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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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PI EXCLUSIVE: WR Antonio Barber Gives an Update on His Recruitment



NC State looks like it might be building a stacked class of wide receivers in their 2020 football recruiting class. They already have commitments from two 4-star prospects: Porter Rooks and Nate McCollum. They are still in hot pursuit of a few others, like Antonio Barber, Muhsin Muhammad III, and Jhari Patterson.

I caught up with Barber recently to get an update on his recruitment.

Barber is announcing his Top-8 schools at the end of May, and he assured me that NC State would be on the list.

NC State and Syracuse are the only two schools that are locked in my Top-8, and are still going to have a spot in my Top-5.

Antonio Barber

The Wolfpack have prioritized Barber, and it’s paid off.

They’ve already made their impact and showed me I am a priority. I’m wanted there dearly. They make me not only feel at home, but treat me as if I’m part of the team and family now.

Antonio Barber

Syracuse is a lock in the mix because they were the first to arrive.

They were my 1st Power 5 offer my freshman year. The staff has kept it real and truly recruited me since. I’ll be taking an Official Visit there soon.

Antonio Barber

Barber has probably been NC State’s most frequent visitor, and he just keeps coming back.

I enjoy being able to be around the whole staff. We just hang out and talk about more than just football.

Antonio Barber

As stated above, the Wolfpack are in the mix for quite a few top receivers, but there isn’t room for all of them.

I’m aware of all that, but I’m going to take my time and go with the best move at the right time.

Antonio Barber

Barber has teased on Twitter on many occasions the possibility of a future combination of himself, NC State commit, and 4-Star Muhsin Muhammad III.

All I can say is the fans better cross their fingers and make a wish.

Antonio Barber

Barber informed me that he plans on making his college decision no later than August.

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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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