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    Coach Tom O'Brien
    Coach Tom O'Brien

    Feb. 1, 2012

    Raleigh, N.C. -

    2012 Signing Day Central (Bios & Highlights)

    Twenty-three student-athletes will join the Wolfpack football program for 2012, including four who have been enrolled at NC State since January and a transfer from Colorado State, head coach Tom O'Brien announced today.  The class includes players at every position on offense and defense.

    "Our staff is very excited about the signing class of 2012," said O'Brien, who has led the Wolfpack to the third-best record in the ACC over the past two seasons. "We went into this recruiting year with the intention of adding talent at every position, on both sides of the ball.  We are at the point now where we are signing to build a team, not rebuild a position, and we are adding quality depth."

    The class includes six defensive linemen, three linebackers, four defensive backs, four offensive linemen, two wide receivers, one tight end, one running back and two quarterbacks.

    "It's a long, tall, very athletic class," O'Brien continued.  "Many of these young men were team captains and team leaders, which means they are the type of selfless players who will come in here with a goal of winning a championship.  Seven of the signees attended our camp, so we have really had a chance to get to know them and their character."

    The majority of the class hails from State's traditional recruiting footprint, with eight signees from North Carolina high schools, six from Georgia and others from South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

    NC State will open spring practice on March 23 and will conclude on April 21 with the annual Kay Yow Spring Game at 1 p.m.

    Here is NC State's 2012 signing class:

    Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Last School Time Signed
    Deylan Buntyn DT 6-4 330 Havelock, N.C. New Mexico Military Institute Enrolled
    Bryce Kennedy OL 6-4 285 Southern Pines, N.C. Pinecrest HS Enrolled
    Quincy McKinney OL 6-4 300 Columbus, Ga. Fork Union Military Academy Enrolled
    Manny Stocker QB 6-3 200 Coatesville, Pa. Coatesville Area HS Enrolled
    Pete Thomas QB 6-5 225 El Cajon, Calif. Colorado State Transfer
    Josh Sessoms DB 6-3 185 Bailey, N.C. Southern Nash HS 7:10
    Xavier Griffin WR 6-3 185 Newark, Del. Newark HS 7:41
    David Grinnage TE 6-5 230 Newark, Del. Newark HS 7:42
    Joe Wright DE 6-7 235 Greenville, N.C. Rose HS 7:51
    Desmond Owino DE 6-5 235 Nairobi, Kenya Sanderson HS 7:55
    Marchez Coates DB 5-11 172 Pomfret, Md. McDonough HS 8:10
    Drew Davis LB 6-3 230 Raleigh, N.C. Broughton HS 8:10
    Niles Clark DB 5-10 173 Marietta, Ga. Lassiter HS 8:15
    Charlie Hegedus WR 6-2 195 Marietta, Ga. Lassiter HS 8:28
    k'Hadree Hooker DT 6-2 285 Deep Run, N.C. South Lenoir HS 8:05
    Shadrach Thornton RB 6-1 200 Hinesville, Ga. Liberty County HS 9:00
    Eddie Gordan OL 6-2 305 Boiling Springs, S.C. Boiling Springs HS 8:46
    M.J. Salahuddin LB 6-2 192 Fayetteville, N.C. Jack Britt HS 7:30
    John Tu'uta OL 6-2 325 Fredericksburg, Va. Fork Union Military Academy 8:15
    Tyler Knox DE 6-4 225 Myrtle Beach, S.C. Myrtle Beach HS 10:04
    J.J. Jones DB 6-4 205 Lithonia, Ga. Martin Luther King HS 9:30
    Robert Caldwell LB 6-3 235 Twentynine Palms, Calif. College of the Desert 10:50
    Kenderius Whitehead DE 6-4 220 Lithonia, Ga. Martin Luther King HS 8:58



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