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Monday, January 7, 2013
NC State adds two early enrollees

By Andrea Adelson

NC State coach Dave Doeren announced the addition of two early enrollees Monday: offensive lineman Cole Blankenship and wide receiver Bra’Lon Cherry.

Both players graduated from high school early and began classes at NC State for the 2013 spring semester.

Blankenship, 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, played center, guard and tackle at Davie County High, although he missed half of his senior season after breaking bones in his foot. He was named to the Associated Press all-state first-team as a junior and played in the 2012 Shrine Bowl.

Cherry, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, played receiver and defensive back at New Bern High, where he earned all-state honors on defense from NCPreps.com. As a senior, he had 39 catches for 795 yards and nine touchdowns, while also recording 46 tackles, 24 pass breakups and four interceptions, returning two for a score. He returned two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns while helping lead his team to the 4A state championship and a 15-0 record.

Also Monday, Doeren announced he has hired Bill Nayes as director of football operations and Joe McKillip as assistant director of football operations.

Nayes spent the last four years with the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as special assistant to the head coach. McKillip spent the last two season with Doeren at Northern Illinois. Before that, he worked with Doeren at Wisconsin.