The Wolfpacker

March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

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2013 football recruiting issue ��� footBALL recruiting notes New Staff Brings New Recruiting Territories defensive line coach and recruiting coordinaBy Matt Carter tor Ryan Nielsen will handle the northeastern unning backs coach Des Kitchings was region. the only holdover in the transition from Offensive coordinator and QB coach Matt Tom O���Brien���s staff to Dave Doeren���s, which Canada will be responsible for Wake County means there are new coaches in new territoand its immediate surrounding areas. ries for the Pack. Out of state, Kitchings will be the primary Kitchings will retain Durham County in recruiter for NC State in South Carolina. North Carolina, but the rest of his territory in Nielsen and receivers coach the state will shift eastward. ACC Recruiting Rankings Frisman Jackson will go into He will handle much of the By Georgia and Florida. southeastern part, including Dave Doeren had little time to Cornerbacks coach RichWilmington, Greenville, piece together his transition class, ard McNutt will also recruit New Bern and Kinston, but he helped the Pack finish ninth in Florida, just one of his among others. in the new 14-team ACC. Nationally many responsibilities outFormer NC State lineNC State finished tied with Illinois side of North Carolina. Mcbacker Clayton White, who for 47th place. Here are the full ACC Nutt will recruit the Tidewill coach safeties and help team rankings by water region in Virginia, coordinate special teams 1. Florida State (10th nationally) the D.C./Maryland area and for the Pack, will be a ma2. Clemson (14th) 3. Miami (20th) Ohio. Uremovich will also jor player in the state. He 4.Virginia Tech (23rd) help recruit in the Midwest, is taking up much of the 5.Virginia (28th) taking Illinois where much Piedmont region, a stretch 6. Maryland (33rd) of this staff has experience of territory that includes the 7. Pittsburgh (35th) recruiting. Triad all the way down to 8. North Carolina (41st) Faulkner, who signed two Fayetteville and everything 9. NC State (47th, tie) players from Michigan in in between. 10. Wake Forest (58th, tie) the 2013 class, could also Tight ends coach and spe11. Duke (67th, tie) be recruiting in the Midwest cial teams coordinator Ed12. Syracuse (73rd, tie) region, as well. die Faulkner will carry the 13. Georgia Tech (84th, tie) 14. Boston College (87th, tie) The new staff is likely to responsibility of recruiting put a bigger emphasis on the Charlotte. The largest city state of Florida than O���Brien���s staff did. After in the state will be Faulkner���s lone territory. O���Brien signed a trio of Sunshine State playUnder the previous staff, former offensive ers in his first two full classes, he inked just line coach Jim Bridge handled the I-74 corrione total in the next three collections. He dor between Charlotte and Fayetteville, often returned to Florida to get five verbal comcovering a large percentage of the state���s top mitments in the 2013 class. Two of those prospects. recruits, defensive backs Hassan Childs and Offensive line coach Mike Uremovich will Da���Wan Hunte, parted ways with NCSU aftake over the western part of the state, while R Changes During Coaching Transition It���s expected that there would be changes to the recruiting class during a coaching transition. Here���s a list of who would have been signed by Tom O���Brien, but instead ended up elsewhere, and who Dave Doeren and his staff convinced to join the class. Doeren signees Wide receiver Johnathan Alston, Bunn (N.C.) High Defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs, Detroit Cass Tech Safety Josh Jones, Walled Lake (Mich.) Western High Offensive lineman Ali Kassem, ASA College in Brooklyn Safety Malcolm Means, Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville High Defensive tackle Monty Nelson, Plantation (Fla.) High Cornerback Sean Paul,Vero Beach (Fla.) High Wide receiver Jumichael Ramos, Lovejoy (Ga.) High Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson (Ga.) County High Wide receiver Marquez Valdes, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood High Former commits (destination) Tight end Chris Burton, Danville (Va.) George Washington High (Cincinnati) Defensive back Hassan Childs, Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola High (South Florida) Cornerback Marcus Edmond, Hopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland High (Clemson) Safety Chris Holmes, Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor High (Duke) Da���Wan Hunte, Miami Central (Purdue) Wide receiver Jalen McDaniel, Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt High (likely prep school) Defensive end Desmond Owino, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy (Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Tex.) Wide receiver Kyrin Priester, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood High (Clemson) named Kitchings one of the top recruiters in the ACC for the 2013 recruiting cycle. photo by jacey zembal ter the coaching change. Doeren���s staff collected four verbal commitments from the state and added a pair of Florida-native, major college transfers in Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett and West Virginia receiver Travares Copeland. Des Kitchings Named A Top Recruiter When Dave Doeren was hired, he warned the coaches from Tom O���Brien���s staff that were handling the bowl preparations that he would be bringing in some of his own guys, and thus not everyone was going to be getting a job on his new staff. However, he said that if anyone was serious about wanting to stick around to feel free to stop by his office. That���s exactly what running backs coach Des Kitchings did, and he quickly impressed Doeren with his enthusiasm for NC State and his recruiting prowess. Doeren was not the only one to notice Kitchings��� success on the trail. named Kitchings one of the top recruiters in the ACC for the 2013 recruiting cycle. Kitchings proved his mettle by winning some spirited recruiting battles. Offensive lineman Tylar Reagan of Bartram Trail (Fla.) Fruit Cove High was believed to be a heavy Central Florida lean before committing to NC State. Kitchings also beat out archrival North Carolina for Bunn (N.C.) High receiver Johnathan Alston and played the lead role in the re-recruitment of running back Matt Dayes from Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay High, beating out Vanderbilt in a January battle. Kitchings also landed touted running back Josh Mercer from Guyton (Ga.) South Effingham High and Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas standout Malcolm Means, a safety from Richburg (S.C.) 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