Doeren looks for speed, depth in first recruiting class
Posted February 7, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — As he watched North Carolina State's bowl practices in December, new head football coach Dave Doeren said he immediately noticed a lack of depth at offensive skill positions – an issue that would hinder his staff's ability to install his no-huddle offense.
When Doeren and his newly-assembled staff inked their first recruiting class on Wednesday, they certainly addressed that issue from a numbers standpoint, adding six wide receivers and three running backs to the fold.
"Our offensive system requires us to have a lot of speed at the wide receiver position," Doeren told Mike Maniscalco and Mark Thomas Thursday morning on 620 AM The Buzz. "We have good players coming back, but when you run a no-huddle offense you are going to run 20 to 25 more plays per game. You need more depth."
In total, the Wolfpack signed 25 players Wednesday, including nine from North Carolina and eight from Florida. Like his Tobacco Road foes David Cutcliffe and Larry Fedora, Doeren said Thursday that his staff will always hit the ground hard in North Carolina.
"It's always important, you want to build with your in-state kids," he said. "In the class we just put together, it's not something that is your main focus. We were in a short window of time and there weren't a lot of guys out there that want to look around. You have to go national in that scenario."
Despite the tight time table, Doeren said he did notice a difference recruiting in North Carolina as opposed to Illinois – especially in talent-rich Florida.
"When I got this job, it was easy to make a phone call and say, 'Hey, you remember me?" he said. "Some of those kids from Florida didn't want to go to the Midwest. Suddenly when I was in the south, it made it easy because I had built some of those relationship."
Before the majority of the players signed Wednesday arrive in Raleigh, Doeren and Co. will spend the rest of the winter and spring prepping returning players for a new era.
"We want to put these guys in the toughest physical and mental positions we can as much as we're allowed to," Doeren said. "When they get in the heat of battle, they will be ready. I know what these guys need to do to run our systems, and they aren't there yet, so these next four weeks are pretty important for us."