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The world of football recruiting rankings and star systems can be quite a conundrum.  Do stars matter?  Do they not matter?  Today I continue our series called “Pack of Stars” where I will be looking at NC State’s Top-25 football commits of the past 14 years (that’s how far back the databases at both Scout and Rivals go).  Each player will get there own piece.  I don’t have an algorithm that I conjured up to determine these 25 players.  I looked at the Scout and Rivals databases, took the highest national ranking between the two sites, assigned that ranking to the player, and put them in order.  As I go through each of these, at times you will think “stars” are a brilliant indicator of talent, and at other times you will want to throw out the system entirely.  Without further adieu…

#24 – Safety Germaine Pratt

Germaine Pratt was part of an impressive 2014 NC State recruiting class.  He was a 4-star prospect according to Rivals, ranked as the #213 overall player in the class, and the #9 prospect in North Carolina.  Scout, ESPN, and 247 rated Pratt as a 3-star prospect.

Coming out of High Point Central High School (High Point, NC) Pratt had more height and size (6’3″/200) than most  high school Safety prospects.  That is why Rivals actually listed him as an Outside Linebacker prospect.

As a Senior at High Point Central, Pratt had 104 tackles (5 for loss), 5 interceptions and 7 pass breakups.  He also played Wide Receiver for the Bisons, collecting 31 receptions for 424 yards and 3 touchdowns in his final year as well.  Pratt earned All-State honors, and was named to the Shrine & Senior Bowls.

Pratt committed to NC State on June 6th, 2013, and went on to graduate early, and enroll early at NC State in January of 2014 for the Springs Semester.  He chose to run with the Wolfpack over offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Virginia, East Carolina, UNC, and Virginia Tech.

Senior Highlights

Last season Pratt played in all 13 games as a true freshman, and even started in the contest against Louisville.  He had 32 tackles and 3 pass breakups in 262 snaps.  Pratt is currently #2 on the depth chart at Free Safety behind Graduate Senior Hakim Jones.

Pratt has put on over 30 pounds since he arrived in Raleigh, now weighing 234 pounds.  There aren’t many players that possess his size and athleticism.  Pratt has the speed of a Safety and the size of a Linebacker.

Pack of Stars #25: Justin Jones

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Football is 1 of the Top-25 Most Winningest Power Conference Teams in the CFP Era

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NC State’s Football team has been one of the Top-25 most winningest Power Conference teams in the College Football Playoff Era (2014-23), ranking 21st with 78 wins in that timespan.

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The Wolfpack’s 78 wins are the 3rd most in the ACC in the CFP Era.

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NC State is 1 of 3 Schools to Ever Go to a Bowl, the Men’s & Women’s Final Four and the College World Series in 1 Year

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NC State is truly having one of the most special years in the history of College Athletics.

In the 2023-24 Athletic Year…

NC State’s Football team went to a Bowl Game.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Women’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Baseball team has advanced to the College World Series.

NC State is 1 of 3 schools to ever check off all of those boxes in an Athletic Year. They join Texas (2003) and Louisville (2013).

Let’s compare the three special years for each school.

Louisville (2012-13)

The Cardinals defeated Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals won the Men’s Basketball National Championship, but has since been vacated.
The Cardinals lost in the Women’s National Championship game against UCONN.
The Cardinals went 0-2 in the College World Series.

Texas (2002-03)

The Longhorns defeated LSU 35-20 in the Cotton Bowl
The Longhorns lost 84-95 to Syracuse in the Men’s Final Four.
The Longhorns 69-71 to UCONN in the Women’s Final Four.
The Longhorns went 1-2 in the College World Series.

NC State (2023-24)

The Wolfpack lost 19-28 to Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
The Wolfpack lost 50-63 to Purdue in the Men’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack lost 59-78 to South Carolina in the Women’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack ________ in the College World Series.

 

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According to ESPN’s FPI, NC State has the 20th Easiest P4 Schedule Heading into the 2024 College Football Season

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According to ESPN’s FPI Rankings, NC State’s Football squad has the 20th easiest schedule out of all Power 4 teams.

1. Syracuse
2. Virginia Tech
3. Rutgers
4. Kansas
5. UNC
6. SMU
7. Utah
8. K-State
9. Texas Tech
10. Pitt
11. UCF
12. Oklahoma State
13. Duke
14. Cincinnati
15. Arizona
16. Iowa State
17. Baylor
18. Wake Forest
19. Notre Dame
20. NC State
21. Miami
22. BYU
23. Arizona State
24. TCU
25. Colorado

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