On Thursday night NC State picked up a big commitment from 3-star 2016 OLB Brock Miller. He chose to run with the Wolfpack over Virginia, Virginia Tech, Cal and Kentucky. I caught up with Miller yesterday to get his take on some of the reasons that he made the decision to play college football in Raleigh.
“For one, my head coach has known Coach Doeren the past 10 or 11 years. They are always texting each other, and Coach Doeren was always asking my coach about me. That was always really cool to hear,” said Miller. “Coach Huxtable was always giving me time, calling me and trying to get me to call him. Their whole staff really, everyone from the Director of Recruiting, all the way up to the head coach, showed me some sort of love on Twitter and sending me messages.”
Even though Miller just finished playing his high school football career at John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce, Florida, location was actually a big factor for him in making this decision.
“Getting to play in the state of North Carolina was one of the biggest things. It’s my favorite state. I’ve always wanted to get back there,” said Miller. “I grew up in North Carolina until I was 8, and we have family that we go and visit there every summer. Being able to get back there is definitely a huge perk that I always wanted to do.”
Miller was being recruited by numerous schools to play Defensive End, and the way that NC State planned on using him in their defensive scheme was another reason he committed to the Wolfpack.
“The way that NC State planned on using me was something that put them ahead for sure. I know that some programs wanted to use me as a defensive end, and I didn’t want to play that right away,” said Miller. “I wouldn’t mind playing that down the road if I gain a lot of weight, but I didn’t want to play that coming into college. I wanted to play outside linebacker. It was good that they wanted me to play outside linebacker.”
At the end of the day, Miller really believes in the direction that the NC State football program is going, and he wants to be a part of something special.
“Going from 3 wins to 8 in one year is just crazy. What Coach Doeren’s doing there is great. There playing on the tougher side of the ACC,” said Miller. “They have to play FSU and Clemson every year. If they can come out on the top of that side, there is a good chance they could win the whole thing. In my mind, I think they are a program on the rise. I think they could be contending for the top spot in their division as early as this year. Helping a team get to the top, is something I would love to be a part of.
NC State is Looking to Flip Rutgers Commit Ben Black
Rutgers 2024 verbal commit Ben Black is on an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, according to a source. Black originally verbally committed to Rutgers back on June 11th, but that didn’t stop the Wolfpack from extending him an offer on October 8th.
— Benjamin Black (@704_ben) October 8, 2023
Black is a 3-star prospect out of the prestigious Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he committed to Rutgers to play Wide Receiver, it is my understanding that the Wolfpack are recruiting him to play Cornerback. NC State already has two cornerbacks verbally committed in their 2024 recruiting class: 4-Star Asaad Brown and 3-Star Jivan Baly.
Former Vanderbilt CB Commit Jaren Sensabaugh is Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend
Former Vanderbilt 2024 Cornerback Commit Jaren Sensabaugh (6’0″/170) is taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.
— Jaren Sensabaugh (@jsensabaugh2024) November 23, 2023
Sensabaugh originally verbally committed to Vandy back on June 20th, but that didn’t stop teams from recruiting him. On November 12th, Sensabaugh picked up an offer from Tennessee, and on that same day, he decommitted from Vanderbilt. Sensabaugh lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
NC State offered Sensabaugh back on June 13th after a good showing at the Wolfpack’s camp.
Extremely blessed to receive a full athletic scholarship offer from @PackFootball!!! Can’t wait to get up to Raleigh for an Official Visit on the 23rd-25th! @StateCoachD @BMitchellNCS @CoachSanders14 @MattWilsonDPP @CoachRocBatten @EnsworthFB @Gsensabaugh43 pic.twitter.com/gerpIne7Vs
— Jaren Sensabaugh (@jsensabaugh2024) June 13, 2023
After taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, Sensabaugh is scheduled to take Official Visits to Tennessee and Missouri in December, on the 8th and the 15th respectively.
Tennessee looks like the favorite at this point, but NC State always leaves a good impression when they get players on campus for an Official Visit.
Is NC State Going to Flip a 4-Star RB Who Just Decommitted from Michigan State?
Yesterday news broke that 4-Star 2024 Running Back Anthony Carrie (6’0″/200) had decommitted from Michigan State. Carrie originally verbally committed to the Spartans on June 24th.
BREAKING: Four-Star RB Anthony Carrie tells me he has Decommitted from Michigan State
The 6’0 200 RB from Tampa, FL had been Committed to the Spartans since June
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) November 20, 2023
Despite the fact that Carrie was committed to MSU, that didn’t stop NC State from turning up the heat in their recruitment of him. Carrie took an Official Visit to Raleigh the first weekend of November, when the Wolfpack beat Miami 20-6.
Sophomore NC State Nose Tackle Brandon Cleveland went to Carollwood Day High School in Tampa, Florida, which is where Carrie goes as well. Carrie told me that Cleveland, his former teammate, is recruiting him hard, trying to get him to flip his commitment. Cleveland is like an older brother to Carrie.
It looks like things are pointing in NC State’s favor at this point. NC State insiders at 247Sports and ON3 have both projected that Carrie will in fact flip his commitment to NC State.
This would be massive for the Pack, especially considering the fact that Sophomore Michael Allen just entered the Transfer Portal. Carrie is a big time prospect, ranked 120th overall nationally by Rivals. They also rank him as the #10 overall Running Back.
As a Senior, Carrie rushed for 1,026 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns in 9 regular season games. Carrie also had 2 touchdown receptions.
We are Entering Flip Season
It’s that time of year when you start seeing players flip their commitment. About a week ago, NC State flipped 3-Star Wide Receiver Christian Zachary from being a UVA commitment, to a Wolfpack commitment.
What future flips are on the horizon for NC State?
Well, this past weekend, NC State hosted Ben Black, who is currently a verbal commit to Rutgers. As expected, Black walked away with an offer. The Wolfpack offered him as a Cornerback, not a Wide Receiver. Black is a 3-star prospect out of Mallard Creek in Charlotte, North Carolina. He committed to Rutgers on June 11th.
Also, 4-Star Running Back Anthony Carrie committed to Michigan State on June 24th, but that didn’t deter NC State from offering him on September 21st. Carrie has set an Official Visit to NC State on November 4th, and is being heavily recruited by NC State Nose Tackle Brandon Cleveland, who is his former High School teammate.
On the negative side of flip season, without fail, a player or two will inevitably flip their commitment away from the Wolfpack. Keep your eye on 4-Star Wide Receiver Terrell Anderson. Anderson verbally committed to NC State on August 12th. With that being said, Anderson took an Unofficial Visit to Georgia this past weekend. Georgia lost out on 4-Star Ny Carr, who recently committed to Miami, so it looks like they have turned their attention to Anderson. Tennessee and Michigan were the other teams in Anderson’s Top-3 besides NC State, but Georgia offered last month. Michael Clark, NC State recruiting analyst for 247Sports, has already submitted a Crystal Ball prediction that Anderson will flip to Georgia…that’s not good.