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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 9/8/18



Football Recruiting Update – September 8, 2018:

Spots Left:

We have approximately 3-4 spots left in the 2019 recruiting class, aside from any unforeseen or unanticipated attrition after this season.

NCAA FBS Recruiting Calendar Updates:

The football recruiting calendar, established by the NCAA has flipped a little this week.

What this means is that FBS schools have now entered the “Evaluation Period” of the recruiting calendar (the previous two periods were a Quiet Period and a Dead Period, periods where coaches could have very limited contact with potential recruits).

Here’s the NCAA Definition of the “Evaluation Period”:

Forty-two (42) evaluation days (54 for U.S. service academies) (see
Bylaw during the months of September, October and
November, selected at the discretion of the institution and
designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics;
authorized off-campus recruiters shall not visit a prospective
student-athlete’s educational institution on more than one calendar
day during this period.

What this essentially means is that colleges can start pushing coaches out to high schools again for visits during the month of September, October, and November.

Our coaches are definitely hitting the road on Friday, September 7th to visit some local high schools to conduct evaluations and to check on current commits.


2018 Season Stats for Current Commits:

Savion Jackson – 3 Games : 21 tackles, including one for loss and two sacks.

CJ Clark – 2 Games: 14 tackles

Joshua Harris – 3 Games: 21 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

Khalid Martin – 3 Games: 25 tackles, including one for loss, three pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Zonovan Knight – 3 Games: 34 carries for 487 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jamious Griffin – 3 Games: 38 carries for 349 yards and six touchdowhs and two receptions for 29 yards and 1 TD.

Drake Thomas – 3 Games: 31 tackles, one interception (returned for TD), and one forced fumble; 8 carries for 41 yard and 2 TDs on offense.

Jaylon Scott – 3 Games: 17 tackles, 1 sack, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble, and a blocked punt.

Dylan McMahon – 3 Games: 14 knockdown blocks on offense and 16 tackles on defense.

Jalen Frazier – 3 Games: 16 tackles, 1 tackle for loss.

Keyon Lesane – 3 Games: 9 carries for 89 yards with 1 TD, four catches for 162 yards with 2 TDs; one interception on defense.

Chris Toudle – 2 Games: 2 catches for 18 yards and one carry for 11 yards.

Zovon Lindsay – 3 Games: 10 pancake blocks on offense; 9 tackles with 4 tackles for loss and a safety on defense.

Jakeen Harris – 1 Game: 14 tackles and a forced fumble, 1 catch for 30 yards on offense.

Timothy McKay – 3 Games: 11 knockdown blocks.

Shyheim Battle – 3 Games: 13 tackles, 2 INTS (both in the same game), 3 PBUs, 3 kickoff returns for 124 yards.

Ikem Ekwonu – 3 Games: 4 knockdown blocks on offense, 3 tackles on defense.


Target Updates:

3* WR Zay Flowers has released his top 5 schools list. We made the cut along with Boston College, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Tulane.


Updated Recruiting Graphics:

Tyler McIntyre and his crew are at it again with an incredible graphic for our recruits:


Some Senior Film Review of Current Commits:

Running Back Jamious Griffin from Rome, GA:

Analysis: Griffin runs with a lot of quick twitch ability, and cuts very quickly at the line of scrimmage.  He needs to learn to use his pad leverage a lot better, but he is next to impossible to stop in the open field.  Griffin is a very powerful runner, who will be very difficult to bring down at the collegiate level once he gets into a high quality strength and conditioning program. He is already a load to bring down, but this will continue at the collegiate level. Keep in mind, this video clip he posted on Twitter was against Georgia Level AAAAA competition, which are very good opponents (he had 8 carries for 184 yards in the game).  I look for Griffin to continue to increase his positional ranking if he continues to post these big of stats against high quality competition.  Rome HS is rated the #3 AAAAAA team in the state of Georgia this season and is so far undefeated.


Safety Khalid Martin from Kernersville, NC:

Analysis: Martin continues to impress me with his overall athleticism and playmaking abilities.  He plays very good coverage and closes on the ball well in the open field.  He is a very good open field tackler, but needs to play with better leverage and learn a little better tackling technique at times (college kids will break some of his tackles because he is not using good enough pad leverage).  He needs to read and react to plays a little bit faster, but his athleticism is enough for him to get by and still make plays at his current level. If he can gain some good weight, I think he would be a good candidate to play immediately on special teams. Martin was a tweeter type of prospect between a 3* and a 4* but with more highlights like these, I think he will definitely be a 4* by the end of the season.


Running Back Zonovan Knight from Bailey, NC:

Analysis: Zonovan was a prospect that was as high as the #10 running back in the country nationally before he took a little dip late in the summer.  In my opinion, these highlights show every bit of the reasons why he was that highly rated.  He reminds me of a cross between Jaylen Samuels and Nyheim Hines.  He breaks a ton of tackles like J-Sam and has very shifty and quick feet like Nyheim Hines. He has a homerun type gear that is a difference maker, not only on special teams with returning kicks, but also getting jet sweeps, reverses, and pitches out of the backfield.  He also might have an ability to contribute immediately as a kick returner. In my opinion, he is definitely a 4* prospect and will be a very, very exciting player for us over the next four seasons.


Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane from Matthews, NC:

Analysis: Keyon Lesane is a very underrated prospect in my opinion.  He is very, very quick in the open field.  As these pieces of footage show, he is being used as a multi purpose athlete by Butler HS.  I foresee that he will be a multi-dimensional athlete like Jakobi Meyers is right now for us, maybe with even better speed, albeit a little shorter.  He has great hands in the open field, and could also contribute immediately as a special teams performer.  He needs to gain 15-20 pounds so he can break more tackles in the open field instead of just relying on speed alone. He is definitely a good prospect with blazing speed that will be able to do a lot of big things with the ball in his hands at the collegiate level.


Defensive End Savion Jackson from Clayton, NC:

Analysis: Savion Jackson is a very highly rated prospect and for very good reason.  He has very good athleticism and size for his position, but also can play different spots on the D-Line. His HS has him playing some at DT and some at DE, which is good because of how often we rotate players to different spots (Darian Roseboro played some at DT during our first game this season).  Perhaps what I am the most impressed about is his motor.  This guy just flat gets after it.  His motor and ability to find the ball and make a tackle remind me a lot of Bradley Chubb, albeit, I think Chubb was a lot more raw than Jackson coming out of high school.  Jackson has the size and ability to contribute right away, but would be a luxury to redshirt if we can get some current young players like Boletepeli and Lyas to perform well this year.  I think he is definitely one of the top 5 defensive ends in the country and potentially worth a 5* rating if he continues to play like his current highlight film is showing.

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3-Star WR Antonio Barber Includes NC State in Final 5



Former Tennessee Wide Receiver commit Antonio Barber (6’2″/185) announced his Final-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Colorado State.

Temple and South Florida were a part of Barber’s Top-7 back at the beginning of June, but dropped off this list.

247Sports Composite ranks Barber as the #15 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020, and he’s a consensus 3-star prospect. Barber plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Wolfpack already has 3 wide receivers committed in their 2020 recruiting class:

4-Star Porter Rooks
4-Star Nate McCollum
3-Star Stephen Gosnell

Barber was a frequent visitor in Raleigh back in the Spring.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19



NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19


Transferring Out:

Senior S Tim Kidd-Glass has announced that he will be transferring out of State.  This speaks volumes to me about how much defensive back recruiting has improved in the last several years. This will not affect 2020 recruiting class numbers at all because he was expected to graduate.


Spots Remaining:

Without more attrition, it looks like 4-5 more prospects will be taken. Preference will go to defense: linebacker, secondary, possibly another defensive lineman.  My guess would be 1-2 linebackers, 1 Cornerback, 1 Safety, and 1 Defensive Tackle/Defensive End type prospect. NC State might take another offensive lineman, if they are the best possible prospect left on the board, but I would guess the Wolfpack would only do that if a current lineman commit in the program decides to leave before National Signing Day.


Devon Beatty Update:

Target 4* Linebacker Devon Betty (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will be officially visiting on September 6th. He could play a wide variety of positions, depending on how much he grows. He has very good athleticism and pass rushing skills.


Latest Recruiting Graphics:

Official offers went out to 2020 kids on August 1st. Here’s a link to a tweet from Target 4* LB Devon Betty:



Target JUCO 3* Defensive End Pheldarius Payne has committed. He is rated the #2 JUCO DE in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

A lot of analysts are commenting about how fast NC State got onto Payne and how they beat a lot of bigger schools to the punch by getting him to commit so early.

I have a feeling he is going to be a big time player, similar to Larrell Murchison.



The Hot 10:

The last 10 prospects believed to be on NC State’s board (at this point) that they have a decent chance with are:

3* S Tyler Jones

3* CB Joshua Pierre Louis

3* OT Anthony Carter Jr.

4* LB Devon Betty

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan

3* DE Sean Martin (recently decommitted from UNC)

3* WR Antonio Barber

3* WR Jhari Patterson

3* LB Jamari Stewart

3* DE Zuriah Fisher


Committed Elsewhere:

Target 4* Defensive Tackle Kendrick Bingley Jones has committed to UNC. Reportedly, he has some academic issues which need to be addressed before he will be eligible.

Target 4* Safety Jaquarious Conley is also rumored to be committing to UNC soon. NC State did not make his top 4 schools and reportedly he also has some academic issues to correct.







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4-Star LB Devon Betty Schedules Official Visit to NC State



4-Star 2020 Devon Betty (6’1″/210) will be taking an official visit to NC State on September 6th, the weekend of the Western Carolina game.

Rivals ranks Betty as a 4-star prospect, and considers him a Weakside Defensive End. They think he’s the 14th best at the position nationally. ESPN and 247 both consider Betty a 3-Star Outside Linebacker prospect.

Betty plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NC State offered Betty on July 24th.

He also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas, Maryland and others.

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Top JUCO DE Pheldarius Payne Commits to NC State



Last night NC State landed a commitment from JUCO Defensive End Pheldarius Payne (6’3″/270).

Payne plays for Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He performed extremely well at NC State camp this summer and earned an offer on July 10th.

247Sports’ Composite Database ranks Payne as the #10 Junior College player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 Strong side Defensive End, and a 3-Star prospect.

As a Freshman at Lackawanna last year, Payne had 23 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks in 11 games.

Payne held one other offer from Liberty University. He is the Wolfpack’s 16th commitment in 2020.

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