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3-Star 2019 QB Payton Thorne Taking Official Visit to NC State Today

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3-star 2019 Quarterback Payton Thorne (6’2″/187) committed to Western Michigan on May 8th, but the offer he received from NC State on October 14th is making him rethink that commitment.

Thorne is taking an official visit to NC State today, and will obviously be in attendance for the Wolfpack’s battle with the Demon Deacons.

Thorne (Naperville Central/Illinois) also holds offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Kent St., and New Mexico.

NC State is set to have 3 scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in 2019: Redshirt Freshman Devin Leary, Redshirt Sophomore Bailey Hockman, and Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay. The Wolfpack would prefer to have 4 scholarship signal callers on the roster at all times, and the offer they extended to Thorne confirms that desire. With the possibility of injuries, and attrition through transfers or early entry into the NFL, this is wise protocol.

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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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