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    Signee No. 1

    Deylan Buntyn | 6-4 | 330 | Defensive Tackle

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    Signee No. 2

    Bryce Kennedy | 6-4 | 285 | Offensive Line

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    Signee No. 3

    Quincy McKinney | 6-4 | 300 | Offensive Line

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    Signee No. 4

    Manny Stocker | 6-3 | 200 | Quarterback

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    Signee No. 5

    Pete Thomas | 6-5 | 225 | Quarterback

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    Signee No. 6

    Josh Sessoms | 6-3 | 185 | Defensive Back

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    Signee No. 7

    Xavier Griffin | 6-3 | 185 | Wide Receiver

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    Signee No. 8

    David Grinnage | 6-5 | 230 | Tight End

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    Signee No. 9

    Joe Wright | 6-7 | 235 | Defensive End

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    Signee No. 10

    Desmond Owino | 6-5 | 235 | Defensive End

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    Signee No. 11

    Marchez Coates | 5-11 | 172 | Defensive Back

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    Signee No. 12

    Drew Davis | 6-3 | 230 | Linebacker

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    Signee No. 13

    Niles Clark | 5-10 | 173 | Defensive Back

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    Signee No. 14

    Charlie Hegedus | 6-2 | 195 | Wide Receiver

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    Signee No. 15

    k'Hadree Hooker | 6-2 | 285 | Defensive Tackle

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    Signee No. 16

    Shadrach Thornton | 6-1 | 200 | Running Back

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    Signee No. 17

    Eddie Gordon | 6-2 | 305 | Offensive Line

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    Signee No. 18

    M.J. Salahuddin | 6-2 | 192 | Linebacker

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    Signee No. 19

    John Tu'uta | 6-2 | 325 | Offensive Line

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    Signee No. 20

    Tyler Knox | 6-4 | 225 | Defensive End

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    Signee No. 20

    J.J. Jones | 6-4 | 205 | Defensive Back

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    Signee No. 20

    Robert Caldwell | 6-3 | 235 | Linebacker

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    Signee No. 20

    Kenderius Whitehead | 6-4 | 220 | Defensive End

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    Deylan Buntyn | 6-4 | 330 | Defensive Tackle

    Havelock, NC | Havelock High School / New Mexico Military Institute

    Signed his letter of intent with the Pack in late December of 2011, and enrolled for the 2012 spring semester ... Will have three years to play two seasons ... Spent two years at New Mexico Military Institute ... Played nose tackle for coach Josh Lynn ... Has added 40 pounds since high school ... In 2011, posted 16 tackles, including three for loss as team went 9-3 ... Also had a blocked kick and a fumble recovery ... Ranked the No. 22 JUCO recruit nationally by rivals.com.


    Getting To Know...

    Deylan Buntyn

    1. What do you hope to major in?
      Program management
    2. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      New experiences
    3. Most interesting fact about you
      I'm silly
    4. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Meeting friends

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    Bryce Kennedy | 6-4 | 285 | Offensive Line

    Souther Pines, NC | Pinecrest High School

    Graduated high school early and enrolled at NC State for the 2012 spring semester ... Played on both the offensive and defensive lines at Pinecrest High School ... Played for coach Chris Metzger ... Helped team reach the NCHSAA 4-AA state playoffs as a senior ... Played in the 2011 Shrine Bowl ... Ranked the No. 23 offensive guard nationally by rivals.com and the No. 22 player in North Carolina.


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    Bryce Kennedy

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I picked NC State because it was an infallible place for me and the players and coaches are great.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      The major that I have in mind now is human biology and business
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      To do outstanding in school and hopefully get my master's and to get on that football field.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My Mom (Linda Kennedy)
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Ray Lewis (Ravens)
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I will work hard at everything. I do the best I can
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports at any level past high school?
      Cam Thomas, UNC, Football
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      When I played outside linebacker my junior year against Hoke and we beat them then it started to rain.

