Mark Gottfried capitalizing on local talent 

November, 2, 2011
Mark Gottfried took over the NC State program with a clear mandate: establish an identity for the Wolfpack. During his tenure at Alabama, he was the kind of recruiter who worked inside/out. The Crimson Tide positioned themselves well with the top talent in their state and then filled in the gaps accordingly. Gottfried adopted the same plan in Raleigh and so far it’s working better than expected.

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AP Photo/Gerry BroomeNC State's Mark Gottfried is among the ACC's energetic new coaches.
On Wednesday, T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) committed to Gottfried’s Pack after considering Georgetown. Warren’s pledge gives the Pack their third ESPNU 100 recruit. This is more important regarding to the Pack’s long term standing in its own backyard because Warren is the third North Carolinian in the 2012 class to pledge allegiance.

By contrast, former Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe only signed one ESPNU 100 in-state prospect during his five-year run. Ryan Harrow graduated from a Georgia high school but has roots in North Carolina so a case could be made that Lowe landed three. Comparatively speaking, Gottfried will sign three highly-regarded in-staters next week -- ESPNU 100 PG Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C./Oak Hill), ESPNU 100 SG Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room) and Warren -- but he’s not finished. Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central) is scheduled to visit NC State this weekend.