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NC State Football Recruiting Update – July 12, 2018



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, 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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4-Star WR Porter Rooks Includes NC State in Top-8



4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) unveiled his Top-8 schools last night, and NC State made the cut.

The Wolfpack made the cut along with Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. Not a bad group of schools to be battling with, huh?

Rivals ranks Rooks as the #41 overall player in the 2020 class, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Providence Day/Charlotte, North Carolina). 247Sports ranks him as the #7 wide receiver in the class.

Rooks attended the Alpha Wolf Showcase at the end of July, and then attended the Virginia game with his friend Josh Downs, who also happens to be a 2020 4-star Wide Receiver NC State target. He also attended the Florida State game as well.

They hinted at being a package deal back in October, and Downs was back at it last night when Rooks posted his Top-8 on Twitter.

2019 3-Star NC State Linebacker commit Drake Thomas told the two of them to just go ahead and get it over with, and commit to NC State.

Downs responded with an emoji…he’s contemplating the possibility (He will be announcing his Top Schools on Christmas day.).

NC State offered Rooks on March 14th, 2017, before any of the other 7 schools in his Top-8.

Check out Rooks Junior Season Highlight Reel

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – November 14, 2018



Football Recruiting Update – November 14, 2018


Recent Official Visitor:

Dual-Threat 3* QB Payton Thorne visited for the Wake Forest game.  He came away very impressed. He is rated as high as the #26 Dual-Threat QB in the country on 24/7 sports. He is still currently committed to Western Michigan.


Movement in the 24/7 Sports Rankings:

OT Triston Miller has moved from the #70 Offensive Tackle in the country to the #25 Offensive Tackle in the country.

RB Jamious Griffin has moved to the #15 Running Back in the country and has now earned his 4* status.

DE Savion Jackson is now the #8 Defensive End in the country.

DT CJ Clark is now the #11 Defensive Tackle in the country.

OG Timothy McKay is now the #18 Offensive Guard in the country.

These new rankings by 24/7 sports have us with eight 4* players in this cycle (S Khalid Martin, DE Savion Jackson, DT CJ Clark, DT Joshua Harris, RB Jamious Griffin, OT Triston Miller, OG Timothy McKay, and CB Shyheim Battle).


Preferred Walk-On Offer:

WR/RB Nick Treco from Mallard Creek HS (North Carolina) has received a preferred walk-on offer from State.

He is rated as a 2* All-Purpose Back on Rivals, and he has had a great season this year at Mallard Creek after transferring in from another school.

Senior Stats: 183 carries for 1,360 yards with 12 Touchdowns, 20 catches for 200 yards with 2 Touchdowns, 15 kickoff returns for 235 yards, 7 punt returns for 181 yards with 2 Touchdowns, 6 Interceptions with 206 return yards with 1 Touchdown.

To me, it sounds like he is another player in the mold of a Thayer Thomas type, a hard working, slot receiver/scatback who could be a great returner.


5* ATH Quavaris Crouch Update

Crouch has stated this week that Michigan, Clemson, and Tennessee are his top 3 schools now. He has already taken an official visit to Tennessee and will visit Clemson this weekend.  Most analysts have him leaning towards Clemson at this point.


3* ATH Zay Flowers Update

3* ATH Zay Flowers has recently been extended a scholarship offer from South Carolina.

Here’s a quick blurb about Flowers from

“Flowers has taken an official visit to Kansas State and he will take one to Nebraska this weekend. His Rivals recruiting profile lists him as having been committed to Nebraska at one time but he said he’s never committed to anyone. He said he plans to visit NC State and Boston College in December.

Flowers said he’s not favoring anyone at this point and he’s not sure if he’ll sign early. He said NC State, Boston College and Kansas State have been recruiting him the hardest and Robinson also is making a strong effort with daily communication.”

If I had to guess, he is probably going to officially visit State for the ECU game on December 1st.


New Recruit on the Horizon?

Reports are swirling that Colorado might be parting ways with Head Coach Mike MacIntyre at the end of this season.

This could impact State renewing interest in former QB target 3* Ty Evans. Evans was offered a scholarship by State during the summer.

Evans is rated the #16 Pro-Style QB in the country by Rivals and the #11 Pro-Style QB in the country by 24/7 sports.


Playoffs.. Playoffs?

16 of the 2019 class commits are still playing in their respective state playoff brackets.

This week’s playoff action:

DE Terrell Dawkins – At Sun Valley

CB Shyheim Battle – Home vs. West Carteret

S Khalid Martin – BYE – East Forsyth is the #9 program in the State of North Carolina

RB Zonovan Knight – At C.B. Aycock

OT Triston Miller – Vs. Metrolina Christian Academy (Neutral Site)

DE Savion Jackson – At Hillside

TE Kam Walker – At East Lincoln

LB Drake Thomas – At South View

WR Keyon Lesane – BYE – Butler is the #6 program in the State of North Carolina

LB Jaylon Scott – At West Lincoln

CB Jalen Frazier – Home vs. North Mecklenburg – Hough is the #14 program in the State of North Carolina.

RB Jamious Griffin – Vs. Cedar Shoals (Neutral Site) – Rome is the #7 program in the State of Georgia.

C Dylan McMahon – Vs. Hebron Christian Academy (Neutral Site)

S Jakeen Harris – Vs. Westside (Neutral Site)


Class Ranking:

Rivals has our current class as the #20 class in the country, but it does not give us any credit for outstanding JUCO QB Bailey Hockman.

