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NC State Football Recruiting Update – November 14, 2018

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Football Recruiting Update – November 14, 2018

 

Recent Official Visitor:

Dual-Threat 3* QB Payton Thorne visited for the Wake Forest game.  He came away very impressed. He is rated as high as the #26 Dual-Threat QB in the country on 24/7 sports. He is still currently committed to Western Michigan.

 

Movement in the 24/7 Sports Rankings:

OT Triston Miller has moved from the #70 Offensive Tackle in the country to the #25 Offensive Tackle in the country.

RB Jamious Griffin has moved to the #15 Running Back in the country and has now earned his 4* status.

DE Savion Jackson is now the #8 Defensive End in the country.

DT CJ Clark is now the #11 Defensive Tackle in the country.

OG Timothy McKay is now the #18 Offensive Guard in the country.

These new rankings by 24/7 sports have us with eight 4* players in this cycle (S Khalid Martin, DE Savion Jackson, DT CJ Clark, DT Joshua Harris, RB Jamious Griffin, OT Triston Miller, OG Timothy McKay, and CB Shyheim Battle).

 

Preferred Walk-On Offer:

WR/RB Nick Treco from Mallard Creek HS (North Carolina) has received a preferred walk-on offer from State.

He is rated as a 2* All-Purpose Back on Rivals, and he has had a great season this year at Mallard Creek after transferring in from another school.

Senior Stats: 183 carries for 1,360 yards with 12 Touchdowns, 20 catches for 200 yards with 2 Touchdowns, 15 kickoff returns for 235 yards, 7 punt returns for 181 yards with 2 Touchdowns, 6 Interceptions with 206 return yards with 1 Touchdown.

To me, it sounds like he is another player in the mold of a Thayer Thomas type, a hard working, slot receiver/scatback who could be a great returner.

 

5* ATH Quavaris Crouch Update

Crouch has stated this week that Michigan, Clemson, and Tennessee are his top 3 schools now. He has already taken an official visit to Tennessee and will visit Clemson this weekend.  Most analysts have him leaning towards Clemson at this point.

 

3* ATH Zay Flowers Update

3* ATH Zay Flowers has recently been extended a scholarship offer from South Carolina.

Here’s a quick blurb about Flowers from goupstate.com:

“Flowers has taken an official visit to Kansas State and he will take one to Nebraska this weekend. His Rivals recruiting profile lists him as having been committed to Nebraska at one time but he said he’s never committed to anyone. He said he plans to visit NC State and Boston College in December.

Flowers said he’s not favoring anyone at this point and he’s not sure if he’ll sign early. He said NC State, Boston College and Kansas State have been recruiting him the hardest and Robinson also is making a strong effort with daily communication.”

If I had to guess, he is probably going to officially visit State for the ECU game on December 1st.

 

New Recruit on the Horizon?

Reports are swirling that Colorado might be parting ways with Head Coach Mike MacIntyre at the end of this season.

This could impact State renewing interest in former QB target 3* Ty Evans. Evans was offered a scholarship by State during the summer.

Evans is rated the #16 Pro-Style QB in the country by Rivals and the #11 Pro-Style QB in the country by 24/7 sports.

 

Playoffs.. Playoffs?

16 of the 2019 class commits are still playing in their respective state playoff brackets.

This week’s playoff action:

DE Terrell Dawkins – At Sun Valley

CB Shyheim Battle – Home vs. West Carteret

S Khalid Martin – BYE – East Forsyth is the #9 program in the State of North Carolina

RB Zonovan Knight – At C.B. Aycock

OT Triston Miller – Vs. Metrolina Christian Academy (Neutral Site)

DE Savion Jackson – At Hillside

TE Kam Walker – At East Lincoln

LB Drake Thomas – At South View

WR Keyon Lesane – BYE – Butler is the #6 program in the State of North Carolina

LB Jaylon Scott – At West Lincoln

CB Jalen Frazier – Home vs. North Mecklenburg – Hough is the #14 program in the State of North Carolina.

RB Jamious Griffin – Vs. Cedar Shoals (Neutral Site) – Rome is the #7 program in the State of Georgia.

C Dylan McMahon – Vs. Hebron Christian Academy (Neutral Site)

S Jakeen Harris – Vs. Westside (Neutral Site)

 

Class Ranking:

Rivals has our current class as the #20 class in the country, but it does not give us any credit for outstanding JUCO QB Bailey Hockman.

