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NC State Football Recruiting Update – October 5, 2018

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Football Recruiting Update – October 5, 2018

 

4* Athlete JR Walker (Clayton HS) Update:

Took official visit to State on September 29th.  Really enjoyed his visit. State is now his number one school.  He will be making his college decision on October 12th.

We have been in good shape with him for a while, so there is a good possibility he will be running with the Pack.

Walker transferred from Northeastern HS to Clayton HS over the summer and is now high school teammates with current State commit 4* DE Savion Jackson.

 

Team Personnel Update:

TE Damien Darden has decided to leave the football team. His departure will open up another scholarship on offense for the 2019 recruiting cycle.

 

Updated Stats for 2019 Commits:

CB Shyheim Battle: 11 tackles (eight solo), including one for a loss, and two pass breakups through four games. Battle has also returned three kickoffs for a total of 95 yards and a punt for 11 yards in 4 games.

DT CJ Clark: 52 tackles, including 35 solo hits, two sacks and three quarterback hurries in six games.

CB Jalen Frazier: 26 tackles (11 solo), including a tackle for loss, and an interception in six games.

RB Jamious Griffin: 109 carries for 1,172 yards and 18 scores, and six receptions for 129 yards and two more touchdowns in six games.

S Jakeen Harris: 30 tackles (22 solo), two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble on defense. Harris also had seven receptions for 121 yards and two scores, and nine rushes for 62 yards in 4 games.

DE Savion Jackson: 40 tackles (21 solo), four sacks, a fumble recovery and three blocked kicks in six games.

RB Zonovan Knight: 37 carries for 641 yards (17.3 yards per rush) and nine touchdowns. Knight also has three kickoffs for an average of 59.0 yards and two scores, and returned a punt 43 yards for a TD in 4 games.

S Khalid Martin: 41 tackles (21 solo), including a tackle for loss, one interception, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in five games. Martin has also returned three kickoffs for a total of 130 yards in 6 games.

C Dylan McMahon: 30 tackles (19 solo), including a sack and two tackles for loss, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries in five games.

LB Jaylon Scott: 33 tackles (12 solo), including six tackles for loss and a sack, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and two blocked punts in six games.

LB Drake Thomas: 57 tackles (24 solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and an interception returned for a score, and has rushed 15 times for 116 yards and five scores in six games.

TE Chris Toudle: 5 receptions for 85 yards and eight rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown in 3 games.

 

2020 Recruiting Preview:

 

4* WR Josh Downs (a legacy NC State Recruit) from Georgia and 5* WR Porter Rooks from Charlotte, NC both visited Raleigh last weekend along with a slew of 2020 and 2021 recruits.

Downs and Rooks have hinted that they might be a package deal for college. This bears keeping an eye on because Downs has been very high on State for a very, very long time.

 

4* QB Harrison Bailey might be making his college decision soon.  He also visited Raleigh last weekend.  Similar to Downs, Bailey is from the Marietta area of Georgia, a place where State has a lot of recruiting ties thanks to our new safeties coach, Ted Roof.

 

 

Last Few Spots:

3-4 Spots left now with the departure of Damien Darden.  If I had to guess, 1-2 offensive and 1-2 defensive players will be taken (1 ATH, 1-2 Safety, 1 WR).

Right now it looks like this will be a combination of ATH JR Walker and a WR from Georgia or Florida, possibly a defensive back or two from Florida.

 

Historical Records:

Just looked at 24/7 Sports’ Historical Recruiting Rankings for NC State since 2002.  59 out of the top 117 all time rated State recruits have been signed by the Dave Doeren regime.

This is extremely impressive because the 2016 class was rated the #50 overall recruiting class in the country (7 players from this class have since left the program).

 

 

 

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NC State 3-Star DT Commit Pheldarius Payne Taking Official Visit to Raleigh Next Weekend

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NC State 2020 Defensive Tackle verbal commit Pheldarius Payne (6’3″/270) made Wolfpack fans nervous when he took an Official Visit to Nebraska this past weekend.

Nebraska offered Payne on November 22nd.

It’s a good sign that Payne will be taking his Official Visit to Raleigh this upcoming weekend.

Payne verbally committed to NC State on July 26th. 247Sports ranks him as the #31 JUCO player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class.

Payne finished his 2nd season at Lackawanna Community College with 30 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

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WR Chris Scott Commits to NC State

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Well…that didn’t take long.

After taking an Official Visit to Raleigh this weekend, Wide Receiver Chris Scott (6’1″/160) verbally committed to NC State this morning.

The speedy wideout out of Dacula, Georgia had 832 yards receiving this season. Scott reportedly runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.

Scott was an Eastern Kentucky commit (July), but everything changed when he picked up recent offers from NC State and Vanderbilt.

Currently, Scott isn’t ranked/rated by any national database.

Scott is the 19th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

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Georgia WR Chris Scott took an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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Wide Receiver Chris Scott (6’0″/160) out of Dacula High School (Dacula, GA) took an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

NC State offered Scott back on November 9th, which was his 1st Power 5 offer.

He has since then picked up an offer from Vanderbilt.

Back in July, Scott verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky, and I can’t find anywhere where he decommitted, but maybe I’m just not finding it.

Scott finished his Senior season with 832 yards receiving.

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#6 Kicker Ian Williams Commits to NC State

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Place Kicker Ian Williams of Weddington High School (Matthews, NC) has verbally committed to NC State, after an Official Visit to Raleigh this weekend.

Kohls Kicking ranks Williams as the #6 kicker nationally in the 2020 recruiting class.

Williams is new to Kohl’s. He attended a training camp in the summer of 2019 and showed very well at that event. He followed it up with a dominant performance in July of 2019 at the National Scholarship Camp. Williams was in contention for the Under All-America Game because his field goals and kickoffs are special. His clean leg swing and repeatable motion are very impressive. He also has the ability to hit some very big punts. Williams is someone who should be a D1 scholarship player this fall! (Kohls)
247Sports ranks him as the #12 kicker in the nation.
Williams also held offers from Army, Wofford, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina. With Punter Mackenzie Morgan deciding to transfer, a scholarship was extended to Williams.
With Williams’ commitment, NC State will have 4 Special Teams players on scholarship at the start of the 2020 football season.
Junior Place Kicker Chris Dunn
Redshirt Junior Punter Trenton Gill
Sophomore Long Snapper Joe Shimko
Freshman Place Kicker Ian Williams
Williams is the 18th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

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