Covering the recruitment saga of Maverick Rowan this summer has made me look silly on numerous occasions. I have no qualms confessing that. I think he has made a lot of people look silly.
Here’s what I know at this point. The NC State coaching staff up until here recently wasn’t optimistic about where they stood with Rowan because they were in the dark. Rowan’s camp has been very quiet throughout this process.
Then rumors started swirling around that Rowan was leaning toward NC State, and now the last four 247 Crystal Ball Predictions have gone in the favor of the Wolfpack. If I’ve learned anything about this ball in Rowan’s recruitment, it’s that it is very unstable at times.
So last night I reached out to one of the analysts who cast his vote for NC State to glean any new insight in regards to the sudden shift in favor of the Wolfpack. He said that things don’t look good with St. John’s and Louisville, and that supposedly Louisville got frustrated and has backed away. He also said that the fact that NC State is an Adidas school works in their favor with Rowan. I spoke with another national analyst last night that said that Rowan’s dad has wanted him to go to a Nike school, where he could get a lot of shots.
NC State – Adidas
Louisville – Adidas
St. John’s – Under Armour
West Virginia – Nike
If you haven’t figured it out yet, this recruitment is a tad confusing.
If in fact things aren’t looking good for Louisville and St. John’s, then things could be looking good for NC State. West Virginia might be a Nike school, but they just randomly appeared on his last Top-4, when they weren’t even on his original Top 6. NC State has been in his Top 6, Top 4, Top 3, and then his Top 4 again.
Rowan has been adamant about going somewhere where he can play. He’s a shooter and he wants to shoot. He’s already determined that he will wear the #24 wherever he goes, and if he chooses NC State, he will follow in the footsteps of a couple of guys who knew how to put the ball in the hoop. Who wore the #24 at NC State? Just a couple of guys named Tom Gugliotta, Julius Hodge and T.J. Warren.
4-Star SF Jahki Howard Takes an Unofficial Visit to NC State
4-Star 2024 Small Forward Jahki Howard (6’7″/180) took an Unofficial Visit to NC State yesterday alongside 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil, who verbally committed to run with the Wolfpack yesterday.
🐺🐺nation ? Unofficial visit❤️🤍 #notcommitted pic.twitter.com/NxNncnptkm
— Jahki Howard (@showtime_ki) February 20, 2023
Howard is ranked as the #51 overall player nationally in the 2024 class by Rivals, and the #4 player in the state of Georgia according to ESPN. Howard plays for Overtime Elite in Atlanta, where 2023 NC State signee Trey Parker plays.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Providence, Auburn, Rutgers, Illinois, Texas A&M, Mississippi St, Wake Forest, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona St, Kansas, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and others.
As far as I can tell, Howard doesn’t hold an offer from NC State at this point.
Jahki Howard earns Player of the Week honors after a big performance vs. Hillcrest dropping 25 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST 🚀 @showtime_ki pic.twitter.com/yPD5psrm2m
— Overtime Elite (@OvertimeElite) November 29, 2022
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil Commits to NC State!
What a day! 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) wrapped up his Official Visit to NC State today by committing to run with the Wolfpack, after watching them defeat their rival UNC in PNC Arena.
@PackMensBball #Committed🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/AiSg5h2wCg
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 19, 2023
McNeil is the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class according to ESPN, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
In 2022-23, McNeil is averaging 23.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game for Richmond High School. Last year, he became the first ever Sophomore to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in the state of North Carolina.
McNeil also held offers from Clemson, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Georgetown, St. John’s, LSU, Virginia Tech, Missouri, and others.
Top-25 2024 SG Paul McNeil is Taking an Official Visit to NC State Next Weekend
2024 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State next weekend.
I’m grateful to announce I will be taking an official visit to North Carolina State University this upcoming weekend. This is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to spending time with Coach Keatts and the program. @PackMensBball @NCStateRivals
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 12, 2023
ESPN ranks McNeil as the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. I don’t understand how recruiting databases work, but at some point this year he will be a 5-star player according to ESPN as long as he stays in the Top-25.
McNeil plays for Richmond Senior in Rockingham, North Carolina.
This is huge for NC State to get a player of McNeil’s caliber to come in for an Official Visit this early in the process.
@ProlificPrep @thegrindsession pic.twitter.com/i7mfsLZ4jN
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) November 14, 2022
4-Star G Austin Swartz Picks Up an Offer from NC State on Visit
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Austin Swartz (6’5″/180) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday, and he left with a scholarship offer.
2024 Cannon (NC) guard Austin Swartz will be on unofficial to NC State tonight as the Pack host Duke.
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) January 4, 2023
I am blessed to receive an Offer from NC State🖤❤️ pic.twitter.com/CePMaPQPz7
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) January 5, 2023
Swartz plays for Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. ON3 ranks him as the #65 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #7 player in the state of North Carolina.
He already holds offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Houston and others.
Beginning of Junior Season pic.twitter.com/6BiDwYaNDU
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) December 5, 2022
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end of summer UAA highlights! pic.twitter.com/TJ5Znpsdus
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) August 16, 2022
UAA Session lll highlights pic.twitter.com/ek9blclwTY
— austin swartz (@austin_swartz23) July 12, 2022
I hope he comes to our Adidas school. His dad is crazy if he wants his son to go to a Nike school. I personally won’t let anyone in my house wearing Nike or UnderArmour as well, and that includes members of my immediate family. That goes for Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Tiffany, but not Louis Vuitton and Steve Madden. Anyway, wherever he goes this Rowan kid will get a good education on what’s really important in life, namely branding, merchandising, and stacks of cash. I eagerly await his every scripted move on Instagram and Twitter as well. You can… Read more »