24/7 sports & Scout has our current class as the #22 class in the country, and the #3 in the ACC.

 

Class Calculator:

If we add Payton Thorne, Zay Flowers, and Treron Collins – We will have the #20 class in the country.

If we add Payton Thorne, Zay Flowers, and Myles Farmer – We will have the #21 class in the country.

If we add Payton Thorne, Zay Flowers, and Kevon Glenn – We will have the #21 class in the country.

** We might not land any of these recruits, but given the latest scant details out there, some of them could be definitive possibilities.

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3-Star WR Antonio Barber Includes NC State in Final 5

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Former Tennessee Wide Receiver commit Antonio Barber (6’2″/185) announced his Final-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Colorado State.

Temple and South Florida were a part of Barber’s Top-7 back at the beginning of June, but dropped off this list.

247Sports Composite ranks Barber as the #15 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020, and he’s a consensus 3-star prospect. Barber plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Wolfpack already has 3 wide receivers committed in their 2020 recruiting class:

4-Star Porter Rooks
4-Star Nate McCollum
3-Star Stephen Gosnell

Barber was a frequent visitor in Raleigh back in the Spring.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19

 

Transferring Out:

Senior S Tim Kidd-Glass has announced that he will be transferring out of State.  This speaks volumes to me about how much defensive back recruiting has improved in the last several years. This will not affect 2020 recruiting class numbers at all because he was expected to graduate.

 

Spots Remaining:

Without more attrition, it looks like 4-5 more prospects will be taken. Preference will go to defense: linebacker, secondary, possibly another defensive lineman.  My guess would be 1-2 linebackers, 1 Cornerback, 1 Safety, and 1 Defensive Tackle/Defensive End type prospect. NC State might take another offensive lineman, if they are the best possible prospect left on the board, but I would guess the Wolfpack would only do that if a current lineman commit in the program decides to leave before National Signing Day.

 

Devon Beatty Update:

Target 4* Linebacker Devon Betty (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will be officially visiting on September 6th. He could play a wide variety of positions, depending on how much he grows. He has very good athleticism and pass rushing skills.

 

Latest Recruiting Graphics:

Official offers went out to 2020 kids on August 1st. Here’s a link to a tweet from Target 4* LB Devon Betty:

 

Commitment:

Target JUCO 3* Defensive End Pheldarius Payne has committed. He is rated the #2 JUCO DE in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

A lot of analysts are commenting about how fast NC State got onto Payne and how they beat a lot of bigger schools to the punch by getting him to commit so early.

I have a feeling he is going to be a big time player, similar to Larrell Murchison.

 

Highlights:

The Hot 10:

The last 10 prospects believed to be on NC State’s board (at this point) that they have a decent chance with are:

3* S Tyler Jones

3* CB Joshua Pierre Louis

3* OT Anthony Carter Jr.

4* LB Devon Betty

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan

3* DE Sean Martin (recently decommitted from UNC)

3* WR Antonio Barber

3* WR Jhari Patterson

3* LB Jamari Stewart

3* DE Zuriah Fisher

 

Committed Elsewhere:

Target 4* Defensive Tackle Kendrick Bingley Jones has committed to UNC. Reportedly, he has some academic issues which need to be addressed before he will be eligible.

Target 4* Safety Jaquarious Conley is also rumored to be committing to UNC soon. NC State did not make his top 4 schools and reportedly he also has some academic issues to correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4-Star LB Devon Betty Schedules Official Visit to NC State

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4-Star 2020 Devon Betty (6’1″/210) will be taking an official visit to NC State on September 6th, the weekend of the Western Carolina game.

Rivals ranks Betty as a 4-star prospect, and considers him a Weakside Defensive End. They think he’s the 14th best at the position nationally. ESPN and 247 both consider Betty a 3-Star Outside Linebacker prospect.

Betty plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NC State offered Betty on July 24th.

He also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas, Maryland and others.

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Top JUCO DE Pheldarius Payne Commits to NC State

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Last night NC State landed a commitment from JUCO Defensive End Pheldarius Payne (6’3″/270).

Payne plays for Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He performed extremely well at NC State camp this summer and earned an offer on July 10th.

247Sports’ Composite Database ranks Payne as the #10 Junior College player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 Strong side Defensive End, and a 3-Star prospect.

As a Freshman at Lackawanna last year, Payne had 23 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks in 11 games.

Payne held one other offer from Liberty University. He is the Wolfpack’s 16th commitment in 2020.

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