2017 NC State Wolfpack Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 NC State Wolfpack Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
NC State Wolfpack Recruiting Class Overview
It’s a recruiting class of high school players. No more, no less. There aren’t any superstars, with head coach Dave Doeren spraying to all fields with a little something for everyone. The tight ends are the best prospects on the lot, with Damien Darden and Adam Boselli the two who’ll need to stand out from the group, but QB Matt McKay might need to eventually shine for this class to make a splash. Linebackers Louis Acceus, Darius Hodge and Isaiah Moore are excellent gets, but they’ll need a while.
The NC State Wolfpack Class Is Heavy On …
Pass catchers. The defensive line got its share of prospects, but the future of the passing game got the most live bodies. Antoine Thompson is by far the best prospect of the bunch, with good deep speed and No. 1 upside. The rest of the group is just okay, but there are plenty of options. The Pack brought in those two tight ends, too, with Darden a good-looking, do-it-all prospect.
The Star of the NC State Wolfpack Class Is …
DT Grant Gibson, 6-1, 295, Charlotte, NC – He’s not tall enough, and he’s not an elite athlete who’ll dominate in a backfield, but he’s built hold his own with the right body to sit inside a line and never get moved off his base. Give him a little bit of time, and he could be the team’s strongest – literally – run defender. Wanted by several ACC schools, Tennessee and West Virginia, he’s not for everyone, but he should work just fine for the Pack.
The NC State Wolfpack Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Defensive back. Overall, the NC State defense should be terrific with a little bit of time, and the offense should be stronger. The one thing missing could be experience in the secondary, losing Jack Tocho at one corner spot and Josh Jones at safety. Losing nickel defender Dravious Wright doesn’t help, either.