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Yesterday Offensive Guard Ashton Julious of Lackawanna Junior College made his first college visit to NC State yesterday.  We were able to speak with him this morning about his visit.

“It was pretty good. The showed me around and I really like everything.  The coaches were real cool,” said Julius. “I got to sit in a meeting.  They let me take some pictures and try on some jerseys.  It was really cool experience.”

The coaching staff pitched playing time and closeness to home as incentives for deciding to run with the Pack.

“The told me that there is a good chance of me coming in and playing right away,” said Julious. “They talked about how close to home it would be for me (Florence, SC), and how all of my family would be able to come to all of my games.”

When asked about the type of program he wanted to join, it was important to him that he wouldn’t just be another number.

“I’m just really looking for a good environment, that is a really supportive program.  One where I get all the help I need in case football doesn’t work out,” said Julious.  “I don’t just want to be a player on the football team, but a person that the coaches and players care about.”

Even though NC State was the first school that he visited, he said that he would be getting in the car tomorrow to head to Baylor for a visit, and was confident he would visit many others over the summer, but wasn’t sure of which schools those would be yet.

When put on the spot last month in an interview with Scout, Julious singled out NC State and Arizona St. as the two schools that “were kind of at the top.” But according to our conversation with him this morning, all teams were equal in his mind right now, and he has no timetable of when he might make a decision.

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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NC State Makes Final 7 for 4-Star WR Alex Taylor

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2024 4-Star Wide Receiver Alex Taylor (6’3″/175) released his Final 7 schools today, and NC State made the cut along with UNC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State and Cincinnati.

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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4-Star JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald Commits to NC State

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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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