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NC State Football Recruiting Update – October 31, 2018



NC StateFootball Recruiting Update – October 31, 2018


Update on Bailey Hockman 

Bailey Hockman is currently rated the #1 JUCO QB in the country by 24/7 sports.

He is going to add another dimension to our QB competition next year along with McKay and Leary.  Should be a great battle to watch develop over the spring and summer.

Hockman will be enrolling in January.


Update about Zonovan Knight

One local analyst watched Zonovan Knight at his game last week and came away very impressed.

Here’s his tweet about what he saw:

In this game, Knight had 23 rushes for 285 yards and 1 Touchdown.


Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Update

9 current commits for State have been named to the North Carolina Roster for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

They include TE Kam Walker, DE Savion Jackson, CB Shyheim Battle, S Khalid Martin, RB Zonovan Knight, LB Drake Thomas, LB Jaylon Scott DT Joshua Harris, and DT CJ Clark.

Some of them will be probably playing in bigger post-season all-star games and may not play in the Shrine Bowl (particularly Clark, Harris, Battle, and Jackson).


Jamious Griffin Update

Rome HS and Jamious Griffin are now 10-0 this season.  He had 19 carries for 174 yards and 5 TDs in the first half on Friday, October 26th and did not play in the second half.

Griffin now had 2,024 yards rushing this season.


Drake Thomas Video

Drake Thomas is just one of those dudes who just really enjoys contact.  Reminds me of a cross between Riley Nicholson, Pat Lowery, and Stephen Tulloch.

Here’s a video of him at the running back position to give an idea of how physical he plays:

Updated Season Stats for Commits

4* DE Savion Jackson – 58 tackles, including 19 for loss and six sacks.

4* DT CJ Clark – 83 tackles and nine sacks.

4* DT Joshua Harris – 42 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and five sacks, and a forced fumble.

3* S Khalid Martin – 59 tackles, including one for loss, three pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, a 73-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 27-yard touchdown reception.

3* RB Zonovan Knight – 82 carries for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns, two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown, 219 kickoff return yards and a touchdown and two punt returns for scores.

3* RB Jamious Griffin – 177 carries for 2,024 yards rushing  and 31 touchdowns, seven receptions for 145 yards and two scores.

3* LB Drake Thomas – 88 tackles, three sacks, two pass breakups, one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Offensively: 25 carries for 157 yards and seven touchdowns.

3* LB Jaylon Scott – 65 tackles, including 16 for loss and four sacks, a pass breakup, forced fumble, two blocked punts on defense. Offensively: one reception for 14 yards and a touchdown on offense.

3* C Dylan McMahon – 41 knockdown blocks on offense and 55 tackles, including nine for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble on defense.

3* CB Jalen Frazier – 38 tackles, two for loss, a pass breakup and an interception.

3* WR Keyon Lesane – 26 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns, 19 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns in five games.

3* TE Chris Toudle – 16 receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns, 22 carries for 92 yards and four touchdowns.

3* OT Zovon Lindsay – 18 pancake blocks on offense. Defensively: 15 tackles, including six for loss, two sacks and a safety.

3* S/NLB Jakeen Harris – 50 tackles, forced fumble, a fumble recovery, which he return for a score, a blocked field goal, four pass breakups and three interceptions on defense. Offensively: 32 carries for 184 yards and 11 touchdowns, nine catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

3* OG Timothy McKay – 37 knockdown blocks

4* CB Shyheim Battle – 34 tackles, including on for loss, three interceptions, three pass breakups. Offensively: four receptions for 59 yards, a two-point conversion catch and five kick returns for 175 yards.

3* OG Ikem Ekwonu – 22 knockdown blocks on offense, Defensively: 18 tackles and two and a half sacks.

3* OT Triston Miller – 26 knockdown blocks on offense, Defensively: 13 tackles and three sacks.


Maryland Fall Out

Maryland has decided to retain Head Coach DJ Durkin, which is already proving to be a controversial and team altering decision.  Reportedly a lot of players walked out of a team meeting on the day ESPN announced that he would be retained as head coach.

Why this matters to State and Football Recruiting

Current Maryland Freshmen WR Jeshaun Jones, DB Fanajae Gotay, QB Tyler DeSue; Sophomore RB Javon Leake were all recruited by State in the past and could potentially get a free transfer without having to sit a year as a result of the fallout at Maryland.  Interesting to note that Leake is from Greensboro, NC (Page HS).


Two Recruits to Keep An Eye On

WR Zay Flowers and Safety Myles Farmer.  State is making a major push for both lately.


