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It’s almost been a year since 3-star 2016 Offensive Guard Harrison Gee (6’3″/276) committed to play college football at NC State (July 25th, 2014). After having nearly a year to mull over the decision that he made, even though he had shown some interest in Wake Forest & Clemson, in his mind there really was no competition.

“When they called and offered me in February, it really was a dream come true,” Gee said. “I really knew right then. I knew all along that State was where my heart was. It’s where I wanted to be. When it came to the total experience of facilities, coaches and players…it wasn’t even close.”

Gee, who plays for Walter M Williams High School in Burlington, North Carolina, grew up an NC State fan and dreamt of playing in Carter-Finley Stadium.

“I’ve been a fan of NC State my entire life. I’ve been going to games since as early as I can remember,” Gee said. “I remember playing out in the front yard as a kid, pretending it was Carter-Finley Stadium, and at it was the big game.”

Some players think there is more pressure on them if they commit early, whether that is in the form of expectations from coaches and teammates, or the intensity in which your opponents play against you. Then you have players like Gee, who see the other side of the coin.

“For me all the pressure came off after I committed. It was a relief,” said Gee. “I could just go out there and have fun with my teammates and play football.”

While Gee set numerous goals this offseason in the weight room, he says he has hit those, and the most important thing he is working on is his leadership.

“My main goal is to become closer to my teammates and to become a more of a vocal leader,” said Gee. “I’ve primarily been a lead-by-example guy, but as a Senior this year, I want and need to grow as a vocal leader.”

Coaches are the ones that get the credit for recruiting players, but the invisible recruiters are the committed players. As a committed player, Gee sees recruiting as being a part of his responsibility.

“At all of the camps, you rub shoulders with all of the best talent in the state. You talk about what you want and the possibilities of playing together,” Gee said. “Between the 7 of us at this point, I doubt there is a player in the state that we haven’t pitched playing with us at NC State. It’s our job.”

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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3-Star Wide Receiver Terrell Anderson Includes NC State in Top 10

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4-Star 2024 Wide Receiver Terrell Anderson (6’3″/184) revealed his Top-1o schools today, and NC State made the cut alongside Penn State, UNC, Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Michigan and UCF.

ON3 and 247Sports both rank Anderson as the #12 overall player in the state of North Carolina in 2024. Anderson had 64 receptions for 1,254 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for Grimsley High School in Greensboro. He is teammates with 4-Star Wide Receiver Alex Taylor, who recently included NC State in his Top-7.

NC State offered Anderson last October.

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247Sports ranks Taylor as the #132 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

Taylor plays for Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He had 65 receptions for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Whirlies this year.

NC State offered Taylor on December 8th, 2021.

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247Sports ranks the Pack’s 18-man class 37th, and Rivals ranks it 36th.

These rankings don’t include the 6 collegiate transfers that will also be suiting up for the Wolfpack in the Fall.

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NC State just picked up a huge commitment from 4-Star JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (6’0″/190).

 

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Fitzgerald took his Official Visit to NC State on the weekend of the 13th. From my source close to the program, Fitzgerald verbally committed (not made public), but then he ended up taking an Official Visit to Arizona State this past weekend, making things murky. Even as of today, from my understanding, the Wolfpack wasn’t super optimistic, but here we are.

Both ON3 and ESPN rank Fitzgerald as the #1 Junior College Safety Prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, and ON3 ranks him as a 4-star prospect. ESPN ranks him as the #10 overall JUCO prospect in 2023, and ON3 ranks him 13th.

This year, Fitzgerald had 46 tackles, 6 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 3 TDs, and 2 forced fumbles for Coffeyville Community College. He earned 1st Team Junior College All-American honors this year. Fitzgerald is originally from Dale City, Virginia.

Fitzgerald has 2 years of eligibility left, but he told me that it could be three, because his 2021 season was cut short due to Covid.

NC State already has landed one of the best JUCO players in the 2023 class in Defensive End Jykeveous Hibbler, who ESPN ranks as the #3 overall JUCO player in the 2023 class.

Fitzgerald is the Wolfpack’s 18th member of their 2023 recruiting class, and that doesn’t include the 6 transfers that they’ve added as well.

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