N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said he was honest with recruits about where the program is after a 3-9 record in 2013. He said the only thing he promised during the recruiting process was an opportunity.
"We tell the truth to these guys," Doeren said. "We talk about their opportunities here. We tell them what it's going to be like. It's not for everybody but it was for these guys and they wanted to be a part of it."
Doeren said there wasn't any glossing over the details about how difficult the 2013 season was.
"They knew, we didn't lie to them," Doeren said. "We didn't come and say we're going to be 12-0 in Year 1.
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"We told them, we're building a program and we need some guys to come in and help build that want to be apart of that process."
As Doeren said during the season, he said he believes in his "blueprint," the one that worked at Kansas and Northern Illinois, and he reiterated on Wednesday, "it will work here."
There's a reason N.C. State added seven defensive backs, the most of any position group. Six defensive linemen and five offensive linemen were brought in, too.
"We had some major deficits at certain spots and we answered at every single one of them," Doeren said.
Doeren said the program lacked depth and competition last season. He said the addition of 33 new players on Wednesday addresses both needs.
Of the 33 new players, 18 are from the state, which was one of Doeren's main goals when he was hired.
"Our job was to get everybody we could to stay home," Doeren said.
Defensive end Kentavius Street and safety Germaine Pratt are the two highest-rated in-state signees, both in the top 10 of Rivals' rankings. Quarterback Jalan McClendon is ranked 15th in the state and the second-best quarterback.
Doeren mentioned that McClendon had a similar game to expected starter Jacoby Brissett. After the quarterback roulette Doeren used last season, for different reasons, that was a smart strategy.
Safety Shawn Boone, by the way, is from Brissett's high school in Florida, William T. Dwyer.
Nine of the signees enrolled early, including Pratt. Doeren said Pratt has the size (6-3, 195 pounds) to play either safety or move up to outside linebacker later in his career.
"He has a tremendous aptitude for the game," Doeren said.
Three of the signees are from Charlotte Christian. Receiver Bo Hines and tight end Garrett Bradbury helped the school go 12-0 and win the NCISAA Division I state title in 2013. Linebacker Ty Linton played for Charlotte Christian in 2010.
Doeren said Hines, who was the first player in the class to commit last year, was helpful in the recruitment of Linton.
Linton, who originally committed to UNC four years ago, will be a walk-on. The Arizona Diamondbacks, his former employer, will pay for his tuition, Doeren said.
Cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. originally committed to Penn State but switched to N.C. State when former PSU coach Bill O'Brien left for the NFL.
When Doeren worked at Wisconsin, he said he knew Vincent's sister and Vincent's father played his college ball at Wisconsin. Vincent's father was a three-time All-Pro for the Philadelphia Eagles in the early 2000s.
Doeren was impressed with the younger Vincent's technique at cornerback.
"He'll come in ready to play," Doeren said.