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NC State Football Recruiting Update – July 12, 2018

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – July 12, 2018

What a few weeks it has been for our Pack Football staff and recruiting coordinators!
Since my last column, the following commitments have rolled in:

Long Snapper Joe Shimko
Defensive Tackle CJ Clark
Offensive Tackle Triston Miller
Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris
Safety Khalid Martin
Running Back Zonovan Knight

 

Individual Breakdowns:

Joe Shimko – Rated the #5 Long-Snapper in the country by guru Chris Rubio and by Rivals.com, rated the #3 long-snapper in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.  Unlike most prospects, Rubio has stated “Shimko gets stronger as he gets tired.” This is a very good sign for us because he will be expected to contribute immediately for us because Griffiths is graduating this year.  Shimko is the only recruit we have gotten to commit in the last 3 weeks from out of state (New Jersey).

Good video of Shimko via Chris Rubio this summer:

Analysis:  A great pickup by our coaches, which was found at our Specialist Camp this summer.  I think he projects to be better than Drew Little.  He will have to start immediately for us.  He will need to add some weight in the next year or so, but he is a very solid pickup at a very underestimated position of need for us.

 

CJ Clark – Rated the #10 Defensive Tackle in the country (4*) by Rivals, the #19 Defensive Tackle in the country (4*) by 24/7 sports and Scout and the #2 overall Defensive Tackle in North Carolina.  His commitment came out of the blue to some sorts because we don’t usually recruit well in the Stanly County area, and because his teammate, LS Drew Little, decommitted from us and went to the Cheats this summer.  Do not underestimate his talent.  CJ Clark has the body, frame, and technique to be a dominant Defensive Tackle for us.  Probably a little less athleticism than Alim McNeill, but perhaps more disruptive in the running game and can be a dominant pass rusher.

A few videos of Clark:

Analysis:  Clark is a load up front.  Several times he split double teams and easily shrugged off cut blocks to still disrupt the backfield.  He will need to get stronger and quicker, which he will be able to do in strength and conditioning during a redshirt year, but he has the ability, size, and athleticism to be a hole plugger in the defensive line. Simply put, he will be very, very difficult to run against, especially once he gets stronger and gets better coaching on technique.  Excellent pickup at a position of need for us.

 

Triston Miller – Rated the #65 Offensive Tackle in the country (3*) by Rivals, 24/7 sports, and Scout.  Rated the #1 Offensive Tackle in the State of North Carolina by all services.  Miller was not seriously playing football until the last few years (he was concentrating on basketball).  Extremely good athleticism and good footwork for a guy his size (6’6″, 275).

Analysis: I have included some sophomore year footage of Miller to show how much he has improved and how physical he is at the point of attack.  Miller likes to get after it and is very, very physical in the trenches.  He projects probably best at Right Tackle for us.  He uses his size a little too much to dominate at the high school level and needs to play with his pad level lower at times to keep leverage, all of which will be coach corrections once he arrives in Raleigh.  As has been mentioned by several analysts, he will probably take a year or two to develop, but has the athleticism, footwork, and nasty streak to be a very good tackle for us.  Also, he helps us to crack open future recruiting at Charlotte Country Day, which has several stars in the waiting in the 2020 class.

 

Joshua Harris – Rated the #7 Defensive Tackle in the country (4*) by Rivals, and the #16 Defensive Tackle in the country (4*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, rated the #1 Defensive Tackle in North Carolina by all three services.  Rated the #4 overall prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.  Things for Harris really started to trend our way when we picked up Savion Jackson earlier in the summer.  Harris appeared at State’s camps three straight days in June (13th, 15th, and 16th).

Analysis: A very, very good pickup for State.  I would compare his size, ability to disrupt, and overall mean streak to infamous miss, Dexter Lawrence, from Clemson.  Harris will probably need to redshirt to get a little stronger at the point of attack and sometimes relies too much on his size to bring down ball carriers instead of solid technique.  Harris has a huge amount of potential and will be an all-ACC type player for us after a redshirt year.  Unlike Clark, Harris is disruptive as a pass rusher and as a run stopper.  Harris might have the ability to also play on the edge for us in passing situations because of his speed off the snap and ability to generate chaos in the backfield.

