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Signings bring area coaches high hopes for future

Posted February 6, 2013

Wednesday is the first day high school football players can sign their letter of intent and a lot of work from players and coaches goes into making this day.

Piecing together an incoming class puzzle is typically a year-long process. So, with only a fraction of the time, one can only imagine how many of NC State first year coach Dave Doeren's daytime minutes were spent on the phone playing catchup.

"It was tough because it was all by phone for awhile, because of the dead period going on," said Doeren. "I was able to get out a few days before the dead period started. So, we look forward to selling it for 12 months, instead of six weeks."

The result, a very respectable class of 25, mostly three-star recruits, including nine in-state prep standouts who put pen to paper.

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"At the end of the day, I want to coach guys who want to be at State," said Doeren. "Who believe in me, believe in our coaches, believe in this university and our vision, and that's what we ended up with."

And while the "snowflake" rankings may not blow anyway, Coach Doeren wants player development to be just as much of a point of pride as recruiting. Taking some of these three-star signees and transforming them into 5-star athletes by the time they graduate.

In Chapel Hill the biggest question is who is going to replace star running back Gio Bernard. Larry Fedora hopes he has the answer in the 2013 signing class with T.J. Logan, a running back from Northern Guilford High School, who is the star of the Heels recruiting class. In the NCHSAA State Championship game alone, Logan had over 500 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

“We considered him to be the best player in the state of North Carolina. We’re just really excited about him," said Fedora. "One thing about that kid, from the day he committed he was solid as a rock even though every school in the country was in there trying to jump all over him."

As it Fedora’s first full year he’s had to put together a recruiting class, he has high hopes for the players who signed.

"I think this group is going to be the basis for multiple championships here at North Carolina,” said Fedora.

Not everything went the way the Tar Heel coaching staff wanted Wednesday, one of Fedora’s earliest commitments Korrin Wiggins out of Hillside High School ended up signing with Clemson.

Down the road, the Blue Devils bring in a 20-man class described as playmakers by head coach David Cutcliffe. And the Blue Devils first bowl appearance in 17 years certainly helped recruiting.

“I think what it did is we were able to get some kids that we might not have gotten otherwise, and I thought that it helped us finish this class off and I’m happy we waited and had room for some of them in the end,” said Cutcliffe.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 7, 7:30 a.m.

    Gio is almost impossible to replace, but TJ Logan seems like he can make an immediate impact. It's tough to predict how the players will turn out. Ryan Kalil is a stud playing for the Panthers, and he was a three-star recruit back in the day.

    Liked seeing Coach Cut put on the Duke helmet at the presser. Good stuff.

  • uncsuckz Feb 6, 10:31 p.m.

    I recall Mike Brown (Tahilili) at Duke from Texas was no more than a 2 star recruit because he was a 5-9 linebacker. He was a BEAST and should have made 1st team all ACC his senior year. He is just one of many who grow in to stardom rather than come in with stardom. Ego can be a terrible thing.

  • Hokies94 Feb 6, 8:40 p.m.

    ^^^ I agree with both Freedomisnotfree and Iron Fist. When you come into a situation late, you sign what you can. I will say 3's can turn out to be great players with coaching and desire. However, the top schools are getting the top 4-5 stars, with a few 3's sprinkled around each year. TOB had wins with 3 stars over the haul. I want VT to get a few 3's, and more 4's, and just a tad 5's. We have 3 new coaches for the new season, and our OC was re-assigned. It will certainly help VT.

  • swray001 Feb 6, 8:36 p.m.

    Toby, as you want to call him, did pretty well against your heels. Five to one, with so called 3 Star recruits.

  • iron fist Feb 6, 7:34 p.m.

    Taking 3 star players and turning them into a 5 star players sounds a little too much like TOBY... View More

    — Posted by Freedomisnotfree

    5 star players sometimes play like a 2 or 3 star. You never know exactly what you get until they get on campus and start pratice. The 3 star players may surprise the fans and coaches. Just give them time to prove themselves. Looking forward to a good year for the Heels.

  • Freedomisnotfree Feb 6, 7:22 p.m.

    Taking 3 star players and turning them into a 5 star players sounds a little too much like TOBY to suit me.

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