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    Quincy McKinney | 6-4 | 300 | Offensive Line

    Columbus, Ga | Carver HS / Fork Union Military Academy

    Enrolled at NC State for the 2012 spring semester ... Spent the past season at Fork Union Military Academy, where he was a post-graduate player ... Signed with South Carolina out of high school before spending a semester at Fork Union ... Started at right tackle for Fork Union ... Finished his high school career at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. ... Rivals.com lists him as the No. 9 post-graduate player in nation.


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    Quincy McKinney

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State because I saw an opportunity that was rare, football and academically
    2. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      To experience new things I couldn't have in Georgia
    3. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My sound system
    4. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Eddie George, Titans
    5. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I stopped watching cartoons when I was six.
    6. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Even though we lost, the semifinals my senior year.

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    Manny Stocker | 6-3 | 200 | Quarterback

    Coatesville, Pa | Coatesville Area HS

    Graduate from high school early and enrolled for the 2012 spring semester ... Played at Coatesville High School for coach Matt Ortega ... As a senior, passed for nearly 2,000 yards with 20 touchdowns and another 10 rushing touchdowns ... Team finished 9-3 record and earned a spot in the District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinals .... Competed at the Under Armour Elite Top 25 Quarterback Showcase prior to his senior season ... Team captain.


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    Manny Stocker

    1. What do you hope to major in?
      Business
    2. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      Football
    3. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I have five little brothers and the youngest is 7
    4. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Beating our rivals in the pouring down rain

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    Pete Thomas | 6-5 | 225 | Quarterback

    El Cajon, Ca | Valhalla HS/Colorado State

    Will sit out the 2012 season after transferring from Colorado State, then will have two years of eligibility ... At Colorado State: Graduated high school early, and enrolled in the spring of 2010 ... A two-year starter ... Threw for 4,269 yards and 18 touchdowns in his two seasons ... Completed 63.5 percent (414-652) of his passes, and a QB efficiency rating of 121.17 ... Also had three rushing touchdowns ... Cut his interceptions from 13 as a freshman to 8 last year ... Broke the CSU single-season record with a .647 completion percentage as a freshman ... Went over 300 yards in three games, with a career-best 387 versus San Jose State in 2011 ... Also had three games with three touchdown passes ... At Valhalla High School: A three-year starter ... Was named the 2008 and 2009 Grossmont South League Offensive Player of the Year, as a junior and senior ... Combined to throw for 5,553 yards and 52 touchdowns those two years ... Had only 11 interceptions ... Named first-team all-state those two years ... Played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach after his senior season ... Graduated from high school a semester early, with a 4.0 GPA ... Was named the San Diego Union-Tribune's Student-Athlete of the year as a senior ... Was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of Valhalla High School in 2010.


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    Pete Thomas

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State because it offers a quality education in my major and I have always been interested in the football team and playing for Coach O' Brien and the great staff he assembled. I also believe we can win a championship here at NC State, and I want to be a part of that.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      Communications
    3. What are you most looking forward to about playing for the Wolfpack?
      I'm looking forward to playing for Coach O'Brien and the staff he assembled in front of the great Wolfpack fans.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My four Great Danes. Bruce, Howard, Buster, and Ivan.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Tom Brady, Patriots
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      My first year of football in 8th grade I played nose tackle and my freshmen year I played linebacker along with quarterback
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      My brother wrestled at the Air Force Academy for two years. My 1st cousin Stephen Neal played right guard for the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2010 and has three Super Bowl rings
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school or college career?
      My first win as a true freshmen at Colorado State

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    Josh Sessoms | 6-3 | 185 | Defensive Back

    Bailey, NC | Southern Nash HS

    Played at Southern Nash High School for coach Brian Foster ... The conference's defensive player of the year as a senior ... Posted 79 tackles and a pair of interceptions as a senior ... Led the conference in tackles ... Named all-conference for three years ... Also a four-year starter on the basketball team, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds ... Team captain for both the football and basketball team ... Scored over 1,000 career points ... An honor roll student ... Cousin, Maurice Morgan, redshirted the season at wide receiver.


