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WRAL: Leak Continues Contact with Players

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WRAL has been investigating NC State’s on-going saga with former WR Eric Leak (who has been accused of giving players illegal benefits) and have found out that he is still up to his old antics.

As we reported a few weeks ago, NC State has kicked Leak off NC State property and then filed a ‘no trespassing’ order for him and his wife after their car was ticketed while parked on campus.

WRAL has dug pretty deep on this and has really exposed a lot of what Leak is doing. Here are some excerpts…

Leak also has a business relationship with Leslie, Amerson and other former Wolfpack players through a sports management company called Hot Shot Sports.

Leak said he has eight players under contract, none of them from NC State. He said Hot Shot Sports is more of a hobby and love than a business.

Registered to his wife Emily, but run by Leak, Hot Shot Sports promoted autograph signings for charity earlier this year. There are also dedicated web pages that tag the individual players as “Hot Shot” athletes. WRAL found those same references on the website for Atlas Sports Agency, which represents Amerson.

Atlas owner J.T. Johnson, based in Gadsden, Ala., said Hot Shot provides some day-to-day services for players, like house hunting and bill paying.

Johnson told WRAL that Leak played no role in steering Amerson to the agency.

Leak said he serves as a mentor to Amerson and other pros, often dealing with teams, agents and day-to-day player needs. He argued that he has no business relationship with Amerson or Leslie. “I have not made a dime on them,” he said.

Johnson’s take is different. He said Amerson and others pay Leak for the services.

 

and then this…

 

According to an October 2013 tax record in Wake County, Leslie, who was cut by the New York Knicks of the NBA just last week, co-owns a newly purchased Land Rover with Leak.

Tax records show the Leaks own about $500,000 in cars, including a $131,000 Maserati, a Porsche and a Jaguar.

Leak also has car connections with Amerson. He admitted he loaned Amerson, who was still enrolled as a student at NC State at the time, a brand-new Porsche Cayenne.

Amerson was stopped for speeding in that same car on Jan. 3, just three days after the Wolfpack’s bowl game – and before any public report of Amerson declaring for the NFL Draft.

“You have to be careful with the choices you make, because you don’t want to jeopardize your career,” now-Washington Redskins cornerback Amerson said before the start of the season.

Asked about Leak, Amerson described him as “a good guy and has good intentions. Definitely just an all-around good person.”

Guilford County tax records reveal Leak and Amerson now co-own a Land Rover and a Porsche – each purchased in June. Amerson, who signed a four-year, $3.85 million deal with the Redskins in May, has even posted a video online of himself with a Porsche.

Currently NC State seems to be doing everything they can to make sure it’s known that they are trying to stop this at all cost, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worried.

“Most of the time, if it looks suspicious, there’s a smell test,” said WRAL writer Carlton Tudor said. “If it doesn’t smell exactly right, it’s enough to get the school worried. And in this case, NC State is worried.”

 

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NC State Football has Proven the Preseason Rankings Wrong More Than Almost Any Other Team Since 2010

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According to College Football Report, NC State is tied for the 2nd Most Ranked Finishes after beginning the season Unranked in the Preseason AP Poll since 2010.

CFB Teams With The Most Ranked Finishes After Being Unranked Preseason (Since 2010)

Northwestern – 5
NC State – 4
Oklahoma State – 4
Michigan State – 4
Mississippi State – 4
Baylor – 4
TCU – 3
Texas A&M – 3
Utah – 3
Boise State – 3
Memphis – 3
UCF – 3
Cincinnati – 3
Houston – 3

An interesting tidbit regarding this stat: NC State has finished the season ranked in the Final AP Top-25 4 times since 2010. On all 4 occasions, the Wolfpack was unranked to start the season.

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NC State Football is Tied for the 14th Most Finishes in the CFP Top-25

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According to College Football Report, NC State is tied for 14th most Top-25 finishes in the Final College Football Playoff Rankings with 5.

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NC State has finished in the Top-25 of the CFP Poll the past 4 years consecutively, as well as 2017.

2023: 18th
2022: 23rd
2021: 18th
2020: 23rd
2017: 24th

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CBS Sports Predicts Each ACC Football Teams Final Record for 2024

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Grant Hughes over at CBS Sports released his predictions for the Final Records of each ACC team for the 2024 Football season.

The Wolfpack are predicted to go 10-2, with a 7-1 record in the ACC.

What are your thoughts on Hughes’ predictions?

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Phil Steele Includes 2 NC State Players on His 2024 Preseason All-American Teams

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Phil Steele has released his 2024 Preseason All-ACC Teams, and 9 NC State players were represented. He also released his 2024 Preseason All-American Teams, and two Wolfpack players were honored: Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion & Senior Cornerback Aydan White.

Concepcion was named to the 3rd Team. He is coming off one of the best Freshman seasons in school history. Concepcion was named ACC Rookie of the Year, and earned Freshman All-American status from numerous publications. He finished the year with 71 receptions for 839 and 10 Touchdowns. The 71 receptions & 10 Touchdowns were new Freshman records at NC State, and the receiving yards rank 2nd. Overall, regardless of class, the 71 receptions rank 6th in school history in a single season, and the 10 TD’s rank 5th.

White was named to the 4th team. He hasn’t given up a touchdown in coverage over the past two seasons. Last season, White earned 3rd Team All-ACC status, and ranked 5th in the conference in passes defended. In 2022, White was 1st Team All-ACC, ranking 2nd in the ACC in interceptions (4).

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