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NC State Offers 3-Star ‘19 DE Ahmad Craig



Yesterday NC State offered 2019 3-Star Defensive End Ahmad Craig (6’6”/235) out of Buford, Georgia.

NC State redshirt freshman defensive tackle Shug Frazier, was Craig’s teammate at Buford High School.

Craig already holds offers from Auburn, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest.

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Will 4-Star ATH JR Walker Choose NC State at Noon?



4-Star 2019 Athlete JR Walker will be announcing his college decision at Noon today, and all signs point to the Clayton standout choosing NC State.

Five of the experts over at 247Sports made their Crystal Ball projection of where Walker would land, and all 5 of them picked NC State. That includes Steve Wiltfong, the National Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, who has made 1,849 Crystal Ball predictions, and been right 89% of the time.

Walker has a Top-5 of NC State, South Carolina, UNC, Virginia Tech and Duke that he announced back in May. He took official visits to all the schools in his Top-5 with the exception of Duke. The Wolfpack offered Walker a scholarship back on December 5th, 2016. Walker has stated on numerous occasions since March that NC State was his leader.

That hasn’t stopped the other schools in his Top-5 from pursuing him with vigor, especially South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Walker’s last official visit was to Blacksburg, Virginia last weekend.

247Sports ranks Walker as the #173 overall player in the 2019 class, the #9 athlete, and #6 player in the state of North Carolina. He’s teammates with 4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson at Clayton High School, who is the highest rated player in the Wolfpack’s 2019 recruiting class.

If Walker chooses to run with the Pack at Noon, #Pack19 will have six 4-star commitments.

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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 8 Report



This past weekend marked the 8th week of high school football. Before Week 9 arrives, here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did last week.

4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson had a monster performance in Clayton’s (6-1) 26-14 victory over South Johnston. He tallied 11 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and 1 blocked field goal. The Comets have won 6 straight games, and Jackson has 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks through 7 games.

4-Star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark had 5 tackles in North Stanly’s 55-0 destruction of South Davidson. The Comets have won 3 straight, and are 5-2 on the year. During their 3-game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 172-6. Clark has 57 tackles on the year.

4-Star Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris and the Person Rockets (2-5) lost their 3rd straight game, falling to Western Alamance 3-20.

4-Star Cornerback Shyheim Battle had 8 tackles (1 for loss) in Rocky Mount’s 49-20 victory over Frankinlinton, improving to 5-0 on the year.

4-Star Safety Khalid Martin had 7 tackles in East Forsyth’s 16-10 victory over rival West Forsyth, improving their record to 7-0 in 2018. He has 48 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups in 7 games.

3-Star Running Back Zonovan Knight rushed the ball 17 times for 189 yards and 1 touchdown in Southern Nash’s 63-41 victory over Fike, improving their record to 5-0 on the year. He also had a 19-yard touchdown reception. Knight has 830 yards rushing through 5 games (166 yards per game/15.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.

3-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin had a record breaking performance in Rome’s 62-24 victory over East Paulding, improving to 7-0. Griffin had 339 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns. Through 7 games, Griffin has 1,497 yards rushing (214 yards per game/11.3 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns. He also has 7 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin is 1 of 10 players on MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watchlist

3-Star Linebacker Drake Thomas had 12 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 safety in Heritage’s 57-0 victory over Corinth Holder’s. The Huskies are now 6-1. Through 7 games, Thomas has 69 tackles.

3-Star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and his Wakefield squad lost Rolesvile 7-20, falling to 2-5 on the year.

3-Star Linebacker Jaylon Scott had 8 tackles (1 for loss) in Shelby’s 49-0 victory over Chase. The Golden Lions have now won 3 stragiht, and are now 3-3 on the year. Through 6 games, Scott has 41 tackles (7 for loss).

3-Star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu had 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble in Providence Day’s 63-0 victory over Christ the King. The Chargers have now won 4 straight, and are 4-3 on the year.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Triston Miller had 2 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in Charlotte Country Day’s 0-42 loss to Charlotte Christian. The Bucs are now 4-3.

3-Star Center Dylan McMahon had 7 tackles ( 1 for loss) and 1 sack in Savannah Christian’s 24-21 victory over Calvary Day. The Raiders are now 5-1, and McMahon has 37 tackles in 6 games.

