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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star WR Josh Downs Talks NC State Visit



4-star 2020 Wide Receiver Josh Downs (5’10″/165) was in Raleigh two weeks ago, and took in the Wolfpack’s 35-21 victory over Virginia. Downs’ father is Gary Downs, who played running back at NC State, and was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft. The stud out of North Gwinnett High School broke down his visit, and the Wolfpack’s recruitment of him.

Thoughts on his visit to NC State…

I was a very good visit. I love the coaches and the game day atmosphere.

On NC State’s recruitment of him…

They have been recruiting me since 9th grade. It’s a strong relationship every time I go there. It’s like the whole staff knows me, so it’s good and they are recruiting hard. I talk to them everyday.

On NC State’s performance vs. the Cavaliers…

They played good.. The offense looked good. They threw the ball a lot, and the defense looked very solid.

What he likes about how the Wolfpack uses their Wide Receivers…

I love how they throw the ball a lot, and use the slot in the offense a lot.

On which schools are recruiting him the hardest…

NC state, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, etc

On any NC State players he has a good bond with…

Kelvin Harmon is my big bro.

On any NC State commits he’s friends with…

Jalen Frazier is a good friend of mine.


Rivals ranks Downs as the #220 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, the #39 receiver nationally, and the #26 player in the state of Georgia.

Downs not only has a family connection to NC State, but also hails from Georgia, where the Wolfpack has a strong and successful recruiting presence.

He was also watching the game with 4-star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks, who is the #1 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2020 recruiting class.

Downs hinted on Twitter days after their visit that the two standout receivers could be a package deal at the next level.

Downs, as well as Rooks, are two to keep your eye on in 2020.

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WR Porter Rooks is the 4th Highest Ranked Player to Commit to NC State Since 2002



Earlier tonight 4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) committed to NC State, and I alluded to the fact that he was one of the Wolfpack’s highest rated commits in the recruiting database era. Well, below is the data to support it.

Remember, Rooks ranking has plenty of time to go up and down, but as it currently stands, Rooks is the 4th highest rated prospect to commit to NC State according to Rivals (dating back to 2002), 6th according to 247Sports Composite (dating back to 2002), and 8th according to ESPN (dating back to 2006).

1) RB Toney Baker – 2005 – 39th (#1 in NC)
2) DE Kentavius Street – 2014 – 43rd (#2 in NC)
3) RB Darrell Blackman – 2003 – 46th
4) WR Porter Rooks – 2020 – 48th (#1 in NC)
5) WR Richard Washington – 2002 – 54th
6) QB Mike Glennon – 2008 – 59th
7) OT Curtis Crouch – 2005 – 63rd (#4 in NC)
8) CB AJ Davis – 2002 – 80th (#5 in NC)
9) QB Marcus Stone – 2003 – 84th
10) RB Ricky Person – 2018 – 85th (#5 in NC)
11) ATH Jimmie Sutton III – 93rd
12) RB Nyheim Hines – 2015 – 94th (#3 in NC)
13) DE Darian Roseboro – 2014 – 100th (#4 in NC)

247Sports Composite
1) DT DeMario Pressley – 2004 – #12 (#1 NC)
2) RB Toney Baker – 2005 – #26 – (#1 in NC)
3) OT Robert Crisp – 2010 – #29 (#2 in NC)
4) WR Richard Washington – 2002 – #44
5) QB Mike Glennon – 2008 – #47
6) WR Porter Rooks – 2020 – #52 (#2 NC)
7) RB Darrell Blackman – 2003 – #59
8) OT Curtis Crouch – 2005 – #64 (#4 in NC)
8) CB AJ Davis – 2002 – #64 (#4 in NC)
10) RB Johnny Frasier – 2015 – #78 (#3 in NC)
11) LB Payton Wilson – 2018 – #79 (#4 in NC)
12) DE Savion Jackson – 2019 – #93 (#3 in NC)

1) QB Mike Glennon – 2008 – 32nd
2) DE Savion Jackson – 2019 – 34th (#1 in NC)
3) OT Robert Crisp – 2010 – 59th
4) DE Kentavius Street – 2014 – 68th (#4 in NC)
5) RB Johnny Frasier – 2015 – 80th (#3 in NC)
6) RB Brandon Barnes – 2008 – 85th
7) LB Payton Wilson – 2018 – 105th (#3 in NC)
8) WR Porter Rooks – 2020 – 122nd (#3 in NC)
9) RB Nyheim Hines – 2015 – 155th (#5 in NC)
10) DE Darian Roseboro – 2015 – 184th (#7 in NC)


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NC State COMMIT 4-Star WR Porter Rooks: VIDEO VAULT



NC State picked up one of the biggest commitments of the recruiting database era tonight, when 4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2”/189) committed to run with the Wolfpack.

Take a few moments and watch Rooks highlights from his first three years at Providence Day High School (Charlotte, NC).

Junior Year

Sophomore Year

Freshman Year

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4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks Commits to NC State!



NC State just picked up a monster commitment from 2020 4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) today. I reached out to Rooks, and he confirmed he was 100% commitmented.

This is one of the highest rated commitments NC State has picked up in the recruiting database era. 247Sports ranks him as the #45 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, the #7 Wide Receiver, and Rivals ranks him as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Providence Day/Charlotte, North Carolina).

Rooks chose NC State over a Final 8 that included Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Freaking huge pickup for the Wolfpack.

He joins 3-Star Quarterback Ben Finley as the 2nd member of the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class.

Junior Highlights

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PI EXCLUSIVE: QB Ty Evans Breaks Down His Commitment to NC State



Elite 11 Quarterback Ty Evans flipped his commitment from Colorado to NC State on Monday, giving the Wolfpack the signal caller they were looking to add to their 2019 recruiting class. I caught up with him yesterday, and he explained why he committed to NC State, what was effective about their recruitment, and what he enjoyed most about his official visit.

Why NC State?

“NC State offered me over a year ago, and were in my Top-2 because of the location. I can start in Business school right away. They have gone to 5 straight bowl games and have put Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Jacoby Brissett and Ryan Finley in the NFL in the last 15 years…it’s known as QBU. Coach D just got an extension last year, so it’s a STABLE staff!!”

What was effective about NC State’s recruitment of you?

“I’ve had a great relationship with Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Drink (Drinkwitz) over the year and NC State does a great job with their recruiting. They not only build relationships, but use technology and social media, which is smart. They stayed in touch, but didn’t over do it.”

Breakdown your thoughts on your Official Visit this past weekend.

“My whole family really enjoyed the Official Visit. It was my little brothers birthday, so he thought the bowling with the recruits was for him, which made his whole weekend. It was a very good balance of information and fun. Coach D was very involved which you don’t always see with Head Coaches, and it was great to meet the staff’s families. My favorite part was getting away with the current players and recruits, which allowed me to see the team culture. It was awkward at first with the other recruits because I was the new guy, but by the end of day one we were clicking. They are great guy and players, which means success.”


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