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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 3/10/18



Football Recruiting Update – March 10, 2018:

Spring Game is expected to bring a huge amount of marquee recruits to Carter-Finley.

Spring Game will be Saturday, April 7th at 1 pm.


We have been named as the school to beat for quite a few marquee prospects at this point in their recruitment.  These include 4* ATH JR Walker, 3* DE Christian Rorie, 3* LB Drake Thomas, 3* CB Shyheim Battle, 3* TE Kyle Bilodeau, 3* OL Jamari Williams, 4* LB Traveon Freshwater, and 3* OT Carter Colquitt.


Interesting to note, Traveon Freshwater and JR Walker are high school teammates and might be a package deal in college.  Freshwater was one of the national leaders in sacks last year (27), despite being 6’1″, 220.  He definitely projects to an OLB type college prospect due to his speed and tackling ability.  Walker probably projects best as a safety in college or a nickel.  However, Walker has the athleticism that he could legitimately play special teams immediately as a kick returner or punt returner.


Look for Freshwater and Walker to both visit State for the Spring Game on April 7th.  It sounds like both might graduate from high school early and might commit to their chosen school before their senior season starts.


2019 Prospects Who Are Off the Board:

4* RB Zonovan Knight from Southern Nash HS (NC).  He committed to Duke.

4* QB Ty Evans from Palmer Ridge HS (CO). He committed to Colorado.

3* RB Marcus Crawley from Trinity Christian Academy (FL).  He committed to Miami.

3* WR Donovan Greene from Mount Airy HS (NC).  He committed to Duke.

3* WR Elijah Bowick from Myers Park HS (NC).  He committed to Virginia Tech.

3* WR Nolan Groulx from Hough HS (NC).  He committed to Wisconsin.

3* WR Seneca Milledge from Dunbar HS (FL).  He committed to Virginia.  (Was formally committed to us).

3* OG Jacob Monk from Holders HS (NC).  He committed to Duke.

3* LB Charles Thomas from IMG Academy (FL).  He committed to Michigan.

3* LB Samuel Brooks from Northwestern HS (FL). He committed to Miami.

3* CB Isaiah Kemp from Hoggard HS (NC). He committed to Duke.

3* CB Tony Davis from Huss HS (NC).  He committed to Duke.

3* CB Jayden Curry from IMG Academy (FL). He committed to UNC.

3* CB Major Williams from Dunbar HS (FL). He committed to Virginia.


A new feature for the 2019 cycle…


Starting with this update, I will provide an in-depth analysis of a position of need for the 2019 class (with the goal of getting all positions and prospects looked at over the course of the bi-weekly column between now and August).


QB Battle:

At this point, it appears that our QB recruiting in the 2019 class is centered around three prospects. 4* Sam Howell, from Sun Valley HS (NC), 3* Ryan Hilinski from Orange Lutheran HS (CA), and 3* Kenneth Jefferson from North Panola HS (MS).


Highlights of Howell:


Highlights of Hilinski:


Highlights of Jefferson:


Statistical Breakdown from Junior Season:



Howell – 225 of 382 for 3,372 yards.  36 Touchdowns with 11 Interceptions

Hilinski – 294 of 421 for 3,749 yards.  33 Touchdowns with 6 Interceptions

Jefferson – 150 of 236 for 3,028 yards.  36 Touchdowns with 3 Interceptions



Howell – 230 carries for 1,594 yards.  24 Touchdowns.

Hilinksi – 87 carries for 80 yards.  6 Touchdowns.

Jefferson – 139 carries for 1,325 yards.  8 Touchdowns.



Howell – 4* on 24/7 sports and Scout (#4 Pro-Style QB), 4* on Rivals (#5 Pro-Style QB), 3* on ESPN (#7 Pro-Style QB)


Hilinski – 3* on 24/7 sports and Scout (#12 Pro-Style QB), 3* on Rivals (#11 Pro-Style QB), NR on ESPN


Jefferson – 3* on 24/7 sports and Scout (#21 Pro-Style QB), NR on ESPN, NR on Rivals.



Howell – 6’1″, 217.

Hilinski – 6’3″, 218.

Jefferson – 6’4″, 205.


My analysis:

Hilinski is the more prototypical pocket passing QB out of the bunch, more compared to Ryan Finley. He can get yardage on the ground if everything breaks down in pass protection.  I could be wrong, but I think he is trying to get out of the mantra of following his brother’s footsteps on the West Coast. He has toured a lot of schools in the South in the last few weeks, including South Carolina, State, Clemson, and others.


Howell is the highest rated QB prospect out of the bunch.  However, he is being asked to do a whole lot for his HS (60 touchdowns his junior year).  His size worries me with this heavy of a workload in high school. He is not nearly as accurate downfield as Jefferson or Hilinski are, but he is very athletic and very dangerous with the ball in the open field. Recent predictions have him committing to Clemson sooner rather than later.


Jefferson is the rising star out of the bunch and is a dynamic athlete who plays in the middle of nowhere in Mississippi but is suddenly getting a huge amount of offers (offered by Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State).  Interesting to note that we offered him before his home state schools.  He has visited State recently.

