'Aggressive' Pack reloads with strong recruiting class

Posted by Joe Giglio on February 5, 2014 

J.H. Rose High School's Kentavius Street (35) looks for the ball during a scrimmage against West Craven on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

AILEEN DEVLIN — The Daily Reflector

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.

They’re aggressive, they’re 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:

Position Height Weight Stars Hometown
Kentavius StreetDE6-2267****Greenville
Germaine PrattS6-3200****High Point
Justin JonesDE6-3275****Austell, Ga.
Tony AdamsOL6-1318***Charlotte
Shawn BooneS5-10180***West Palm Beach, Fla.
Bradley ChubbDE6-3220***Powder Springs, Ga.
A.J. ColeP6-4215***College Park, Ga.
Cole CookTE6-5229***Carrollton, Ga.
Coult CullerLB6-5230***Wilmington
B.J. HillDT6-3262***Oakboro
Bo HinesWR6-1190***Charlotte
Deonte HoldenDE6-5220***Hyattsville, Md.
Tyler JonesOL6-4285***Stone Mountain, Ga.
#Ty Linton^LB6-2215***Charlotte
Stephen LouisWR6-2190***West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kalen McCainDB6-1175***Durham
Jalan McClendonQB6-4198***Charlotte
Deshaywn MiddletonDT6-2295***Winston-Salem
Terrone PrescodOL6-5336***Decatur, Ga.
Will RichardsonT6-7295***Burlington
Jaylen SamuelsRB6-0225***Charlotte
Eric ShuteOL6-5275***Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Micah TillTE6-5260***Upper Marlboro, Md.
Maurice TrowellWR5-11172***Durham
Troy Vincent Jr.CB5-10181***Baltimore
Dexter WrightDB6-2201***Wilson
Kyle BambardK5-9175**Walled Lake, Mich.
Garrett BradburyTE6-3240**Charlotte
Elliott DavisCB6-1165**Gaithersburg, Md.
Mike StevensDB5-11182**Charlotte
Marcelias SuttonRB5-9175**Warsaw
RC Brunstetter^LS6-2225NRMocksville
Max Stoffer^LB6-3220NRNashville, Tenn.

Note: # Linton was ranked in the class of 2010, spent four years playing minor-league baseball; ^ denotes walk-on

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