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Hillside running back Jamal Elliott is one of the best young running backs in the state of North Carolina.  With a talent like Elliott right down the road, NC State didn’t waste anytime, and started recruiting him during his Freshman season.

“NC State wanted me to come up there when they played Florida St., and that’s when they really started recruiting me,” said Elliott. “I started going up and visiting some of their camps after that.  My coach told me they were showing me a lot of love.”

Elliott has visited NC State on numerous occasions, but his most recent visit was on July 24th for the Alpha Wolf Showcase that was held in the Close-King Indoor Facility.

“I’ve been to NC State a couple of times,” said Elliott. “The last time I visited was during a camp in the new indoor facility (Alpha Wolf Showcase).  They offered my cousin DaeShawn Stephens that night.”

Elliott’s cousin Stephens is a 2016 Wide Receiver who also plays for Hillside High.  Stephens didn’t waste anytime after receiving NC State’s offer.  He committed while he was on campus that night.

Elliott told me that his meeting with the NC State coaches that night went well.

“I talked with Coach Doeren, but mainly talked to Coach Kitchings,” said Elliott. “In the meeting we went over plays, and looked at what was right, and what was wrong.  It was a good meeting.”

A majority of NC State’s top recruiting targets, regardless of class, were in attendance at the Showcase, and Elliott enjoyed getting to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the country.

“I got to see some top players, and I also got to see some 2018 running backs,” said Elliott. “I got to meet the #3 running back in my class.  It was good to get to bond with them.”

Attending a college that is close to home is an important factor for many players, but not for Elliott.  He told me that he is looking forward to packing his bags.  Elliott holds offers from Boston College, Charlotte, Duke, Wake Forest, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Vanderbilt.  At this point NC State hasn’t offered yet, but if they did, they could cause the young man to reconsider his itch to travel.

“I’m not looking forward to staying home.  I’m looking to go far,” said Elliott. “If NC State offered, that would be a great offer.  Maybe they could change my mind.  You never know.”

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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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North Carolina High School Athletes Will Now be Able to Profit off NIL



NIL has shaken up the college sports world, and now it will be shaking up the high school sports world in North Carolina (NCHSAA), becoming one of 27 states to approve the ability for high school athletes to profit off their Name, Image and Likeness.

This will officially take place beginning July 1.

In order for a student athlete to begin this process, they will have to take a course on NIL, and their parents, coaches and athletic director will as well. Schools and coaches will not be able to represent the student in NIL Deals, and they will also not be allowed to use NIL as a way to draw athletes to their school.

There are restrictions on what student athletes can profit off of though.

The NCHSAA will prohibit student-athletes from entering into NIL deals with products around adult entertainment, alcohol, cannabis, controlled substances, firearms and ammunition, gambling, prescription drugs, as well as tobacco, vaping, and other Nicotine-related products. Athletes cannot affiliate themselves with a specific school, conference, school district, the NCHSAA, or the NFHS through a NIL deal.


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When Running Back Jayden Scott committed this week, NC State picked up their 5th verbal commitment of the 2024 recruiting class. After his addition, the Wolfpack’s 2024 class currently ranks 29th nationally according to Rivals.


247Sports ranks the class 30th, and ON3 ranks it 34th.

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Scott chose to run with the Wolfpack over Wake Forest and Rutgers. “Duke” battled injury during his Junior season at Stockbridge (Stockbridge, GA), but did play in the final 5 games, averaging 108.4 yards rushing per game. He averaged 8.5 yards per carry, and rushed for 10 touchdowns.

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They’ve been extremely consistent in letting me know I’m a priority. We’ve built a relationship for a few years. I feel extremely comfortable with their plans for me.

The position I’m coming in for allows me to be versatile and allows me to make plays in a variety ways.

I just need to continuously work on my craft and stay ready so I don’t have to get ready. My main goal is to come in and be able to contribute as a true freshman.

My connection is great [with the NC State coaches]. I feel like we are family. Everyone brings good energy and vibes when I’m around. North Carolina is my home state, so it just all makes sense. It just feels right.

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