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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:

GoUpstate

 

 

 

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#6 Kicker Ian Williams Commits to NC State

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Place Kicker Ian Williams of Weddington High School (Matthews, NC) has verbally committed to NC State, after an Official Visit to Raleigh this weekend.

Kohls Kicking ranks Williams as the #6 kicker nationally in the 2020 recruiting class.

Williams is new to Kohl’s. He attended a training camp in the summer of 2019 and showed very well at that event. He followed it up with a dominant performance in July of 2019 at the National Scholarship Camp. Williams was in contention for the Under All-America Game because his field goals and kickoffs are special. His clean leg swing and repeatable motion are very impressive. He also has the ability to hit some very big punts. Williams is someone who should be a D1 scholarship player this fall! (Kohls)
247Sports ranks him as the #12 kicker in the nation.
Williams also held offers from Army, Wofford, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina. With Punter Mackenzie Morgan deciding to transfer, a scholarship was extended to Williams.
With Williams’ commitment, NC State will have 4 Special Teams players on scholarship at the start of the 2020 football season.
Junior Place Kicker Chris Dunn
Redshirt Junior Punter Trenton Gill
Sophomore Long Snapper Joe Shimko
Freshman Place Kicker Ian Williams
Williams is the 18th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

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NC State DT Commit Pheldarius Payne Scores TD in JUCO National Championship

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Last night 3-Star NC State Defensive Tackle verbal commit Pheldarius Payne and his Lackawanna squad lost to Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Junior College National Championship game.

Payne had a scoop and score that was one of the highlights of the night.

He also finished with 7 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Payne finished the season with 30 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

An interesting wrinkle in Payne’s recruitment is the fact that he’s taking an Official Visit to Nebraska this weekend.

The Huskers offered Payne on November 22nd. Payne has yet to take his Official Visit to NC State.

With a lot of the Wolfpack verbal commits taking Official Visits to Raleigh this weekend, it will be interesting to see if Payne flips with the December 18th early signing period right around the corner.

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3-Star CB Joshua Pierre-Louis Officially Visiting NC State this Weekend

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3-Star 2020 Cornerback Joshua Pierre-Louis (5’10”/170) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

The Wolfpack offered Pierre-Louis back on March 12th, and also holds offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisville, Illinois, UCF, UCONN, Rutgers, Minnesota, Washington St., and others

He plays for The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Pierre-Louis will be taking his Official Visit along with 4-Star Offensive Lineman R.J. Adams & 4-Star JUCO DB Justin Harrington.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019

Subtractions

Backup QB Matt McKay and Backup OT Justin Chase have decided to leave the program.

Available scholarships left for 2020

Around 5-6, maybe more depending on addition attrition between now and February’s Signing Day. I fully anticipate NC State will sign 20 in December and several more in February. Rumor has it that they will have several more deductions from the offensive side of the ball and possibly several on the defensive side.

 

Recent Commits

WR Anthony Smith – Attends Huntingtown HS in Maryland. 6’1″, 175. Rated a NR 2* on Rivals, NR on 24/7Sports, and NR on ESPN.

He’s an absolute burner. Career records in 100m was 10.98, 200 m was 21.96 in Spring 2019, during his junior season. This would translate to a 4.5 40, which is very good to be 6’1″. He was officially clocked at 4.46 at a camp in the summer of 2019. Smith could easily become a vertical passing threat or another underneath extension of the running game – like Nyheim Hines was during his first year at State.

Senior Season Stats:  35 catches for 918 yards with 14 Touchdowns, 17 Tackles with 1 Tackle for Loss.

Highlights:

WR Jalen Coit – Attends Cheraw HS in South Carolina. 6’1″, 165. Rated a 3* and #17 overall player in South Carolina on Rivals, the #185 Wide Receiver in the Country and the #20 overall player in South Carolina (3*) by 24/7Sports, and the #163 Wide Receiver in the Country (3*) on ESPN.

He’s a stellar two sport athlete who averages around 19 points per game in basketball. Most analysts have him slated to be a slot receiver in college. Several analysts have stated that they think he has a higher ceiling and better open field play making ability than the top rated receiver in South Carolina (Jaylin Hyatt). Coit also projects to potentially play in the slot with Smith. Coit could be a potential to play immediately as a kick returner along side Lesane (if Lesane can figure out his fumbling issues). Coit has been named to the Shrine Bowl team for South Carolina.

Senior Season Stats: 1 for 1 passing for 9 yards, 1 carry for 39 yards, 55 catches for 842 yards with 11 Touchdowns, 2 Two Point Conversions Scored, 7 Kickoff Returns for 67 yards, and 13 punt returns for 154 yards with 1 Touchdown.

