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Kevin Keatts is Watching 4-Star Christian Brown Today

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NC State Head Coach Kevin is in Columbia, South Carolina watching 4-Star 2019 Small Forward Christian Brown (6’6”/210) at the Bojangles Bash.

Brown transferred from Lower Richmond (Columbia, South Carolina) to the prestigious Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) for his Senior season.

NC State made Brown’s Top-7 back in May along with Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, UNLV, Seton Hall and Florida. He has already taken official visits to Georgia, Clemson and UNLV, with two more remaining.

ESPN ranks Brown as the #58 overall player in the 2019 class.

NC State will need to get one of Brown’s two remaining official visits to put themselves in a good position to land Brown. With Brown now in Virginia, Keatts and his crew have an increased advantage, with their wealth of experience recruiting in the commonwealth.

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5-Star F Josh Hall Sets Official Visit to NC State

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) has scheduled and Official Visit to NC State for the weekend of September 6th, which is the weekend the football team is hosting Western Carolina.

Hall has also scheduled an Official Visit to Louisville the week before.

Currently these are the only two Official Visit’s that Hall has on the books (you get a total of 5).

Hall was originally a member of the 2019 class, but reclassified to 2020.

The Wolfpack offered Hall back on April 3rd.

Rivals and 247Sports both list Hall as a Small Forward, and ESPN lists him as a Power Forward.

Hall plays for Moravian Prep in Hickory, North Carolina. ESPN and 247Sports both rank him as the #3 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020.

Rivals ranks him as the #25 player overall nationally in 2020.

Check out the conversation that I had with Hall shortly after picking up an offer from the Wolfpack.

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PI EXLCUSIVE: Nick Farrar Talks NC State Commitment

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3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar verbally committed to NC State on Wednesday, and I caught up with him to get his take on his reasons for choosing to run with the Wolfpack.

Making his college decision on August 7th wasn’t random for Farrar. He coordinated this with Coach Keatts, so he could commit on the anniversary of his mother’s death, who passed away when he was 7 years old.

“I had talked to Coach Keatts about the offer and committing for a while, so it wasn’t really early. It was just something we had planned to do for the day my mother passed.”

Farrar is a local talent (Apex Friendship High School), growing up with the dilemma of which Triangle squad to pull for. At an early age he made the wrong decision, but eventually saw the light.

“I started out with UNC, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with NC State.”

Wolfpack Head Coach Kevin Keatts has been straight up with Farrar, and he appreciates that.

Coach Keatts is straight up with how he feels about my game, what I’m good at, and what I need to work on. The program is great, and I know a lot of staff and players as well.

Keatts has encouraged Farrar to continue to work on toning his body, and developing his right hand.

Farrar is a stretch 4, which is a body type that thrives in Keatts’ offense.

“I think State works well with undersized 4’s. With good guard skills and post up skills, I would be a good fit in that system, being an inside-out guy.”

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3-Star PF Nick Farrar Commits to NC State

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After receiving an offer from NC State on Monday, it didn’t take 3-Star 2020 Power Forward Nick Farrar (6’7″/230) long to decide to run with the Wolfpack today. Farrar is the 1st commitment of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

Farrar plays for Apex Friendship High School right down the road from campus.

He also held offers from Cincinnati, Texas A&M, LSU, Old Dominion, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Houston and others.

He took an unofficial visit to Raleigh back in May, and was dominant in NC State’s Team Camp this summer.

Farrar has been a breakout player on the AAU circuits, playing for Team Loaded, and won the MVP Award at the Josh Level Classic.

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4-Star PG Deivon Smith Schedules Official Visit to NC State

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4-Star 2020 Point Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/165) recently included NC State in his Top-10 along with Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Oregon, Florida State and Ole Miss. He has scheduled an Official Visit to Raleigh on the weekend of August 31st.

Smith plays for Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia.

NC State offered him on July 10th.

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