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NC State Football Recruiting Update – January 10, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – January 10, 2019:

Early National Signing Day might have come and gone for the 2019 class, but our coaches are still looking to add at least one or two more pieces before February’s National Signing Day.

With the departure of Jakobi Meyers, our coaches might be in the market for another receiver to fill his void and perhaps will look towards the junior college or graduate ranks for a receiver.  Jabari Hines, former Wake receiver and current Oregon receiver, has been mentioned as a target because he has already graduated, but most sources think that State will look in another direction.


Commit 4* RB Jamious Griffin will be officially visiting Auburn this weekend.


Early Enrollees

16 of the 2019 commits have officially enrolled and have begun classes at State.

Early enrollees were: 3* WR/TE Chris Toudle, 3* LB Drake Thomas, 3* LB Jaylon Scott, 4* OG Timothy McKay, 4* S Khalid Martin, 3* OT Zovon Lindsay, 3* WR Keyon Lesane, 4* RB Zonovan Knight, 4* DE Savion Jackson,  3* JUCO QB Bailey Hockman (#1 JUCO QB in the country), 4* DT CJ Clark, 4* DT Joshua Harris, 3* CB Jalen Frazier, 3* QB Ty Evans, 3* DE Terrell Dawkins, and 4* CB Shyheim Battle.

Out of these, I think at least 9 of them have the potential to play immediately (Knight, Battle, Hockman, Thomas, Jackson, Harris, Clark, Frazier, Martin).


Change in Recruiting Office

Eddie Faulkner has now been named the Recruiting Coordinator for our team.  Des Kitchings was the previous recruiting coordinator but understandably had to give up something after taking on the C0-Offensive Coordinator title for next season.


New Coach, Big Impact

John Garrison has been named the new offensive line coach at State. This could potentially have a HUGE impact on recruiting. Garrison was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the country during the 2014 cycle when he was at Nebraska. Garrison has very good coaching pedigree in passing and rushing, and could potentially be a better coach and recruiter than Dwayne Ledford was for us over the last several seasons.  A little blurb from about Garrison from the 2014 cycle:

“Nebraska landed four four-star commits in the 2014 class and Garrison, the Cornhuskers’ offensive line coach, had a hand in all four. Garrison’s primary territories include Illinois and Missouri, where three of Nebraska’s four-star commits hail from.” (Rivals)


2020 Cycle

2020’s Cycle appears like it will be heavy on wide receivers (at least 2 more past current commit WR Porter Rooks), Safeties (at least 2), Cornerbacks (at least 2), and Defensive End/Tackle (probably 2 tackles and 1-2 Defensive Ends).

Looks like we will take around 20 players in the 2020 cycle, of course assuming that we will have a little bit of attrition from our current roster (we technically have 16 spots available for scholarships with 2 taken already by 4* WR Porter Rooks and 3* QB Ben Finley).  Finley has been invited to the Elite 11 Combine recently.


2020 Commits (Thus Far)

4* WR Porter Rooks (Charlotte, NC) and 3* QB Ben Finley (Phoenix, AZ).


Known 2020 Targets (I’ve listed the ones we are in the best shape for at this point)

5* DE Desmond Evans (Lee County HS – Sanford, NC)

3* WR Josh Downs (North Gwinnett HS. – Suwanee, GA)

4* WR Mushin Muhammad (Myers Park HS – Charlotte, NC)

4* OT Mitchell Mayes (Sanderson HS – Raleigh, NC)

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan (Providence Day HS – Charlotte, NC) – Same HS as current commit WR Porter Rooks

5* DE Myles Murphy (Southwestern Guilford HS – High Point, NC)

4* WR Mike Wyman (Dudley HS – Greensboro, NC)

4* DE Fadil Diggs (Woodrow Wilson HS – Camden, NJ)

4* ATH Ladarius Tennison (Rockledge HS – Rockledge, FL)

4* S Malcolm Greene (Highland Springs HS – Highland Springs, VA)

4* WR Jahvante Royal (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, FL)

4* OG Jonathan Denis (South Dade HS – Homestead, FL)

4* ATH Arian Smith (Mulberry Senior HS – Mulberry, FL)

4* WR Ray Grier (South Point HS – Belmont, NC)

3* DE Will Anderson (Dutchtown HS – Hampton, GA)

3* OT Jimmy Christ (Dominion HS – Sterling, VA)

3* RB Trenton Simpson (Mallard Creek HS – Charlotte, NC)

3* ATH Maleik Faust (Harding University HS – Charlotte, NC)

3* LB Mohamed Kaba (Clinton HS – Clinton, NC)

3* DT Kyle Mann (McEachern HS – Powder Springs, GA)

3* CB Jahquez Robinson (Sandalwood HS – Jacksonville, FL) – Former commit

3* OG Seth Williams (Statesville HS – Statesville, NC)

3* S Isaiah Fisher Smith (Page HS – Greensboro, NC)

3* WR Ze’Vian Capers (Denmark HS – Alpharetta, GA)

3* ATH Jovan Ferguson (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, FL)  – HS teammates with Target 4* WR Jahvante Royal

3* DE Quentin Williams (Mallard Creek HS – Charlotte, NC)

3* WR Bryce Gowdy (Deerfield Beach HS – Deerfield Beach, FL)

3* CB Tyrell Ford (Sanderson HS – Raleigh, NC)

3* OT Seth McLaughlin (Buford HS – Buford, GA)

3* DT Treyshaun Mitchell (King’s Fork HS – Suffolk, VA)

3* LB Michael Frogge (Northern Guilford HS – Greensboro, NC)

3* WR Jason Romero (Scotland County HS – Laurinburg, NC)


Dead Period

The NCAA Mandated Dead Period for Football Recruiting is ending on January 10, 2019.

The “Dead Period” means: During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.


Contact Period

From January 10, 2019 through February 3, 2019 is the Contact Period.

The “Contact Period” means: 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.


The main difference…

The Contact Period features coaches who can visit High Schools and meet with HS Coaches and players, the Dead Period features contact directly from coaches to student-athletes and parents via phone call or messages.


Two New Scholarships Available

Another O-Line Scholarship has opened up, OT Phillip Walton has decided to transfer out of the program.  He was a reserve Offensive Tackle who mainly saw action as a blocker on field goal formations over the last several seasons.

Another Defensive Secondary Scholarship has opened up, Reserve CB Vernon Grier has also decided to leave the program.


A New Linebacker

Levi Jones has decided to transfer to NC State from USC. Jones was an All-American Linebacker in HS at Westlake HS in Texas. He was rated the #6 Outside Linebacker in the country (4*) in the 2017 recruiting class by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #4 Outside Linebacker in the country (4*) by ESPN, and the #9 Outside Linebacker in the country (4*) by Rivals. He will be a Sophomore in football eligibility. He is the son of a former NFL Linebacker and All-Pro Robert Jones. Levi was dismissed from USC in November for a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

It appears that he played extremely well in limited playing time at USC, as evident from this quote from 24/7 sports:

“According to Pro Football Focus Jones is currently USC’s second highest graded defender (behind senior Cameron Smith) at 85.3 overall, which is in the elite level grade.” (PFF)


Athlete of Interest

Apparently ATH Ja’Quarius Conley is very interested in us, but we have not offered him a scholarship yet:





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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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