N.C. State has secured a commitment from a highly-regarded running back prospect who could help immediately in a backfield that has little proven talent returning.
Mustafa Greene of Lexington, S.C., has committed to N.C. State according to Bob Hanna, his coach at Irmo High. Greene is 6-foot and 205 pounds and is the No. 11 senior overall in South Carolina in The Charlotte Observer's rankings.
"He's a great running back," Hanna said. "He's got size, strength, quickness, speed. He's a legit player."
Despite missing nearly all of six games last season with a high ankle sprain, Greene rushed for 1,367 yards and 18 touchdowns in eight games and averaged more than eight yards per carry. He was selected to represent South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl, and had the Wolfpack and Rutgers as his two finalists.
Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina were among the other schools that recruited Greene, but he only visited Rutgers and N.C. State. Hanna said Greene runs with both speed and power.
"He doesn't mind running over you," Hanna said. "He's a big kid. He'll make one move or one cut and get north and south."
N.C. State needs help in the backfield because its top rushers in 2009, Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene, were seniors. Baker was granted an extra year of eligibility because of injuries earlier in his career, but decided to leave school and enter the NFL draft.
Sophomores James Washington (who will be returning from injury) and Brandon Barnes, and veteran Curtis Underwood are among the players who will be competing for the starting running back position for the Wolfpack.