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    Josh Sessoms

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State because State has always been the college I wanted to go to. I grew up watching NC State football and basketball with my dad. Even when the Pack was down, I've always remained faithful to them. The hospitality at NC State really put the stamp on my commitment. From top to bottom the people at NC State are great people.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I hope to major in sports management but if not that then enter in the first-year program and decide from there.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      I'm looking forward to meeting new people and making relationships with them. On the football side I look forward to playing with the guys that are in my recruiting class and the older guys to learn the system from them because of their experience. I can't wait to run through the tunnel and touch the wolf for the first time as an NC State football player.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      I would bring my family. They support me in everything that I do. They have my back and I have their's.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Ray Lewis from the Baltimore Ravens. Ray is the full package. He's a spiritual leader in my eyes. He makes his teammates better and challenges them to give it their all every day. He's definitely a player that every sports team needs, not just football but all sports.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I like to play the drums. I love potato chips know matter what kind. Art was one of my favorite subjects, because I like to draw. I did not have a lot of time to master art, because I wanted to play football, basketball and run track. My last year playing AAU Basketball we went to The Nationals in Little Rock Arkansas and I met Derrick Fisher's mother. She was a really sweet woman.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      My cousin, Kwamaine Battle, played defensive tackle position at Virginia Tech. My cousin Maurice Morgan plays receiver position at North Carolina State University.
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      My sophomore year my team made it to the Eastern regional finals one game away from the championship against South Johnston High School. The game went into 3 overtimes. We lost by one by a field goal. I hate losing with a passion. That was the worst feeling I've felt playing a sport. I thought about that game for the next 2 months. How close you get to your goals and one play could take all the hard work you put in away.

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    Xavier Griffin | 6-3 | 185 | Wide Receiver

    Newark, DE. | Newark HS

    Played at Newark High School for coach Butch Simpson ... Team posted a 12-1 record, including 8-0 in conference during his senior season, falling in the state championship game ... Earned first-team all-state honors as a wide receiver ... Teammate of fellow 2012 signee David Grinnage at Newark High School ... Also plays basketball and runs indoor track for his high school ... Ranked the No. 3 player in Delaware by rivals.com.


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    Xavier Griffin

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State because i think its a great fit for me me in their offense and I love the campus and people in Raleigh.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      Business
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      I'm looking foward to meeting new people and seeing how the college life is.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      I would bring lots of Tastycakes since Raleigh does not sell them
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Jerry Rice / 49ers
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      Probably my hair since I have a lot of it
    7. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      My most memorable moment was playing in a state championship game.

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    David Grinnage | 6-5 | 230 | Tight End

    Newark, De | Newark HS

    Played at Newark High School for coach Butch Simpson ... Team posted a 12-1 record, including 8-0 in conference during his senior season, falling in the state championship game ... Also saw time at wide receiver and linebacker ... Finished with 43 catches for 590 yards and six touchdowns ... Also had 71 tackles and two interceptions on defense ... Earned first-team all-state honors as a tight end... Named all-conference as both a TE and DE ... Blue/Gold all-star selection ... Earned second-team all-conference honors at defensive end as a junior ... Teammate of fellow 2012 signee Xavier Griffin at Newark High School ... Earned second-team all-conference honors on the baseball diamond at designated hitter ... Earned all-conference academic honors ... Rated the No. 21 tight end nationally by scout.com ... Ranked the No. 2 player in Delaware by rivals.com.


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    David Grinnage

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I feel like I fit in well with the offense and I have a good relationship with the coaches and players. Also the school's academics are very good.

      What do you hope to major in?
      Sports management
    2. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      The experience of getting away from where I am and getting to know new people. Also to have a great future in the education I get from NC State
    3. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My family
    4. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Vernon Davis/San Fransisco 49ers
    5. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I was nominated for All-American for baseball my junior and senior year and I made 1st team all-state for Tight End my senior year
    6. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      When the football team won the conference championship with a record of 10-0 after not making the playoffs the year before. The biggest part about that with me is I got to contribute a lot in that 10-0 season.