Highlights: 


Big Visitors at UNC Game

The #1 JUCO Safety in the Country was at the UNC game. Justin Harrington, who currently attends Bakersfield College in California, was offered a scholarship by State late last week. Harrington attended Southeast Raleigh HS as a prep prospect but could not qualify academically to attend a major college. He was high school teammates with Current Nickel Tyler Baker-Williams. Harrington is planning to be a mid-year enrollment at whatever college he decides to attend. Right now, it looks like Oklahoma is the major competition for Harrington. Harrington is also planning an official visit to Oklahoma State and possibly Southern Cal before making his college decision.

 

Transfer 3* OL Joe Kane from Virginia Tech attended the game. Transfers look like they are going to be the route to go for several different empty spots for the staff to find, particularly in high needs areas (depending on further attrition, I would argue that WR, QB, and OL/DL are these areas of potential grad transfer targets). Kane was recently offered a scholarship to play D-Line at Elon.

 

Transfers to Mention:

I just list these as possibilities that the coaches would be interested in targeting and the reasons:

QB Jack Allison – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

QB Jake Bentley – Transferring from South Carolina, knows and was coached by Kurt Roper

QB Feleipe Franks – Transferring from Florida, could be a target because he would have immediate eligibility

QB Dekereon Joyner – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #2 school before he committed to South Carolina. He also knows Kurt Roper. Converted to WR this year.

WR Brian Montgomery – Transferring from Miami, NC State offered him a scholarship during the 2018 cycle

WR/APB Tevin Bush – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

TE/WR Daevon Robinson – Transferring from Rutgers. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to stay home and commit to Rutgers

OT Carter Colquitt – Transferring from Ole Miss. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to commit to Ole Miss

LB Derek Boykins – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #3 school when he decided to commit to South Carolina. From NC, and NC State is also recruiting his younger brother.

JUCO DE Dionte Gipson – Attends Hutchinson CC in Stone Mountain, Georgia. NC State recruited that area well a few years ago when we landed Jakobi Meyers

JUCO RB Brian Snead – NC State was recruiting him when he was in HS, attends Iowa Western CC, a place where they’ve have had some success in the past. He attended HS with former Pack RB Erin Collins, however the Wolfpack will probably stay away from him due to some unsavory criminal activity when he was enrolled as a freshman at Ohio State.

JUCO WR Justin McGriff – NC State recruits the Tampa area well. He has extremely good size and long arms that Coach D covets – 6’5″, 210.

 

Official Visits Coming Up

December 6th:

4* JUCO S Justin Harrington

4* OG RJ Adams – recently decommited from Penn State. NC State was one of his top schools before he committed. Visited for UNC game also. Alabama visit is after this.

3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – Smaller CB/NLB type prospect who also has a lot of speed.

Most of NC State’s current commits will also be officially visiting this week (Porter Rooks, Devan Boykin are confirmed via social media).

 

Things to keep an eye on 

If James Franklin leaves Penn State and goes to Florida State, former 4* CB Joseph Johnson could also be in play again for NC State (his father really liked State).

If Will Muschamp leaves South Carolina, current Target 4* WR Rico Powers and Target 4* LB Mohamad Kaba could be in play again for NC State. (Unlikely Muschamp leaves)

 

My Take on the Coaching Switch

In the periphery of the season, it looks like the canning of Huxtable was due to the huge amount of points the defense continued to allow, bad technique by the defensive backs, and bad play calling at times.

However, there is another silver lining to the canning of Huxtable in deference to the other members of the staff.

Des Kitchings and George McDonald are considered to be the best recruiters of offensive talent on the staff, whereas, Kevin Patrick and Tony Gibson are considered to be the best recruits of defensive talent on the staff.  According to a pre-season publication, Huxtable was responsible for recruiting Alamance County/Orange County in NC and the Orlando to Space Coast areas of Florida (zero currently committed players in the 2020 cycle). The last three commits all came from the areas in which McDonald and Kitchings are assigned.  This is not to say that the coaching switches are completely done, but I don’t foresee any more coaching switches before the December Signing Day event, which will take place on December 18, 2019.

 

On the Road

All the coaches are on the road this week to meet with current commits and see current targets. George McDonald was visiting South Carolina earlier this week and extended an offer to 6’4″ receiver, Ger-Cari Caldwell, who had a stellar senior season at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was named to the Shrine Bowl. Caldwell is an interesting prospect because of his size and playmaking ability. Not necessarily a burner, but runs great routes and has great hands.

 

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