3-Star Cornerback Jalen Frazier had 2 tackles in Hough’s 55-19 victory over Lake Norman. The Huskies are now 7-0, and Frazier has 28 tackles and 1 interception thus far.

3-Star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and his Cox Mill crew beat Concord 27-7, improving their record to 5-2 on the year.

3-Star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane’s Butler Bulldogs beat Myers Park 39-22, improving to 5-2 on the season.

3-Star Wide Receiver Chris Toudle had 2 receptions for 20 yards in Hoggard’s 31-0 victory over West Brunswick. He also had 3 rushes for 23 yards. Hoggard is now 3-1, and Toudle has 7 receptions for 105 yards and 11 rushes for 52 yards and a touchdown through 3 games (missed 1st game due to injury).

3-Star Safety Jakeen Harris had 3 tackles and 1 interception in Benedictine’s 37-12 victory over Windsor Forest. ON the offensive side of the ball, Harris had 8 rushes for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 2 receptions for 43 yards. The Knights have now won 4 straight, and are 5-1 on the year. Harris has 36 tackles, 1 interception, 5 rushing touchdowns and 2 touchdown receptions thus far.

3-Star Offensive Lineman Zovon Lindsay had 4 tackles in Trinity Christian’s 54-0 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Crusaders are now 7-0 on the year.

3-Star Tight End Kam Walker’s Pisgah Bears beat Smoky Mountain 13-8, improving to 6-1 on the year.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star WR Josh Downs Talks NC State Visit



4-star 2020 Wide Receiver Josh Downs (5’10″/165) was in Raleigh two weeks ago, and took in the Wolfpack’s 35-21 victory over Virginia. Downs’ father is Gary Downs, who played running back at NC State, and was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft. The stud out of North Gwinnett High School broke down his visit, and the Wolfpack’s recruitment of him.

Thoughts on his visit to NC State…

I was a very good visit. I love the coaches and the game day atmosphere.

On NC State’s recruitment of him…

They have been recruiting me since 9th grade. It’s a strong relationship every time I go there. It’s like the whole staff knows me, so it’s good and they are recruiting hard. I talk to them everyday.

On NC State’s performance vs. the Cavaliers…

They played good.. The offense looked good. They threw the ball a lot, and the defense looked very solid.

What he likes about how the Wolfpack uses their Wide Receivers…

I love how they throw the ball a lot, and use the slot in the offense a lot.

On which schools are recruiting him the hardest…

NC state, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, etc

On any NC State players he has a good bond with…

Kelvin Harmon is my big bro.

On any NC State commits he’s friends with…

Jalen Frazier is a good friend of mine.


Rivals ranks Downs as the #220 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, the #39 receiver nationally, and the #26 player in the state of Georgia.

Downs not only has a family connection to NC State, but also hails from Georgia, where the Wolfpack has a strong and successful recruiting presence.

He was also watching the game with 4-star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks, who is the #1 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2020 recruiting class.

Downs hinted on Twitter days after their visit that the two standout receivers could be a package deal at the next level.

Downs, as well as Rooks, are two to keep your eye on in 2020.

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WATCH: NC State Commit Jamious Griffin Has Record Breaking Night (339 RUSHING YARDS)



NC State 2019 running back commit Jamious Griffin had a record breaking night this past Friday night, rushing for 339 yards on 24 carries!

Griffin also added two more touchdowns to his already impressive 2018 haul.

“This season is going really well,” he said. “We thought some of these games would be tough, but we’re playing together as a team, so it’s making it a little easier right now.” (Link)

After this weekend, Griffin has claimed the following Rome High School records:
Career Rushing Yards
Career Touchdowns
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Single Season Rushing Yards (3 games remaining)
Single Season Touchdowns (31)
Rushing Yards in a Single Game (339)
Touchdowns in a Game (5)
Career Points

Rome High School has now won 35 straight football games, and is looking to win their 3rd straight Georgia State Championship.

Griffin is one of ten players on MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List.

Through 7 games, Griffin has 1,497 yards rushing (11.3 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns (20 rushing & 2 receiving), and he has 3 more regular season games remaining to add to these already gaudy numbers.

At this point, Griffin’s 3-star rating is laughable.

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