Signed with the Pack in late December of 2012, and enrolled for the 2013 spring semester ... Played wide receiver and defensive back at New Bern High School for head coach Bobby Curlings ... Was named an all-state selection on defense by NCPreps.com ... Tallied 39 catches for 795 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... Also had 46 tackles, 24 PBUs and four interceptions, two of which he returned for a score ... Also returned two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns ... Helped team to the NC 4A state championship and a perfect 15-0 record ... In the championship game, pulled down four catches for 89 yards and rushed four times for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 39-38 comeback win over Porter Ridge.
Signee No. 2
Cole Blankenship | 6-3 | 265 | Offensive Lineman
Mocksville, NC | Davie County HS
Signed with the Pack in late December of 2012, and enrolled for the 2013 spring semester ... Played center, guard and tackle at Davie County High School for head coach Doug Illing ... Missed half of his senior season with broken bones in his foot ... Was co-captain as a senior ... Played in the 2012 Shrine Bowl and started at left guard ... Team finished 8-3 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... Named all-state as a junior by the Associated Press ... NC State's first committment in the 2013 class ... Ranked as the No. 23 center nationally by scout.com.
Signee No. 3
Jacoby Brissett | 6-4 | 225 | Quarterback
West Palm Beach, FL | Dwyer HS/University of Florida
Will sit out the 2013 season after transferring from Florida, then he will have two years of eligibility ... Played in eight games as a true freshman at Florida in 2011 and then in five games in 2012 ... Started three games while at Florida, two as a true freshman and one last season.
In 2012: Completed 23-of-35 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, posting a 134.90 efficiency rating ... Came off the bench in the third quarter of the Louisiana game with Florida trailing 20-13, and helped the Gators to a 27-20 win with a pair of TD drives ... Was 6-of-8 for 64 yards and had a 39-yard scoring pass ... Started the Gator's 23-0 win over Jacksonville State, completing 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards.
In 2011: Started two games for Florida, taking on No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge in his first career start, and then at No. 24 Auburn in back-to-back weeks...Became the first true freshman quarterback at Florida to take his first career snap as the starter ... Completed 18-of-39 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns ... Also had two rushing touchdowns ... Prep: Played quarterback at Dwyer High School for coach Jack Daniels ... Led Dwyer to its first state championship during his junior campaign ... As a senior, threw for 2,743 yards and an area-best 32 touchdowns with just one interception, while also rushing 63 times for 368 yards and seven scores ... Dwyer posted a 12-2 record and reached the state 4A semifinals that year ... Named the Palm Beach Post's Offensive Player of the Year and won the Lou Groza Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year award ... Competed in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was ranked a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, as well as the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 3 quarterback in the nation.
Signee No. 4
Jerod Fernandez | 6-1 | 215 | Linebacker
Lake Mary, FL | Lake Mary HS
Played middle linebacker at Lake Mary High School for coach Scott Perry ... Named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Orlando Football Club ... Helped lead his team to a 7-3 record as a senior ... Recorded 79 tackles as a junior ... Ranked No. 27 in the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Super 60.
Signee No. 5
Johnathan Alston | 6-3 | 200 | Wide Receiver
Bunn, NC | Bunn HS
Played both wide receiver and linebacker at Bunn High School for coach Chris Miller ... Helped team to a 10-3 record as a senior and a trip to the state quarterfinals ... Pulled down 27 catches for 523 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ... Also recorded 67 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior ... Ranked the No. 25 player in North Carolina by rivals.com ... Listed as the No. 29 outside linebacker nationally by scout.com.
Signee No. 6
Monty Nelson | 6-2 | 310 | Defensive Tackle
Plantation, FL | Plantation HS
Played defensive tackle at Plantation High School for coach Steve Davis ... Recorded 11.5 sacks as a senior ... Helped lead his team to a 8-3 record and a berth in the Florida 7A regional semifinals ... A three-year starter ... Also qualified for the wrestling state championships ... Ranked the No. 43 defensive tackle nationally by rivals.com.
Signee No. 7
Pharoah McKever | 6-6 | 215 | Wide Receiver
Tabor City, NC | South Columbus HS
Played quarterback and safety at South Columbus High School for coach Jake Fonvielle ... Passed for 3,617 yards and rushed for 2,070 yards during his high school career ... On defense, recorded 280 tackles and 18 interceptions ... Named the region's Defensive Player of the Year by the Wilmington Star-News ... Also an All-Waccamaw Conference selection each of his final three seasons ... 2012 Columbus County Player of the Year ... 2A all-state selection ... Totaled over 2,500 total yards as a senior, topping the 1,000-yard mark rushing and passing ... Had 126 tackles and six interceptions on defense as a senior ... South Columbus posted a 12-3 record his senior year, and reached the state semifinals and a 32-8 mark during his career ... Threw for 1,267 yards and 14 TDs, and rushed for 11 more scores as a junior.
Signee No. 8
Tylar Reagan | 6-5 | 290 | Offensive Line
Jacksonville, FL | Bartram Trail HS
Played mostly at offensive guard at Bartram Trail High School for coach Darrell Sutherland ... Also saw some action at tackle ... Helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs as a senior ... Ranked the No. 25 offensive guard nationally and the No. 94 player in Florida by rivals.com.
