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All-American Sanderson WR Justin Dunn to Walk-On at NC State

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Justin Dunn announced on Sunday that he would be teammates with 2018 signees Alim McNeil and Trent Pennix once again, this time as a walk-on at NC State.

Dunn didn’t start playing football until 8th grade, and didn’t start playing Wide Receiver until a few games into his Senior season. He played quarterback for his first 3 seasons at Sanderson, but struggled as a Junior, and at the start of his Senior campaign.

This resulted in a switch from quarterback to wide receiver, and the switch went extremely well. In fact, Dunn only played 8 games at Wide Receiver, but Dunn finished his Senior year at Sanderson with 25 receptions for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns, leading his team in all three categories. He also earned CAP 7 All-Conference honors, in a conference where quite a few other wide receivers had committed to Division-I schools.

What he did in a short period of time was enough to earn a spot in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.

I spoke with Dunn, and he told me that NC State started talking with him during the summer before his Junior season when he was still playing quarterback, but the recruitment picked up after he was selected to the All-American bowl.

“I really love the football and campus culture at NC state and have been a fan for a while,” said Dunn. “I feel like the team is definitely growing into one of those top teams in the nation and the future is very bright.”

One of the perks of running with the Wolfpack next year, is that he gets to continue to play football with Defensive Lineman Alim McNeil and Running Back Trent Pennix.

“I’m really excited I’ve had four great years with them in high school and I’m excited to see what we can do at the next level.”

Dunn feels like his skill set will be a good fit for what NC State does on offense.

“I feel like I’ll fit in well. They definitely have a great lineup of qbs which is always a good thing for a receiver,” said Dunn. “Also they’re coaching staff is one of the best in the country. Their offense is very well balanced with the run and pass which is good.”

Head coach Dave Doeren said the other day that walk-ons are treated like every other player on the team. They are given the same opportunities. The key is, they have to be opportunistic. Dunn was opportunistic, switching from Quarterback to Wide Receiver during his Senior season, and it changed his future. Hopfully Dunn can find ways to be opportunistic at NC State that result with him making a difference on the gridiron.

 

 

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NC State’s Most Recent Football Recruiting Visitors

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NC State has had some serious football talent come through Raleigh recently. Here’s a look at which recruits have been by this week.

Antonio Barber/2020/WR

3-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Antonio Barber is visiting NC State today.

Barber (6’2″/185) is still technically a Tennessee commit, but after his visit today, he will have made the trip to Raleigh three times in the past 30 days. He recently visited Penn State as well. Barber played with NC State 2019 commit Jalen Frazier at Hough in Cornelius, North Carolina. Rivals ranks Barber as the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

All things are pointing towards Barber eventually running with the Wolfpack.

Evan Pryor/2021/RB

Barber’s teammate at Hough, 4-Star 2021 Running Back Evan Pryor (5’11″/175) is also visiting today.

NC State offered Pryor on January 10th, and he took an unofficial visit on January 19th. He has also recently unofficially visited UNC, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Georgia. Alabama recently offered.

247Sports ranks Pryor as the #67 overall player in the 2021 class, the #6 Running Back, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Pryor rushed for 912 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns for Hough this year. He also had 24 receptions for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Seth Williams/2020/C

3-Star 2020 Center Seth Williams (6’3″/315) is also visiting NC State today.

Williams plays for Statesville High School (Statesville, NC). He holds offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Navy, and Marshall. He recently visited App St., and is visiting Wake Forest tomorrow.

Williams visited Raleigh back on Junior Day as well.

Jayland Parker/2020/LB

2020 3-Star Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’2″/214) was in for a visit yesterday.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st when he was on an unofficial visit. He has also recently visited Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Parker also holds offers from Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Rutgers, Pitt, Mississippi State, Kansas, Louisville, Duke and others.

Rivals lists Parker as a Safety, and 247Sports lists him as an Inside Linebacker.

Parker had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions for Westside (Macon, GA) last year.

