Weekly Recruiting Update – October 4, 2017
Official Visitors for Syracuse Game:
LB Eriq Gilyard from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. Highly regarded by Rivals and ESPN (4*) on both sites. Rated as high as the #10 ILB in the country.
Highlights of Gilyard
Current Season Stats: 4 Games Played: 46 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 Fumble Recoveries
Given our latest development at linebacker recruiting, I think Gilyard might be a backup plan.
See below for more details…
LB Calvin Hart Jr. from American Heritage HS in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Reportedly Hart Jr. is good friends with current NC State Commit S/CB Teshaun Smith.
Highlights of Hart Jr.:
Current Season Stats: 2 Games Played (Out of 3 Total Games): 17 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack
*** Committed on 9/30/17
In a more shocking development, Target 4* LB Payton Wilson (Hillsbourgh, NC) also visited State Saturday unofficially.
He is currently committed to Carolina, but could be a potential flip and has supposedly be in contact with our coaches quite a bit lately.
Highlights of Wilson:
Wilson is rated as high as the #3 Outside Linebacker in the country by 24/7 sports.
Targets to Keep An Eye On:
3* LB Fa’najae Gotay – Attends North Fort Meyers HS in Florida. 6’0”, 205. 4.56 40.
Highlights of Gotay:
We would be looking at him at OLB instead of an Athlete, however, he has the skills to potentially play a wide variety of positions for us (NLB, OLB, Safety, Slot Receiver?).
He is exclusively playing offense this year for North Fort Meyers HS. He played offense and defense for South Fort Meyers HS last year.
Here’s my current projection of how things pan out for each of our remaining targets:
4* DE/DT Alim McNeill – NC STATE
4* OG Jovaughn Gwyn – NC STATE
4* DT Jordan Davis – NC STATE
4* LB Payton Wilson – NC STATE
3* DE Joseph Boletepeli – NC STATE
4* LB Keshon Artis – NC STATE
3* LB Eriq Gilyard – UCF
3* CB/S Kendall Williamson – GEORGIA TECH
3* DE Jason Mercier – PITTSBURGH
3* DT Jalen Alexander – MARYLAND
3* DE/DT Jordan Redmond – WISCONSIN
3* TE Messiah Swinson – BOSTON COLLEGE
3* WR/S Joseph Wilkins Jr. – KENTUCKY
3* LB/ATH Fa’janee Gotay – NO PROJECTION YET
OFFICIAL VISITORS FOR LOUISVILLE GAME:
SDE Joe Babros – Attends Saddleback College (JUCO) in Mission Viejo, California. 6’5”, 250.
Highlights of Babros:
Aside from his highlights, Babros is very difficult to find information about.
NC State offered Babros a scholarship on September 21st, and he also holds offers from Nevada, Iowa St., Colorado St. and others.
Through lots of digging, I found that Babros was rated one of the top 10 Defensive Linemen in Orange County, CA his senior year (this is saying a lot because perennial powerhouse Mater Dei Academy is in Orange County).