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Friday, January 8, 2010
NC State's roster grows

By staff

NC State will add four players to its roster when classes begin next week -- two who originally signed with the Pack in 2009 and two transfers. They'll be available for spring practices. Here's a quick bio on each of them, thanks to NC State's sports information department:

Senior defensive end David Akinniyi (6-4, 250) of Rocklin, Calif., / Rocklin HS, / Northeastern University

Three-year starter at defensive end and linebacker for coach Rocky Hager at Northeastern University, which announced in November that it was discontinuing its football program. Akinniyi has one year of eligibility remaining. Freshman defensive end A.J. Ferguson (6-3, 250) of Southport, N.C., / South Brunswick HS

He originally signed with the Pack in 2009 and spent last season at Fork Union Military Academy. Ferguson was named to the USA Football Junior National squad that represented the United State in the first IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 200. Junior offensive lineman Mikel Overgaard (6-6, 280) of Weiser, Idaho / Weiser HS / Snow College

Overgaard transferred to NC State from Snow College in Utah, where he started at left tackle for coach Steve Coburn. He earned all-conference honors in 2009 and posted a 3.8 GPA. He originally enrolled at Washington State in 2007, where he walked on and redshirted at tight end.

Freshman defensive tackle Deion Roberson (6-3, 275) of Tucker, Ga., / Tucker HS

Roberson originally signed with the Wolfpack in 2009, but spent the past season rehabbing. He was named a top-five defensive lineman at the U.S. Army All-American combine, but missed his entire senior season (2008) after severely dislocating his ankle on the second play of the season.