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NC State Football Recruiting Update – November 29, 2018



NC State Football Recruiting Update – November 30, 2018


Flipping The Recruiting Calendar:

The Football Recruiting Calendar has entered into a different phase now that the regular season has ended.

The new period is called the Contact Period.

Here’s the NCAA legislation revolving around this “Contact Period”:

November 25, 2018, through February 2, 2019

Six (6) in-person, off-campus contacts per prospective student-athlete shall be permitted during this time period with not more than one permitted in any one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) or partial calendar week.

This basically means that our coaches can visit recruits at their homes or at their high schools to firm up commitments/flip some potential targets.


Latest Intel for Remaining Targets:

The last three targets known to be seriously on our board are QB Payton Thorne, ATH Zay Flowers, and WR Jaylen Erwin. I have broken down all three in previous recruiting updates or on the 2019 Football Recruiting Forum. We technically have room for all three, but don’t know that we will take all three.  Flowers and Erwin should be both officially visiting in December.  I think we are looking at Erwin and Flowers to both play slot receiver, with an outside possibility that Flowers could be a kick returner or even a nickel type player due to his versatility.

There’s an outside chance that we might also take another interior defensive player in this class, maybe a middle linebacker or an outside linebacker.  However, we have very limited options at each position (LB or DT) which we are seriously interested in left in this class, who are not committed elsewhere: 3* LB Kevon Glenn, 3* MLB Brian Ugwu, or we could look towards the JUCO ranks for 3* Kelvin Johnson (originally from Griffin, GA), 3* Luke Martin (Georgia Military College, originally from Dawsonville, GA), or 3* Steven Ogletree (originally from Plant City, FL – same high school as former Pack WR Antoine Thompson).


Updated Season Statistics for Remaining 2019 Commits in Playoffs:

RB Zonovan Knight – 7 carries for 51 yards vs. Eastern Alamance in a loss before leaving the game with an ankle sprain (same ankle which was injured earlier this season), Finished the season with 124 carries for 2,054 yards and 26 touchdowns, 3 receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown, 407 return yards and three special teams touchdowns.


RB Jamious Griffin – 38 carries for 238 yards and a touchdown in win over Dutchtown 28-14. Continuing to play this week against Warner Robins HS.

Cumulative season stats are 262 carries for 2,662 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns, and 10 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns.


LB Jaylon Scott – 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a pass breakup in a 45-26 win over Ashe County HS. Continuing to play this week against North Lincoln. Cumulative season stats are 82 tackles, including 18 for loss and five sacks, four pass breakups, forced fumble, two blocked punts on defense and two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown on offense.


C Dylan McMahon – 6 pancake blocks and 9 tackles on defense in a 35-14 win over Fellowship Christian HS. Continuing to play this week vs. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. Cumulative season stats are 41 knockdown blocks on offense and 77 tackles, including 10 for loss, four sacks, and a forced fumble on defense.


CB Jalen Frazier – 7 tackles, including two for loss and a sack and an interception in a 48-35 win over North Mecklenburg. Played last week and beat Mallard Creek 19-7 with no stats available. Continuing in the playoffs to play Vance HS this week.   Cumulative season stats are 54 tackles, including five tackles for loss and a sack, a pass breakup and two interceptions.


WR Keyon Lesane – Lost to Myers Park 33-8. Cumulative season stats are 40 carries for 316 yards and six touchdowns, 27 receptions for 451 yards and four scores, and 319 return yards with 1 touchdown.


TE Chris Toudle – 3 receptions for 33 yards in a 38-21 victory over Garner HS. Continuing in the playoffs to play Pinecrest HS this week. Cumulative season stats are 19 receptions for 286 yards and four touchdowns and 29 carries for 101 yards and 4 touchdowns.


S/NLB Jakeen Harris – 8 tackles and a pass breakup on defense in a 55-0 loss to Cedar Grove HS.  Cumulative season stats are 73 tackles, forced fumble, a fumble recovery, which he return for a score, a blocked field goal, five pass breakups and three interceptions on defense. 37 carries for 307 yards and 11 touchdowns and 10 catches for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns.


CB Shyheim Battle – No stats in a 30-0 loss to Terry Sanford HS.  Out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury. Cumulative season stats are 34 tackles, including one for loss, 3 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 4 receptions for 59 yards,  and 5 kick returns for 175 yards in 7 games.


