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Coach Doeren has been relentless in recruiting the state of North Carolina.  Hendon Hooker, out of Greensboro, is a 3-star Quarterback in the 2017 class that camped at NC State this past week, and is back in Raleigh today for the 7-on-7 tournament.  His hope is that he leaves camp today with an offer in hand from the Wolfpack.
“NC State camp went real well.  I wish I could have thrown more.  My arm was pretty sore from previous camps.  I’ve been going hard all week,” said Hendon.  “I really liked it.  I liked it a lot.  I liked the facilities.  Coach Canada really reached out to me.  We are going to talk more later on this week.  I’m coming to the 7-on-7 tournament on Friday, and we’ll talk things over, and hopefully an offer is coming soon.”
North Carolina A&T was the first school to offer Hendon while he was in the 8th grade.  Since then he has picked up offers from Clemson, Syracuse and most recently East Carolina.  The Clemson Tigers made quite the sales pitch to him.
“The first big offer I received was from Clemson,” said Hooker. “They told me that I would be the face of the program.  The said I was very similar to the quarterbacks they have had their recently, and would like to keep that tradition going.
Academics are a major component of what Hooker is looking for in a school.
“I was talking to the people at NC State about academics, because I’m really looking for a medical program.  They said they can help change their schedules for players with their class schedules,” said Hooker.  “When they get major players to come in, they change their practice schedule to accommodate them.  I really enjoyed talking to him about my future, because I want to be an orthodontist when I finish school.”
Hooker told us that today’s 7-on-7 camp at NC State today would probably wrap up camps for him this summer.

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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