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NC State Football Recruiting Update – October 5, 2018



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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4-Star QB Braden Davis Includes NC State in First 9



2022 4-Star Quarterback Braden Davis (6’4″/193) out of Delaware revealed his First 9 schools last week, and NC State made the cut along with Penn State, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Temple, LSU and Alabama.

247Sports ranks Davis as the #87 player overall nationally in 2022, the #5 Dual Threat Quarterback, and the #1 player in the state of Delaware.

NC State offered Davis back on June 14th.

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NC State’s 2020 Football Recruiting Class Ranks 46th Nationally



The Early Signing Period for the 2020 College Football Recruiting Class was this week, and NC State’s 2020 class currently ranks 48th according to Rivals and 247Sports, and 46th according to the 247Sports Composite.



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Could 3-Star DT Henry Bryant Flip From Louisville to NC State Today?



The early national signing period begins today, and there’s a chance that 3-Star Defensive Tackle Henry Bryant (5’11″/275) flips his commitment from Louisville to NC State.

That is what Adam Lichtenstein of the South Florida Sun Sentinel predicts will happen.

Potential Flips

Henry Bryant III, Atlantic, DL

Bryant finished his final season at Atlantic with another dominant season. The three-star defensive lineman has been committed to Louisville since June after taking an official visit there in May. But the Atlantic star might be having a change of heart. He took an official visit to N.C. State last weekend, according to 247Sports. While I would not be surprised if Bryant sticks with Louisville when he announces his decision on Thursday, it appears he’ll join the Wolfpack. Prediction: N.C. State. (Sun-Sentinel)

Considering the fact that Bryant plays for Atlantic High School in Delray Beach Florida, this is a noteworthy voice to listen to.

Bryant committed to Louisville on June 13th, but took an Official Visit to NC State on December 13th.

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4-Star OT Austin Blaske Decommits From NC State



On the eve of National Signing Day, NC State received a punch to the gut when 4-Star Offensive Tackle Austin Blasko tweeted out that he was decommitting from the Wolfpack at 11pm.

From the looks of it, it would seem that Georgia possibly swept in at the last second, and Blaske could be signing with the Bulldogs tomorrow instead.

Blaske was the third highest rated commit in NC State’s recruiting class according to 247Sports, and 1 of only 4 4-Star commits along with Wide Receiver Porter Rooks, Defensive Tackle Davin Vann and Safety Nehki Meredith.

This is a huge blow to the 2020 NC State recruiting class, considering the fact that he repped the Pack about as hard as any other member.

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