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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star WR Porter Rooks Talks Commitment to NC State



4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Porter Rooks (6’2″/189) committed to NC State last night, and I had the chance to catch up with him and get his thoughts on his reasons why.

What was it about NC State that led you to commit so early in the process?

“NC State is home. Each visit felt like a home away from home. I can’t even describe the vibe up in Raleigh.

What do you think of the job Coach McDonald’s has done with Harmon, Meyers and the rest of the receivers?

“Coach McDonald’s (Wide Receiver’s Coach) resume speaks for itself. Kelvin Harmon has had great success. Jakobi Meyers developed into a NFL receiver from being a Quarterback. Emeka Emezie has had some early success.”

What is your impression of how NC State is doing on the recruiting trail? Did the success of the 2019 class influence your decision?

“Definitely. #Pack19 isn’t just a recruiting class, it’s a family. When I realized that, I knew that was the culture I wanted to be a part of.”

Are you going to be actively trying to get the best to come to Raleigh?

No doubt. We are building something special.

What have your thoughts been on experiencing a game in Carter-Finley Stadium?

“Nothing like it. Wolfpack Nation loves their football and I can’t wait to be apart of it!”

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Georgia Tech Trying to Flip 4-Star WR NC State Commit Nate McCollum



4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Nate McCollum committed to NC State back on March 31st, but that isn’t stopping Georgia Tech from trying to flip him. He has a scholarship to play both football and baseball in Raleigh, but Georgia Tech has offered him the same opportunity closer to home.

McCollum plays for Dutchtown in Hampton, Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets are laying it on thick as of late. After visiting NC State for their season opener, McCollum was in Atlanta last Saturday watching Georgia Tech beat USF 14-10.

McCollum is showing love to both NC State and Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack coaching staff will have to work to keep McCollum solid on his commitment.

Georgia Tech flipped All-American Running Back Jamious Griffin from NC State last year.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 12, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 12, 2019


Recent Commitment: 3* LB Devon Betty committed to State while on his official visit for the Western Carolina game. Betty is being recruited to play the new BUC (outside linebacker) position in the new 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Betty was injured during part of his junior season, which cut into some of his production, and probably limited him from explosive recruitment, but he still has a very, very high ceiling. Betty moved from Miramar HS to St. Thomas Aquinas after last season, and being around more marquee talent and better coaching will help him to arrive in Raleigh in great shape. Betty officially runs a 4.8 40 as measured at the Opening Combine in the Spring, but I think by the time he hits the field with us he will more like a 4.65 guy (especially if he can redshirt and get with Thunder Dan for a season).

Highlights of Betty:


Recent Decommit: Target 3* LB Jayland Parker has de-committed from Colorado. This was suspected for quite a while. He has tentatively booked an official visit to Raleigh for the Ball State game on 9/21. Parker is rated as high as the #23 inside linebacker in the country on 24/7 sports. Parker has been measured at 6’2″, 195 with a 4.69 40.  At this point, I would think that Parker is definitely a take for State.

Highlights of Parker:


Commitment Statistics Report from Week 3:

WR Porter Rooks – 3 catches for 152 yards and 3 Touchdowns in a 63-3 win. Rooks only played in the first half.

WR Stephen Gosnell – 3 Touchdowns (2 Catching, 1 Rushing)  in a 65-0 win.  4 catches for 104 yards.  East Surry won 65-0. East Surry is now 3-0 this season.

QB Ben Finley – 17 of 22 with 180 yards and 2 Touchdowns, 3 carries for 21 yards in a 28-26 victory. Finley left the game with an injury.

ATH Devan Boykin – Lost to Northern Guilford 24-14. Boykin had a 41 yard reception for a Touchdown in the 4th quarter. Boykin had 2 catches for 49 yards, two punts for 50 yards, 4 tackles and 1 Tackle for Loss

TE Ezemdi Udoh – 2 catches for 17 yards in a 21-10 loss to Jack Britt HS.

CB Aydan White – Christ School won 47-0. No Stats for him for the second game, but he did have four Touchdowns in their first game of the season.

DT Jaylen Smith – 2 tackles in a 50-33 loss to Rocky Mount HS.

S Nehki Meredith – No stats available but Bishop Sullivan won 31-16 over Woodberry Forest.

OG Sean Hill – 6 knockdown blocks in a 35-21 loss. Hill graded out at a 88% in the game.

OC Ethan Lane – 46-10 win. No stats available.

OT Patrick Matan – 35-21 win at Don Bosco Prep. Gonzaga HS is rated the #10 program in the country on

DT Pheldarius Payne – 2 tackles including 1 Tackle for Loss in a 55-0 win over Wagner College

DT Davin Vann – 10 tackles, 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks, one forced fumble in a 31-28 win.

OT Jonathan Adorno – 49-7 win at East Wake HS

LB Devon Betty – Bye last week, but 5 tackles in the first game of the season

OT Austin Blaske – Bye last week, but has 17 knockdowns and 3 tackles in 2 games

** Quite a few recruits had their Friday night games cancelled due to bad weather (Hurricane Florian).


Keep An Eye On…

3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – A smaller frame DB who can absolutely fly in the open field. He reminds me a lot of Rashard Smith with his playmaking abilities. Rumor has it that he is going to try to officially visit State in the next few weeks. I think when we get him on campus, he will commit.

3* OL Anthony Carter – I think we will take one more offensive lineman in this class. It is no secret that Carter really likes State. He comes from a talent rich area and has future Offensive Tackle written all over him with his frame. I think we will also try to get him at State for an official visit soon.

3* LB Jayland Parker – I think we have a great chance of landing him.





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NC State 2020 Football Commits Week 3 Report



This past weekend marked the third week of the 2019 high school football season. Here’s a rundown on how the 2020 NC State Football verbal commitments fared. t

4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks had 3 receptions for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns in Myers Park’s 63-3 win over Providence.

3-Star Wide Receiver Stephen Gosnell had 4 receptions for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns in East Surry’s 65-0 victory over North Surry. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run.

3-Star Quarterback Ben Finley was 17 of 22 with 180 yards and 2 Touchdowns in Paradise Valley’s 28-26 victory over South Mountain. He also had 3 carries for 21 yards. Finley left the game with an injury.

3-Star Defensive End Pheldarius Payne had 2 tackles, and 1 tackle for loss in Lackawanna’s 55-0 victory over Wagner.

3-Star Jonathan Adorno and his Rolesville squad beat East Wake 49-7.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Jaylen Smith had 2 tackles in Hertford’s 50-33 loss to Rocky Mount.

3-Star Cornerback Devan Boykin had a 41-yard touchdown reception in Ragsdale’s 24-14 lost to Northern Guilford.

3-Star Safety Nehki Meredith had 2 rushing touchdowns, and 1 touchdown reception in Catholic’s 31-16 victory over Woodberry Forest.

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NC State LB Target Jayland Parker Decommits from Colorado



NC State 3-Star 2020 Linebacker target Jayland Parker (6’2″/214) decommitted from Colorado last night.

Parker included NC State in his Top-3 back on June 15th along with Purdue and Colorado. He took Official Visits to all three schools.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st, while he was in for an unofficial visit.

Parker committed to Colorado back at the beginning of July.

He had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions last year in 2018 for Westside High School (Macon, GA). Parker has 17 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 interception through the first two games of 2019.

247Sports Composite ranks Parker as the #51 player in the state of Georgia, and ESPN ranks him as the #14 Inside Linebacker in the 2020 recruiting class.

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