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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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Dave Doeren Led the Hurricanes to a Game 1 Victory Over Devils

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NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a Game 1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the 2nd Round of the playoffs. Doeren was ferocious in sounding the siren.

The Canes demolished the Devils 5-1 last night. Go Canes!

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Which NC State Players Signed with NFL Teams as Undrafted Free Agents?

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Chandler Zavala was the only player from NC State that was drafted this past weekend in the 2023 NFL Draft. So which Wolfpack players signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents?

NC State has quite a few players playing in the NFL that went undrafted: Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill, Running Back Zonovan Knight, and Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers.

The Chargers organization must have liked what was going on in Raleigh, signing 3 Wolfpack players as undrafted free agents.

The Bolts signed Safety Tanner Ingle.

Also heading to Los Angeles is Defensive Back Tyler Baker-Williams.

Los Angeles might have found their kicker of the future in Christopher Dunn.

Linebacker Isaiah Moore has signed with the reigning Super Bowl Champs in Kansas City.

Moore is joining former Wolfpacker Joe Thuney in KC.

Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Thomas is joining former Wolfpacker Garrett Bradbury in Minnesota.

Thayer’s brother, Linebacker Drake Thomas signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Thomas joins former Wolfpacker’s Jakobi Meyers (WR) and A.J. Cole (P).

Cornerback Derrek Pitts has signed with Tampa Bay.

Defensive Tackle Cory Durden has signed with the Detroit Lions.

Durden joins former Wolfpacker Alim McNeil, who also plays Defensive Tackle.

Finally, Punter Shane McDonough is a rookie mini-camp invitee.

 

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Chandler Zavala was NC State’s Lone Draft Pick in 2023

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Surprisingly, NC State only had one player taken in the 2023 NFL Draft. Unsurprisingly, Offensive Lineman Chandler Zavala was that singular player.

The Carolina Panthers drafted Zavala in the 4th round with the 114th overall pick.

This marks the second year in a row that the Panthers have selected an offensive linemen from NC State, drafting Ikem Ekwonu with the 6th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Zavala and Ekwonu played beside one another in Raleigh on the left side, and there’s a chance that they will eventually do the same thing on Sunday’s for Carolina.

Zavala is coming off of a season where he earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, and didn’t give up a single sack.

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NC State’s Demie Sumo-Karngbaye Enters Transfer Portal

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NC State Running Back Demie Sumo-Karngbaye has officially entered the Transfer Portal. As a Redshirt Freshman this past season, he rushed for 305 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. Sumo-Karngbaye also had 12 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Demie was electric to start the season, but battled injuries all season long. In conference play, he was limited, only rushing the ball 16 times for 53 yards (3.3 yards per carry) with 0 touchdowns.

There’s no denying that the Wolfpack Running Back room is crowded. From the beginning of the season, Sumo-Karngbaye shared carries with Jordan Houston, who is once again returning this season. After Sumo-Karngbaye continued to miss action due to injuries, True Freshman Michael Allen stepped in and proved to be more than ready for the spotlight, averaging 5.1 yards per carry (53 carries), with most of those carries coming against ACC opponents. Not to mention the fact that True Freshman Kendrick Raphael will look to make an instant impact this Fall.

With all of this being said, I don’t get this move. At the end of the day, every young man has to make the decision they think is best, but Sumo-Karngbaye had every reason to to expect significant playing time in 2023, as long as he could prove to stay healthy.

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