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NC State’s Best Football Recruiting Commits Ever According to ESPN

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This is a breakdown of NC State’s best football recruiting commits over the past 14 years according to ESPN (ESPN’s recruiting rankings date back to 2006). I will be doing the exact same thing for Rivals and 247Sports over the next couple of days.

(All 4-Star Recruits)

1) DE Savion Jackson – 86 – 31st overall – 2019
2) DT Kentavius Street – 84 – 64th Overall – 2014
3) RB Johnny Frasier – 84 – 80th Overall – 2015
4) LB Payton Wilson – 84 – 105th Overall – 2018
5) QB Mike Glennon – 83 – 32nd Overall – 2008
6) ATH Brandon Barnes – 82 – 85th Overall – 2008
7) RB Nyheim Hines – 82 – 155th Overall – 2015
8) DE Darian Roseboro – 82 – 184th – 2015
9) OT Robert Crisp – 81 – 59th Overall – 2010
10) DT Alim McNeil – 81 – 251th Overall – 2018 –
11) CB Taiyon Palmer – 81 – 262nd Overall – 2018
12) DT CJ Clark – 81 – 270th Overall – 2019
13) OT Will Richardson – 81 – 290th Overall – 2014
14) RB Ricky Person – 80 – 299th Overall – 2018

12 Players Tied with a Grade of 80

(All 4-Star Recruits)

CB De’Von Graves – 80 – 2018
QB Devin Leary – 80 – 2018
QB Matt McKay – 80 – 2017 (247Sports and Rivals Ranked as 3-Star)
TE Thaddeus Moss – 80 – 2016
OT Emanuel McGirt – 80 – 2015
ATH Troy Vincent Jr. – 80 – 2014 (247Sports and Rivals Ranked as 3-Star)
QB Jalan McClendon – 80 – 2014
DT Justin Jones – 80 – 2014
CB Sean Paul – 80 – 2013 (247Sports and Rivals Ranked as 3-Star)
WR Hakeem Flowers – 80 – 2011 (247Sports and Rivals Ranked as 3-Star)
DE Fre’Shad Hunter – 80 – 2010 (Didn’t end up enrolling due to grades)
DE Mario Carter – 80 – 2008 (247Sports Ranked as 3-Star)

Quite a few of these recruits are so recent, it is unknown just how accurate their recruiting rankings were. With that being said, here are a few notes.

  • 2019 commit Savion Jackson is the highest Wolfpack commit of the past 14 seasons according to ESPN.
  • Kentavius Street, Mike Glennon, Nyheim Hines, Will Richardson, and Justin Jones lived up to the hype. All 5 of them had successful careers at NC State, and are currently playing in the NFL.
  • ESPN took a shot with Matt McKay, Troy Vincent Jr, Sean Paul, Hakeem Flowers, and Mario Carter, ranking them with one more star than Rivals and 247. Sometimes you take a shot, and you miss, and I would say for the most part they did with each of these players. Vincent Jr., Doeren’s most significant commitment in his second year, flipping from a Penn St. commitment, transferred to Towson. Paul saw action in only 5 games over three seasons in Raleigh, picking up 6 total tackles. Flowers transferred to Nicholls State University after not finding his niche in Raleigh.
  • All the recruiting databases overrated Brandon Barnes, Johnny Frasier and Robert Crisp. Barnes played in only 13 games over 3 seasons, accumulating only 214 yards in the ground, averaging 3.0 yards per carry. Crisp, the #2 Offensive Tackle in his class, couldn’t stay healthy, and find a consistent place in the starting plineup. Frasier, only played in 5 games, rushing for 64 yards, before deciding to leave the school to recover from an injury and focus on academics.
  • We will have to wait and see if Thaddeus Moss lives up to his hype. He had flashes of brilliance in his freshman season, but transferred to LSU and sat out last season.

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RIVALS: NC State has the 5th Best 1-2 RB Punch in the 2019 Recruiting Class

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Rivals ranked which teams they thought brought in the best 1-2 punch at running back in the 2019 recruiting class, and NC State’s combination of Zonovan Knight (4-Star) and Jordan Houston (3-Star) ranked 5th nationally.

The skinny: Knight was a big in-state commitment for the Wolfpack during the summer, while Houston was a late addition to the class after flipping from Maryland in late January. Together they should provide NC State’s offense with plenty of firepower in the coming years.

Farrell’s take: Knight is a slasher with good speed who has the ability to be a three-down back and Houston is an excellent receiver who runs good routes. This could be a duo that helps take NC State to the next level offensively in the ACC. (Rivals)

Penn State, Alabama, LSU and Stanford were ranked ahead of the Wolfpack in that order.

Zonovan Knight rushed for 2,054 yards and 26 touchdowns for Southern Nash this year, averaging a gaudy 16.5 yards per carry. He also picked up a touchdown reception, and took two punts and one kickoff to the house. Rivals ranked him as the #13 player in the state of North Carolina, and the #21 running back nationally. Knight was originally a Duke commit.

Jordan Houston rushed for 1,582 yards (12.4 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns for Flint Hill High School (Oakton, VA) this past season. Rivals ranks him as the #18 player in the state of Virginia, and the 8th best all-purpose back in the 2019 class. Houston was originally a Maryland commit.

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4-Star DE Jacolbe Cowan Includes NC State in Top-12

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4-Star 2020 Defensive End Jacolbe Cowan (6’5″/270) revealed his Top-12 schools on Thursday, and NC State made the cut along with Alabama, Clemson, UNC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

ESPN ranks Cowan as the #23 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. He plays for Providence Day in Charlotte, and was teammates with incoming Freshman OL Ikem Ekwonu and 2020 Wolfpack commit WR Porter Rooks.

Cowan unofficially visited NC State for their game against Virginia this past season.

Sophomore Highlights (Couldn’t find Junior Highlights anywhere)

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NC State’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class is the Best Since 2005 According to Rivals

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National Signing Day was Wednesday, and the 2019 football recruiting class is a wrap.

What NC State head coach Dave Doeren and his staff did putting together the 2019 class is extremely impressive.

I already posed earlier today that the Wolfpack has reeled in Top-30 recruiting classes in 247Sports rankings for the 1st time ever.

Now I want to point out the fact that this recruiting class ranks 28th nationally according to Rivals, which is the highest ranked NC State class in their database since 2005!

The Wolfpack’s 2019 recruiting class is tied for their 3rd best class since 2002 according to Rivals.

NC State’s Final Rivals Football Recruiting Ranking

2019: 28th
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

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NC State Reels in Back-to-Back Top-30 Football Recruiting Classes for 1st Time Ever

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National Signing Day has come and gone, and NC State’s 2019 football recruiting class is complete.

The Wolfpack’s recruiting momentum has no signs of slowing down, compiling the #26 recruiting class nationally according to 247Sports.

For perspective, in the history of the 247Sports database, NC State has NEVER reeled in back-to-back Top-30 recruiting classes, dating back to 2001.

This years haul is the 4th highest rated class since 2001 according to 247Sports, and last years class was the 3rd best.

NC State’s Final 247Sports Football Recruiting Ranking

2019: 26th
2018: 24th
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

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