Coach: Tom OBrien
2008 N.C. State Signees:
Recent Recruiting Rankings (By Rivals.com): No. 34, No. 7, No. 28, No. 27, No. 54 under Chuck Amato from 2002-06; No. 49 under OBrien in 2007.
Consensus 2008 Prep All-Americans: VA QB Mike Glennon, NC LB Terrell Manning, NC OL R.J. Mattes.
Interesting Story: Elite in-state offensive tackle R.J. Mattes shocked many recruiting pundits when he chose the Wolfpack. NCSU widely was considered a distant third or fourth for Mattes before he made his stunning announcement in January, spurning his fathers alma mater, Virginia, and fellow ACC rivals Clemson and North Carolina. Mattes father Ron played at UVa under George Welsh (whose offensive line coach at the time was Tom OBrien) in the 1980s, earning All-ACC honors and helping the Cavaliers post their first-ever bowl win, a 27-24 triumph over Purdue in the 1984 Peach Bowl. The elder Mattes went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.
Top 2008 Recruiters: Tight ends coach Jim Bridge had a huge year recruiting in the Carolinas, attracting Tar Heel State standouts Terrell Manning, R.J. Mattes, Andrew Wallace, Mario Carter and Earl Wolff to Raleigh. Manning and Mattes are both national Top 250 prospects. Bridge also led NCSUs efforts to secure South Carolina linebacker Sterling Lucas, the defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl.
States Represented (9): California (junior college), Florida, Georgia, New York (junior college), North Carolina, Ontario (Canadian province), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia.
Academic Worries: some, including offensive tackle Sam Jones, who had to attend Hargrave Military Academy after failing to qualify in 2007.
Key Misses: NC OL Nick Becton (Virginia Tech), VA DE Quinton Coples (North Carolina), SC ATH J.T. Floyd (Michigan), VA DE Leon Mackey (Virginia Tech), SC DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina), KS JC OL Wade Weibert (Kansas State).
Quotable Quote: "About this time a year ago, we had already started
working on this class. I think its significant that about half the class hails
from the state of North Carolina, which is one thing we set out to prioritize.
We wanted to recruit this state, recruit it hard. As the chancellor says, we
are the peoples university. Its important to us."
N.C. State coach Tom OBrien
NCSU Football Recruiting Articles (Links):
NCSU wins in-state recruiting battle The Sporting News
N.C. State thrilled with recruiting class WRAL.com
Brandon Barnes stays in-state ESPN.com
"Meet the Shrine Bowlers: Brandon Barnes" Spartanburg Herald-Journal
LeRoy Burgess feature Winston-Salem Journal
N.C. State recruiting rundown Raleigh News and Observer
Mario Carter commitment story Charlotte Observer
Mike Glennon feature Roanoke Times
Mike Glennon feature Roanoke Times
Mike Glennon commitment story Washington Post)
T.J. Graham feature Raleigh News and Observer
Colby Jackson feature Fayetteville Observer
Ahmad Jaradat feature Winston-Salem Journal
Clement Johnson feature PennLive.com
Clement Johnson/Thomas Locust feature Winston-Salem Journal
NCSU January enrollee feature Raleigh News and Observer
Sterling Lucas story State Fans Nation
Sterling Lucas story Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Sterling Lucas feature The State
Dwayne Maddox State Fans Nation
Roy Mangram scouting report ESPN.com
Roy Mangram commitment feature Fayetteville Observer
Terrell Manning story State Fans Nation
Terrell Manning injury story WRAL.com
N.C. State Recruiting Breakdown NBC 17
R.J. Mattes Shrine Bowl feature Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Shea McKeen "suspension from USC" story Greenville News
R.J. Mattes/Shea McKeen commitment features Winston-Salem Journal
Tobais Palmer game story Chatham Journal
C.J. Wilson/Sterling Lucas commitment feature WRAL.com
C.J. Wilson Lincoln County Times-News