NC State football fills 'lot of needs' among recruiting class

jgiglio@newsobserver.comFebruary 5, 2014 

  • Stars Player Pos. Size From
    4Kentavius StreetDE6-2, 264Greenville
    4Germaine PrattS6-3, 195High Point
    4Justin JonesDT6-3, 275Austell, Ga.
    3Tony AdamsG6-1, 315Charlotte
    3Shawn BooneS5-10, 185Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    3Bradley ChubbDE6-4, 240Powder Springs, Ga.
    3A.J. ColeP6-5, 215College Park, Ga.
    3Cole CookTE6-5, 235Carrollton, Ga.
    3Coult CullerLB6-5, 230Wilmington
    3B.J. HillDT6-3, 262Oakboro
    3Bo HinesWR6-1, 190Charlotte
    3Deonte HoldenDE6-5, 220Hyattsville, Md.
    3Tyler JonesOL6-3, 277Stone Mountain, Ga.
    3Ty LintonLB6-2, 215Charlotte
    3Stephen LouisWR6-1, 190West Palm Beach, Fla.
    3Kalen McCainS6-1, 175Durham
    3Jalan McClendonQB6-5, 195Charlotte
    3Deshaywn MiddletonDT6-2, 295Winston-Salem
    3Terrone PrescodG6-4, 340Decatur, Ga.
    3Will RichardsonT6-6, 308Burlington
    3Jaylen SamuelsRB6-0, 225Charlotte
    3Eric ShuteT6-5, 290Glen Ellyn, Ill.
    3Micah TillTE6-6, 270Upper Marlboro, Md.
    3Maurice TrowellWR5-11, 175Durham
    3Troy Vincent Jr.CB5-10, 185Baltimore
    3Dexter WrightS6-3, 205Wilson
    2Kyle BambardK5-9, 175Walled Lake, Mich.
    2Garrett BradburyTE6-3, 240Charlotte
    2Elliott DavisCB6-1, 175Gaithersburg, Md.
    2Mike StevensDB6-0, 185Charlotte
    2Marcelias SuttonRB5-9, 175Warsaw
    NRRC BrunstetterLS6-2, 225Mocksville
    NRMax StofferLB6-3, 220Nashville, Tenn.

— After winning three games in his first season, N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren understood the importance of Signing Day on Wednesday.

“#Pack14” was more than a Twitter hashtag to Doeren and his assistant coaches, it was the first step in the plan to rebuild the program.

Doeren calls it a “blueprint,” one he’s adamant “will work here,” with more days like Wednesday and the infusion of new talent, 33 new players in all.

Doeren brought in the 27th-ranked class in the country, according to Rivals, in a large wave of new Wolfpack players, including 18 from within the state, for a reason.

“We had a lot of needs,” Doeren said.

Doeren specifically said both lines and the secondary were primary areas of need. N.C. State added seven new defensive backs, six defensive linemen and five new offensive linemen on Wednesday.

“I didn’t feel like we had enough depth or competition in our program,” Doeren said. “We needed both and I think we accomplished both.”

Both of the Wolfpack’s top 10 in-state recruits came on defense. The prize of the class is Greenville Rose’s Kentavius Street, a 6-foot-2, 264-pound defensive end, who can cover 40 yards in 4.6 seconds.

“He’s raw,” Rivals national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said of Street, whom he rates as the No. 43 prospect in the country.

“He doesn’t use a lot of technique but he’s a hustler and his motor never stops. He has tremendous potential.”

Street’s combination of size and speed make him one of the most versatile defensive line prospects in the country.

“At 260 pounds, he’s just really light on his feet,” Doeren said. “He’s just a disruptive guy. He can do a lot of different things on a defensive line.”

N.C. State, after its first winless ACC season since 1959, will need potential to quickly translate onto the field, not just from Street but from others in the class.

Germaine Pratt, a four-star safety from High Point, is one of nine early enrollees in the class and one of handful of players who could help N.C. State’s defense immediately. Cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., whose father was an All-Pro at the same position in the NFL, might be another.

Quarterback Jalan McClendon, from West Mecklenburg in Charlotte, was added with an eye on the future. McClendon, who is ranked No. 15 in the state, is big (6-5, 195 pounds) and has a skill set that fits the mold of the expected starter in 2014, Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett. That was by design, Doeren said.

Perhaps the most interesting addition is linebacker Ty Linton, who is one of three walk-ons in the class. Three of the early enrollees will count towards the 2013 class and a two other players are expected to “grayshirt,” which is how the class will meet the NCAA limit of 25.

If Linton’s name sounds familiar, he committed to play football at North Carolina in 2010. The Charlotte Christian product ended up playing minor-league baseball instead.

After four minor-league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will pay for his tuition, Linton decided to get back into football. Charlotte Christian receiver Bo Hines, the first recruit to commit to Doeren last year, helped land Linton.

Linton was going to go back to UNC but Doeren, who had originally recruited Linton to Wisconsin four years ago, was able to get Linton to switch to N.C. State.

That was one of many small wins on the recruiting trail Doeren hopes will pay off in his second season and down the road.

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