State adds recruit from Wake’s class

Welcome, Mike Rose!


Recruiting for Tom O’Brien this season has been slow, to say the least. With just 11 commitments, the 2011 class for NC State is ranked as the 84th best in the country. But things seem to be looking up for the Pack, as Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest defensive end Mike Rose de-committed from Wake Forest and signed with NC State on Friday.

ESPN grades Rose as a 76, as an athlete, but Scout has him as the 95th best outside linebacker in the class and a three-star recruit, which makes him one of the top NC State recruits in the 2011 class.

In his senior season at Hillcrest, Rose showed off his athleticism and versatility as he recorded 86 tackles, seven sacks, caused five fumbles and blocked three kicks; he also ran for four touchdowns.

Rose is an incredible athlete. At 6-3 and 215 pounds, he runs a 4.45 forty yard dash. His speed is backed up by his desire to run track for the Pack, as he runs the 100m at Hillcrest. His speed is complemented by his strength- he benches 275-pounds, squats 380 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.

The signing of Mike Rose could be an affect of the 8-4 regular season record, and things could really heat up on the recruiting trail for the Pack if they can beat nationally ranked West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Much more here

Sounds like a a good prospect at Cole’s spot over the next couple of years. 33 inch vert at 6’4″ means a welcome addition to STs in that Manny Lawson type mold. The 15.5 ypc average means he may be a WR too, with 4.45 speed a potential dangerous threat.

I’m a fan of recruiting these type of athletic tweeners who just seem to be football players, not position specialists who can be highly rated. They give the staff some flexibility in filling needs as well as building depth.

Definitely a good get, you star watchers should either wear baby blue or buy a telescope.

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15 Responses to State adds recruit from Wake’s class

  1. ShavlikLeague 12/13/2010 at 10:25 AM #

    Hillcrest represent!!!

  2. NCStatePride 12/13/2010 at 10:32 AM #

    As discussed heavily in our forums, this guy is likely an ‘under the RADAR’ kind of recruit. He is a big, fast LB with Manny Lawson-like potential. (already mentioned in the above, but worth highlighting)

    Not mentioned in the article but still worth note is how recruiting is essential to O’Brien continuing his success gained this season. A win over WV would give a major boost to his recruiting and help him land more fit-for-purpose players like Rose.

  3. gcpack 12/13/2010 at 11:49 AM #

    The concern about recruiting numbers is being overplayed. This is what I expect from the regular media in their neverending attempt to diminish positive news about State and overplay the negative news while ignoring the actual number of scholarships available.

    But Statefans should not continue to provide fodder about this being a slow and/or small class. The football teams has ONLY 14 scholarships to give which shows how great things look for next season with a significant number of expereinced players returning.

    Whats the big deal about only 11 signees when State has only 14 spots available?

  4. wolfpackfan09 12/13/2010 at 12:22 PM #

    Solid point

  5. wolfpacktexx 12/13/2010 at 12:27 PM #

    Butchie on Friday included NCSU as schools using “underhanded” tactics stating to UNC target recruits that there will be major NCAA sanctions. (Well no ^%$# Sherlock). Unfortunately Taylor Z and his tarhole buddy Andrew Jones brought it up this AM as they also lifted Butch for his humanitarian efforts for concern for players counseling. (That story last week got a lot of mileage and still warms my heart)..

    NCSU does not have a lot of recruitment slots this season but TOB’s staff must finish in the upper half of the conference in recruiting to keep momentum from this season. It is always difficult for NCSU to rate high since the Rivals and such are located in CH and NCSU recruits stars do not automatically go up one level when they verbally commit like some schools.

  6. gcpack 12/13/2010 at 1:00 PM #

    How can you finish in the top half of the recruiting class grades when it will be such a small class? The size will prevent any above average rating to occur this year in addition to the normal low grading that State intuitively gets from the so called experts.

  7. Packfan28 12/13/2010 at 1:16 PM #

    wolfpacktexx, do you have a link to the BD story? Was this something in print, or something he said on the radio?