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    Joe Wright | 6-7 | 235 | Defensive End

    Greenville, NC | Rose HS

    Played at Rose High School for coach Todd Lipe ... Finished with 35 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... Mainly saw action at left tackle as a junior ... A first-team all-county and second-team all-conference.


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    Joe Wright

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State because it seems like a great school with a great sports program I loved the atmosphere and also because its close to home.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I'm hoping to major in sports management.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      Playing football against some of the best in the country!
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      It would probably be my mom. It's because she keeps me on track and she keeps me going!
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      My favorite football player of all time is probably Lamar Woodley of the Pittsburgh Steelers
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      Probably the most interesting fact about me is that I'm almost 6'8 and not a basketball player!
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports at any level past high school?
      My brother Dante played football in college at NC A&T, and my sister Cortney ran track.
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      It's going to have to be my senior night and also homecoming when we shut out Hoggard a very good team, but that was also my last high school game!

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    Desmond Owino | 6-5 | 235 | Defensive End

    Nairobi, Kenya | Sanderson HS

    Played his senior season at local Sanderson High School, his only year of playing football ... Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to the U.S. prior to his senior year of high school ... Played rugby and basketball before moving to U.S.


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    Desmond Owino

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I choose NC State because I felt it is the best place for me and I can feel the red and white in my blood.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I hope to major in business because it always runs in the family.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      What am looking foward about college is to get a degree and be able to earn a living and also feed my family and grandmother back home in Africa.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      If i was to bring something from home i will bring a lion skin that the maasai tribe wears it as a piece of cloth.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      My favourite football player is Jason Pierre-Paul, who plays defensive end for the NY Giants.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      The most interesting fact about me is I am a very funny guy and quiet guy.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      My brother, Dan Owino, played basketball for Peninsula College at Seattle, Washington.
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      My most memorable moment in high school was when people used to talk to me through a google translator from English to Swahili - surprisingly they were shocked to hear I that I spoke good English.

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    Marchez Coates | 5-11 | 172 | Defensive Back

    Pomfret, Md | McDonough HS

    Played at McDonough High School for coach Luke Ethington ... Played safety, but also saw action at wide receiver, tight end and running back ... Finished with 86 tackles (36 solo), 12 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four pass breakups and two sacks on defense, including returning one interception 70 yards for a touchdown ... Rushed nine times for 30 yards and hauled in 12 passes for 269 yards and a score on offense ... Ranked the No. 16 player in Maryland by rivals.com.


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    Marchez Coates

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose to go to NC State for 3 reasons. The first reason was because they have a couple of majors that I'm interested in and that's something I need for the rest of my life. The second reason is because the atmosphere is too AMP and very LIVE! And I love playing in a hype stadium. The third reason is the coaches are just like my high school coaches. They are goofy & funny sometimes but about their business when it comes down to football and doing whatever it takes to accomplish their dreams and goals. They execept you to be respectful and a leader on and off the field.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I'm not sure what I want to major in but I'm leaning forwards Business Management.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      I'm looking forward to being on my own and that first step out of the tunnel, that first INT nd taking it to the HOUSE! That first big hit to change the momentum of the game.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      If I could I would bring my dog because no matter I do or what happens my dog will always love me and never judge me.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Sean Taylor because he knew exactly what it took to be a great football player. My favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      God is first in whatever I do.
    7. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      My most memorable moment was when I was walking off the field of my last game and I knew I gave it all I had in the tank & I cried to my coaches. It was a long bus ride home and all of the seniors on the my team talked and cried about our proud ball memories and how we will never experience the feeling of high school football again. Football is truly a privilege and I take it very seriously and I come to dominate and to demolish anybody who stands
      in my way.

      Thank you God for this opportunity!

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    Drew Davis | 6-3 | 230 | Linebacker

    Raleigh, NC | Broughton HS

    Played at local Broughton High School ... Named all-conference his final three seasons ... As a senior, recorded over 150 tackles, four forced fumbles and one interception ... Named his conference's co-defensive player of the year.


