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This past Friday, news broke that Louisburg Wide Receiver Austin Berrios (5’10″/180) would be transferring to NC State.  Last season in Junior College, he had 24 receptions for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Berrios has been on quite the journey, and the fact that he is still playing college football is nothing short of an impressive story of perseverance.  This weekend we had the chance to speak with Austin, and wanted to give him a chance to share the whole story.

“I went to Leesville Rd. High School.  On Senior night I tore my ACL.  I then got connected with ECU, and went and walked-on there and got healthy as I redshirted my freshman season.  That following Spring, I was doing well, getting back to where I was before, and I tore my other ACL.  Last April, both knees were healthy, and I went through three days of Spring ball, and it didn’t seem like the right place for me,” Berrios said. “ECU is a great school and great people, but I could tell it wasn’t me.  So I quit and began looking for other places. I realized that I couldn’t transfer to any Division-1 school where I wouldn’t have to sit out a year.  I found Louisburg College, which is a Junior College 45 minutes from my home in Raleigh.  I played there last season and did pretty well.”

Berrios’ high school coach had connections with one of the NC State coaches and was able to help him go through the process of transferring to NC State. After all of the setbacks and hard work, Berrios truly believes his best days are ahead of him.

“I’m at a point now where I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.  In high school I was in pretty good shape, but I’m in much better shape now,” said Berrios. “I’m just going to go in there and work, which is what I’ve always done.  I’m going to trust my leg and my body, and see how it goes.”

Berrios doesn’t come in completely unknown.  NC State’s Wide Receivers Coach George MacDonald is familiar with Austin, because he recruited his brother Braxton Berrios while he was coaching at Miami.  He starts summer classes on June 26th and has two years of eligibility remaining.

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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ON3: NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class Ranks 30th Nationally

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After the commitment of JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald yesterday, NC State currently boasts the #30 football recruiting class nationally according to ON3, and the 5th best class in the ACC.

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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