 

Khalid Martin – Rated the #49 Safety in the country (3*) by Rivals, and the #23 Safety in the country (4*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, and the #2 Safety in t   We closed on Martin very quickly over the last few months and probably would not have gotten him to commit without picking up several other local recruits who he has a good relationship with (Thomas, Clark, Harris, etc).

Analysis: Very, very athletic prospect.  Martin is a ball hawk and loves to hit.  He can get beat deep some, but makes up for it with his ability to fight for the ball and high point it to disrupt the catch.  He will need to work on his overall top end speed and opening his hips quicker so he doesn’t get beat often.  He does well when coming up for run support and reads plays well from his safety position.  Recent interview stated that he was told that he will play strong safety for us.  He will probably redshirt and add 15-20 pounds of muscle to his frame.  I think he is very underrated by Rivals, and his ranking will continue to improve over his senior season.  If he can gain weight, he could play immediately on special teams due to his ability to track the ball and make plays in the open field.  Committed to State over Virginia Tech, said family was a big part of his decision to stay in state (his brother plays Wide Receiver at NC Central).

 

Zonovan Knight – Rated the #27 Running Back in the country (3*) by Rivals, and the #30 Running Back in the country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, also rated the #1 Running Back in the State of North Carolina.  He was rated as high as the #10 Running Back in the country (4*) by Rivals earlier this summer.  Previously committed to Duke, which I think he was pressured into (they had like 4 commits the same day) on an unofficial visit, at least two of which have decommitted.

Analysis: Knight is a very good running back prospect who very nicely compliments the running style of current commit Jamious Griffin.  Griffin is more of a power type back and Knight is more of a “blow by you” kind of back, I would compare them to Gallaspy and Hines.  Knight probably does not have the overall top end speed of Hines, but is most certainly fast enough to be a homerun threat in the running game and also as a receiver (if I had to guess, probably 4.5-4.55 40 time).  Knight plays in a triple option type offensive scheme, and a lot of his tape shows him running around the edge and outrunning defenders.  If he can develop an ability to run between the tackles and gain some weight/muscle, he will be another All-ACC type running back for us.  He needs to learn how to play with lower pad level to be able to break more tackles, but his high school does not ask him to do a lot of running between the tackles, so this will definitely be able to be coached and developed by State’s staff.  Knight is athletic enough and makes enough plays in the open field that he could challenge for playing time immediately as a kick returner (if we don’t find one before he enrolls).

 

What’s Left?

Decisions on the Horizon – 

October 13th – 4* Safety/Athlete JR Walker

December 15th – 4* CB Shyheim Battle

 

Known Targets Still On the Board – 

3* JUCO DE Jacoby Jones – Visited several weeks ago, had a great visit, Rated the #1 JUCO DE in the country

4* ATH/S JR Walker – State leads a lot, transferring to Clayton HS this year (Savion Jackson’s school)

4* CB Shyheim Battle – Waiting Game?  Not sure if he will have a spot if he truly waits until December

4* CB Tyus Fields – Known Academic Problems, Does Not Have Prototypical Size for a CB which Barlow likes

3* LB Traveon Freshwater – Known Substantial Academic Problems, will probably go JUCO unless something majorly changes

4* DE Terrell Dawkins – We made his top 3 schools

3* DT Ben Smiley – Backup option if one of our current D-Line prospects doesn’t pan out (Jones, Dawkins)

4* QB Michael Johnson – Probably headed to Penn State

3* LB Kevon Glenn

3* S Myles Farmer – We made his top 5 schools

5* RB/ATH Quavaris Crouch – He visited this summer, brother plays for State, recruitment has been eerily quiet so far.

 

Potential Flips?

