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NC State 2019 Football Commits Week 8 Report



This past weekend marked the 8th week of high school football. Before Week 9 arrives, here’s a breakdown of how NC State’s 2019 commits did last week.

4-Star Defensive End Savion Jackson had a monster performance in Clayton’s (6-1) 26-14 victory over South Johnston. He tallied 11 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and 1 blocked field goal. The Comets have won 6 straight games, and Jackson has 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks through 7 games.

4-Star Defensive Tackle CJ Clark had 5 tackles in North Stanly’s 55-0 destruction of South Davidson. The Comets have won 3 straight, and are 5-2 on the year. During their 3-game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 172-6. Clark has 57 tackles on the year.

4-Star Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris and the Person Rockets (2-5) lost their 3rd straight game, falling to Western Alamance 3-20.

4-Star Cornerback Shyheim Battle had 8 tackles (1 for loss) in Rocky Mount’s 49-20 victory over Frankinlinton, improving to 5-0 on the year.

4-Star Safety Khalid Martin had 7 tackles in East Forsyth’s 16-10 victory over rival West Forsyth, improving their record to 7-0 in 2018. He has 48 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups in 7 games.

3-Star Running Back Zonovan Knight rushed the ball 17 times for 189 yards and 1 touchdown in Southern Nash’s 63-41 victory over Fike, improving their record to 5-0 on the year. He also had a 19-yard touchdown reception. Knight has 830 yards rushing through 5 games (166 yards per game/15.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.

3-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin had a record breaking performance in Rome’s 62-24 victory over East Paulding, improving to 7-0. Griffin had 339 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns. Through 7 games, Griffin has 1,497 yards rushing (214 yards per game/11.3 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns. He also has 7 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin is 1 of 10 players on MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watchlist

3-Star Linebacker Drake Thomas had 12 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 safety in Heritage’s 57-0 victory over Corinth Holder’s. The Huskies are now 6-1. Through 7 games, Thomas has 69 tackles.

3-Star Offensive Guard Timothy McKay and his Wakefield squad lost Rolesvile 7-20, falling to 2-5 on the year.

3-Star Linebacker Jaylon Scott had 8 tackles (1 for loss) in Shelby’s 49-0 victory over Chase. The Golden Lions have now won 3 stragiht, and are now 3-3 on the year. Through 6 games, Scott has 41 tackles (7 for loss).

3-Star Offensive Guard Ikem Ekwonu had 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble in Providence Day’s 63-0 victory over Christ the King. The Chargers have now won 4 straight, and are 4-3 on the year.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Triston Miller had 2 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in Charlotte Country Day’s 0-42 loss to Charlotte Christian. The Bucs are now 4-3.

3-Star Center Dylan McMahon had 7 tackles ( 1 for loss) and 1 sack in Savannah Christian’s 24-21 victory over Calvary Day. The Raiders are now 5-1, and McMahon has 37 tackles in 6 games.

3-Star Cornerback Jalen Frazier had 2 tackles in Hough’s 55-19 victory over Lake Norman. The Huskies are now 7-0, and Frazier has 28 tackles and 1 interception thus far.

3-Star Defensive End Terrell Dawkins and his Cox Mill crew beat Concord 27-7, improving their record to 5-2 on the year.

3-Star Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane’s Butler Bulldogs beat Myers Park 39-22, improving to 5-2 on the season.

3-Star Wide Receiver Chris Toudle had 2 receptions for 20 yards in Hoggard’s 31-0 victory over West Brunswick. He also had 3 rushes for 23 yards. Hoggard is now 3-1, and Toudle has 7 receptions for 105 yards and 11 rushes for 52 yards and a touchdown through 3 games (missed 1st game due to injury).

3-Star Safety Jakeen Harris had 3 tackles and 1 interception in Benedictine’s 37-12 victory over Windsor Forest. ON the offensive side of the ball, Harris had 8 rushes for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 2 receptions for 43 yards. The Knights have now won 4 straight, and are 5-1 on the year. Harris has 36 tackles, 1 interception, 5 rushing touchdowns and 2 touchdown receptions thus far.

3-Star Offensive Lineman Zovon Lindsay had 4 tackles in Trinity Christian’s 54-0 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Crusaders are now 7-0 on the year.

3-Star Tight End Kam Walker’s Pisgah Bears beat Smoky Mountain 13-8, improving to 6-1 on the year.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star WR Porter Rooks Talks Commitment to NC State



4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) committed to NC State last night, and I had the chance to catch up with him and get his thoughts on his reasons why.

What was it about NC State that led you to commit so early in the process?

“NC State is home. Each visit felt like a home away from home. I can’t even describe the vibe up in Raleigh.

What do you think of the job Coach McDonald’s has done with Harmon, Meyers and the rest of the receivers?

“Coach McDonald’s (Wide Receiver’s Coach) resume speaks for itself. Kelvin Harmon has had great success. Jakobi Meyers developed into a NFL receiver from being a Quarterback. Emeka Emezie has had some early success.”

What is your impression of how NC State is doing on the recruiting trail? Did the success of the 2019 class influence your decision?

“Definitely. #Pack19 isn’t just a recruiting class, it’s a family. When I realized that, I knew that was the culture I wanted to be a part of.”

Are you going to be actively trying to get the best to come to Raleigh?

No doubt. We are building something special.

What have your thoughts been on experiencing a game in Carter-Finley Stadium?

“Nothing like it. Wolfpack Nation loves their football and I can’t wait to be apart of it!”

NC State COMMIT 4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks: VIDEO VAULT

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

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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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