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WR Porter Rooks is the 4th Highest Ranked Player to Commit to NC State Since 2002



Earlier tonight 4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) committed to NC State, and I alluded to the fact that he was one of the Wolfpack’s highest rated commits in the recruiting database era. Well, below is the data to support it.

Remember, Rooks ranking has plenty of time to go up and down, but as it currently stands, Rooks is the 4th highest rated prospect to commit to NC State according to Rivals (dating back to 2002), 6th according to 247Sports Composite (dating back to 2002), and 8th according to ESPN (dating back to 2006).

1) RB Toney Baker – 2005 – 39th (#1 in NC)
2) DE Kentavius Street – 2014 – 43rd (#2 in NC)
3) RB Darrell Blackman – 2003 – 46th
4) WR Porter Rooks – 2020 – 48th (#1 in NC)
5) WR Richard Washington – 2002 – 54th
6) QB Mike Glennon – 2008 – 59th
7) OT Curtis Crouch – 2005 – 63rd (#4 in NC)
8) CB AJ Davis – 2002 – 80th (#5 in NC)
9) QB Marcus Stone – 2003 – 84th
10) RB Ricky Person – 2018 – 85th (#5 in NC)
11) ATH Jimmie Sutton III – 93rd
12) RB Nyheim Hines – 2015 – 94th (#3 in NC)
13) DE Darian Roseboro – 2014 – 100th (#4 in NC)

247Sports Composite
1) DT DeMario Pressley – 2004 – #12 (#1 NC)
2) RB Toney Baker – 2005 – #26 – (#1 in NC)
3) OT Robert Crisp – 2010 – #29 (#2 in NC)
4) WR Richard Washington – 2002 – #44
5) QB Mike Glennon – 2008 – #47
6) WR Porter Rooks – 2020 – #52 (#2 NC)
7) RB Darrell Blackman – 2003 – #59
8) OT Curtis Crouch – 2005 – #64 (#4 in NC)
8) CB AJ Davis – 2002 – #64 (#4 in NC)
10) RB Johnny Frasier – 2015 – #78 (#3 in NC)
11) LB Payton Wilson – 2018 – #79 (#4 in NC)
12) DE Savion Jackson – 2019 – #93 (#3 in NC)

1) QB Mike Glennon – 2008 – 32nd
2) DE Savion Jackson – 2019 – 34th (#1 in NC)
3) OT Robert Crisp – 2010 – 59th
4) DE Kentavius Street – 2014 – 68th (#4 in NC)
5) RB Johnny Frasier – 2015 – 80th (#3 in NC)
6) RB Brandon Barnes – 2008 – 85th
7) LB Payton Wilson – 2018 – 105th (#3 in NC)
8) WR Porter Rooks – 2020 – 122nd (#3 in NC)
9) RB Nyheim Hines – 2015 – 155th (#5 in NC)
10) DE Darian Roseboro – 2015 – 184th (#7 in NC)


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NC State COMMIT 4-Star WR Porter Rooks: VIDEO VAULT



NC State picked up one of the biggest commitments of the recruiting database era tonight, when 4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2”/189) committed to run with the Wolfpack.

Take a few moments and watch Rooks highlights from his first three years at Providence Day High School (Charlotte, NC).

Junior Year

Sophomore Year

Freshman Year

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4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks Commits to NC State!



NC State just picked up a monster commitment from 2020 4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) today. I reached out to Rooks, and he confirmed he was 100% commitmented.

This is one of the highest rated commitments NC State has picked up in the recruiting database era. 247Sports ranks him as the #45 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, the #7 Wide Receiver, and Rivals ranks him as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Providence Day/Charlotte, North Carolina).

Rooks chose NC State over a Final 8 that included Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Freaking huge pickup for the Wolfpack.

He joins 3-Star Quarterback Ben Finley as the 2nd member of the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class.

Junior Highlights

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PI EXCLUSIVE: QB Ty Evans Breaks Down His Commitment to NC State



Elite 11 Quarterback Ty Evans flipped his commitment from Colorado to NC State on Monday, giving the Wolfpack the signal caller they were looking to add to their 2019 recruiting class. I caught up with him yesterday, and he explained why he committed to NC State, what was effective about their recruitment, and what he enjoyed most about his official visit.

Why NC State?

“NC State offered me over a year ago, and were in my Top-2 because of the location. I can start in Business school right away. They have gone to 5 straight bowl games and have put Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Jacoby Brissett and Ryan Finley in the NFL in the last 15 years…it’s known as QBU. Coach D just got an extension last year, so it’s a STABLE staff!!”

What was effective about NC State’s recruitment of you?

“I’ve had a great relationship with Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Drink (Drinkwitz) over the year and NC State does a great job with their recruiting. They not only build relationships, but use technology and social media, which is smart. They stayed in touch, but didn’t over do it.”

Breakdown your thoughts on your Official Visit this past weekend.

“My whole family really enjoyed the Official Visit. It was my little brothers birthday, so he thought the bowling with the recruits was for him, which made his whole weekend. It was a very good balance of information and fun. Coach D was very involved which you don’t always see with Head Coaches, and it was great to meet the staff’s families. My favorite part was getting away with the current players and recruits, which allowed me to see the team culture. It was awkward at first with the other recruits because I was the new guy, but by the end of day one we were clicking. They are great guy and players, which means success.”


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