Is ACC Sleeper Team a True Player in Race for 5-Star DE Kentavious Street?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 23, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Kentavius Street is a 5-star defensive end and is one of the better defensive recruits in the country, so he basically has his pick of schools when it comes to the recruiting process.

It should come as somewhat of a surprise then that N.C. State appears to be a major option for the talented strong-side defensive end.

It becomes less surprising when you realize that he's from Greenville, N.C. That doesn't change the fact that N.C. State should be considered an underdog when going up against the likes of Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Ole Miss, Louisville and other big-time programs that have attempted to recruit Street.

In this case, "underdog" would be the improper term because Street just recently visited N.C. State, according to Ryan Tice of, and came away with rave reviews:

"It was crazy," Street remembered. "It surprised me how all the alumni came back, it really shows a lot about the program and how good they treat the players there. I really don't have any words for it, it was just amazing.

"I was always considering them, but it definitely moved them up my list."

The visit was so good in fact that the whole tone of his recruitment has been changed, per Tice:

The visit has forced Street to re-think everything about his favorite schools. He was asked if he had a top group and had an interesting reply. 

"At the moment, no," he said. "After having that visit, it shook up my whole recruiting plan."

When asked if that was a good thing for NC State he said, "yes," and continued by talking about how close he feels with the coaches recruiting him for the Pack, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ryan Nielsen and running backs coach Des Kitchings, the lone holdover on the staff who has a long-time relationship with the defensive star.

N.C. State should not be considered the underdog in the race for Street. If anything, the Wolfpack have just become the major sleeper for his commitment.

Raleigh, N.C. is just under an hour and a half away from Greenville, so Street could stay rather close to home if he were to pick the Wolfpack. He'd also arguably be their marquee recruit, considering he's the No. 3 strong-side defensive end in the 2014 class (247Sports Composite) and you can tell that the staff is focused on pulling out all the stops to get his recruitment. Tice's report highlighted events, such as Street being able to try on a N.C. State jersey and helmet.  They also let him stand in the middle of the field while they turned on the lights, which Street described as "breathtaking."

Per Tice, Street has recently visited Duke, Virginia Tech and East Carolina, with trips to Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech planned in the future. Ole Miss and Louisville may get visits and Alabama could see Street at camp (Tice). 

For what it's worth, 247Sports has Georgia as the leader on its interest list, followed by Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Alabama.

If N.C. State were to out-recruit the field it would go down as a massive recruiting win and upset, but to act like it can't happen would be naive on my part.

Street obviously really likes N.C. State and it is well deserving of the sleeper tag. In fact, the Wolfpack should be considered a legitimate contender in this recruiting race.

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