More about Farmer

Farmer is rated the #69 Safety in the country (3*) by 24/7 sports, #78 Athlete in the country (3*) by ESPN, and the #83 Cornerback in the country (3*) by Rivals.

A review of Farmer from

“Farmer is the ideal SS prospect at the next level. He has elite length, very powerful tackler. What impresses me the most is his ability to play man coverage, and his length gives him a really high radius to break up the pass. No doubt he Farmer is a Power 5 football player, and expect him to land well over 30 offers during this offseason. He has elite acceleration, outstanding upside, and think he can get over 200 pounds at the next level. His versatility to guard multiple positions out in coverage is a desired skill set, and we think he can blow up with additional power 5 offers during the evaluation period.”

Highlights of Farmer


There is also a lot to like about Farmer on film.  He is very, very physical, particularly in run support.  He tracks the ball well in coverage, but needs to react a little quicker out of his break.  He takes some chances in pass defense, but plays adequate man coverage, despite his high school scheme to play cover 1 and cover 0 coverage shells a lot. He provides a lot of support in the run game and looks like he could grow into a linebacker if he added enough weight because of his ability to tackle in the open field. Size reminds me a lot of Khalid Martin, lengthy and quick for his size.


More about Flowers

Flowers is rated the #105 Athlete in the country (3*) by ESPN, the #172 Wide Receiver in the country (3*) by 24/7 sports, and the #75 Wide Receiver in the country (3*) by Rivals.

It is worth mentioning that Flowers’ stock and subsequent positional ranking is increasing on Rivals’ as his senior year continues.

Flowers visited State in June 2018.


Highlight of Flowers


There is a lot to like about Flowers on film. He does a great job of accelerating and cutting in the open field once he gets the ball in his hands.  He is a very quick twitch shifty kind of athlete who would be a matchup problem from the slot.  He has very good hands in the open field (as shown by his one handed catch).  I could see him being used in a wide variety of ways, particularly in a hybrid role like Percy Harvin used to be in Florida’s offense many years ago.


Current Senior Season Stats

28 catches for 467 yards and 8 Touchdowns, 1 carry for 12 yards and 1 Touchdown.

Flowers’ High School, University High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is 9-0 this season and has knocked off powerhouse programs like American Heritage and Immokalee this season.


Another Potential Recruit to Keep an Eye On

DL/OL Wisdom Asaboro (6-8 275)


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3-Star CB Andru Phillips Includes NC State in Top-5



3-Star 2020 Cornerback Andru Phillips (6’0″/180) announced his Top-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Virginia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Phillips plays for Mauldin High School (Mauldin, SC), and is ranked as the #11 player in the state of South Carolina by 247Sports.

NC State already has commitments from 3 defensive backs in their 2020 recruiting class. The Wolfpack offered Phillips on March 3rd.

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3-Star OT Jonathan Adorno Visited NC State this Week



After attending NC State’s 2019 Kay Yow Spring Game earlier this month, 3-Star 2020 Offensive Tackle Jonathan Adorno (6’4”/285) visited Raleigh again this week.

247Sports ranks Adorno as the #25 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2020 class. The standout out of Rolesville High (Rolesville, NC) holds offers from NC State, UNC, Duke and App St. The Wolfpack were the 1st team to offer Adorno on March 2nd.

NC State have put themselves in a good position with Adorno.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 17, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 17, 2019

New Commitments:

3* Athlete Devan Boykin – Ragsdale HS – Jamestown, NC. 5’11”, 180. He is the son of Ragsdale’s Head Coach. A very good athlete, can play a lot of different positions. Best projects as a nickel or safety in college. Excels on Special Teams in High School and very well could contribute immediately as a punt returner/kick returner. He has legit 4.5 speed. He becomes another speedy, super athletic addition to our secondary in this cycle.

Highlights of Boykin

3* Center Ethan Lane – Archer HS – Lawrenceville, GA. 6’3″, 270. Right now, he is only rated a 3* by one service. Lane was offered by us a few weeks ago, and attended the Spring Game. He has a big frame and excels in downfield blocking, particularly in the run game. On film, he looks to be a solid 3* prospect and looks like he will develop into another mauler type blocker like Bradbury was for us over the last few season. He becomes the first offensive line commitment for our 2020 cycle and probably will be joined by at least two more prospects (One Tackle and One Guard).

