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NC State Football Recruiting Update – July 25, 2018

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Football Recruiting Update – July 25, 2018

Recruiting Calendar Rules:

Dead Period has run through the duration of July.  Dead Period is officially lifted on July 24, 2018.

Dead Period is changed to a Quiet Period between July 24th and August 1st, then another Dead Period is from August 1st through August 31st.

Exception: Forty-eight (48) hours before a home contest (on the institution’s campus or in a facility normally used for its home games) that occurs in August or on September 1 or 2 through 48 hours after the conclusion of the contest.  This is the Quiet Period.

Quiet Period Rules:   During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus.  A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

September 1st through November 24, 2018 is the Evaluation Period.

Evaluation Period Rules: During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

 

Update on Numbers:

Barring any unforeseen attrition, State will take 5-6 more players in this recruiting cycle.

 

Alpha Wolf Showcase:

July 27th in Raleigh.  Invite only showcase for current targets and commits.  4* ATH JR Walker will be attending the event, not sure yet if Target 4* CB Shyheim Battle will attend or not.

 

Visitors Upcoming:

QB Cord Sandberg will be visiting Raleigh on 7/27.  According to the staff at the Wolfpacker, this will probably not be an official visit because State might be blue shirting Sandberg if he commits so he can join the fold before the season starts. I mentioned Sandberg last week in the Recruiting Forum.  An interesting prospect who will probably run through a bunch of stuff with Drinkwitz before State decides to offer him a spot on the team. Keep in mind, Sandberg has not played football in about 5 years because he was playing semi-pro baseball. Sandberg has only been officially offered a scholarship by Auburn.

 

2020 4* OT Mitchell Mayes from Sanderson HS (Raleigh, NC) will be visiting for the Alpha Wolf Showcase.  He is a big time talent who we have great chance to land.  He played HS ball with current Pack player Alim McNeill.  He is rated the #3 Offensive Tackle in the country (4*) and #92 overall player in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout, and the #20 Offensive Tackle in the country (4*) and #188 overall player in the country by Rivals. He is also visiting Tennessee on 7/28.

 

Recent Recruiting Press:

Great article in the Greensboro (NC) News and Record about State’s recruiting success in this cycle:

 

Recent Commit:

Punter Mackenzie Morgan has committed to the Pack and will be joining the team this fall.  He is another blueshirt commitment, who will count on 2019’s cycle numbers.  From film I have seen, Morgan would definitely be a top 10 punter in the nation in Chris Sailer’s system rankings if he was from the United States (he is from Australia).

 

Recruit to Fight For?:

Latest rumor has Commit 3* RB Jamious Griffin officially visiting Virginia Tech this fall. Not super surprising since his brother plays there.  I fully expect our coaches to have a high quality backup plan in place if Griffin bolts.

 

Update on Recruiting Rankings:

Commit LS Joe Shimko is the #2 Long-Snapper in the Nation according to Chris Rubio’s Final 2019 class rankings.  Not only did he outperform Drew Little (former commit) at a recent competition, but he also completely skipped over Little in the final rankings.  Shimko is now the #2 Long-Snapper in the Nation, Drew Little is #4.

 

5-6 More Players?

 

The 5-6 players were are centering on with our remaining spots:

1-2 CB (Isaiah Kemp, Warren Burrell, Shyheim Battle, Tyus Fields).  At this point, our best chance is with Battle.  Fields and Burrell both have Tennessee as their top school right now.  We have pulled ahead for Clemson slightly for Battle over the last month. We are still working to flip Kemp from Duke because he is high school teammates with Commit TE/WR Chris Toudle.

1 QB (Cord Sandberg, Sam Howell, or Justin Fomby?). At this point, I have no idea who else might be on the potential board other than these two or a graduate transfer after the season is over.  If Sandberg looks promising, I think we will try to get him on board, but if not, Fomby might come up for a visit and throw for our coaches. It is worth mentioning that if Sandberg committed, he could be added before fall camp starts and would be considered to be a blueshirt because he would be added to the team as an invited walk-on.  Knowing that he was a top draft pick, he might have had a clause in his contract where the organization would pay for him to attend college after his baseball career was over.  If this is the case, we wouldn’t necessarily have to offer him a scholarship.  Only our coaches know about the financial arrangements behind Sandberg and whether or not he would require a scholarship to play football for us.  Howell is still a possibility out there in the event that FSU takes another QB in this class or decides to throw more resources at another higher rated QB.

