Friday Night Lights: Wolfpack Recruits


For some, the idea of playing football beyond the high school gridiron is a pipedream.  For others, it begins in earnest around the country in less than a week.  Football Friday nights are back!

Throughout the season I will provide weekly information and updates on some of the newest football players to join the Wolfpack family.  See whose stock has gone up and who has struggled.  These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to demean or belittle any newcomer.

We are all excited about the prospects and greatly anticipate the day when with the proper tutelage from Coach Doeren and his staff these youngsters will blossom.

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Several to be featured in the coming weeks are:

  •  6’2″ quarterback Austin King from Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, Georgia.  This 190 lb. dual-threat QB threw for over 2000 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.  According to the  Austin chose the Wolfpack over multiple schools including West Virginia, Southern Miss and South Florida to name a few.  The video below from illustrates the promise this young man has.  It appears his is already familiar with a spread type offense and this is no doubt what made him attractive to the Pack.

  • 6’2″ 328 lb. defensive tackle Quentez Johnson from Ellenwood, Georgia should add needed bulk on the defensive front.  This youngster decommitted from Miami in early 2014 and spurned the likes of Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan St., Louisville and Florida State to play for the Wolfpack.  The video below from illustrates why Johnson received over 20 scholarship offers.

  • 6’4″ 220 athlete Malik Douglas from Southport, North Carolina has the raw talent to be something special.  According to Eric Detweiler of StarNews Online, last year Douglas wreaked havoc on a winless team.  Douglas racked up “71 tackles with 16 sacks, five forced fumbles, three batted passes and a blocked punt. He was a unanimous All-Mideastern Conference selection.”  These are lofty numbers that any defensive player would love to have regardless of the record.  My guess is that Douglas’ stats should have been even harder to come by on a winless squad simply because the opponent could run plays away from him.  Can’t wait to watch you develop Mr. Douglas.

Stay tuned.