Keep an eye on these “homegrown” recruits for potential flips, which could greatly impact our class:

4* CB Tony Davis – Currently committed to Duke, been committed to Duke since 12/9/17

3* CB Isaiah Kemp – Currently committed to Duke, attends same HS as current State commit WR/TE Chris Toudle

4* QB Sam Howell – Currently committed to Florida State (they might be recruiting a higher rated QB instead of just taking him)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 5 Report

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This past weekend marked the fifth week of high school football. Before Week 6 gets fully under way tonight, here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did last week.

4-star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark and the North Stanly Comets fell to the Northwest Cabarrus Trojans 24-28. Clark had 8 tackles and 1 sack in the loss. North Stanly is now 2-2 in 2018. Through 4 games, Clark has 36 tackles, including 27 solo, a sack, and three quarterback hurries.

4-star Safety Khalid Martin and the East Forsyth High School Eagles (4-0) shut out a team in a major way for the 2nd straight week, this time blanking the Carver Yellow Jackets 60-0. Martin had one tackle in the game, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Through 4 games Martin has 26 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 interception.

3-star Running Back Jamious Griffin and the Rome Wolves improved to 4-0, beating the Carrollton Trojans 65-51 in a high scoring affair. Griffin rushed for over 200+ yards for the second week in a row, rushing 28 times for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns. Through 4 games, Griffin has rushed for 870 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. He also has 6 receptions for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.

3-star Linebacker Drake Thomas and the Heritage Huskies (4-1) won their third straight game, demolishing the Jordan Falcons 57-13.  Thomas had 6 tackles in the contest, and also rushed the ball twice for 18 yards and a touchdown. On the year, Thomas has 47 tackles, and also has picked up a touchdown in all 5 games. He has rushed the ball 13 times for 108 yards and 5 touchdowns.

3-star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and the Wakefield Wolverines (2-3) crushed the Southern Durham Spartans 61-7.

3-star Linebacker Jaylon Scott and the Shelby Golden Lions (2-3) snapped a 3-game losing streak, beating the Kings Mountain Mountaineers 28-23. Scott had 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 pass deflection.

3-star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu and the Providence Day Chargers (1-3) picked up their 1st win of the season, waxing the Hickory Hawks 51-0.

3-star Center Dylan McMahon and the Savannah Christian Raiders (3-1) won their 3rd straight game, shutting out the Wheeler County Bulldogs 51-0. On the defensive side of the ball, McMahon had 6 tackles and 1 sack, and has 22 tackles on the season.

3-star Cornerback Jalen Frazier (4-0) and the Hough Huskies are still undefeated, handling the Ardrey Kell Knights 38-6. Frazier had 3 tackles and an interception, and has 19 tackles through 4 games.

3-star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and the Cox Mill Chargers (3-3) have lost two straight, and lost last week to the North Mecklenberg Vikings 43-24.

3-star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane and the Butler Bulldogs beat the Providence Panthers 42-21 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

3-star Safety Jakeen Harris and the Benedictine Cadets thrashed the Groves Rebels 64-0, to improve to 2-1. Harris had 2 tackles, 1 pass deflection and 1 fumble recovery. On offense, he also had 2 receptions for 80 yards, and they both went for touchdowns. Through 3 games, Harris has 29 tackles, 3 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. On offense, he has 7 receptions for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns.

3-star Tight End Kam Walker and the Pisgah Bears (4-1) lost their first game of the season, going down hard to the Greenville Green Devils 7-41.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 20, 2018

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 20, 2018:

 

Big Commit

Target JUCO QB Bailey Hockman has committed to State.  He is taking our only 2019 QB spot.

Hockman was a consensus 4* Pro-Style QB in the 2017 class.

He has a very strong arm, very mobile. Good athlete.

Worst case, he provides good quality depth behind Leary and McKay.  We should have a very good stable of highly capable QBs next year once Finley leaves.

