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4-Star Linebacker Payton Wilson Commits to NC State

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NC State’s 2018 football recruiting class just got a whole lot better. 4-star linebacker Payton Wilson (6’4”/225/Orange High/Hillsborough, North Carolina) just committed to run with the Wolfpack.

Wilson is a U.S. Army All-American, and a nominee for the U.S. Army National Player of the Year award.

How big of a deal is the addition of Wilson?

He instantly became the highest rated player in the Wolfpack’s 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports. They rank him as the #67 overall player in the 2018 class.

On May 1st Wilson initially committed to UNC, but that didn’t stop NC State from recruiting him. Some were shocked to see Wilson take an unofficial to NC State early in the season to take in a game. Then NC State head coach Dave Doeren and defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable were on the sidelines watching his game on October 6th. On November 3rd, Wilson took an official visit to NC State when they played Clemson. Two weeks ago, on November 22nd, Wilson officially decommitted from UNC, and then watched the Pack beat the Tar Heels on home sideline last weekend.

Before tearing his ACL, in 8 games Wilson completed 13-of-27 passes for 125 yards, rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns on 67 carries, caught 15 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns, posted 103 tackles and 10 sacks, intercepted one pass and recovered one fumble.

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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4-Star WR Malik Clark Announces Final Four, Decision Coming Next Week

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4-Star 2025 Wide Receiver Malik Clark (6’2″/170) has trimmed his list to 4 schools: NC State, UNC, South Carolina and FSU. He will be announcing his college decision next week, on July 25th.

ON3, 247Sports and ESPN all rank Clark as a Top-250 prospect nationally in the 2025 recruiting class, with ESPN ranking him 165th. ESPN also ranks him as the #16 Wide Receiver nationally, and the #2 player in the state of South Carolina.

NC State offered Clark back on January 17th.

Clark plays for Rock Hill High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina), and caught 46 passes for 800 yards and 9 TD as a Junior this past season. He is speedy, running a 4.35 laser timed 40.

He took an Official Visit to NC State later on June 21-23.

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WATCH Isaac Sowells Jr. & Mykah Newton Announce Their Commitments to NC State

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Yesterday, NC State picked up verbal commitments from Center Isaac Sowells Jr. and Defensive End Mykah Newton in their 2025 recruiting class. Check out both of them making their announcements.

Center Isaac Sowells Jr.

Defensive End Mykah Newton

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NC State’s 2025 Football Recruiting Class Ranks 39th After 2 Commitments Today

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NC State’s Football team picked up 2 verbal commitments today, increasing their recruiting class to 16 players. After the commitment of Center Isaacc Sowells Jr. and Defensive End Mykah Newton, ON3 ranks the Wolfpack’s class 39th nationally.

Rivals and 247Sports ranks the class 48th.

 

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3-Star DE Mykah Newton Commits to NC State!

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3-Star 2025 Defensive End Mykah Newton (6’3″/260) has verbally committed to NC State!

Newton chose to Run with the Wolfpack over a Final 3 that included UCF and Michigan St.

He plays for Newberry High School (Newberry, Florida) down in the Sunshine State. His Junior stats last season were extremely impressive, racking up 62 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

NC State offered Newton on May 13th. Newton took an Official Visit to NC State on June 7-9.

NC State now has 16 verbal commitments in their 2025 recruiting class: 4-Star RB Kentrell Rinehart, 4-Star WR Jerel Bolder, 3-Star C Isaac Sowells Jr., 3-Star RB RJ Boyd, 3-Star WR Arrion Concepcion, 3-Star DE Mykah Newton, 3-Star CB Cam Strong, 3-Star QB Will Wilson, 3-Star TE Gus Ritchey, 3-Star DE Colby Cronk, 3-Star S Tristan Teasdell, 3-Star WR Jamar Browder, 3-Star CB Caden Gordon, 3-Star OL Michael Gibbs, 3-Star DL Makhi Williams-Lee & DT Omarian Abraham.

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