  8. bradleyb123 12/13/2010 at 1:32 PM #

    Not knocking this recruit. But it’s a little discomforting that the BEST player in our class is ONE player that just de-committed from Wake Forest.

    Glad to have him, though.

    And speaking of “underhanded tactics” in recruiting, there was a time when TOB was getting hammered on the recruiting trail for supposedly being on the hotseat. Then he went out and beat every D-1 team in NC, and declared us the best program in the state. I’m convinced he ONLY did that because he had to make up for lost time on the recruiting trail. He had to say something that reminded those kids that WE beat every other D-1 team in this state.

    No doubt Butch and company were one of the groups of coaches telling recruits TOB was on the hotseat, and hurting his recruiting. No doubt at all. (I’m not knocking him for it — it’s dog eat dog out there… but he can’t really act like he’s taking the moral high ground now…)

  9. baxter 12/13/2010 at 2:18 PM #

    You shouldn’t be concerned that he committed to WF in the heat of the moment for his family, and then made the proper choice, shut down his recruiting and switched to State. I thought there was a big WTF moment with the WF commit, it will make more sense in the coming days when an article is written about it.

    If this class picks up an Anthony, Owens and/or Countess, this class will look infinitely better. Its a class dedicated to filling ST needs ahead of anything else. Though I am sure they’d like another QB, you knew this class would be small (schollys around 16 I believe) and there would be an effect of losing McCollum, the previous season’s records and negative recruiting about TOB. A bowl win is going to really help this team’s selling points. Glad Rose made the right choice.

  10. bradleyb123 12/13/2010 at 2:20 PM #

    My concern was that Wake was pulling better recruits than State. That’s never a good thing. As long as we right the ship, though.

  11. NCStatePride 12/13/2010 at 2:52 PM #

    “In 2008, we had 14 recruits with a grade of 75 or higher (ESPN). In 2009, we had 16. Last year we had 12.

    This year we have 4 which harks back to the transitional years of 2006 and 2007 when we only had like 6 or 7 above that mark (or something like that).”

  12. Primewolf 12/13/2010 at 8:11 PM #

    You can say what you want about recruiting needs and don’t worry about the future. But, the plain fact is that TOB can’t much recruit. We just can’t seem to get a guy that the upper echelon of teams is recruiting, except for the occasionla Crisp, etc.

    I don’t see us rising out of mediocrity in the ACC with this type of recruiting and TOB’s offensive philosophy and lack of innovation.

    I can see us as a middle third of the conference, which ain’t bad compared to most of our history.

  13. Lunatic Fringe 12/13/2010 at 10:03 PM #

    Is it more underhanded to tell a kid the truth or to lie to him? All the other teams have been doing is stating the obvious – UNC is going to go on probation.

    Butch is the one telling them there are no sanctions coming to his team. It is amazing how much Butch knows about the future when the past has been so cloudy.

  14. PackMan2012 12/13/2010 at 11:40 PM #

    Wrote the top article- Rose can play pretty much anywhere on defense for us. And he is a smart kid, good high school GPA with desire to get his degree from State. He stays out of trouble and won’t be a problem.

  15. DividedWeFall 12/14/2010 at 7:02 PM #

    I don’t know WHY IN THE WORLD we didn’t sign Wake Forest-Rolesville’s Marcus Jones (#5)… he has since signed with Northern Illinois, but may go to Minnesota (with UNI’s coach).

    He’s an elite athlete who plays both sides of the ball, returns all kicks, and most importantly: dude runs a 4.3 forty… legitimately(!)…

    and he had to sign with Northern Illinois? Why? because he is 5’7– (coaches please look to Darren Sproles, Maurice Jones Drew, or even lil’ Danny Woodhead if you need examples of successful short men)

    The main point is that you can’t teach 4.3 speed, NOR CAN YOU IGNORE IT WHILE RECRUITING

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