 

Spots Left in 2019

3-4

 

Top 2019 Targets Remaining

4* ATH JR Walker –  Officially visiting State on 9/29
3* LB Kevon Glenn
3* WR Brieon Fuller
3* S Tyler Scott
3* S Myles Farmer
3* WR Zay Flowers
3* ATH Mohamad Toure (can play WR or LB)
3* WR Isaiah Washington
3* S Treron Collins
3* ATH Ja’Quan Sheppard

 

2019 Targets Off The Board

4* JUCO DE Jacoby Jones committed to Oklahoma.

 

Current Season Stats for 2019 NC State Commits

4* DT CJ Clark has 36 tackles, including 27 solo, a sack and three quarterback hurries in four games.

3* CB Jalen Frazier has 19 tackles (six solo), including a tackle for loss, and an interception in four games.

3* RB Jamious Griffin has 81 carries for 870 yards and 13 scores on the ground and five receptions for 115 yards and two more touchdowns.

4* DE Savion Jackson has 23 tackles (11 solo), two sacks, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks in four games.

3* RB Zonovan Knight has 37 carries for 641 yards and nine touchdowns in four games. He’s also returned three kickoffs for an average of 59.0 yards and two scores .

4* S Khalid Martin has 26 tackles (12 solo), including a tackle for loss, one interception, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in three games. He’s returned two kickoffs for a total of 57 yards.

3* C Dylan McMahon has 22 tackles (14 solo), including a sack and a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries in three games.

3* OT Triston Miller has five tackles (two solo), including two tackles for loss in four games.

3* LB Jaylon Scott has 28 tackles (10 solo), including four tackles for loss and a sack, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked punt in five games.

3* LB Drake Thomas has 47 tackles (21 solo), a forced fumble and an interception (pick six), and has rushed 13 times for 108 yards and five scores in five games.

3* TE Chris Toudle has five receptions for 85 yards and eight rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown in 3 games.

 

Great New Recruiting Graphic:

Jamious Griffin’s Game 4 Highlight Film

Predictions for a Jump

I think if Drake Thomas and Jamious Griffin continue to post as big of numbers as they are currently doing throughout this season, they will both easily be 4* recruits at the end of the cycle.

I think Jamious Griffin is vastly underrated because he plays in a super talent rich area of Georgia on one of the state’s best teams.

Drake Thomas has been overshadowed but some overrated players, but he is just a flat out great football player who is a headhunter and a difference maker on defense.

 

Big Recruiting Weekends Coming Up

The West Virginia game was shaping up to be a huge weekend for recruiting, but Florence had other plans.

Looks like Florida State on 11/3 and Wake Forest on Thursday, 11/8 are going to be our biggest recruiting events we have left.

The weekend of 11/8 also coincides with home basketball at PNC for us.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: NC State RB Commit Zonovan Knight Talks Fast Start

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NC State 2019 Running Back Commit Zonovan Knight is off to a blazing start through the first three games of his Senior season at Southern Nash. He is averaging 160.3 yards per game, and an absurd 17.3 yards per carry. Knight has 9 rushing touchdowns, and a kickoff and punt returned for touchdowns to go along with them.

We caught up with Knight, and he gave us his perspective on his fast start.

Thoughts on performance thus far in 2018…

“I think my performance has been pretty good, but it hasn’t be my best. I feel like I haven’t shown everybody what I’m truly capable of.”

On which game has been his best thus far…

“My best game so far this year would be our game last week against West Johnston. (Knight had 292 All-Purpose Yards against West Johnston: 154 rushing, 9 receiving, 86 kickoff, 43 punt, and 4 total touchdowns.)”

Do you take pride in your role as a kick returner?

“I definitely take pride in my role as a returner. I want to be able to return punts & kicks when I get to State.”

On his goals for his Senior Season…

“My personal goal is it become my schools all-time leading rusher. Ultimately, I want to lead my school to a State championship.”

Why he chose NC State…

“Just watching the way they used Nyheim in their offense is what intrigued me the most.”

His thoughts on NC State’s success recruiting North Carolina…

“I think everybody knows that NC State is dominating the state of NC in recruiting, so I don’t think there’s much I can add on that topic.”