Signee No. 9
Malcolm Means | 6-2 | 190 | Safety
Richburg, SC | Lewisville HS
Played safety and running back at Lewisville High School for coach Will Mitchell ... Competed in the 2012 Shrine Bowl ... As a senior, tallied 28 tackles, including four sacks, and pulled down four interceptions on defense ... Returned two INTs and a fumble for touchdowns ... Offensively, rushed for 1,043 yards and 10 scores ... Added 28 catches for 580 yards and seven more TDs ... Helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and a state playoff berth as a senior ... Earned all-state honors ... Named Tri-County Player of the Year.
Signee No. 10
Bryant Shirreffs | 6-3 | 218 | Quarterback
Jefferson, GA | Jefferson HS
Played quarterback for Coach Thomas McFerrin at Jefferson High School ... A three-year starter, he accounted for 7,677 yards of offense and 90 touchdowns ... Named to the 2012 MaxPreps Small School All-American second-team as a senior ... Also named the Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year ... Threw for 2,369 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,372 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior ... Named Athens Banner-Herald All-Northeast Georgia Football Player of the Year ... Helped lead his team to the Georgia 2A state championship, finishing 15-1 as a senior ... As a junior, had 1,912 yards passing, 508 yards rushing and 27 total touchdowns ... Carries a 3.8 GPA.
Signee No. 11
Josh Jones | 6-2 | 205 | Safety
Walled Lake, MI | Walled Lake Western HS
Played safety and running back at Walled Lake Western High School for coach Mike Zdebski ... Posted 95 tackles and five interceptions as a senior ... Also returned two fumbles for a score ... On offense, tallied 668 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing and 303 yards and four touchdowns receiving ... Helped lead his team to a 9-3 record and the state quarterfinals ... As a junior, had 30 tackles and a pair of INTs ... Ranked the No. 29 safety nationally and No. 15 recruit in Michigan by rivals.com.
Signee No. 12
Josh Mercer | 5-11 | 190 | Running Back
Guyton, GA | South Effingham HS
Played running back at South Effingham High School for coach Donnie Revell ... Helped lead his team to an 8-5 record and the state playoff quarterfinals as a senior... Rushed for 1,479 on 247 carries that year, averaging 123.3 yards per game ... Had 27 rushing scores and 29 total touchdowns ... Rushed 192 times for 1,354 yards as a junior.
Signee No. 13
Sean Paul | 5-10 | 180 | Cornerback
Vero Beach, FL | Vero Beach HS
Played cornerback at Vero Beach High School for coach Lenny Jankowski ... Totaled 50 tackles and four interceptions as a senior ... Returned two of those INTs for a score ... Helped lead Vero Beach to a 9-2 record and the second round of the Florida 8A playoffs as a senior... Tallied 32 tackles, one interception and one blocked punt as a junior ... High school teammate of fellow 2013 signee Dravious Wright.
Signee No. 14
Quinton Patterson | 6-0 | 225 | Linebacker
Shelby, NC | Crest HS
Played linebacker at Crest High School for coach Mark Barnes ... Was named the defensive MVP of the 2012 Shrine Bowl ... Totaled six tackles, including two for loss ... Helped lead Crest to a 10-3 mark as a senior, including a second round appearance in the state playoffs ... Also helped the squad reach the state 3A finals as both a junior and sophomore ... Earned all-conference honors each of his last three years.
Signee No. 15
Dravious Wright | 5-10 | 185 | Cornerback
Vero Beach, FL | Vero Beach HS
Played cornerback at Vero Beach High School for coach Lenny Jankowski ... As a senior, had 68 tackles and four PBUs ... Also saw time at running back, rushing for five touchdowns ... Helped lead Vero Beach to a 9-2 record as a senior and the second round of the Florida 8A playoffs ... Was named to the all-area first-team as a junior ... High school teammate of fellow 2013 signee Sean Paul.
Signee No. 16
Ali Kassem | 6-7 | 350 | Offensive Line
Cincinnati, OH | Moeller HS/ASA (Brooklyn, NY)
Will have two years to play two at NC State ... Played both guard and tackle at ASA for coach Dennis Orlando ... Started every game for ASA, the first seven at right guard and then moved out to tackle ... Helped the Avengers post a 9-1 record, win the Northeast Football Conference Championship and rank fifth in the final Junior College national poll ... Earned NEFC first-team honors ... ASA ranked third nationally in rushing yards in his one season ... Spent his freshman season at Western Michigan in 2010, and then sat out 2011 before transferring to ASA for the 2012 season ... Played his high school football at Moeller High School ... Helped lead team to a 30-12 record during his career, with a pair of nine-win seasons ... Named First Team All-Greater Catholic League (GCL) as a senior.
