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A college football coach would have to be beyond impressed to offer a scholarship to a rising 9th grader. Well, the NC State coaching staff must have been beyond impressed with rising 9th grader Jaleel McRae on Sunday night when they offered him a scholarship at NC State camp after the 7-on-7 session.

NC State is the first school to offer the 2019 cornerback prospect who hails from the state of Florida (New Smyrna Beach). We caught up with McRae yesterday to get his response to receiving his first collegiate offer from the Wolfpack.

“During the seven-on-seven session the coach pulled me over to the side and told my coach and I to come to his office after the camp,” McRae said. “He talked to me about staying on the right path and to keep hanging out with the people I’m hanging out with now. In the end he offered me a scholarship.”

McRae might be young, but he believes that you can be confident when you know your putting hard work in. We asked if he was surprised to walk away with a scholarship, he told us that he wasn’t.

“I went out there and played hard. Coaches love when you play hard, and I believe that if you do that, you should leave with something for it,” said McRae.  “Honestly, I wasn’t surprised to walk away with a scholarship.  You wouldn’t expect someone to get a scholarship as a rising 9th grader, but this was God’s plan.”

While up in the Triangle area, he camped at UNC on Friday and Duke on Sunday, before camping at NC State on Sunday. It looks as if the NC State coaches wanted to make a move before anyone else in the Triangle, before any of those big schools in Florida, and before any other school in the nation.

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Football Has 4 Official Visitors Scheduled for this Weekend

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NC State has 4 2025 football prospects coming in for Official Visits this weekend. Last weekend, the Wolfpack had 11 Official Visitors, and 3 of them committed this week: 3-Star CB RJ Jones, 3-Star WR Jamar Browder & 3-Star CB Caden Gordon.

Here’s a look at this weekends 4 Official Visitors.

4-Star OT Austin Pay 

3-Star OL Andrew Stargel 

3-Star RB RJ Boyd

3-Star LB/EDGE Donovan Darden 

 

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3-Star CB Caden Gordon Commits to NC State!

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3-Star 2025 Cornerback Caden Gordon (6’1″/170) has verbally committed to NC State!

Gordon took an Official Visit to Raleigh this past weekend, and ultimately chose to run with the Wolfpack over a Top-5 that also included FSU, USF, Georgia Tech and Illinois.

ON3 ranks Gordon as the #58 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2025 recruiting class.

NC State offered Gordon on January 24th of this year.

Gordon is teammates with 3-Star Wide Receiver Jamar Browder at Santaluces in Lake Worth, Florida, who also committed to NC State after taking an Official Visit to Raleigh this past weekend.

With the commitment of Gordon, NC State has now picked up 3 verbal commitments after their first weekend of Official Visitors (11 total) this past weekend, and all of them were from the Sunshine State. Cornerback RJ Jones committed on Sunday like Browder, and he plays for Vero Beach in Tampa, Florida.

Gordon is the 7th member of the Wolfpack’s 2025 recruiting class, joining 3-Star QB Will Wilson, 3-Star TE Gus Ritchey, 3-Star DE Colby Cronk, 3-Star S Tristan Teasdell, 3-Star WR Jamar Browder, 3-Star CB RJ Jones.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 3-Star DL London Simmons Breaks Down NC State Official Visit

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3-Star 2025 Defensive Lineman London Simmons (6’3″/295) took an Official Visit to NC State this past weekend. I caught up with him to get his thoughts on the experience.

Walk through the visit. What did you do? Where did you go? Who did you meet?

I went to NC State I ate with the coaches and hung out with the players. I met a couple of the players like Red Hibbler.

What was the message from the coaches to you?

That I will get on the field early.

How do you think NC State might be a good fit for you?

At my high school we run the same defense.

What was your favorite part?

Just being around the coaches and players. Getting to know each other and asking the players questions.

Where does NC State stand in your recruitment? What do you like about the Wolfpack?

NC State is up there. It’s a family environment.

Do you have any other visits scheduled?

My next 2 are Alabama and Arkansas.

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ON3 ranks Simmons as the #14 overall player in the state of Mississippi in the 2025 recruiting class.

Last season, Simmons had 78 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 15 sacks for Hartfield Academy in Flowood, Mississippi.

The Wolfpack offered Simmons back on April 30, and he also holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Duke and others.

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3-Star EDGE/LB Donovan Darden is Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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3-Star 2025 EDGE/Linebacker Donovan Darden (6’4″/225) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend according to a source.

247Sports ranks Darden as the #16 overall player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class, and the #43 EDGE nationally. Rivals and 247 list Darden as an EDGE, while ON3 lists him as a Linebacker.

Darden plays for Havelock High School, and as a Junior last season, he had 46 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 10 QB Hurries.

The Wolfpack recently offered Darden on June 1st after camping at NC State, and he quickly turned around and scheduled an Official Visit. Darden already took an Official Visit to Illinois this past weekend, and will take one with South Carolina the weekend after next. At one point, it was reported that he had Official Visits scheduled to West Virginia and Pitt as well, but if he is taking those, they are no longer scheduled for this weekend.

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