24/7 sports & Scout has our current class as the #22 class in the country, and the #3 in the ACC.


Class Calculator:

If we add Payton Thorne, Zay Flowers, and Treron Collins – We will have the #20 class in the country.

If we add Payton Thorne, Zay Flowers, and Myles Farmer – We will have the #21 class in the country.

If we add Payton Thorne, Zay Flowers, and Kevon Glenn – We will have the #21 class in the country.

** We might not land any of these recruits, but given the latest scant details out there, some of them could be definitive possibilities.

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NC State’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class Moves Up to #22 in 247’s Updated Rankings



247Sports updated their 2019 football recruiting rankings and NC State’s class has moved from #25 to #22. Since the recruiting database was created in 2001, NC State has only had 3 Top-25 recruiting classes (2003, 2008, 2018).

The Wolfpack now boasts eight 4-Star commits in their 2019 class according to 247Sports updated rankings, which is the most in school history. Last year NC State had six 4-Star commits, which set a new school record.

Defensive End Savion Jackson, Defensive Tackle CJ Clark, Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris and Cornerback Shyheim Battle already had 4-stars.

Safety Khalid Martin, Offensive Tackle Triston Miller, Running Back Jamious Griffin and Offensive Guard Timothy McKay all picked up their 4th stars.

The Wolfpack has 4 commits represented in the Top-300.

Savion Jackson is still NC State’s highest rated player, but fell 11 spots to #168. He ranks #91 in their composite rankings.

CJ Clark moved up 71 spots to #202. He ranks 199th in their composite rankings.

Triston Miller moved up a whopping 654 spots to #209.

Jamious Griffin finally is getting the credit he deserves (though he still isn’t rated highly enough), landing at #270.


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NC State Commits High School Playoff Schedule and Results: 11/12



The North Carolina High School Football Playoffs (NCHSAA) will kick off this Friday, and quite a few 2019 NC State commits will be in action.


#4 Shelby (8-3) (3-Star Linebacker Jaylon Scott – 71 tackles/16 TFL’s/5 sacks) vs. #13 West Lincoln (9-2) – 11/16
#1 Pisgah (10-1) (3-Star Tight End Kam Walker) vs. #16 East Lincoln (5-6)


#2 Southern Nash (9-0) (3-Star Running Back Zonovan Knight – 1,435 rushing yards/18 TD’s/15.8 YPC/22 Total TD’s) vs. #15 C.B. Aycock (5-6) – 11/16


#8 Clayton (9-2) (4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson – 60 tackles/5.5 TFL’s/5 sacks) vs. #9 Hillside (8-3) – 11/16
#7 Cox Mill (8-3) (3-Star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins) vs. #10 Sun Valley (9-2) – 11/16


#1 East Forsyth (11-0) (4-Star Safety Khalid Martin – 71 tackles/2 INT’s) vs. Winner of #8 Ragsdale (7-4) vs. #9 Glenn (5-6) – 11/23
#8 South View (9-2) vs. #9 Heritage (8-3) (3-Star Linebacker Drake Thomas – 111 tackles/2 sacks/1 INT/7 rushing TD’s) – 11/16


#8 Fuquay-Varina (7-4) vs. #9 Wakefield (5-6) (3-Star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay) – 11/16
#8 Hough (9-2) (3-Star Cornerback Jalen Frazier – 46 tackles/3 TFL’s/1 INT) vs. North Mecklenburg (6-5) – 11/16
#3 Butler (9-2) (3-Star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane) vs. Winner of #6 Myers Park (10-1) vs. #11 Providence (6-5) – 11/23
#2 Hoggard (9-1) (3-Star Wide Receiver Chris Toudle – 214 yards/3 TD’s) vs. Winner of #7 Enloe (8-3) vs. #10 Garner Magnet (6-5) – 11/23

Three NC State commits play for private schools (NCISSA), and have already begun their state playoff journey’s.

Division I – 1st Round

#1 Charlotte Christian 28 #4 Providence Day 12 (5-6) (3-Star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu)
#2 Trinity Christian (9-1) (3-Star Offensive Lineman Zovon Lindsay) 32 #3 Christ School 33 (10-2)

Division II

#4 Charlotte Country Day School (3-Star Offensive Tackle Triston Miller) vs. #2 Metrolina Christian Academy – 11/16 – Championship Game. The Buccaneers defeated #5 Covenant Day 45-5 in Week 1, and upset #1 Charlotte Latin 24-14 this past weekend.

Georgia State Playoffs


Rome (11-0) (3-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin – 2,255 rushing yards/35 Rushing TD’s/11.1 YPC) vs. Cedar Shoals (8-3) – 11/16. Rome beat Jackson 62-14 this past weekend in Round 1.

1A Private

Savannah Christian Prep (9-1) (3-Star Center Dylan McMahon) vs. Hebron Christian Academy (6-5) – 11/16. Savannah Christian Prep had a bye in Round 1.

Benedictine Military School (10-1) (3-Star Safety Jakeen Harris – 61 tackles/3 INT’s/3 TFL’s) vs. Westside (8-3) – 11/16. Benedictine defeated Tattnall County 45-0 this past weekend in Round 1.

New Jersey South Group 3

#4 Wall Township (5-3) (2-Star Long Snapper Joe Shimko) 28 #5 Timber Creek Regional 33 – Round 1

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