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    Drew Davis

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC state because besides having an outstanding football program, it is a great school to get an education. I love Raleigh and can't imagine living anywhere else. I grew up going to State football games and it is a dream for me to play for them.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I hope to major in special education. I currently work with special needs students at school and I love every minute of it. It never feels like work to me and a lot of times I end up learning more from them than they do from me.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      In college I am looking forward to playing football and meeting new people.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      I would bring my dog Dixie.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      My favorite football player would have to be Clay Matthews for the Green Bay Packers. His success story is amazing and he is an example of what hard work can do. Not to mention his hair is pretty awesome as well.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I was born eight weeks early, didn't have fully developed lungs and was extremely small as a child. Now I am the largest member of my family.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      My father played basketball in college at Lenoir-Rhyne and professionally overseas in Greece. My brother currently plays basketball for The University of North Carolina and my uncle played football for Catawba college.
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      My most memorable moment in high school would have to be my very last football game as a senior. I will never forget how it felt to play next to some of my best friends for the last time.

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    Niles Clark | 5-10 | 173 | Defensive Back

    Marietta, Ga | Lassiter HS

    Played at Lassiter High School for coach Jep Irwin ... Recorded 40 tackles and four interceptions as a senior ... Team advanced to the state semifinals ... Named to the Cobb County Touchdown Club's all-defensive team and earned all-county honors ... Teammate of fellow 2012 signee Charlie Hegedus at Lassiter High School ... Starting center Cam Wentz also played at Lassiter ... Also played basketball and competed in the long jump and 200-meter dash in track ... Played in the Georgia North-South game ... Won the Region 5-AAAAA 100 meters.


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    Niles Clark

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      They were the first school to recruit me and every time I went there, they made me feel welcome. I felt like I was already a part of the team every time I was there. It was a great feeling.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I want a career in sports
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      A little bit of freedom and taking the classes that I want to take.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My bed.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Reggie Bush
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I used to play the piano.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      My uncle, Sean O'Leary, played college football
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Beating Brookwood in the Georgia Dome - first game of my senior season.

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    Charlie Hegedus | 6-2 | 195 | Wide Receiver

    Marietta, Ga | Lassiter HS

    Played at Lassiter High School for coach Jep Irwin ... Totaled 69 catches for 1,156 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... Earned all-county honors ... Team advanced to the state semifinals ... Teammate of fellow 2012 signee Niles Clark at Lassiter High School ... Starting center Cam Wentz is also a Lassiter alum ... Also ran the 100 and 200-meter dash for the track team ... Played in the Georgia North-South game.


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    k'Hadree Hooker | 6-2 | 285 | Defensive Tackle

    Deep Run, NC | South Lenoir HS

    Played at South Lenoir High School for coach Kevin Wilson ... Played both defensive tackle and defensive end as a senior ... Also saw action on offense at tackle and guard ... Blocked 10 field goals or extra points on the year ... Team captain ... Named the Kinston Free Press Defensive Player of the Year as a junior ... Also competed for the track & field team ... Played in the 2011 Shrine Bowl and recorded three tackles ... Rated the No. 29 defensive tackle nationally by scout.com ... Ranks as the No. 19 recruit in North Carolina by rivals.com.


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    k'Hadree Hooker

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      It felt like home from day one.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      Sports Management
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      Developing new relationships with people from different backgrounds, being part of the Wolfpack family, and being part of experiences that I will cherish forever.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My hometown family, friends, and everyone who has supported me through everything.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Warren Sapp
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I'm easy going.
    7. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Being part of the NC squad this year when we won the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. It was a great experience, not just the football part of it, but visiting the Shriners hospital and meeting the children to get a better understanding of how blessed we are. I would say it was a humbling experience.

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    Shadrach Thornton | 6-1 | 200 | Running Back

    Hinesville, Ga | Liberty County HS

    Played at Liberty County High School for coach Kirk Warner ... Rushed for 1,738 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... Led his conference in rushing and ranked sixth in the state ... Rushed for over 200 yards in four games ... Averaged 7.15 yards per carry ... Also threw for 248 yards and a pair of scores and served as the punt and kickoff returner.


