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4-Star RB Zonovan Knight Visited NC State Yesterday

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Former Duke 2019 football commit, 4-star running back Zonovan Knight (6’0”/183), took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday.

Knight committed to Duke on March 3rd, and recently decommitted on May 20th. NC State offered him a scholarship back on January 16th. At this point, the Wolfpack are major players for Knight.

The stud running back rushed for 1,877 yards (13.2 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns for Southern Nash (Bailey, North Carolina) last season. He also averaged 34.3 yards per kickoff return.

Rivals ranks Knight as the #181 overall player, the #9 running back, and the #8 player in the state of North Carolina in 2019.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – August 21, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – August 21, 2019

 

Not a huge amount of news coming during this month due to the dead period, but there are some tidbits to share.

 

Upcoming Official Visits:

Target 4* LB Devon Betty is scheduled to take an official visit to Raleigh on September 6th.

Some murmurings that Target 3* LB Jayland Parker (currently committed to Colorado) might be considering taking an official visit to State, looks like if he does it will be in September also.

 

Spots Left:

Conservative estimates say that State should be taking at least 4 more prospects in the 2020 cycle, but could take as many as 6, particularly with OL Jaylnn Strickland, OT Kendall Brown, and S Tim Kidd-Glass deciding to leave the program. Strickland and Brown will affect scholarship numbers because they were underclassmen, whereas Kidd-Glass will not because he was going to graduate and exhaust his eligibility anyway.

 

Remaining Targets:

Targets still left on our board include 4* LB Devon Betty, 3* LB Jayland Parker, 3* OT/OG Anthony Carter, 3* DB Joshua Pierre-Louis, 3* DE Sean Martin, 3* LB Jamari Stewart, 3* WR Antonio Barber, 3* OG RJ Adams (currently committed to Penn State), 4* DE Jacolbe Cowan, 3* S Tyler Jones.

I personally don’t think NC State will take another Wide Receiver in this class unless there’s suddenly some unforeseeable attrition.

I think more new targets will emerge as the senior football season and JUCO seasons get underway. I would keep an eye on the Wolfpack potentially adding a JUCO D-Lineman or two in this cycle since they have missed on most of the marquee High School kids.

Keep an eye on 3* DE Kirmani Gainous and 3* DE Deonte Gipson from Hutchinson CC, 3* DT Robert Hentz from Northwest Mississippi CC, 3* DE Anthony Hayes from Southwest Mississippi CC, 3* DE Yaya Diaby from Georgia Military College, 3* DT Kemon Smith from Blinn College, and 3* DT Quay Mays from Northwest Mississippi CC (currently committed to West Virginia – possibly connection to our new Safeties Coach Tony Gibson).

 

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3-Star WR Antonio Barber Includes NC State in Final 5

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Former Tennessee Wide Receiver commit Antonio Barber (6’2″/185) announced his Final-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Colorado State.

Temple and South Florida were a part of Barber’s Top-7 back at the beginning of June, but dropped off this list.

247Sports Composite ranks Barber as the #15 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020, and he’s a consensus 3-star prospect. Barber plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Wolfpack already has 3 wide receivers committed in their 2020 recruiting class:

4-Star Porter Rooks
4-Star Nate McCollum
3-Star Stephen Gosnell

Barber was a frequent visitor in Raleigh back in the Spring.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19

 

Transferring Out:

Senior S Tim Kidd-Glass has announced that he will be transferring out of State.  This speaks volumes to me about how much defensive back recruiting has improved in the last several years. This will not affect 2020 recruiting class numbers at all because he was expected to graduate.

 

Spots Remaining:

Without more attrition, it looks like 4-5 more prospects will be taken. Preference will go to defense: linebacker, secondary, possibly another defensive lineman.  My guess would be 1-2 linebackers, 1 Cornerback, 1 Safety, and 1 Defensive Tackle/Defensive End type prospect. NC State might take another offensive lineman, if they are the best possible prospect left on the board, but I would guess the Wolfpack would only do that if a current lineman commit in the program decides to leave before National Signing Day.

 

Devon Beatty Update:

Target 4* Linebacker Devon Betty (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will be officially visiting on September 6th. He could play a wide variety of positions, depending on how much he grows. He has very good athleticism and pass rushing skills.

 

Latest Recruiting Graphics:

Official offers went out to 2020 kids on August 1st. Here’s a link to a tweet from Target 4* LB Devon Betty:

 

Commitment:

Target JUCO 3* Defensive End Pheldarius Payne has committed. He is rated the #2 JUCO DE in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

A lot of analysts are commenting about how fast NC State got onto Payne and how they beat a lot of bigger schools to the punch by getting him to commit so early.

I have a feeling he is going to be a big time player, similar to Larrell Murchison.

 

Highlights:

The Hot 10:

The last 10 prospects believed to be on NC State’s board (at this point) that they have a decent chance with are:

3* S Tyler Jones

3* CB Joshua Pierre Louis

3* OT Anthony Carter Jr.

4* LB Devon Betty

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan

3* DE Sean Martin (recently decommitted from UNC)

3* WR Antonio Barber

3* WR Jhari Patterson

3* LB Jamari Stewart

3* DE Zuriah Fisher

 

Committed Elsewhere:

Target 4* Defensive Tackle Kendrick Bingley Jones has committed to UNC. Reportedly, he has some academic issues which need to be addressed before he will be eligible.

Target 4* Safety Jaquarious Conley is also rumored to be committing to UNC soon. NC State did not make his top 4 schools and reportedly he also has some academic issues to correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4-Star LB Devon Betty Schedules Official Visit to NC State

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4-Star 2020 Devon Betty (6’1″/210) will be taking an official visit to NC State on September 6th, the weekend of the Western Carolina game.

Rivals ranks Betty as a 4-star prospect, and considers him a Weakside Defensive End. They think he’s the 14th best at the position nationally. ESPN and 247 both consider Betty a 3-Star Outside Linebacker prospect.

Betty plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NC State offered Betty on July 24th.

He also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas, Maryland and others.

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