Signing Day: NC State Football Ranks 32 Nationally
Today is the day that the fax machine becomes relevant once more, as players pledge their alliance for the next 4 years to the program of their choice. NC State Football has hit the recruiting trails hard as they have looked to keep top local talent from leaving the state. Headlining the class are a couple of big time recruits from North Carolina. Johnny Frasier a running back who was originally committed to FSU is the highest rated prospect of the incoming class according to ESPN. Frasier brings outstanding size at 5-10 227 pounds to the running back position, he also has great vision and burst to compliment his size. In his high school career Johnny gained over 7,100 yards while maintaining a 10.3 yards per carry average. The running back position will continue to be a strength for the Pack for years to come.
Joining Frasier are 24 other recruits to finish up the 2015 class. Other top recruits include Nyheim Hines out of Garner. In his senior season alone he rushed for over 3,000 yards and added 50 touchdowns. Standing at 5-9 185 pounds Hines is like lightning on the field running a sub 4.4 40. There is lots of talk that State will use Hines in the slot as a receiver and a specialist on the jet sweep. His speed is a game changing factor and has to have Coach Doeren excited about the possibilities he will bring to the offense.
On the defensive side of the ball the Pack signed Darian Roseboro DT out of Lincoln, NC. The 6-4 285 pound tackle will be a great addition up front and will get a head start on the other freshmen as he is already enrolled in school. This will pay huge dividends for Roseboro as he will have access to spring workouts and extra time to become acclimated to coaches as well as classes. Even more impressive is that State was able to land this trio despite all three having suitors in the SEC, most notably Alabama and Auburn.
Overall Coach Doeren and his staff did an excellent job of improving the talent level on this team. His staff also did a great job of keeping the best talent in the state. I cannot express how important it is to win the local recruiting battle against other top collegiate programs. North Carolina has produced high quality players for a long time, but all too often we have allowed these recruits to be picked off by the SEC. Just look at Georgia as they were able to have Todd Gurley for the past 3 years. Gurley was a standout at Tarboro High yet chose to play for the Bull Dogs.
Look for the Wolfpack to make great improvements this season and build off of the momentum of the big wins over UNC and Central Florida. It’s early for predictions but I see no reason why this team can not improve upon last season. The biggest questions lie with the offensive line as they lost a a couple of starters due to graduation. It will be important that guys step up early up and accept new roles as spring practice is a few weeks away.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? Who are you most excited about in the recruiting class?
PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star DB Asaad Brown Breaks Down Commitment to NC State
4-Star 2024 Cornerback Asaad Brown verbally committed to NC State back on March 22nd. I caught up with Brown, and got his take on why he decided to run with the Wolfpack.
They’ve been extremely consistent in letting me know I’m a priority. We’ve built a relationship for a few years. I feel extremely comfortable with their plans for me.
The position I’m coming in for allows me to be versatile and allows me to make plays in a variety ways.
I just need to continuously work on my craft and stay ready so I don’t have to get ready. My main goal is to come in and be able to contribute as a true freshman.
My connection is great [with the NC State coaches]. I feel like we are family. Everyone brings good energy and vibes when I’m around. North Carolina is my home state, so it just all makes sense. It just feels right.
PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star QB Cedrick Bailey Talks Commitment to NC State
On March 13th, NC State picked up a verbal commitment from 4-Star 2024 Quarterback Cedrick Bailey. I caught up with Bailey, and got his take on why he committed to run with the Wolfpack.
NC State recruited me well and I loved that. What made me choose NC State was the coaches, the offensive system. Taking that visit sealed the deal. NC State is everything I was looking for. It was great up there.
The main thing that intrigues me in this NC State offense is that they air the ball out and they scheme so well. When I was watching their practice, I saw so many great things in their offense, and I can see myself being comfortable in their offense.
The main thing I need to work on and focus on this season is being more consistent. One bad thing I do, is that when we are winning, I tend to relax and kinda take my foot off the gas and that messes my mechanics up. My main goal for my Senior season is to win one last state championship with my guys.
The guys I’m recruiting to come with me to NC State are Jayden Scott, Jonathan Paylor, William Sanders, Jordan Shipp, Channing Goodwin, Alex Taylor, Terrell Anderson, Keenan Jackson, and Jameer Grimsley
The coaches and players built a great connection with me since they recruited me, and when I took the visit there, the players loved me. They made me feel welcomed and the coaches are willing to take care of me like I’m their own child, so I’m happy that there’s someone to take care of me as I leave home.
Bailey chose NC State over offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Florida State, Texas A&M and others.
He plays for Chaminade Madonna in Hollywood, Florida. Bailey’s stats last season were video game level. He threw for 3,355 yards, completing 70.2%. Bailey threw 45 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions.
4-Star Cornerback Asaad Brown Commits to NC State!
NC State picked up a massive verbal commitment today, landing 4-Star 2024 Cornerback Asaad Brown (6’0″/175).
It’s been a long and tough journey. I’ve encountered many obstacles on and off the field. I’ve been doubted, taken for granted , and abandoned when it mattered the most . Through the love and strength of God, my family , friends and coaches, I’ve overcame all adversity and stayed… pic.twitter.com/iifGJRbQuc
— Asaad “BJ” Brown II (@AsaadJr) March 22, 2023
Rivals ranks Brown as the #241 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of Virginia.
Brown chose to run with the Wolfpack over offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan St, Ole Miss, Mississippi St, UNC, Penn St, Pitt, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others.
NC State offered Brown back on June 21, 2021.
Brown is the 3rd member of the Wolfpack’s 2024 recruiting class, joining 4-Star Quarterback Cedrick Bailey and 3-Star Linebacker Cannon Lewis.
NC State Makes Top-7 for 3-Star RB Jayden Scott
3-Star 2024 Running Back Jayden Scott released his Top-7 schools yesterday, and NC State made the cut along with Wake Forest, Duke, Rutgers, Northwestern, South Carolina and Louisville.
TOP 7@JeremyO_Johnson @ChadSimmons_ @adamgorney @Mansell247 @SWiltfong247 @StockbridgeFoo2 pic.twitter.com/hLtEF2Thai
— Jayden “Duke” Scott (@Dukescott34) March 13, 2023
He took an unofficial visit to NC State earlier this month, and was offered by the Wolfpack in January.
Scott only played in 5 games last season for Stockbridge (Stockbridge, Georgia), due to a broken fibula, but he had 542 yards rushing (8.5 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns in 5 games.
Last Spring Scott finished 3rd in the state of Georgia in the 100m, running a 10.88.
You have to be excited about the recruits and the fact we are keeping top talent in the state. Tom O’Brien was a great coach and a good guy but this is where he was truly lacking his recruiting classes we always weak. He and his staff always did a great job of coaching up talent but you can’t always make two star kids into four or five star college players. The key will be if coach D can continue this success. If he does then we may be in the verge of seeing something really special in Raleigh.