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NC State Commit Jamious Griffin Named USAToday 1st Team All-American

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NC State 4-Star 2019 4-star Running Back Commit Jamious Griffin has been named to the USAToday All-American 1st Team.

He also recently earned the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Award.

Griffin is the only NC State commit that didn’t sign his letter of intent this week during the early signing period (Tight End Kam Walker and Long Snapper Joe Shimko both didn’t sign because they are blue shirts.).

It was already reported that he wouldn’t be signing in December, but would wait to do so in February.

He took his Official Visit to NC State on December 9th.

Then he took an Official Visit to Georgia Tech this past week.

Griffin’s bother Quon is a Defensive Lineman at Georgia Tech, and will likely be a redshirt freshman next year (only played in 2 games). What makes the Yellow Jackets intriguing is new head coach Geoff Collins. Griffin would have been more interested in his home state school from the beginning of it weren’t for the triple-option offense former head coach Paul Johnson ran.

NC State was the first Power 5 school to offer Griffin back on May 11th, 2017, and the standout running back committed to run with the Wolfpack on May 21st of this year.

That didn’t stop Virginia Tech from offering 9 days later. Griffin also has family up in Blacksburg, with Linebacker Jaylen redshirting his freshman season this year.

Miami and Auburn both offered the first week of December.

Griffin has given no indication that he is going to bail on his verbal commitment to NC State at this point, but he will be one of the most sought after recruits across the nation between now and February.

Hopefully Running Backs Coach Des Kitchings can hold onto this crucial piece of the 2019 recruiting class.

 

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3-Star ATH Chris Long Includes NC State in Top-9

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2020 3-Star ATH Chris Long (6’1″/175) announced his Top-9 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Rutgers, Duke, West Virginia, Wake Forest, UNC, Temple, Pitt, and Maryland.

NC State offered Long on February 22nd.

Rivals lists Long as a Wide Receiver and 247Sports lists him as an Athlete.

247 ranks him as the #19 overall player in the state of New Jersey.

Long had 38 receptions for 583 yards and 5 touchdowns this year for Willingboro High School (Willingboro, NJ). He also had 22 tackles and 1 interception.

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3-Star OL RJ Adams Visited NC State Yesterday

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3-Star 2020 Offensive Lineman RJ Adams (6’3″/314) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday.

Adams has recently visited Penn State and UNC.

NC State offered Adams back on November 3rd.

He also holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, UNC, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Duke, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and others.

Adams plays for Woodbridge High School (Woodbridge, VA) and Rivals and 247Sports both rank him as the #10 player in the state of Virginia.

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3-Star 2020 CB Joseph Johnson Visits NC State for 2nd Time in 3 Weeks

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3-Star 2020 Cornerback Joseph Johnson (6’3″/180) visited NC State yesterday for the second time in two weeks.

The Wolfpack have moved to the top of Johnson’s list.

247Sports ranks Johnson as the #13 player in the state of Virginia, and the #3 Cornerback in the commonwealth.

Johnson also holds offers from Duke, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Marshall, Rutgers, Pitt, Virginia Tech.

He recently visited Tennessee, and has a visit scheduled for Virginia Tech in a couple of weeks.

The Wolfpack offered on February 23rd.

Junior Highlights at Life Christian Academy (South Chesterfield, VA)

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4-Star WR Gavin Blackwell Includes NC State in Top-6

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4-Star 2021 Wide Receiver Gavin Blackwell (6’0″/170) revealed his Top-6 schools yesterday, and NC State was one of them alongside UNC, Duke, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Blackwell had 51 receptions for 1,156 yards and 19 touchdowns for Sun Valley High School (Monroe, NC) last year as a Sophomore.

247Sports ranks him as the #37 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #5 wide receiver, and the #3 player overall in the state of North Carolina.

It’s worth noting that Blackwell played with UNC commit Sam Howell at Sun Valley, who will be a Freshman in Chapel Hill next year.

NC State offered on October 25th. He was on campus in Raleigh at the end of January, and took this picture with 2020 Wolfpack commit 4-star Porter Rooks, and 2020 4-Star target Mushin Muhammad III.

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