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NC State Football Recruiting Update – January 10, 2019

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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 Rivals.com 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 WR Antonio Barber Includes NC State in Final 5

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Former Tennessee Wide Receiver commit Antonio Barber (6’2″/185) announced his Final-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Colorado State.

Temple and South Florida were a part of Barber’s Top-7 back at the beginning of June, but dropped off this list.

247Sports Composite ranks Barber as the #15 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020, and he’s a consensus 3-star prospect. Barber plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Wolfpack already has 3 wide receivers committed in their 2020 recruiting class:

4-Star Porter Rooks
4-Star Nate McCollum
3-Star Stephen Gosnell

Barber was a frequent visitor in Raleigh back in the Spring.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19

 

Transferring Out:

Senior S Tim Kidd-Glass has announced that he will be transferring out of State.  This speaks volumes to me about how much defensive back recruiting has improved in the last several years. This will not affect 2020 recruiting class numbers at all because he was expected to graduate.

 

Spots Remaining:

Without more attrition, it looks like 4-5 more prospects will be taken. Preference will go to defense: linebacker, secondary, possibly another defensive lineman.  My guess would be 1-2 linebackers, 1 Cornerback, 1 Safety, and 1 Defensive Tackle/Defensive End type prospect. NC State might take another offensive lineman, if they are the best possible prospect left on the board, but I would guess the Wolfpack would only do that if a current lineman commit in the program decides to leave before National Signing Day.

 

Devon Beatty Update:

Target 4* Linebacker Devon Betty (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will be officially visiting on September 6th. He could play a wide variety of positions, depending on how much he grows. He has very good athleticism and pass rushing skills.

 

Latest Recruiting Graphics:

Official offers went out to 2020 kids on August 1st. Here’s a link to a tweet from Target 4* LB Devon Betty:

 

Commitment:

Target JUCO 3* Defensive End Pheldarius Payne has committed. He is rated the #2 JUCO DE in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

A lot of analysts are commenting about how fast NC State got onto Payne and how they beat a lot of bigger schools to the punch by getting him to commit so early.

I have a feeling he is going to be a big time player, similar to Larrell Murchison.

 

Highlights:

The Hot 10:

The last 10 prospects believed to be on NC State’s board (at this point) that they have a decent chance with are:

3* S Tyler Jones

3* CB Joshua Pierre Louis

3* OT Anthony Carter Jr.

4* LB Devon Betty

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan

3* DE Sean Martin (recently decommitted from UNC)

3* WR Antonio Barber

3* WR Jhari Patterson

3* LB Jamari Stewart

3* DE Zuriah Fisher

 

Committed Elsewhere:

Target 4* Defensive Tackle Kendrick Bingley Jones has committed to UNC. Reportedly, he has some academic issues which need to be addressed before he will be eligible.

Target 4* Safety Jaquarious Conley is also rumored to be committing to UNC soon. NC State did not make his top 4 schools and reportedly he also has some academic issues to correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4-Star LB Devon Betty Schedules Official Visit to NC State

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4-Star 2020 Devon Betty (6’1″/210) will be taking an official visit to NC State on September 6th, the weekend of the Western Carolina game.

Rivals ranks Betty as a 4-star prospect, and considers him a Weakside Defensive End. They think he’s the 14th best at the position nationally. ESPN and 247 both consider Betty a 3-Star Outside Linebacker prospect.

Betty plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NC State offered Betty on July 24th.

He also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas, Maryland and others.

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Top JUCO DE Pheldarius Payne Commits to NC State

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Last night NC State landed a commitment from JUCO Defensive End Pheldarius Payne (6’3″/270).

Payne plays for Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He performed extremely well at NC State camp this summer and earned an offer on July 10th.

247Sports’ Composite Database ranks Payne as the #10 Junior College player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 Strong side Defensive End, and a 3-Star prospect.

As a Freshman at Lackawanna last year, Payne had 23 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks in 11 games.

Payne held one other offer from Liberty University. He is the Wolfpack’s 16th commitment in 2020.

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