1-2 Safety (JR Walker, Myles Farmer and/or Treron Collins). Walker is supposed to be deciding on his dad’s birthday, which is October 12th.  We are in Farmer and Collins’ Top 5 schools. Farmer and Collins are both from the Atlanta area, which Ted Roof has a lot of connections in from his time at GT.

1 Defensive End (Terrell Dawkins).  We were leading for JUCO DE Jacoby Jones for a while after his visit, but it looks like we could be fading some for him.

1 Wide Receiver (Isaiah Washington, Mohamad Toure, Brieon Fuller, or Kalani Norris).  In my opinion, if we decide to take another receiver, it would be because someone is leaving the program early (Harmon).

1 Best Available (LB Kevon Glenn, DT Ben Smiley, ATH Jaquan Sheppard)

 

Update on Target 4* CB Shyheim Battle:

We have recently improved our standing quite a bit for Shyheim Battle.  Some analysts think that we have surpassed Clemson for his leader over the course of the last month.  I think that if he attends the Alpha Wolf Showcase, we have a great, great chance to land him.

Target 4* ATH/CB Cam’ron Kelly from Virginia has recently decommitted from Virginia Tech and maybe looking at Clemson.  This could drastically impact the Battle decision because Clemson could be full at CB by the time Battle decides in December.

Battle recently played in the U.S. Football National Team in Puerto Rico, where they handily won.


Update on 3* LB/DE Traveon Freshwater:

As I have mentioned numerous times, Freshwater has quite a bit of academic issues to overcome before he would be a serious target for us.

These academic issues were brought to the forefront over the last few months, by what I assume was the NCAA Clearinghouse Process.

As a result, Freshwater’s recruitment has taken a turn towards schools which accept partial qualifiers.  Most recent intel has him committing to East Carolina any time now.

 

Shrine Bowl Practice:

Quite a few of State’s current 2019 commits participated in a Shrine Bowl Practice at Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC on 7/23/18.

LB Drake Thomas, DE Savion Jackson, DT CJ Clark, LB Jaylon Scott, RB Zonovan Knight, OT Triston Miller, and S Khalid Martin were all in attendance.


Update on Target 5* Quanvaris Crouch:

The stars would have to majorly align for us to land Crouch.  At this point, I think we would probably have to win our division to have a chance to land him.

If I had to guess, he is more than likely going to play college ball in the SEC.

 

 

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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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FSU QB Transfer Bailey Hockman Took Official Visit to NC State

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Quarterback Bailey Hockman (6’2″/206) announced that he was transferring from Florida State on August 31st, and he has officially transferred to Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Hockman was at the NC State vs. Georgia State yesterday on an official visit, and has been in Raleigh since Thursday. He chose to take his first official visit to NC State after leaving Tallahassee.

Hockman, was a 4-star prospect that was a member of the Seminoles 2017 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #180 overall player in the class and the #11 pro-style quarterback. Hockman originally committed to Georgia back in June of 2015, but decommitted in December of that year after Mark Richt was fired.

Ultimately, Hockman chose the Seminoles over a very impressive offer sheet, that included, Alabama, Michigan, Louisville, Miami, Michigan St., South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and others.

Hockman ended up redshirting his Freshman year at Florida St., losing out to James Blackman to take over the reigns for the injured Deondre Francois in 2017.

Now that he has transferred, he will be able to enroll in the college of his choice in January, and have 3 years to play 3 seasons.

NC State will have 2 scholarship quarterbacks in 2019: Matt McKay, who will be a Redshirt Sophomore, and Devin Leary, who will most likely be a Redshirt Freshman. The Wolfpack haven’t been able to add a quarterback to their 2019 recruiting class, striking out on the likes of Sam Howell (FSU) and Michael Johnson Jr. (Penn St), and they also missed on Cord Sandberg (Auburn).

If Hockman were to land at NC State, there would be a heated battle for the starting job heading into the 2019 season.

Here are Hockman’s Senior Season Highlights at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia.

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Will 5-Star Quavaris Crouch be at NC State Today?

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Rumors are swirling that 2019 5-Star RB/LB Quavaris Crouch will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State to see his brother Malik Dunlap (Freshman Safety).

Crouch announced his Top-5 schools on August 30th, and NC State was not one of them (South Carolina, Southern Cal, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, and Florida State). Regardless, it would be great to see Crouch in Raleigh for the White Out. Maybe the Wolfpack aren’t out of it yet.

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