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4-star 2017 Offensive Lineman Eric Douglas visited NC State on Saturday during their last day of camp.  We caught up with him shortly afterwards to get his take on his experience.

“On Saturday I did one-on-ones with Coach U.  He’s a great instructor of the game.  We had finished one-on-ones and Coach U told me to go talk to Coach Doeren.  I went over there and talked to him, and he said he wanted me on his team, and he wanted me to be a part of the Wolfpack, and he gave me a scholarship offer,” said Douglas.  “My coach was there with me when Coach Doeren offered me, but my dad wasn’t, because he had dropped me off, so he talked to my dad on the phone.  I don’t know what they talked about, but I know that my dad loved it, and he said that Coach Doeren was a class act.”

Douglas has two other offers on the table, and both of them come from the state of South Carolina: Clemson and South Carolina.  NC State is the first school from his home state of North Carolina to offer, and he expressed his desire to stay close to home.

“Its’s great. It’s a good feeling. I want to stay close to home,” said Douglas. “I don’t want to go play out in Oregon or anything like that.”

When Douglas came to Raleigh back in January for Junior Day, he took a tour of the facilities and the dorms, and was excited to learn about NC State’s academics.

“Academics are the most important thing that I’m looking for, because I don’t want to make a 4-year decision, I want to make a 40-year decision,” said Douglas. “I want to study broadcast journalism, and Coach U told me that NC State was one of the only schools that had a studio for broadcast journalism, and I thought that was pretty cool.  Most schools don’t have that.”

Douglas plans on visiting NC State again on July 24th for family day, before embarking on a highly anticipated season with the preseason Top 10 nationally ranked Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte.

 

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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4-Star 2025 S Jordan Young Locks in Official Visit to NC State

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4-Star 2025 Safety Jordan Young (6’0″/170) has locked in his Official Visit to NC State for June 19-21.

Young also has Official Visits scheduled to Clemson (May 31), FSU (June 14), and Tennessee (June 21).

All 4 recruiting databases rank Young as a Top-200 prospect nationally in the 2025 recruiting class, with ESPN, 247Sports and ON3 ranking him in the Top-35. 247Sports ranks him as the #29 overall player nationally, the #2 Safety and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

Back in December, Young shared his Top-13, which included NC State, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida St., South Carolina, Notre Dame, Miami, Penn St., Alabama, USC, LSU, Texas and UNC.

While Michigan isn’t in the Top-13, they offered him most recently, and he took an unofficial visit there yesterday.

This past season, Young had 66 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 3 pass breakups for Monroe High School. On the offensive side of the ball, he had 34 receptions for 812 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Young is planning to announce his commitment on October 12th.

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4-Star 2026 OT Adam Guthrie Visited NC State on Sunday

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2026 4-Star Offensive Tackle Adam Guthrie (6’7″/280) was at NC State on an unofficial visit on Sunday.

ON3 ranks Guthrie as the #108 overall player nationally in the 2026 recruiting class, the #10 Offensive Tackle, and the #4 player in the state of Ohio.

NC State offered Guthrie back on January 13th, and he also holds offers from Oregon, Penn St., Cincinnati, Purdue, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Indiana, UCF, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Louisville, Arkansas, Missouri and Miami.

Guthrie has a busy Spring visit schedule.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 3-Star 2025 ATH Shawn Lee Jr. Breaks Down NC State Spring Game Experience

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3-Star 2025 Athlete Shawn Lee Jr. (5’10″/170) attended NC State’s Spring Game, and I caught up with him to get his thoughts on the experience.

What were your overall thoughts of the game? What excited you about the way this team played?

I think the game was good. It was competitive and the players definitely got after it. I also think they are building something great throughout the program.

Who stood out you from the game?

I think they have a very good young team. The receiver (Kevin) Concepcion is a dog and the Corner Aydan white, and the QB (CJ) Bailey stood out.

Did you get to interact with any of the players? Do you have any relationships with any of the Wolfpack players?

What were your interactions with the Coaches like?

Coach Mitchell and my family stayed and talked for a while and I also got to talk to coach Doeren. The coaches show nothing but love. I really had the chance to build a connection with coach Mitchell and it’s good. We stay in touch constantly!

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NC State offered Lee Jr. back on November 4th. He also holds offers from Kent St., Iowa St., UCONN, ODU and Akron.

Lee Jr. plays both sides of the ball for Harrisburg (Harrisburg, PA). This past season as a Junior, he completed 67% of his passes for 2,256 yards and 26 touchdowns (5 interceptions) as a Quarterback.  He also rushed the ball for 1,451 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and 19 touchdowns. On the defensive side, as a Cornerback he had 47 tackles, 4 interceptions and 7 pass breakups.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 3-Star QB Jayvon Gilmore Knows NC State is a “Very Good Spot”

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Last Saturday 2026 3-Star Quarterback Jayvon Gilmore (6’6″/195) was in attendance at NC State’s 2024 Spring Game. I caught up with him to get his thoughts.

What were your overall thoughts of the game? What excited you about the way this team played?

Amazing! With the offense scoring over 50 points in the Spring Game, that flat out shocked me!

Who stood out you from the game?

CJ Bailey & Grayson (McCall), both of them truly were able to move the ball constantly making big time throws and runs!

Did you get to interact with any of the players? Do you have any relationships with any of the Wolfpack players?

Wasn’t really able to get in touch with the players due to them trying to stay focused because of their game. I was able to talk to NC State Commit Will Wilson (QB) and he told me everything that helped him with choosing NC State and why he committed.

What were your interactions with the Coaches like?

As soon as I walked in I was greeted by the head and assistant recruiter. Then coach
Roper was waiting for me, walking me out to the event where Coach Doeren loved on us and truly welcomed us home!

Where does NC State currently in your recruitment?

All I know is NC State is in a very good spot!

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This was the 3rd time Gilmore has been on campus this year, attending Junior Day in January, as well as an unofficial visit in March.

ON3 ranks Gilmore as the #5 player in the state of South Carolina in the 2026 recruiting class.

Gilmore, who plays for Gaffney in Elgin, South Carolina, picked up an offer from NC State on February 20th, and he also holds offers from Virginia Tech, UCF and others.

As a Sophomore this past season at Ben Lippen (Columbia, SC), Gilmore threw for 1,767 yards and 22 touchdowns (7 interceptions).

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