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Back on May 21st 3-star 2016 Tight End Bryce Dixon committed to Old Dominion.  Dixon hasn’t stopped camping at and visiting other schools.  On June 8th, Dixon camped at NC State and left that day with an offer in hand.  Then he came back and visited last Thursday, June 18th.  We talked with Bryce and according to our conversation, his verbal commitment to Old Dominion must be a very “soft” one at this point, because he told us that NC State is at the top of his list at this point.

“At this point I would say NC State stands out the most, because the most important thing for me is for my family to be able to come to the games, and being close to them,” said Dixon.  “Right now, I would say NC State is at the top of my list.”

When we asked him what other schools were recruiting him the hardest, he failed to mention Old Dominion, but did list Miami, Louisville, Missouri and Tennessee.

He described what his experience at NC State camp was like back on June 8th.

“It went really well.  The coaches really connect with you on a level that you don’t expect,” Dixon said.  “They make you feel welcome and that they actually want you to be there.  They want to develop you as more than a player, but as a man as well.  I really enjoyed it when I was down there.”

While he was at camp that day the NC State coaches offered him, and he explained how that how that process went down.

“During the 7-on-7 session, the coaches pulled me into the indoor facility, and that is when Coach Doeren offered me,” said Dixon.  “They went through what I would do for them, and how I would contribute in my role when I got there.  They went through the offense with me, and showed me exactly where I would play for them.”

Dixon has played wide receiver and been recruited as one for quite some time, but he has officially made the transition from wide receiver to tight end.

“The transition hasn’t really been difficult.  The only difficult part has been learning stances and starts, and coming out of a three-point position,” said Dixon. “It’s a role I embrace, because my top priority is doing what is best for my team right now.  If it means that I have to block more now, that’s ok, because it will show coaches that I can get out and block down field.”

Transitioning to a new position can be difficult, and the transition from high school to college can be a tough one as well.  Dixon thinks that a transition to NC State would be fairly easy for him.

“I really do think NC State’s offense could be a good fit for me, because the offense we run at my high school (Green Hope High School) is based on their offense,” Dixon said.  “My coach went to a coaching clinic at NC State, so all of our offense is based on theirs.  That transition would be easier because I would already know the formations.”

As of now, Dixon doesn’t plan on camping anywhere else this summer, and plans on making his decision before the start of football season

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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