Last night Crest High School’s Kollin Byers committed to NC State. I spoke with the 2-star (247) 2016 Offensive Lineman this afternoon about his decision to commit to the Wolfpack last night.
“NC State was always my favorite team to watch growing up,” said Byers. “They have the best education program around and they have a great football team. They just had everything to offer.”
Last night was the Alpha Wolf Showcase in the new Close-King Indoor Facility at NC State, and the NC State coaches had plans for Byers before he even arrived.
“They asked us to come up to the campus a little early before the camp started last night, so they could give me a tour,” said Byers. “After the tour, Coach Uremovich pulled us into the office and talked to me about how they liked my film, and he offered me. We sat down with Coach Doeren and we talked, and I just went ahead and committed right there.”
Byers explained to us that he will be a “blue shirt.” Basically what this means is that NC State technically isn’t allowed to recruit him. That means no official visits to the school and no in-home visits by the coaches. Instead of arriving in the summer for early enrollment, he will show up in August. At that point he will be given a scholarship, but it will actually be counted forward to the 2017 recruiting class. A “blue shirt” is technically able to play the season that they arrive, but Byers is already expecting to redshirt.
The future Wolfpack lineman has one goal next season.
“I’m just going to try to get big and gain as much weight as I can so I can be ready for my redshirt year,” said Byers. “It’s a big relief to know that I can finally end the recruiting process and know that my home is at NC State.”
PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star QB Cedrick Bailey Talks Commitment to NC State
On March 13th, NC State picked up a verbal commitment from 4-Star 2024 Quarterback Cedrick Bailey. I caught up with Bailey, and got his take on why he committed to run with the Wolfpack.
NC State recruited me well and I loved that. What made me choose NC State was the coaches, the offensive system. Taking that visit sealed the deal. NC State is everything I was looking for. It was great up there.
The main thing that intrigues me in this NC State offense is that they air the ball out and they scheme so well. When I was watching their practice, I saw so many great things in their offense, and I can see myself being comfortable in their offense.
The main thing I need to work on and focus on this season is being more consistent. One bad thing I do, is that when we are winning, I tend to relax and kinda take my foot off the gas and that messes my mechanics up. My main goal for my Senior season is to win one last state championship with my guys.
The guys I’m recruiting to come with me to NC State are Jayden Scott, Jonathan Paylor, William Sanders, Jordan Shipp, Channing Goodwin, Alex Taylor, Terrell Anderson, Keenan Jackson, and Jameer Grimsley
The coaches and players built a great connection with me since they recruited me, and when I took the visit there, the players loved me. They made me feel welcomed and the coaches are willing to take care of me like I’m their own child, so I’m happy that there’s someone to take care of me as I leave home.
Bailey chose NC State over offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Florida State, Texas A&M and others.
He plays for Chaminade Madonna in Hollywood, Florida. Bailey’s stats last season were video game level. He threw for 3,355 yards, completing 70.2%. Bailey threw 45 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions.
4-Star Cornerback Asaad Brown Commits to NC State!
NC State picked up a massive verbal commitment today, landing 4-Star 2024 Cornerback Asaad Brown (6’0″/175).
It’s been a long and tough journey. I’ve encountered many obstacles on and off the field. I’ve been doubted, taken for granted , and abandoned when it mattered the most . Through the love and strength of God, my family , friends and coaches, I’ve overcame all adversity and stayed… pic.twitter.com/iifGJRbQuc
— Asaad “BJ” Brown II (@AsaadJr) March 22, 2023
Rivals ranks Brown as the #241 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of Virginia.
Brown chose to run with the Wolfpack over offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan St, Ole Miss, Mississippi St, UNC, Penn St, Pitt, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others.
NC State offered Brown back on June 21, 2021.
Brown is the 3rd member of the Wolfpack’s 2024 recruiting class, joining 4-Star Quarterback Cedrick Bailey and 3-Star Linebacker Cannon Lewis.
NC State Makes Top-7 for 3-Star RB Jayden Scott
3-Star 2024 Running Back Jayden Scott released his Top-7 schools yesterday, and NC State made the cut along with Wake Forest, Duke, Rutgers, Northwestern, South Carolina and Louisville.
TOP 7@JeremyO_Johnson @ChadSimmons_ @adamgorney @Mansell247 @SWiltfong247 @StockbridgeFoo2 pic.twitter.com/hLtEF2Thai
— Jayden “Duke” Scott (@Dukescott34) March 13, 2023
He took an unofficial visit to NC State earlier this month, and was offered by the Wolfpack in January.
Scott only played in 5 games last season for Stockbridge (Stockbridge, Georgia), due to a broken fibula, but he had 542 yards rushing (8.5 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns in 5 games.
Last Spring Scott finished 3rd in the state of Georgia in the 100m, running a 10.88.
3-Star CB Jivan Baly Includes NC State his Top-8
3-Star 2024 Cornerback Jivan Baly released his Top 8-schools on Sunday, and the Wolfpack made the cut along with Miami, FSU, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.
OCHO Top 8! Been a busy offseason talking to coaches and visiting different campuses. After talking it over with with the fam these are the schools I will be focusing on as I prepare for my Last Ride.Stay Tuned Ocho Out ✌🏾@RWrightRivals @JeremyO_Johnson @BHarrison92 @MustangsN2B pic.twitter.com/Mr4QleCAec
— 𝐉𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐲✞ (@jbaly24) March 12, 2023
Baly plays for Meadowcreek in Norcross, Georgia. He had 36 tackles and 2 interceptions as a Junior this past season.
He has already locked in an Official Visit to NC State for June 23rd.
WolfPack we 🔒in OV 06/23 can’t wait.. @StateCoachD @BMitchellNCS @CoachSanders14 @31_CoachFAL @Coach_Merci @ethanmmcdowell @PackRecruits @RWrightRivals @JeremyO_Johnson #1pack1goal pic.twitter.com/aIMMKlQ4pB
— 𝐉𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐲✞ (@jbaly24) March 8, 2023
The Wolfpack offered Baly a year ago in March.