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    Shadrach Thornton

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      It was easy once I got to know the coaches and everything. It's close to home, they have a good program. I bonded with the team and the O-linemen and I'm going to need those guys.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      Civil Engineering
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      Playing at the next level. Football is what I love to do - I can't wait to step out on that field against the best. That's what I'm looking forward to the most.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My mother (for her sake). She's got her sisters to comfort her, but I'm the youngest of four boys so it's going to be hard on her.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Walter Payton, hands down. For many reasons - he could run through you, he could run around you, he could stiff arm you. He could do so in a little space. I want to compare myself to him one day - he was one of the great ones.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I have gray hairs (I guess I'm wise beyond my years).
    7. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      I was a freshman and the whole year I had been telling coach that I was ready to play varsity. At that time, we had two very good running backs, but both were kinda scared to run through the middle. Against Baldwin County, one of them had a facemask call and coach took him out and put me in for one play. Then he said ‘leave him in and let's see what he can do.' The first time I got the ball, it was a15 yard gain, right up the middle, right past their linebacker who was so good and got us a first down. I gained more yards than both of the seniors put together that game. The next game I started and that opened the door for me.

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    Eddie Gordon | 6-2 | 305 | Offensive Line

    Boiling Springs, SC | Boiling Springs HS

    Played at Boiling Springs High School for coach Bruce Clark ... Played center during his senior season, and saw action his first two varsity seasons at guard ... Team finished 10-4, 5-1 in conference ... Named all-state and all-region ... Team captain ... Also a member of the basketball and track teams ... Played in the South Carolina Auto Dealers Association North-South All-Star game ... Late uncle, Calvin Stephens, was a lineman at South Carolina and selected in the third round of the 1991 NFL draft by New England ... Ranked the No. 25 player in South Carolina by rivals.com.


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    Eddie Gordon

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I had one other offer and a lot of others would have if I would have gone to camp with them but when I came to NC State on my visit it felt like home. The coaches, players, the Murphy Center, and the education were second to none.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I want to major in secondary education in hopes of becoming a teacher and football coach.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      The chance to fufill my dreams of playing football at the next level and a chance to play in a National Championship Bowl Game.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My mother for her great cooking ability.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Maurkice Pouncey
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I enjoy singing.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      Calvin Stephens (uncle) - South Carolina and New England Patriots
      Cynthia Gordon (sister) - Track&Field at Winthrop
      Jack Tatum (cousin) - Oakland Radiers
      Sam Gash(cousin) - Buffalo Bills
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      My whole senior season. Started out 0-2 and didn't score a single touchdown in first two games. Went on to win the next eight. Lost in Upperstate game. Finished 10-4 and only lost to teams who played in State Championship games. Set new standards at Boiling Springs High School and enjoyed every minute of my senior season.

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    M.J. Salahuddin | 6-2 | 192 | Linebacker

    Fayetteville, NC | Jack Britt HS

    Played at Jack Britt High School for coach Richard Bailey ... Team finished 11-3, including 6-0 in conference, and fell in the state 4AA semifinals ... Played his senior season at linebacker after having previously played safety ... Finished his senior season with 110 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions ... Named all-region and all-conference ... Voted team MVP on defense ... Team captain ... Played in the 2011 Shrine Bowl ... Tallied six tackles, including one for loss, which stood as the second-highest total on the squad.


    Getting To Know...

    MJ Salahuddin

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      NC State is an institution where I felt I could grow and develop
      best. I love the players, coaches, and fans.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      Sports management or Sociology.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      Running out with the team in front of thousands of roaring NC State fans every game.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My own bed.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      Sean Taylor is my favorite player. The Carolina Panthers are my favorite team.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I love to write.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports?
      Tywon Lawson. Played basketball for UNC.
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Playing in the State Championship my sophomore year.

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    John Tu'uta | 6-2 | 325 | Offensive Line

    Fredericksburg, Va | Fork Union Military Academy

    Played for the high school team at Fork Union Military Academy ... Played for coach Micky Sullivan ... Played both center and guard ... Also played some on the defensive line ... Named all-league and all-state as both a senior and junior ... Team captain ... Also throws shot put for the track team ... Father, Sione, played professional rugby for Tonga and various other islands.


