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



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 2019 RB Micah Kelly Includes NC State in Final-4



3-Star 2019 Running Back Micah Kelly committed to Toledo on Sunday, but after picking up 3 Power-5 offers over the past 3 days, he has reopened his commitment, and is considering NC State, Louisville, Kansas State and Toledo.

Louisville offered last Friday, Kansas State offered the same day he committed to Toledo, and NC State offered earlier today. Is it coincidence that Kelly decommitted from Toledo shortly after receiving the offer? I don’t know.

According to the above tweet, Kelly will be signing with his future school on February 6th, which is National Signing Day.

Kelly rushed for 1,560 yards (5.9 yards per carry) for Ocean Springs (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) this season, with 16 rushing touchdowns.

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All-American 4-Star RB Jamious Griffin Decommits from NC State



The writing has been on the wall for sometime now.

All-American 2019 4-Star Running Back Jamious Griffin has decommitted from NC State.

Griffin could end up at Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech with one of his brothers. He just took an Official Visit to Auburn this past weekend. Clemson is starting to creep in.

While NC State is still a possibility, my money is with Georgia Tech. It’s the hometown team, that now has a coach that doesn’t run the triple option, and it’s a dream of his to play with one of his brothers.

This is a major blow to the Wolfpack 2019 recruiting class. It’s a big blow to next season. Griffin was going to play right away. Heck, he might have won the starting job, and that’s no disrespect to Ricky Person or Zonovan Knight.

Depth will be an issue in the backfield next season for NC State. They return Sophomore Ricky Person, who when heathy, is very talented. True Freshman Zonovan Knight gives a spark of breakaway speed. Redshirt Freshman Trent Pennix picked up some experience this year, while holding onto his redshirt. Redshirt Senior Damontay Rhem earned a scholarship prior to last season.

With signing day a couple of weeks away (February 6), expect the coaching staff to find another running back, whether it be from the high school or JUCO ranks.

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NC State Lands 2 in Rivals Final 2019 Top-250 Rankings



Rivals recently released their Final Top-250 rankings for the 2019 football recruiting class, and 2 NC State signees made the cut: #143 DT Joshua Harris & #186 CJ Clark.

Since 2013, Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren has signed 12 players in the Rivals Top-250.

#143 DT Joshua Harris
#186 DT CJ Clark

#85 RB Ricky Person
#166 LB Payton Wilson
#240 QB Devin Leary
#249 DT Alim McNeil

#123 TE Thaddeus Moss

#94 RB Nyheim HInes
#100 DT Darian Roseboro

#43 DE Kentavius Street
#213 OLB Germaine Pratt
#241 DE Justin Jones

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4-Star 2020 OT Mitchell Mayes Took an Unofficial Visit to NC State Yesterday



4-Star 2020 Offensive Tackle Mitchell Mayes (6’5″/295) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday.

Mayes plays at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, and is former teammates of NC State Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil and Running Back Trent Pennix.

247Sports ranks Mayes as the #24 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, the #3 Offensive Tackle, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

Mayes holds offers from NC State, Clemson, Duke, Mississippi St., Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Florida State and Boston College.

NC State was the 1st of all these teams to offer (January 21st, 2018).

Mayes has been a frequent visitor at NC State, and the Wolfpack has been at the top of his list for some time now. He is a consensus Top-250 player in their backyard, which makes him a must get.

As a Junior, Mayes earned Under Armour All-American honors. His highlights from this past season are below.

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