Signee No. 17
Jack Tocho | 6-1 | 190 | Cornerback
Charlotte, NC | Independence HS
Played cornerback at Independence High School for Coach Bill Geiler ... Also saw time at running back and safety ... As a senior, tallied 57 tackles, including 49 solo stops, and pulled down six interceptions ... Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns ... Named to the Associated Press all-state team as a senior on defense ... Played in the 2012 Shrine Bowl ... Named conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Won All-Southwestern Conference honors as a junior and senior ... Finished with 48 tackles, five interceptions, and 23 PBUs during his junior campaign ... Helped lead his team to a 10-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs ... Was named school's 2012 Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Signee No. 18
Jumichael Ramos | 6-3 | 190 | Wide Receiver
Lovejoy, GA | Lovejoy HS
Played wide receiver at Lovejoy High School for coach Al Hughes ... Helped lead his team to a 13-2 record and a berth in the Georgia 6A state championship game ... Caught a 60-yard TD pass for his team's first score in that contest ... Also a standout basketball player.
Signee No. 19
Artemis Robinson | 6-1 | 205 | Linebacker
Laurinburg, NC | Scotland County HS
Played linebacker at Scotland County High School for coach Richard Bailey ... Finished his high school career with a 48-2 record and 240 career tackles ... Recorded 153 tackles, including 104 solo stops, as a senior ... Also had an interception and two sacks ... Helped lead his team to a 12-2 record and the state semifinals ... Played in the 2012 Shrine Bowl, leading North Carolina with six tackles ... Named SEC Conference Player of the Year ... Tallied 93 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions as a junior ... Scotland County was the North Carolina 4AA champion that year ... Younger brother of former Pack linebacker and current member of the Green Bay Packers Terrell Manning.
Signee No. 20
Dakwa Nichols | 5-10 | 182 | Running Back
Rockingham, NC | Richmond Senior HS
Played running back at Richmond Senior High School for coach Paul Hoggard ... On the ground, tallied 91 carries for 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season ... Helped lead his team to an 11-2 record mark last season ... The squad reached the state quarterfinals and ranked No. 13 in North Carolina ... Ran for almost 1,000 yards and tallied 15 scores as a junior.
Signee No. 21
Matt Dayes | 5-9 | 190 | Running Back
Weston, FL | Cypress Bay HS
Played running back at Cypress Bay High School for coach Mark Guandolo ... Earned all-state and all-county honors as a senior ... Named Broward County Player of the Year ... Had 237 rushes for 1,864 yards and 31 touchdowns ... Rushed for over 150 yards in every game ... Helped lead his team to a 12-3 record and a berth in the Florida 8A championship game as a senior ... Tallied 22 carries for 174 yards and five touchdowns in that game ... Rushed for 484 yards and five touchdowns as a junior ... Ranked the No. 27 running back nationally by rivals.com.
Signee No. 22
Patrick Roane| 6-7 | 310 | Offensive Line
Hope Mills, NC | Gray's Creek HS
Played offensive tackle at Gray's Creek High School for coach David Lovette ... Named an all-state selection by NCPreps.com ... Also named All-Cape Fear Valley Conference and all-region ... Played in the 2012 Shrine Bowl, starting at right tackle ... Helped lead his team to an 8-4 mark and a state playoff berth as a senior.
Signee No. 23
Travares Copeland | 5-11 | 178 | Wide Receiver
Port St. Lucie, FL | Treasure Coast HS/West Virginia
Will sit out the 2013 season after transferring from West Virginia, then he will have three years of eligibility remaining ... Was planning to redshirt at WVU in 2012 and sat out first five games, but played in the next four and made two starts ... Hauled in 10 catches for 55 yards as a true freshman.
Prep: Played two years at Westwood High before playing his senior season for coach Irvin Jones at Treasure Coast High ... As a senior, he completed 78-of-144 passes for 1,096 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Ran for 497 yards and six touchdowns ... Selected to the Palm Beach Post’s first team offensive all-area squad ... Named second team all-state as a utility player ... Selected to play wide receiver for the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game ... As a junior, he was named a first team all-area quarterback and a second team all-area utility player by TCPalm ... Completed 102-of-200 passes for 1,691 yards and 16 touchdowns that year, while also running for 344 yards and six scores ... As a sophomore, threw for 1,866 yards, rushed for 407 yards and six touchdowns ... Selected third team all-state 3A ... Ranked the No. 28 athlete by rivals.com.
Signee No. 24
Marquez Valdes | 6-3 | 201 | Wide Receiver
St. Petersburg, Fla. | Lakewood HS
Played wide receiver at Lakewood High School for coach Cory Moore ... As a senior, caught 50 passes for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Had 28 catches for 600 yards and six scores as a junior.
Signee No. 25
Kenton Gibbs | 6-2 | 290 | Defensive Tackle
Detroit, Mich. | Cass Technical HS
Played both defensive tackle and defensive end at Cass Technical High School for coach Tom Wilcher, where he was a three-year starter ... Helped his team win the state championship as a junior and senior ... Returned a fumble for a touchdown in the state title game as a senior ... Helped lead his senior squad to a 12-2 campaign and a No. 6 final ranking in the state of Michigan ... Ranked the No. 41 defensive tackle nationally and No. 14 recruit in Michigan by rivals.com.