Highlights of Lane

Update in Rankings

  • Commit WR/ATH Nate McCollum, who committed several weeks ago, has recently been upgraded on 24/7 sports and Scout. He is now a 90 overall rated prospect, good for a 4* rating. Notes on this rating increase on 24/7 sports’ leads one to think that he could be in the top 30 receivers in the country once his junior year tape is fully evaluated.
  • Commit DT Jaylen Smith has been upgraded to a 3* prospect on Rivals. Yet again, another analyst has stated that they would not be surprised if Smith would scrap into 4* territory based upon analysis of his film.
  • Commit S Joseph Johnson has been upgraded to a 3* prospect on Rivals. In addition to Smith and McCollum, Johnson could easily find himself rated as a 4* prospect once his film is fully evaluated.
  • Target LB Mohamed Kaba (Clinton, NC) has been upgraded to a 4* Linebacker on 24/7 sports and Scout. He is now the #19 Outside Linebacker in the country.

Target LB Trenton Simpson (Charlotte, NC) has been upgraded to a 4* Linebacker on 24/7 sports, Scout, and Rivals following an outstanding performance at a recent combine event for Rivals. He is now the #9 Outside Linebacker in the country.

Upgrade in Team Rankings

With Boykins’ and Lane’s commitment, State’s current recruiting class is rated the #16 in the country by 24/7 sports/Scout and the #15 class in the country on Rivals. I fully expect us to be around #13 or #14 overall once Lane’s film is evaluated.

Class By The Numbers

  • 4*s – Two – WR Porter Rooks and WR Nate McCollum
  • 3*s – Five – QB Ben Finley, S Aydan White, S Devan Boykin, CB Joseph Johnson, and DT Jaylen Smith
  • 4 – Number of Players in the Top 28 of North Carolina. Only 8 out of the top 28 have committed already – 1 to Clemson, 2 to UNC, 1 to South Carolina, 4 to NC State.
  • 4 – Number of Defensive Players Committed (2 S, 1 CB, 1 DT)
  • 3 – Number of Offensive Players Committed (1 QB, 1 Slot Receiver, 1 Outside Receiver)

Commitments Missed On

  • 3* OG RJ Adams has committed to Penn State and is now removed from the board.
  • 3* OT Jordan Williams has committed to Georgia Tech and is now removed from the board.
  • 3* OG Seth McLaughlin has committed to Alabama and is now removed from the board.
  • Looks like 3* CB Andru Phillips from South Carolina is going to commit to Kentucky any day now.
  • Looks like 4* WR Mike Wyman from North Carolina is going to commit to South Carolina any day now.

Wide Receiver Situation

I think we will only take one more receiver in this class, unless we have some unforeseen attrition between now and the end of the season. 3* Jhari Patterson, 3* Antonio Barber, 4* Ayden Henningham, and 4* Mushin Muhammad are all in play for the last spot. Muhammad just took a visit to Texas A&M, which really impressed him, but I don’t see him leaving the state. I think we have an inside track for Barber and Muhammad, with Henningham also being impressed by his visit to our Spring Game.

Offensive Line Situation

With RJ Adams committing to Penn State, that only leaves a handful of known targets for the offensive line.

  • 3* OG Vershon Lee (Woodbridge, VA)
  • 3* OT Anthony Carter (Charlotte, NC)
  • 3* Jonathan Adorno (Rolesville, NC) and 3* Sean Hill (Snellville, GA) are two late-blooming prospects to keep an eye on.

Evaluation Period Begins

April 15th marked the beginning of the Evaluation Period for the NCAA Football Recruiting Calendar.

The Evaluation Period means: “An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academic evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.”

The Evaluation Period runs between April 15th and May 31st with the exception of Sundays and Memorial Day.

Look for our coaches to be on the road quite a bit over the next few weeks to attend combines and camps and to attend HS workouts to identify and offer new talent in the 2020 and 2021 classes.

New Offers

  • 3* DE AJ Beatty – Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS – Rated the #68 DE in country by 24/7 sports and Scout.
  • 4* OT Aaryn Parks – National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland – Rated the #18 OT in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.
  • 3* CB Lovie Jenkins – Ocoee, Florida – Rated the #85 CB in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout
  • 3* OT Timothy Lawson Jr – National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland – Rated the #85 OT in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

New Recruiting Graphics

Here are some of the new recruiting graphics used over the last few weeks:

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2020 Center Ethan Lane Commits to NC State



Center Ethan Lane (6’3″/270) verbally committed to NC State tonight, becoming the 8th member of the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class.

Lane took an unofficial visit to Raleigh on March 29th, and left with an offer from NC State, his first from a Power 5 school. The next weekend he was back in attendance for the Kay Yow Spring Game. Louisville was right behind NC State, offering Lane on April 1st.

He plays for Archer High School (Lawrenceville, GA), where he was teammates with current NC State cornerback Taiyon Palmer.

Lane is currently an unrated/unranked player by all the major recruiting databases.

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