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Three-Star 2016 Outside Linebacker Tyrone Hopper camped at NC State yesterday, and we were able to catch up with him afterwards to get his take.

“I came in this morning and spoke with Coach Nielsen a little bit.  Then I went out there and did the camp and the coaches gave me a few tips to help me improve my game,” Hopper said. “Everything was pretty good today.  The two times I’ve been up there, they have showed me a lot of love.  They always show me that they really want me.”

Hopper said that he has already camped at Alabama, Mississippi St., and Kentucky.  Today he will be camping at UNC.

His recruitment has escalated very quickly in a short period of time.  Teams didn’t start throwing offers on the table until a couple of months after his Junior season, but when they started, they just kept on coming.

“My recruitment really began shortly after last football season,” said Hopper. “That’s when all of the offers started coming in.  I have like 20 offers now.”

Hopper told us that though he has 20 offers on the table, he has narrowed his list down to seven schools.

Those seven schools are Mississippi St., Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, UNC, NC State, and Virginia Tech.  He also said that he really likes Missouri and Wisconsin, but hasn’t been able to get out to either of those schools yet.

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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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Could NC State Flip a UVA WR Commit in the Near Future?



NC State beat UVA in Charlottesville this past weekend, and they might just flip a 2024 UVA verbal commit in the near future.

3-Star Wide Receiver Christian Zachary (6’3″/190) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, starting Friday, when the Wolfpack hosts Louisville.

Zachary verbally committed to Virginia back on June 6th. With that being said, NC State recruiting analysts for 247Sports and ON3 both predict that Zachary will flip his commitment from the Cavaliers to the Wolfpack.

UVA and NC State aren’t the only two school to extend offers to Zachary. He also holds offers from Duke, App St., Cincinnati, Liberty, Charlotte, Georgia Tech, ECU and others.

NC State already has a historic Wide Receiver class, with three 4-star verbal commits already. The possible addition of Zachary would be the cherry on top.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update (9/21/23)



There’s been a lot of NC State football recruiting info flying around, and the update below won’t cover it all, but it’s my attempt at catching up a bit.

NC State offered 4-Star 2025 Running Back Marquise Henderson (5’11″/172) out of Anderson, South Carolina. Rivals ranks Henderson as the #24 Running Back nationally in the 2025 class, and the #2 overall player in the state of South Carolina. Henderson also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Liberty, James Madison, Arizona an UVA. In 2022, Henderson rushed for 1,230 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per carry. He also had 297 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions.

3-Star 2024 ATH/LB Justin Rowe out of Asheville, North Carolina, was on an unofficial visit for the VMI game this past Saturday. Rowe holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, App St, SMU, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Duke, ECU, Charlotte, James Madison, Marshall, Liberty, Vanderbilt and NC State. The Wolfpack offered him on June 7th.

On September 14th, NC State Offered Sophomore JUCO Offensive Lineman Markel Bell (6’9″/335) out of Holmes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi. Bell is ranked by 247Sports as the #2 overall player nationally in the Junior College ranks, and the #1 Offensive Lineman. At this point, Bell holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi St., Auburn, Arkansas, Houston, Louisville, Miami and others.

2026 Linebacker Anthony Davis, out of Loganville, Georgia, was in attendance for NC State’s game against VMI this past Saturday. Davis already holds offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, App St., UCF, Arizona St., USF, Liberty and ECU.

2026 4-Star Tight End Kendre Harrison (6’7″/230) took an unofficial visit to NC State this past weekend. Harrison is the #5 overall player nationally in the 2026 class according to 247Sports, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Reidsville High School). The North Carolina standout is the nephew of former NC State basketball player C.C. Harrison. Harrison already holds offers from NC State, Georgia, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, Louisville, Penn St, Oregon, Virginia Tech, UNC, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Auburn. In 2022, Harrison had 263 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. On defense, he had 92 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 9 sacks.

On September 11, NC State offered 4-Star 2025 Wide Receiver C.J. Wiley out of Milton, Georgia. ON3 ranks Wiley as the #191 overall player nationally in his class. He already holds offers from Georgia, Michigan, FSU, Ole Miss, Miami, Nebraska, Michigan St, UCF, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, BYU, Pitt, Texas A&M, Arizona St and others.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star PF David Punch Recaps NC State Official Visit



NC State hosted 4-Star 2024 Power Forward David Punch this past weekend on an Official Visit. I was able to catch up with him and get his thoughts.

I included NC State in my Top 7 because of how active they were in recruiting me. They were very consistent.

When I got there, I toured the practice facility and had a photo shoot. Then we watched the team practice on Friday night. Saturday we watched the practice in the arena, and then we toured it. After that we watched the football game, and then we watched film and had dinner at Coach Keatts’ house.

My favorite part of the Official Visit was watching them practice, and hanging out with the players.

The coaches showed me film on previous players at my position, and also showed me their style-of-play, which is mostly transition buckets, which is something I love.

They are very high on my list after the Official Visit. 

Check out more about who David Punch is here.

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NC State Now Has Seven 4-Star Commitments in Their 2024 Class



ON3 just updated their rankings, and NC State 2024 Offensive Lineman verbal commitment Tyler West jumped from a 3-Star prospect to a 4-Star prospect. ON3 now ranks West as the #22 Interior Offensive Lineman nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #12 player in the state of North Carolina.

Now the Wolfpack’s 2024 recruiting class has SEVEN 4-star commitments.

OL Tyler West
WR Jimmar Boston
WR Jonathan Paylor
WR Terrell Anderson
ATH Ronnie Royal
QB Cedrick Bailey
CB Asaad Brown

This marks the 4th consecutive recruiting class in which NC State has landed SEVEN 4-Star commitments, and the 6th time it has happened under Dave Doeren.

2024 – 7
2023 – 7
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 3
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 7
2013 – 2

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