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NC State Football have been releasing videos of all the incoming freshmen via their YouTube channel. In each of these brief videos NC State gives some background on the player and then rolls some highlights throughout their High School career. This season’s class was ranked 49th nationally and 9th in the ACC. It will be interesting to see how many of these guys earn playing time.

Checkout the following videos showcasing the incoming wide receivers:

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mcchesiii
mcchesiii
13 years ago

Though I am a hard core Dukie, I would love to see State get someone really good like Sean Miller. Please, no Rick Barnes.

Dlturbyfilljr
Dlturbyfilljr
13 years ago

To me it seems quite apparent that Dr. Yow has her sights set on Miller…
If his salary is 2.1 million she’s gonna have to pony up to the 3 million dollar range plus take care of his assistants for him to make the jump…
If we come in with a 2.5 million offer Zona will just match it and we will get turned down…
I am sure that Dr. Yow realizes this…

Mcchesiii
Mcchesiii
13 years ago

NC State should NOT hire Rick Barnes. Don’t you remember him from Clemson? Despite the amazing talent he gets every year at Texas, he underachieves every time. He may make State better, but he will never win a National Championship or beat Roy and K regularly. He just doesn’t have it. Forget about Billy Donovan. Now Shaka Smart, maybe. In addition to being a good motivator and young, he can obviously coach and his teams are exciting to watch – something State has not had in a long time.

Tann84
Tann84
13 years ago

Good stuff thanks for the info. I would love to get Miller, I just don’t see Arizona letting him go. He would have to really hate it there for him to leave as I would imagine that Arizona would match whatever offer we gave him. He is starting to get them back to where they were in the 90s. I hope he hates those Desert summers as much as I did when I was there. As far as Barnes go, we couldn’t go wrong with him either. We’d just probably be in need of another coach in the next 10… Read more »

Mcchesiii
Mcchesiii
13 years ago

How about Jeff Capel, who I think is perhaps the most logical choice based on his NC roots and coaching pedigree (his father has coached forever and he played under Coack K).

Red4Life
Red4Life
13 years ago
Reply to  Mcchesiii

How about no? We want a winner, not someone who is an average coach in the Big 12. I don’t care if a person has NC roots or not, I want a real good/great coach that will give their all to our school. NC roots should not be a prerequisite to coach at our school. Also, I don’t think that hiring a former Coach K player is the smartest of moves.

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NC State’s Kevin Concepcion Ranks 57th in CBS Sports’ Preseason Top-100 College Football Players

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CBS Sports released their Preseason Top 100 College Football players heading into the 2024 season, and NC State Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion was ranked #57.

57. NC State WR Kevin Concepcion

The rising sophomore is an all-around talent who can beat you in a bunch of ways, but mainly as a receiver. Concepcion rushed for over 300 yards at 7.8 per carry and caught 71 balls and 10 touchdowns for the season. The true freshman lit up the ACC and did most of his damage on the intermediate part of the field but has the speed to make the explosive catches as well. In his second year of college football, I’m positioning Concepcion as a top-10 receiver in the country. (CBS)

ACC Players in the Top-100

24. Clemson LB Barrett Carter

30. Miami QB Cameron Ward

33. Miami DL Rueben Bain Jr.

35. FSU Edge Patrick Payton

57. NC State WR Kevin Concepcion

59. UNC Edge Kaimon Rucker

62. Miami WR Xavier Restrepo

63. Stanford WR Elic Ayomanor

63. UNC RB Omarion Hampton

70. Louisville Edge Tyler Baron

78. Clemson DL TJ Parker

82. Louisville Edge Ashton Gillotte

88. SMU Edge Elijah Roberts

98. Miami OT Francis Mauigoa

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WATCH: Kendrick Raphael was the #2 NC State RB in the Spring Game

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It’s clear that Jordan Waters is NC State’s starting Running Back heading into the 2024 season, but who will be #2 on the Depth Chart? In the Spring Game, Sophomore Kendrick Raphael functioned in that role. I don’t think that’s a guarantee that he will be the #2 Running Back when the Fall rolls around. Redshirt Sophomore Hollywood Smothers might have something to say about that, but nonetheless, Raphael went out their 2nd, and made the most of his opportunities.

With that being said, it’s worth noting Raphael rushed the ball 3 times for times for 39 yards and a touchdown, and also caught one pass.

Check out his tape from the Spring Game.





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NC State Wide Receiver Julian Gray is Entering the Transfer Portal

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NC State Wide Receiver Julian Gray announced today that he will be entering the Transfer Portal.

This past season, Gray had career highs in receptions (16) and receiving yards (170). He ranked 4th on the team in receptions, and 7th on the team in receiving yards.

Gray has served as NC State’s primary Kickoff Returner the past two seasons, averaging 24.9 yards per return. This past year, he averaged 26.0 yards per carry, which ranked 3rd in the ACC, and 11th nationally. It stands as the 5th best single-season average in school history.

Back in 2021, ON3 ranked Gray as a 4-star prospect, the #197 overall player nationally, and the #13 player in the state of North Carolina.

For the past two seasons, Gray has carried a lot of preseason hype that hasn’t ultimately materialized in the season. I’m not saying that’s Gray’s fault, or his role in the offensive scheme. It is what it is, but with the influx of talented Wide Receivers that the Wolfpack brought in through the Portal and the High School ranks, it seems like Gray if he was looking for an increased role in 2024, it probably wasn’t going to be in Raleigh.

Gray has 2 more years of eligibility remaining.

 

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