Jake Rubley/2021/QB

4-Star 2021 Quarterback Jake Rubley (6’3″/195) was in for a visit yesterday, and picked up an offer from the Wolfpack while he was here.

Rubley also holds offers from LSU, Iowa, Colorado, Colorado St., South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Northwestern and others.

247Sports ranks Rubley as the #82 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #4 quarterback, and the #2 player in the state of Colorado.

Rubley passed for 1,951 yards and 20 touchdowns (5 int) last year for Highlands Ranch (Highlands Ranch, CO).

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – March 21, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – March 21, 2019

 

Quiet Period

The “Quiet Period” is still in effect for recruiting through April 14th.

As a reminder, the “Quiet Period” is: When a coach at an NCAA institution cannot have any in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete or their parents outside of the colleges campus. Coaches can’t go to see any of the athlete’s sporting events or their practices.

This essentially means that all prospects must come to Raleigh to meet with our coaches.

 

Friday Visitors

On 3/22 and 3/23, several huge visitors are expected on campus.  Target 3* LB Mohamed Kaba and Target 3* WR Antonio Barber are expected to visit. 4* RB Evan Pryor from the 2021 class is also expected to visit.

 

Newest Recruiting Graphics: 

A sample of another new recruiting graphic

Speed Kills…

Target 3* CB Devan Boykin (from SC) who we really look good for, has got some serious wheels –

Slew Of New Offers

3* ATH T Lee – Buford County HS (GA) – 5’11”, 172, 4.46 40. Rated the #28 Athlete in the Country by Rivals (3*) and the #47 Athlete in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout. Currently committed to Arizona State.

Highlights

3* OT Jonathan Adorno – Wake Forest Rolesville HS (NC) – 6’4″, 285.  Rated the #90 Offensive Tackle in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout.

We were his first offer.

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3* ATH Joshua Pierre-Louis – The Benjamin School (FL) – 5’10”, 164.  We were also his first offer. He exploded with a SPARQ score of over 100 at a recent combine in Miami.  We were also his first offer.

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3* TE Trey Boll – Collegiate HS (VA) – The same school that Russell Wilson attended – NR so far by any service.

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3* OT Kobe Baynes – Sandalwood HS (FL) – 6’4″, 301. Rated the #105 Offensive Tackle in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR (3*) Offensive Guard on Rivals.

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3* OT Bradley Ashmore – Fletcher HS (FL) – 6’6″, 280. Rated the #77 Offensive Tackle in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR (3*) Offensive Tackle on Rivals.

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Updated Names To Watch

Keep an eye on these prospects for potential commitments soon:

3* CB Devon Boykin, 3* OT Anthony Carter, 3* WR Antonio McCollum, 3* OG RJ Adams,3* WR Jhari Patterson, 3* DT Henry Bryant, 3* ATH/WR Chris Long, 3* OT Jordan Williams, and 3* CB Andru Phillips.

 

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3-Star ATH Chris Long Includes NC State in Top-9

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2020 3-Star ATH Chris Long (6’1″/175) announced his Top-9 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Rutgers, Duke, West Virginia, Wake Forest, UNC, Temple, Pitt, and Maryland.

NC State offered Long on February 22nd.

Rivals lists Long as a Wide Receiver and 247Sports lists him as an Athlete.

247 ranks him as the #19 overall player in the state of New Jersey.

Long had 38 receptions for 583 yards and 5 touchdowns this year for Willingboro High School (Willingboro, NJ). He also had 22 tackles and 1 interception.

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3-Star OL RJ Adams Visited NC State Yesterday

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3-Star 2020 Offensive Lineman RJ Adams (6’3″/314) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday.

Adams has recently visited Penn State and UNC.

NC State offered Adams back on November 3rd.

He also holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, UNC, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Duke, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and others.

Adams plays for Woodbridge High School (Woodbridge, VA) and Rivals and 247Sports both rank him as the #10 player in the state of Virginia.

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