ABC11 has been featuring a local high school football player all week long leading up to the season beginning tonight. They saved the best for last, running a feature on Wake Forest High’s Dexter Lawrence, the #1 overall player in the nation according to Rivals.com. In the video, Lawrence stated that NC State and UNC were the two schools recruiting him harder than anyone else.
The summer of his sophomore year was when his recruitment really took off, and he said that he didn’t even know what an offer was before then. Now he has offers from every major program in the nation, and gets 30+ pieces of mail from schools each and every day. Lawrence told ABC that he is looking for a coach that “loves the game” and teammates that “match his personality.” He’s also looking for somewhere he “can see the field right away.”
“NC State and UNC are the Top 2 right now that are after me pretty hard. It’s just a hard decision I’m going to have to make, whether I want to stay in-state or go out.” said Lawrence.
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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NC State’s 2024 Recruiting Class Ranks 29th After Scott Committment
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.
3-Star RB Jayden Scott Commits to NC State
Yesterday 3-Star 2024 Running Back Jayden Scott (5’10″/190) verbally committed to NC State.
1000% Committed #GoPack #GoWolfpack @PackFootball pic.twitter.com/FFHIHV3CMN
— Jayden “Duke” Scott (@Dukescott34) April 19, 2023
TODAY JUST GOT A LITTLE BETTER #WPN!!!!
3⭐️ RB FROM STOCKBRIDGE, GEORGIA JAYDEN SCOTT, HAS DECIDED TO RUN WITH THE #PACK!!!
THIS CLASS OF 2024 COMMIT IS HUGE FOR @StateCoachD AND THIS STAFF!!
WILL BE A HUGE PLAYMAKER IN CARTER-FINLEY!!!!
— Tuffy Talk (@TuffyTalkNow) April 19, 2023
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.
The Wolfpack now has 5 verbal commitments in their 2024 recruiting class. Even though QB Cedrick Bailey and CB Asaad Brown are 4-star recruits according to Rivals, Scott is the highest rated out of the 5 according to ON3.
PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star DB Asaad Brown Breaks Down Commitment to NC State
4-Star 2024 Cornerback Asaad Brown verbally committed to NC State back on March 22nd. I caught up with Brown, and got his take on why he decided to run with the Wolfpack.
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.