    Getting To Know...

    John Tu'uta

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State because of the coaching staff and the opportunities I feel the university will give me in the future.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      Undecided
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      I look forward to playing under both Coach O'Brien and Coach Bridge, and hopefully helping the team go to more bowl games.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      My bible.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      My favorite team of all time is America's team. The one and only Dallas Cowboys.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I am a World War II buff and love to learn something new about the war every day.
    7. Do you have any relatives who played sports at any level past high school?
      My father played professional rugby (Sione H. Tu'uta) for Tonga, and various other islands.
    8. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      The most memorable moment of my high school career was when we won our state championship in 2010.

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    Tyler Knox | 6-4 | 225 | Defensive End

    Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Myrtle Beach HS

    Played at Myrtle Beach High School for coach Mickey Wilson … Team posted a 11-2 record and won its fifth-straight Region VII-AAA title … Team advanced to the state AAA quarterfinals … Played in the South Carolina Auto Dealers Association North-South All-Star game … Finished the contest with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, while racking up three tackles for loss, was named the South’s defensive MVP … Ranked the No. 33 weakside defensive end nationally by rivals.com and the No. 7 player in South Carolina.


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    J.J. Jones | 6-4 | 205 | Defensive Back

    Lithonia, Ga. | Martin Luther King HS


    Played at Martin Luther King High School for coach Mike Carson … Team posted a 12-2 mark, including 7-0 in conference before falling in the state 5A playoffs … As a senior, had 49 tackles, 33 of them solo, an interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown … Teammate of fellow 2012 signee Kenderious Whitehead at Martin Luther King High School … Also played guard on the basketball team, averaging 13 points as a junior.


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    Robert Caldwell | 6-3 | 235 | Linebacker

    Twentynine Palms, Calif. | Twentynine Palms HS / College of the Desert

    Will have three years to play two at NC State … Two-year starter at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. … Played for coach Dean Dowty … Posted 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one blocked kick as a sophomore in 2011 … Named all-conference first team … Graduated from Twentynine Palms High School … Was born in Spartanburg, S.C.


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    Robert Caldwell

    1. Why did you choose NC State?
      I chose NC State for a number of reasons. First is that I have family Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is my birth place.

      The program is up and coming. They are a part of a great conference and I felt like I connected with the coaches pretty well. Knowing the resume of the LB coach, I felt like it was the best possible choice for me to learn and greater as person and player.
    2. What do you hope to major in?
      I would like to major in Kinesology, but I am also having thoughts of going into business or soc.
    3. What are you most looking forward to about college?
      Just furthering my education and getting a degree while playing football on the division 1 level.
    4. If you could bring one thing from home to Raleigh, what would it be?
      I think I could bring leadership and a high intensity of play to the field.
    5. Who is your favorite football player of all time?
      My top two role models are Ray Lewis from the Baltimore Ravens because of his leadership role and the level of intensity he plays at. James Harrison from the Pittsburgh Steelers is my next favorite because of his aggressiveness and drive.
    6. What is the most interesting fact about you?
      I lived in Okinawa for 7 years of my life.
    7. What was the most memorable moment of your high school career?
      Meeting all of my close friends that I consider family until this day. They are a big part of my life and bring a great amount of support.

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    Kenderius Whitehead | 6-4 | 220 | Defensive End

    Lithonia, Ga. | Martin Luther King HS

    Played his senior season at Martin Luther King High School for coach Mike Carson … Team finished with a 12-2 record, including a 7-0 mark in conference … Team fell in the state 5A playoffs … Finished with 103 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior … Led the state of Georgia in sacks and ranked 34th nationally … Had one game with four and another with three … Earned all-state honors … Teammate of fellow 2012 signee Jarnor Jones at Martin Luther King High School … Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix … Ranks as the No. 25 weakside defensive end nationally by rivals.com, and also the No. 25 recruit in Georgia.


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