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NC State 2016 wide receiver prospect Kelvin Harmon, who camped at NC State last Saturday, trimmed his list to 6 teams on Wednesday night.  We talked with him yesterday, and broke down what he likes about each of the six schools.
Rutgers
“They show a lot of love. I’ve been up there a lot of times. I talk to one of the coaches almost every day and I have a real good connection with them. I also like the campus up there.”
NC State
“I really like the facilities and the dorms. Coach McDonald coached me really well at camp, and I really liked Coach Doeren. He seems different than other head coaches.  They seem to have a really good coaching staff there. The receiver depth is something that appeals to me as well, because I would have the chance to play the first year or so.”
South Carolina 
“One of the main reasons I am interested is that I played 7-on-7 in the Spring with one of their 2016 commitments, and have a real good connection with him. I also have a good connection with Coach Mangus. He’s been recruiting me for like a year now. I also like Coach Spurrier Jr. the receivers coach. They are also a winning football team. I like their tradition.”
Temple
“I like them because their coaching staff seems really fired up. They have big goals for he future, and seem like a team that could get on a roll.”
West Virginia
“I like them because this is my only offer for defense to play Safety. If I ended up deciding to play Safety, I could at West Virginia.  They are in the Big Twelve and are a big football team.
UNC
“The campus is very beautiful.  They also have a legendary receivers coach in Coach Brewer. He’s coached a lot of great players.”
He also had this to say about his experience at NC State camp.
“It was a good camp.  At some camps the coaches kind of schmooze you to get you to come play there.  The NC State coaches were just serious about coaching me and pushing me,” Harmon said.  “I like that.  Coach Doreen just sat down with me and talked with me.  He seems to really care about his players.”
Harmon said that he plans on making all 5 of his official visits before making his final decision.

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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