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Wolfpack Lands Coveted Defensive End

Friday, December 13, 2013 11:43pm
By: Brian Geisinger

N.C. State landed a big-time talent in five-star defensive end Kentavius Street.

This has seemingly been in the works for a long time now, but today it finally become official: Kentavius Street, who visited N.C. State this last, committed to run with Dave Doeren and the Wolfpack.

Street is a five-star defensive end recruit, who plays his high school ball for nearby Greenville (N.C.) Rose High - he moved from Douglas, Georgia last year. Rivals ranks him as the No. 17 player in the 2014 class nationally, and the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina.

247Sports.com has Street slotted as the No. 5 strong-side defensive end. The same site also has his 40-yard dash time set at a blistering 4.7 seconds. Street also possesses a reported vertical leap of 35.5 inches.

The 6-3, 265-pound defensive end is the first five-star prospect to commit to NC State since offensive tackle Robert Crisp in 2010.

This morning, N.C. State defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen visited Street, and the two went over some final details. After that, Street made his decision, and phoned Doeren.

According to Street: "Coach Doeren went crazy on the phone. He wished he could jump through the phone and hug me. I'm glad it is all over now and now I can concentrate on finishing up strong. As soon as I broke the news, it felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders."

His high school coach - Dave Wojtecki - says Doeren has land not only a great player, but also a great kid

"The kid is better than the football player. Usually when you get a great football player he's normally not the best character kid, but it's the total opposite with him."

"This whole recruiting process is a great thing but at the end of the day I know I'm just a normal student, normal athlete and I just need to keep working to get better each week," Street told WNCT.com

After relocating to North Carolina, the buzz surrounding Street took off after a monster junior season. He recorded 93 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and blocked two punts and two field goals. Also, in January: he was named MVP at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine.

A big draw for NCSU with Street was continuity: "I know everyone in the recruiting class and that is the advantage they have, and none of the other schools had with me. That was big with me, being the family person that I am."

According to Sammy Baten - college football recruiting analyst for the Fayetteville Observer, "Street is lightning quick and explosive off the line of scrimmage. He makes good use of his hands playing off blocks and can often be seen on highlight video running down plays from the back side."

His offer list is impressive, too: It included Florida State, Georgia (a school where a lot of people thought he'd land), LSU, Miami and Auburn.

Street's recruitment to State was led by running backs coach Des Kitchings.

This commit is big for the Pack, but in the words of Walter White, they should tread carefully. Street still has two visits remaining, both of which are in January - LSU and Miami.

If you'd like to see the five-star Street in action, check here.

Also, here are several other highlight packages of Street, courtesy of Rivals.

Up next for Street will be the Carolinas Shrine Bowl game, which takes place December 21, and the Army All American combine. At these events, he hopes to work on recruiting other players to NCSU, including a four-star running back.

"There are so many talented guys in North Carolina, but not all the talent is going to the in-state schools, so I guess for me to do this is nothing but positives for the NC State football program. My biggest target is Derrell Scott [of Havelock (N.C.) High]. I've been talking to him since early June.