Class of 2012 shooting guard Torian Graham committed to North Carolina State Monday giving new head coach Mark Gottfried his first junior commit with the Wolfpack. However, not only did Graham (a Durham native) choose NC State over Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina, but this looks like it may begin to be a trend as Gottfried is looking to competitively recruit in the state of North Carolina.
Graham will be joining North Carolina native point guard Tyler Lewis in the Wolfpack’s class of 2012 and Gottfried is looking to add shooting guard Rodney Purvis (#7) and small forward T.J. Warren as well. Purvis is a Raleigh native and Warren is from Durham. Graham has already begun recruiting Purvis to join him via Twitter and you can expect that he’ll recruit Warren too since they are teammates.
So is this a sign of things to come? Will Gottfried overtake Coach K and Roy Williams in in-state recruiting? I doubt it, but it certainly looks as though North Carolina State will be a major player in the future in the recruitment of North Carolina prospects.