get it. Much like i don’t get why someone would play for a school whose baby-blue colors are used to psychologically keep murderers and child-molesters calm.

    TOB can recruit man…that’s all i gotta say. I looked at the last 3 years of Scout.com class rankings and UNC whooped our butt pretty good. They had the 14th best class last year. If we can get either Mackey or Coples this would be a ridiculous class.

    Also coming back are Geron James, and we get to see Dominique Evans and Steven Howard this year. QB battle is going to be interesting.

  23. blpack 01/29/2008 at 9:48 PM #

    Great class in which we are filling our needs. Let’s see what 02/06 holds.

  24. wolfmans brother 01/29/2008 at 10:05 PM #

    Admittedly, CTC had a propensity for favoring certain positions while neglecting others. However, LB was not one of those. Despite the dropoff over the last couple of years, we were fielding some pretty stud (by ACC standards) LB’s for a while there, with several going on to get a chance at earning paychecks on Sundays. Anyone notice a man by the name of Tulloch come on like crazy this year for the Titans?? Anyone remember Levar Fisher, or Hoyte? Anyway, keep it up TOB.

  25. Noah 01/29/2008 at 10:15 PM #

    You guys are forgetting Amato’s first class.

    Dash, Pat Thomas, and a couple of others…Tulloch? I’m forgetting someone.

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