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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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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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