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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 4 Report

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This past weekend marked the fourth week of high school football. Here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did.

4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson and the Clayton Comets (3-1) demolished the Harnett Central Trojans 56-0. Jackson had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery in the contest. Through 4 games, Jackson has 23 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 blocked field goals, and 1 fumble recovery.

4-Star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark and the North Stanly (2-1) Comets beat the Providence Day Chargers 29-14. Clark had 5 tackles and 3 quarterback hurries. Through 3 games, Clark has 28 tackles.

4-Star Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris and the Person Rockets took down the Halifax County Comets 14-7 to improve to 2-2. It was Harris’ best game of the season by far.

4-Star Safety Khalid Martin (4-0) and the East Forsyth Eagles ruined the Carver Yellow Jackets 60-0. Martin had 1 tackle, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Through 4 games, Martin has 26 tackles, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 forced fumble.

3-Star Running Back Zonovan Knight and the Southern Nash Firebirds (4-0) trounced the West Johnston Wildcats 67-14. Knight averaged 51.3 yards per carry. That’s not a typo. Knight carried the ball 3 times for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also returned 2 kickoffs for a total of 96 yards, and 1 punt for 43 yards. Through 4 games, has rushed for 641 yards (17.3 yards per carry) and 9 touchdowns.

Here are Knight’s highlights through the first 3 games.

3-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin and the Rome Wolves handled the Kell Longhorns 35-6 to improve to 3-0. Griffin rushed for 235 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 74 yards receiving and a touchdown. Through 3 games, Griffin has rushed for 584 yards and 12 touchdowns (2 receiving).

3-Star Linebacker Drake Thomas and the Heritage Huskies (3-1) beat the Sanderson Spartans 28-12. Thomas had 10 tackles, and has had double-digit tackles in 3 out of 4 games. He also had 3 rushes for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns. Through 4 games, Thomas has 41 tackles, and 4 touchdowns.

Below are Thomas’ highlights from the game. Just go to the 17 second mark. I dare you. Thomas nearly rips the Sanderson quarterback in half.

(Warning: There is explicit language in the video.)

3-Star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and the Wakefield Wolverines lost to the Fuquay-Varina Bengals 14-27, falling to 1-3 on the year.

3-Star Linebacker Jaylon Scott and the Shelby Golden Lions fell to the Crest Chargers 6-27, losing their 3rd straight game. Scott had 5 tackles, and has 22 through 4 games.

3-Star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu and the Providence Day Chargers (0-3) still haven’t won in 2018, falling to North Stanly 14-29 this weekend.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Triston Miller and the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers (2-2) stomped the Wake Christian Academy Bulldogs 44-7.

3-Star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and the Cox Mill Chargers (3-1) convincingly beat the South Iredell Vikings 28-7.

3-Star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane and the Butler Bulldogs (1-2) fell to the Richmond Raiders 30-19. Lesane was suspended from the game due to being ejected the week before for picking up 2 personal foul. Through 2 games Lesane has 9 carries for 89 yards with 1 TD, four catches for 162 yards with 2 TDs; one interception on defense.

3-Star Wide Receiver Chris Toudle and the Hoggard Vikings (2-1) couldn’t get it done in Week 4, losing to the Carolina Forest Panthers 35-42. Toudle had 3 receptions for 67 yards, and 7 carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. In 2 games of play, Toudle has 5 receptions for 85 yards, and 8 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown.

3-Star Safety Jakeen Harris and the Benedictine Cadets (1-1) lost to the Blessed Trinity Cadets 38-7. Harris had 12 tackles and 1 pass breakup. Through 2 games, Harris has 27 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble.

3-Star Offensive Lineman Zovon Lindsay and the Trinity Christian Crusaders remained undefeated (4-0), running over the Sandhills Titans 46-13. Through 4 games, Lindsay has 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack on the defensive side of the ball.

3-Star Tight End Kam Walker and the Pisgah Bears are still undefeated (4-0), taking down the Central Hilltoppers 35-13.

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