Sunday, February 10, 2008


One ESPN 150 prospect - TOP PROSPECT: Ryan Williams (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) is a great, shifty, workhorse back who should soon be ready to take the reigns from Brandon Ore. Frank Beamer should continue producing top-ranked defenses and excellent special teams with this talented class. Eddie Whitley (Matthews, N.C./Butler) fills a need and adds value at corner with his great size, range and potential to also play safety. Projected safety Lorenzo Williams (Fayetteville, N.C./Westover) possesses similar tools at defensive back. Projected end Dwight Tucker (Oviedo, Fla.) is a sleeper with vertical attacking speed. No. 14-rated inside linebacker Allen Stephens (South Boston, Va./Halifax County) is one of the more powerful between-the-tackles run stuffers in this class. Fellow linebacker Bruce Taylor (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) possesses size and straight-line closing speed. Offensive line was also addressed with 6-foot-6, 79-grade offensive tackles Vinston Painter (Norfolk, Va./Maury) and Nick Becton (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover).
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Two ESPN 150 prospects
Tom O'Brien probably did not achieve the success he desired in his first-year at NC State, but off the field the former Boston College head coach built a quality recruiting class in 2008. Quarterback Mike Glennon (Centreville, Va./ Westfield) possesses the size, arm strength and quick release to excel as a college quarterback and the intangibles to lead a rebuilding program. ESPN's No. 8-rated athlete, Brandon Barnes (Bunn, NC), is a nice addition and will likely settle in at safety. Quality additions were made in the secondary, wide receiver and along the offensive front. Tom Hauck for

No ESPN 150 prospects
The Yellow Jackets lost some key commits when Chan Gailey was fired, but former Navy coach Paul Johnson still inherited a solid class and filled down the stretch with his own personnel. Malcolm Munroe (Miami/Coral Reef) is a potential playmaker on defense projecting best as an outside linebacker. Three prospects with solid 77 Scouts Inc. grades and top-50 positional rankings will join Munroe, led by corner Jon Lockhart (Blounstown, Fla).

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