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Here is a breakdown of how the 2016 and 2017 NC State commits did in the 5th week of high school football:


LB – Garrett Hooker – Hooker had 23 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 1 punt block, and 1 touchdown in Ledford’s 26-0 victory over Salisbury.  Salisbury is now 4-1.  Hooker is averaging 17.2 tackles per game.

TE – Bryce Dixon – Dixon had 2 catches for 39 yards on offense and 19 tackles and 2 sacks in Green Hope’s 32-21 win over Sanderson.  Green Hope is now 3-2.  Dixon is averaging 82.4 receiving yards per game and 11.2 tackles.

LB – Brock Miller – Miller had 12 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 1 sack in John Carroll Catholic’s 17-7 loss to Archbishop McCarthy. John Carroll is 1-2.  Miller is averaging 12.3 tackles per game.

Here’s a Highlight Reel of Miller’s first three games.

QB – Dylan Parham – Parham had 105 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in Southeast Raleigh’s 26-20 upset victory over Garner.  Southeast Raleigh is 2-3 on the year.

WR – DaeShawn Stephens – Stephens had 4 receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown in Hillside’s 44-3 victory over Halifax County.  Hillside is now 2-2.

TE – Dylan Autenrieth – Autenrieth had 2 receptions for 33 yards in North Paulding’s 56-21 victory over Kennesaw Mountain.  The victory was North Paulding’s first of the season.  Their record is now 1-4.  Autenrieth has 10 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown on the season.

OL – Kollin Byers – Crest High School defeated Roseboro 38-10 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

OL – Bryce Folsom – Chattahoochee lost to Centennial 48-40 to fall to 0-4 on the year.

OL – Harrison Gee – Williams lost to Western Alamance 44-0, and now have a record of 2-3.

OL – Justin Witt – Lincoln-Way West defeated Andrew 50-12 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

OL – Joe Sculthorpe – Topsail lost to Jacksonville 34-12 and now is 3-2 on the year.


TE – Damien Darden – C.B Aycock lost to Corinth Holders 56-19.  Darden had 4 receptions for 36 yards.



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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WATCH: NC State Commit Ronnie Royal Snags a One-Handed Interception in State Championship Game



Last night NC State 2024 4-Star ATH verbal commit Ronnie Royal III snagged one of the best interceptions I’ve EVER seen in the Alabama 5A state championship game.

Royal’s Gulf Shores squad defeated Ramsay 21-14. On the other side of the ball, he finished with 22 carries for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Heading into the game last night, Royal had 2,470 all-purpose yards on the year, with 884 rushing, 435 receiving, 606 on punt returns and 154 on kickoff returns. Prior to last night, he had 24 touchdowns on the season, with 15 rushing, 1 receiving, 4 on punt return, 2 on kickoff return and 2 interceptions returned for TD’s.

NC State is getting a gem.

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Will NC State Be Able to Hold Onto 4-Star Quarterback Cedrick Bailey?



Ever since Miami offered NC State Quarterback commit Cedrick Bailey on November 19th, there has been a question mark surrounding his commitment to the Wolfpack. The 4-Star prospect lives 30 minutes or so from Miami. Two of his teammates are verbally committed to the Hurricanes: 4-Star WR Joshisa Trader and 4-Star ATH Zaquan Patterson.

Today, Bailey played in the state championship game, and his elite Chaminade squad blistered Clearwater 56-0. Bailey was 17 of 23 for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Bailey still has an NC State logo on the back of his helmet, and Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren was in attendance today on the sideline.

“It’s great to see to have my coach out here and he seeing me shining and winning,” said Bailey, who also wore an NC State decal on the back of his helmet. “It’s great to have Coach Doreen over here. I put on a show for him and those guys at N.C. State.” (Link)

There were also Miami coaches in attendance.

After the game, Bailey wouldn’t definitively say if his commitment was still solid with the Wolfpack.

“It’s kind of iffy right now,” said Bailey. “I think I have my mind set on what I want to do right now, so we’re going to see on signing day.” (Link)

Bailey’s Senior campaign has been outstanding, throwing for 47 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions, completing 72% of his passes.

If the Wolfpack can hold onto him, they will be getting a good one.

Cards on the table…I like that he had the NC State logo on the back of his helmet…but I still don’t feel confident heading into signing day on December 20th.

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Missouri OL Transfer Valen Erickson will be Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend



According to a source, Missouri Transfer Offensive Lineman Valen Erickson (6’6″/313) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

Erickson announced he would be entering the Transfer Portal on November 13th.

As a high school prospect, Erickson was a 3-star prospect out of Chicago, Illinois, also holding an offer from Nebraska. Rivals ranked him as the #7 player in the state of Illinois in the 2022 class.

Erickson has 3-years of eligibility remaining.


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UCONN Transfer TE Justin Joly Taking an Official Visit to NC State This Weekend



UCONN Transfer Tight End Justin Joly (6’3″/215) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend according to a source.

Joly announced he was entering the Transfer Portal on November 30th.

Joly had an incredible Sophomore campaign, catching 56 passes for 578 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had 4 receptions for 38 yards in the season opener against the Wolfpack.

ON3 ranks Joly as the #21 overall prospect in the Transfer Portal, and the #1 Tight End. 247Sports ranks him as the #23 overall player in the Portal, and the #2 Tight End.

Joly has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

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