In the moments after the loss to Maryland to end the 2013 season, N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren promised he would hit the recruiting trail hard.
Signing Day is here and Doeren has added some reinforcements, 33 in all, in his first full recruiting class. Nine of the freshmen have already enrolled but Wednesday is the big day for Doeren and his "#Pack14" campaign.
Rivals ranks the class No. 27 in the country. Mike Farrell, Rivals national recruiting analyst, said Doeren and his staff were impressive, despite a 3-9 record in 2013.
Theyre aggressive, theyre energetic, said Farrell, who singled out assistants Ryan Nielsen and Des Kitchings for their in-state efforts. "They're really good at what they do."
The class includes three four-star players and two of the top 10 prospects in the state of North Carolina. Doeren made recruiting in the state a priority and ended up with 18 new players from the state, including Greenville Rose defensive end Kentavius Street, who's a top 50 prospect nationally. Safety Germaine Pratt, a four-star recruit from High Point, should also provide immediate help on defense.
The most interesting addition is linebacker Ty Linton, who has already enrolled. Linton, 22, originally committed to play for North Carolina in 2010 and then played minor-league baseball. He had planned on going back to UNC but was persuaded by Doeren, who had originally recruited him to Wisconsin four years ago, to switch to N.C. State.
Linton and the other two walk-ons don't count towards the NCAA class limit of 25. Three of the nine players who enrolled early are allowed to count towards the class of 213. Kicker Kyle Bambard and punter A.J. Cole are expected to grayshirt, which would get the class down to the NCAAA limit.
Doeren will talk with the media at 3:30 p.m. Here's the list of the new additions, with the ratings according to Rivals:
|Germaine Pratt||S||6-3||200||****||High Point|
|Justin Jones||DE||6-3||275||****||Austell, Ga.|
|Shawn Boone||S||5-10||180||***||West Palm Beach, Fla.|
|Bradley Chubb||DE||6-3||220||***||Powder Springs, Ga.|
|A.J. Cole||P||6-4||215||***||College Park, Ga.|
|Cole Cook||TE||6-5||229||***||Carrollton, Ga.|
|Deonte Holden||DE||6-5||220||***||Hyattsville, Md.|
|Tyler Jones||OL||6-4||285||***||Stone Mountain, Ga.|
|Stephen Louis||WR||6-2||190||***||West Palm Beach, Fla.|
|Terrone Prescod||OL||6-5||336||***||Decatur, Ga.|
|Eric Shute||OL||6-5||275||***||Glen Ellyn, Ill.|
|Micah Till||TE||6-5||260||***||Upper Marlboro, Md.|
|Troy Vincent Jr.||CB||5-10||181||***||Baltimore|
|Kyle Bambard||K||5-9||175||**||Walled Lake, Mich.|
|Elliott Davis||CB||6-1||165||**||Gaithersburg, Md.|
|Max Stoffer^||LB||6-3||220||NR||Nashville, Tenn.|
Note: # Linton was ranked in the class of 2010, spent four years playing minor-league baseball; ^ denotes walk-on