OT Triston Miller – Won State Championship (Private School Championship) on November 16th. Cumulative season stats are 38 knockdown blocks on offense and 13 tackles, including four for loss and three sacks on defense.


S Khalid Martin – 1 tackle and a blocked punt in a 42-6 win over Kernersville Glenn HS. Continuing state playoff run and perfect season against Greensboro Grimsley this week. Cumulative season stats are 72 tackles, with 2 tackles for losses, with 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and 3 blocked kicks, 3 kickoffs for a total of 130 yards with 1 touchdown, and 3 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.


More Player Development Proof:

Just to add more proof to the fire that we have within our player development:

Out of the 9 players which received All-ACC honors (6 first team, 2 second team, 1 honorable mention), only 3 were 4-star players out of High School (Gallaspy, Harmon, and Pratt). Garrett Bradbury was a 2-star Tight End, Ryan Finley was a mid-range 3-star Quarterback, Jakobi Meyers was a 2-star Quarterback, Tyler Jones and Terrone Prescod were both 3-star Offensive Tackles, and Chris Dunn was a 3-star Kicker.


A Flashback to the 2015 Class:

The 2015 class are true seniors this season and will be playing their last game of eligibility this week.

Early Departures for NFL: 4-star RB Nyheim Hines

Left The Program: 4-star RB Johnny Frasier, 3-star WR Freddie Simmons, 3-star WR Brian Sessoms (achilles tear), 3-star LB Riley Nicholson (concussions), 3-star DE Emmanuel Olenga (Transfer), 3-star OL TJ McCoy (family reasons, finishing his career at Florida now).

Out of 22, seven did not finish their eligibility at State and add one more player who we just had for 2 years because he was a JUCO OL (Daris Workman).

Add that the 2014 class, which would be redshirt seniors this year, and 9 out of the 31 in that class did not stay in the program. This equates to 17 players in two classes (adding one for 4-star OT Will Richardson who went to the NFL a year early).

Another interesting statistic – Out of the 17 players who did not finish all four years at State from the 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes – 3 offensive linemen, 2 wide receivers, 4 cornerbacks, 3 running backs, 2 linebackers, 1 defensive end, 1 defensive tackle, and 1 tight end. 

Therefore, it is a easy to understand assumption that our current defensive secondary might have some difficulties due to lack of depth/experience from recruiting and from schematic reasons (which I will not go into on here).


Potential Early Enrollees:

Latest rumors have the following 2019 kids signing at the December Signing Day and enrolling at State early:

4* RB Zonovan Knight, 4* RB Jamious Griffin, 4* S Khalid Martin, 3* OG Timothy McKay, 4* DE Savion Jackson, 4* DT CJ Clark, 4* DT Josh Harris, 4* CB Shyheim Battle, 3* CB Jalen Frazier, 4* JUCO QB Bailey Hockman.


Latest Predictions:

The latest projections on 24/7 sports have 3* QB Payton Thorne committing to State in the next few days.

I think he will definitely commit to us sometime before December 3rd.

Thorne officially visited State on November 8th.

Good story about Thorne being the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year.

He was also the Naperville Sun’s Player of the Year.

A side note, we offered his top receiver, Cade McDonald, a preferred walk-on spot on November 18th.

McDonald had 91 catches for 1,397 yards and 18 touchdowns his senior season.


National Signing Day (Early):

The early National Signing Day is set for Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

The regular National Signing Day is set for Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Look for most of our current recruits to sign in December.

Last year, we only had two commits sign after December (JUCO DT Val Martin and CB Taiyon Palmer).


Early 2020 Prospects to Keep An Eye On:

3* WR Mushin Muhammad (Visiting State this weekend)

3* ATH Trenton Simpson

4* OT Mitchell Mayes

4* WR Joshua Downs (a legacy recruit)

3* DE Myles Murphy

4* WR Porter Rooks

3* OT Jimmy Christ

3* OG Seth Williams

3* OLB Mohamad Kaba

4* DE Jacobe Cowan

3* RB Ahmani Marshall

3* OT Seth McLaughlin

3* SDE Quentin Williams


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



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



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:



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.



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



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



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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