Doeren drawing attention with #Pack14

Signing day will be here tomorrow, but NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren and staff have already succeeded in taking a big step attracting attention and accolades for their hard work on the recruiting trail and positioning the Pack for significant improvement in 2014.

This year’s recruiting class will be large in numbers, which usually only helps your numbers/rankings. But, bodies are what any depleted roster needs. The Wolfpack has already experienced an impressive influx of early enrollee’s that SFN chronicled for you in this entry.

I was very pleased to see this article from Dave Miller at and acknowledging that State has one of the 5 best ‘under-the-radar recruiting classes’.

NC State: The Wolfpack are having a phenomenal cycle under second-year head coach Dave Doeren. With outstanding defensive lineman Kentavius Street already having pledged, the program received a commitment from fellow in-state product William Richardson, an offensive guard, and Baltimore cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., both of whom who flipped to the Wolfpack following Street’s commitment. Doeren also has Charlotte quarterback Jalan McClendon, who has a chance to become a starter sooner than later. Maurice Trowell could make an impact at slot receiver. Defensively, Georgia defensive tackle Justin Jones and safeties Kalen McCain and Germaine Pratt lead what is shaping up to be a real nice haul on that side of the ball even outside of Street.

Heck, the previous story didn’t even mention the fact that we probably have a new starting linebacker in the class with 6-2, 215-pounder Ty Linton who originally committed to UNC before deciding to play professional baseball for the last few seasons.

Elsewhere, Doeren’s recruiting success is already translating to expected improvement on the field in 2014. Heck, just yesterday’s Heather Dinich picked NC State to execute the biggest turnaround in the conferenced next year. (Click to article)

Here are three reasons to believe NC State will be significantly better in Year 2 under Dave Doeren:

1. An improved quarterback: Doeren has already declared that former Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett is his starting quarterback this fall, despite the return of Pete Thomas. Doeren seems very confident in Brissett’s abilities, and recently praised his leadership skills. Brissett has spent a year studying the system and is ready to take over a position that could use an upgrade. Thomas and Brandon Mitchell combined for 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

2. A favorable schedule: The Wolfpack should start out 4-0, sweeping its nonconference schedule with wins over Georgia Southern, Old Dominion, at South Florida and Presbyterian. With two FCS schools in the lineup, there’s no excuse not to. If they deliver, they will already have surpassed their 2013 win total and started the season better than they did last fall. The bigger difference, though, should come in games against Wake Forest and Boston College. They’ve got bye weeks to prepare for road trips to Syracuse and rival North Carolina, and they get Georgia Tech at home. It’s a schedule that sets up for success.

3. A talented incoming recruiting class: Doeren and his staff have been working hard, and it’s paid off, as their class is currently ranked No. 37 in the country and includes five four-star players, including two players from the ESPN 300. The highlight of the class is Kentavius Street, one the nation’s premier defensive linemen and No. 68 in the ESPN 300. Street committed in December, and flips from ESPN 300 guard William Richardson and four-star cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. followed in January.

For a little more on some of the specific names – like Bo Hines – you can click here.

Three-star Charlotte (N.C.) Christian High School receiver Bo Hines was the first player committed in the Pack’s 2014 class. Hines is considered the No. 58 wide receiver in the class and a top-25 player in North Carolina. He had offers from Nebraska, East Carolina and Marshall.

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    Signing day will be here tomorrow, but NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren and staff have already succeeded in taking a big step attracting attention and
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    When is the last time we had such excitement in football? Very cool.
    However, just like with basketball, it takes a while and multiple, consistent quality, incoming classes to turn a program around.

    But improving over 2013 shouldn’t be much of a challenge.


    Good recruiting is essential to any program. But strangely enough, my interest in following it has dropped to nearly zero. All too often, the recruiting news turns into “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

    Hopefully, this year’s recruiting will yield more fruit in BB as well as FB.


    Heather Dinich once again demonstrates her mental prowess. It’s an easy bet to call us the turn-around team of the year for the ACC upcoming season when we lost every conference game last year. When you’ve hit rock bottom there’s nowhere to go but up.


    strangely enough, my interest in following it (recruiting) has dropped to nearly zero.

    Which should explain why VaWolf82 was the 3rd person commenting on a recruiting thread…
    I think I get what the VaWolf is trying to say but this is more than just about recruiting, it’s also about interest in the Wolfpack football program. Looking at the players who’ve flipped to the Wolfpack it’s hard to deny that ‘something’ is going on with State football besides a good recruiting class.

    I’m going on 77 and I don’t have many years left to get excited about Wolfpack football so I’m going to take a chance on getting excited about this recruiting class and the future of NC State football in particular and NC State athletics in general.

    GO Pack!


    That’s what you’ll likely see this year – proverbial “dead cat bounce.” After all…you can’t fall off the floor.

    2015 is when the improved recruiting by the new staff should start to really pay dividends.


    Updated as the LOI’s roll in.
    Press conference at 3:30pm


    Love seeing so many NC guys on this list. I don’t have the time at this point to follow recruiting like so many of you do (and thank you for doing it for guys like me), but I like the sound of a 6-3 195lb safety in Pratt. I don’t know how good he will be, but starting off that size before our coaches even have a chance to work with him…I like the thought of a hard-hitting back end to our defense in a couple of years.

    Way to go coach!


    Sounds Jesse Campbell-ish


    Re: The picture at the top of this entry

    Whether by necessity or by choice, I admittedly didn’t watch a lot of Pack football this past year, so I’ve never seen those helmets before. Can someone give me the story on those?


    Cosmo, I think they were the ones at the UNC-Cheat game debacle.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong


    After all…you can’t fall off the floor.

    But if you could, and NC State fan would experience it sooner or later.


    … Does this mean we’re a “Football School” and not a “Basketball School” anymore ???

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!

    Cosmo, I think they were the ones at the UNC-Cheat game debacle.

    Ha! That explains why I haven’t seen them. I was 30,000 feet in the air during that game. The only thing I saw was the final score, then proceeded to avoid any and all media coverage of anything for well over a week.


    After all…you can’t fall off the floor.

    But if you could, and NC State fan would experience it sooner or later.

    Yes. Yes we would.


    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at that statement.

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