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NC State’s Football Recruiting Momentum is Unprecedented

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With the commitment of 4-star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark yesterday, NC State’s 2019 football recruiting class is ranked 15th nationally by 247Sports, & 18th by Rivals. Last year 247Sports ranked the Wolfpack’s 2018 class as the #23 class overall. The two-year stint of recruiting at this high of a level is unprecedented in the history of NC State Football (or at least as far back as the existence of recruiting databases).

Dating back to 2001 (the first year of 247Sports recruiting database. Rivals dates back to 2002), NC State has never recorded back-to-back Top-25 recruting classes in football.

In fact, since 2001, according to 247Sports’ recruiting rankings, NC State only has had 3 Top-25 recruiting classes in total. According to Rivals rankings, the Wolfpack has only had 1 Top-25 recruiting class since 2002.

NC State’s Final 247Sports Football Recruting Ranking

2018: 23rd
2017: 43rd
2016: 59th
2015: 30th
2014: 37th
2013: 62nd
2012: 50th
2011: 71st
2010: 31st
2009: 48th
2008: 23rd
2007: 46th
2006: 48th
2005: 29th
2004: 40th
2003: 17th
2002: 46th
2001: 43rd

NC State’s Final Rivals Football Recruiting Ranking

2018: 34th
2017: 53rd
2016: 43rd
2015: 35th
2014: 30th
2013: 47th
2012: 54th
2011: 86th
2010: 34th
2009: 52nd
2008: 31st
2007: 50th
2006: 51st
2005: 27th
2004: 28th
2003: 7th
2002: 34th

I often see NC State fans on message boards or social media make the same canned response every time the Wolfpack gets a solid recruiting commitment: “We all know recruiting doesn’t matter. Only wins and losses.”

This trope reeks of ignorance.

Yes, of course highly talented players don’t guarantee victories. They still have to go out and play the game. Yes, the coach has to know how to coach the talent he brings in.

But if you don’t think there is a correlation between victories on the field and victories on the recruiting trail, you’re fooling yourself.

Dabo Swinney has reeled in 9 straight Top-25 recruiting classes at Clemson according to 247Sports. Consistent high-level recruiting has been foundational to Clemson’s yearly dominance.

What Dave Doeren and his staff have done for two years in a row now deserves a ton of credit.

Obviously the 2019 recruiting class is far from done, and there obviously is a chance they could slip out of the Top-25, but I don’t see that happening. In fact, I think they could move up. NC State leads for 4-star defensive tackle Joshua Harris. They lead for 4-star Athlete J.R. Walker. They lead for 4-star cornerback Shyheim Battle. NC State has put themselves in a good position with 4-star defensive end Traveon Freshwater, 4-star running back Zonovan Knight and 4-star cornerback Tyus Fields. The Wolfpack is even in the mix for 5-star running back/Linebacker Quavaris Crouch.

Doeren has never worked with this level of talent before. If you look at his early recruiting class rankings, you will realize he has done a great job developing players to become greater than their recruiting ranking.

Now he gets to do the same thing with higher ranked talent.

The future is looking bright for NC State football.

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5-Star RB Will Shipley Visiting NC State Today

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I confirmed with 5-Star 2021 Running Back Will Shipley (5’11”/200) that he will be in attendance for NC State’s matchup against Ball State tonight.

ESPN ranks Shipley as the #19 overall player nationally in the 2021 recruiting class. 247Sports and Rivals both rank him as the #1 All-Purpose Running Back in 2021.

Shipley ran 206 times for 1,417 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 393 yards and six more scores as a Sophomore last year for Weddington High School.

Both of his parents are NC State alumni, as well as 20+members of his family. Ties like that give the Wolfpack a chance with the in-state sensation who also holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and a slew of others.

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4-Star DE Jahvaree Ritzie Visiting NC State Today

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4-Star 2021 Defensive End Jahvaree Ritzie will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State today along with his teammate, Linebacker Raneiria Dillowrth.

Rivals ranks Ritzie as the #111 overall player nationally in the 2021 recruiting class and the #6 Strongside Defensive End. 247Sports ranks him as the #7 player in the state of North Carolina in 2021.

NC State offered Ritzie back on January 15th. He was at UNC on the 2nd weekend of the month. Ritzie attended the Alpha Wolf Showcase in Raleigh at the end of July.

Dillworth is an unranked/unrated player that doesn’t hold an offer from the Wolfpack, but does hold offers from Virginia Tech, Liberty and Temple.

They both play together at Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Ritzie 2018 Highlights

Dillworth 2018 Highlights


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NC State 2020 Football Commits Week 4 Report

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This past weekend marked the fourth week of the 2019 high school football season. Here’s a rundown on how the 2020 NC State Football verbal commitments fared.

4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks had 7 receptions for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns in Myers Park’s 47-0 victory over South Mecklenberg. All of his stats were in the 1st half.

3-Star Safety Nehki Meredith had a 10-yard touchdown run, a 50-yard punt return and three tackles in Bishop Sullivan’s 41-33 loss to Richmond Collegiate.

3-Star Cornerback Aydan White had 2 receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown in Christ School’s 27-7 victory over Murphy. He also had 1 tackle.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Jaylen Smith had 4 tackles in Hertford County’s 45-18 victory over Northhampton county.

3-Star Cornerback Devan Boykin had 4 receptions for 62 yards in Ragsdale’s 14-7 victory over Southwest Guilford.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Davin Vann had 7 tackles in Cary’s 16-14 loss to West Brunswick, and 2 forced fumbles.

3-Star Quarterback Ben Finley went bonkers, completing 13 of 15 passes for 295 yards and 5 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in Paradise Valley’s 70-24 victory over Shadow Mountain.

3-Star Wide Receiver Stephen Gosnell had 5 receptions for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns in East Surry’s 56-12 victory over Surry Central.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Pheladarius Payne had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 QB Hurry in Lackawanna’s 17-7 victory over Snow College.

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3-Star LB Jayland Parker Taking Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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3-Star 2020 Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’3″/214) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, as the Wolfpack host Ball State on Saturday night (7pm).

Parker included NC State in his Top-3 back on June 15th along with Purdue and Colorado. He took Official Visits to both Purdue and Colorado.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st, while he was in for an unofficial visit.

Parker committed to Colorado back at the beginning of July, but decommitted on September 8th.

He recently took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State, but I think there’s a strong likelihood that Parker leaves this weekend as an NC State commit. Since his decommitment, 5 crystal ball predictions over at 247Sports have come in, and they all project that he will run with the Wolfpack.

He had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions last year in 2018 for Westside High School (Macon, GA). Parker has 17 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 interception through the first two games of 2019.

247Sports Composite ranks Parker as the #51 player in the state of Georgia, and ESPN ranks him as the #14 Inside Linebacker in the 2020 recruiting class.

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