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.
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:
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.
I Just Flipped The Switch🚨 DR💧P DR💧P pic.twitter.com/CqCTHKO2L6
— Shyheim Battle (@ShyOutta252) July 23, 2018
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.
— Savion💰 (@savionjac11) July 23, 2018
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.
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.
— Porter Rooks (@p9rooks) November 15, 2018
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.
Family.. let’s play together on the next level🤝 https://t.co/lr7r5vKJxD
— XI.. (@JoshDowns_) November 15, 2018
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.
— Drake Thomas (@DrakeT32) November 15, 2018
Downs responded with an emoji…he’s contemplating the possibility (He will be announcing his Top Schools on Christmas day.).
— XI.. (@JoshDowns_) November 15, 2018
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
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 goupstate.com:
“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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
#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.
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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