Tag:Tom O'Brien
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:40 am

VIDEO: N.C. State's Tom O'Brien on recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

North Carolina State head coach Tom O'Brien sits down with CBS Sports Network's Tom Lemming to explain how he evaluates players and what he looks for in recruits.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:59 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 5:00 pm

QB Summers flips commitment from NC State to UNC

Posted by Chip Patterson

NC State verbal commit James Summers has decided to take his talents a half-hour down Interstate 40 to North Carolina, switching his commitment on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound quarterback from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, considered one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2012 class, led his team to the 4AA state title in 2011. Summers collected MVP honors after completing 11 of 16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while adding 116 yards rushing and an interception on defense in the title game. He was a runner-up for AP state player of the year, and previously committed to the Wolfpack in April 2011.

Summers' arrival is a huge boost to Larry Fedora's first class at North Carolina, after losing top QB recruit Patton Robinette to Vanderbilt during UNC orientation earlier this month. Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who served in the same position under Fedora at Southern Miss, continued to recruit Summers despite his commitment to the Wolfpack. The dynamic quarterback also had offers from Clemson and East Carolina.

Another factor in Summers' decision may have been the transfer of Colorado State quarterback Pete Thomas. Thomas will first be eligible to play for NC State in 2013, with two seasons of eligibility remaining. If the transfer works out well for Thomas, the in-state quarterback may not see the field until 2015. At North Carolina, the competition is wide open behind junior quarterback Bryn Renner.

For much more on North Carolina and NC State, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview as well as Tar Heels RapidReports and Wolfpack RapidReports.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:28 am

Ranking the ACC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida State (Ranked number four overall by Maxpreps)

It's no surprise to see the Seminoles at the top of this list given what Jimbo Fisher has done on the recruiting trail recently. The defensive front seven players alone makes this a special group and that's not even considering grabbing the top dual-threat quarterback in Jameis Winston.

2. Miami (#5)

The Hurricanes have done excellent work with Al Golden's first full recruiting class, especially on the defensive side with players such as Jelani Hamilton and Raphael Kirby. There's a lot of speed in the class as one would expect given their South Florida talent base.

3. Virginia (#8)

How about the job Mike London has done on the recruiting trail? Michaei Moore is a top 100 defensive end he lured from Maryland and linebacker Kwontie Moore is a possible impact player early on given his size and speed.

4. Virginia Tech (#11)

Frank Beamer usually pulls several talented players out of the Tidewater and this class is no exception. Defensive end Jaraontay Jones and linebackers Deon Clarke and Trey Edmunds are a great building block for the Hokie defense.

5. Clemson (#13)

Despite Dabo Swinney being on the hot seat this season, the Clemson staff can still recruit. There's two top 100 players in the group and defensive back Travis Blanks should be able to make an impact early on with his terrific coverage skills.

6. Georgia Tech

It's a good year for talent in Georgia and north Florida and the Yellowjackets are taking advantage. Although they don't have an elite player, defensive end Junior Gnonkonde, linebacker Tyler Stargel and lineman Will Adams are several very good players in the class.

7. North Carolina

One of the more intriguing classes due to the resignation of Butch Davis and possible NCAA sanctions, the Tar Heels have done a solid job under the circumstances. Quarterback Patton Robinette is an Elite 11 quarterback and could be someone to build around in tough times.

8. Maryland

Randy Edsall has taken some heat for not connecting with several local high schools but he's grabbed some good local athletes nevertheless. Quarterback Shawn Petty has impressed during the summer and Mike Madaras is an offensive lineman anybody would love to have.

9. Duke

The Blue Devils have to play by a second set of rules given their admissions standards so evaluation is key in more ways than one. The current class is a good effort when viewed in that light and players like linebacker Deion Williams are a nice pick up.

10. N.C. State

You never hear much about the efforts of Tom O'Brien and staff but they seem to specialize in finding a few diamonds in the rough from year to year. Quarterback A.J. Doyle and defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker are the anchors on either side of the ball for the Wolfpack.

11. Boston College

The Eagles look to have another solid, but under the radar, class at the halfway point in the recruiting cycle. They have an all-name candidate in Win Homer but also several other players who can develop on offense.

12. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons recently lost quarterback Alec Morris to Alabama but that should give you an indication as to how they evaluate. This is a smaller class that will likely see numbers rise as they see recruits go through their senior seasons.
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