Is today the day that the future fortunes of NC State Football take a giant step forward? Only time will truly tell…but if early indications are correct we could all be pointing to today’s haul a tangible turning point. I would ask that you take a moment and check out this #Pack14 entry (and embedded links) for a little primer.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) February 5, 2014
Personally, I’m not a big follower or fan of “National Signing Day” as I’ve learned that none of this matters until the recruits actually show up to campus, get through class (see how we are already different from our competition?) and produce on the field. Nonetheless, history does prove a general correlation between recruiting rankings and on field performance. So, I can’t help but be a little excited by the prospects of landing 15 of the Top 50 players in the state of North Carolina and 5 of the top 20 in Scout.com’s rankings. Elsewhere, NC State signed 9 of the state’s top 30 prospects in Rivals.com rankings. FWIW – Duke, Wake Forest and UNC COMBINED to land only 8 of the top 30. (Click for more)
NC State verbal Kentavius Street checks in at No. 7 on the list. The Greenville (NC) Rose defensive end picked the Wolfpack in December over offers from LSU, Miami, and Ole Miss among others.
Charlotte West Mecklenburg quarterback Jalan McClendon is the No. 9 prospect. One of the biggest risers in the state, McClendon picked the Wolfpack over the summer after considering offers from UNC, Florida State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech among others
The Wolfpack had three other commitments make the top 20 of the rankings: Southern Durham wideout Maurice Trowell (No. 14), Burlington Cummings offensive tackle Will Richardson (No. 18), and High Point Central safety Germaine Pratt (No. 20).
Trowell and Pratt both committed to the Wolfpack in the summer, and Richardson committed this week, flipping his decision from Virginia to NC State.
As of 8am this morning NC State had already received 14 signed LOIs. We aren’t going to list them all in real time for you (as we have things like jobs and families that evidently other bloggers don’t). But, you can easily follow LOIs in real time by clicking @PackFootball. For even more, you should make your life real easy and follow SFN’s “NC State List” on twitter by clicking here.
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We have our first surprise of the day at a position of need for the Wolfpack.
3-star LB Airius Moore has flipped from Indiana to NC State. Nice pull for Dave Doeren.
— Matt Osborne (@UrbanWhiteGuy) February 5, 2014
Airius Moore is 6’1 and 215 pounds and was ranked as one of the Top 100 OLB’s in the country in high school, but could play inside in college. He is known for brings strong leadership and work ethic who shows headiness to respond quickly to developments on the field that helps him compensate for reportedly ‘average’ athletic ability. Any late addition to the class is exciting, especially one by a great kid who is a 3-star player at a position of need.
…more to come throughout the day…
— Wolfpack Club (@wolfpackclub) February 5, 2014
3:30 pm update
Recruiting Class from gopack.com