Friday, January 15, 2010

Wolfpack puts together an underrated 2010 class

With 19 commitments, including six from our NC Top 25 Prospects list and another from our SC Top 25, N.C. State has gotten what it wanted in a talented and balanced Class of 2010 so far.

We thought we’d hit a few key points concerning coach Tom O’Brien’s latest group:

KEY RECRUIT: Massive offensive tackle Robert Crisp, one of the best in the country at his position and No.2 on our list. A 6-foot-7, 300-pound beast who has clobbered some of the country’s best at combines and all-star games.

KEY SURPRISE: Keep an eye on Shrine Bowl defensive tackle Thomas Teal, whose 6-2, 325-pound bulk should fit well in N.C. State’s defensive schemes. Teal showed remarkable quickness during the week of Shrine practices, and will make his presence felt in Raleigh.

Quarterback Tyler Brosius of Waynesville Tuscola, who had committed to Virginia early but switched when the Wolfpack, his favorite team growing up, came calling with an offer.

Running back Mustafa Greene of Irmo (S.C.) High. The second-best RB in South Carolina, Greene is visiting Raleigh this weekend. The Wolfpack and Rutgers are his leaders, but Georgia and Auburn are also sniffing around.The program has room for a couple more players if necessary, but the staff feels good about the group in place.

GOALS FOR THE CLASS: Strengthen the program at offensive line and safety, and add as much speed as possible. Consider them met. Kids like WR Tony Creecy and RB Tobias Palmer are burners. DB David Amerson (No.7 on our NC List) can play S or CB without a problem, and will be a factor.

Well done, and not quite finished yet.

--Stan Olson

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