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NC State head coach sticks to the plan

9/10/2012

Mark Gottfried surprised college basketball aficionados with last season’s trip to the Sweet 16 and subsequent elite recruiting class in his first year at NC State.

On Monday, he didn’t surprise anyone with his recruiting tactic.

On the first school day of every fall open period, Gottfried can be found on the high school campuses of the top underclassmen in his state. At Alabama, Gottfried set up shop to be seen by the likes of Richard Hendrix and Andrew Steele. Last fall, he made sure Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte) and Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, N.C./Findlay Prep) saw him on opening day.

Gottfried’s made it his business to be front and center, not with the seniors in the state, but with the younger players on the first day of the period. It’s a savvy tactic. Long ago he committed to using this day for the purposes of sending a message to the next wave of recruits. I’m a sucker for a good plan, and you tip your cap to Gottfried’s stick-to-itiveness and commitment to the underclassmen operation.

On Monday, the head coach found himself in the vicinity of ESPN 60 small forward Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian). Gottfried was also able to get face time with guard JaQuel Richmond (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian), a recruitable teammate of Pinson’s.

As important as Pinson is to his future plans, twins Caleb Martin and Cody Martin (Mocksville, N.C./Davie County) are equally in demand. The Pack head coach checked in on them as well and it wasn’t his first time at their school.