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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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NC State’s Most Recent Football Recruiting Visitors

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NC State has had some serious football talent come through Raleigh recently. Here’s a look at which recruits have been by this week.

Antonio Barber/2020/WR

3-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Antonio Barber is visiting NC State today.

Barber (6’2″/185) is still technically a Tennessee commit, but after his visit today, he will have made the trip to Raleigh three times in the past 30 days. He recently visited Penn State as well. Barber played with NC State 2019 commit Jalen Frazier at Hough in Cornelius, North Carolina. Rivals ranks Barber as the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

All things are pointing towards Barber eventually running with the Wolfpack.

Evan Pryor/2021/RB

Barber’s teammate at Hough, 4-Star 2021 Running Back Evan Pryor (5’11″/175) is also visiting today.

NC State offered Pryor on January 10th, and he took an unofficial visit on January 19th. He has also recently unofficially visited UNC, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Georgia. Alabama recently offered.

247Sports ranks Pryor as the #67 overall player in the 2021 class, the #6 Running Back, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Pryor rushed for 912 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns for Hough this year. He also had 24 receptions for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Seth Williams/2020/C

3-Star 2020 Center Seth Williams (6’3″/315) is also visiting NC State today.

Williams plays for Statesville High School (Statesville, NC). He holds offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Navy, and Marshall. He recently visited App St., and is visiting Wake Forest tomorrow.

Williams visited Raleigh back on Junior Day as well.

Jayland Parker/2020/LB

2020 3-Star Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’2″/214) was in for a visit yesterday.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st when he was on an unofficial visit. He has also recently visited Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Parker also holds offers from Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Rutgers, Pitt, Mississippi State, Kansas, Louisville, Duke and others.

Rivals lists Parker as a Safety, and 247Sports lists him as an Inside Linebacker.

Parker had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions for Westside (Macon, GA) last year.

Jake Rubley/2021/QB

4-Star 2021 Quarterback Jake Rubley (6’3″/195) was in for a visit yesterday, and picked up an offer from the Wolfpack while he was here.

Rubley also holds offers from LSU, Iowa, Colorado, Colorado St., South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Northwestern and others.

247Sports ranks Rubley as the #82 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #4 quarterback, and the #2 player in the state of Colorado.

Rubley passed for 1,951 yards and 20 touchdowns (5 int) last year for Highlands Ranch (Highlands Ranch, CO).

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – March 21, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – March 21, 2019

 

Quiet Period

The “Quiet Period” is still in effect for recruiting through April 14th.

As a reminder, the “Quiet Period” is: When a coach at an NCAA institution cannot have any in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete or their parents outside of the colleges campus. Coaches can’t go to see any of the athlete’s sporting events or their practices.

This essentially means that all prospects must come to Raleigh to meet with our coaches.

 

Friday Visitors

On 3/22 and 3/23, several huge visitors are expected on campus.  Target 3* LB Mohamed Kaba and Target 3* WR Antonio Barber are expected to visit. 4* RB Evan Pryor from the 2021 class is also expected to visit.

 

Newest Recruiting Graphics: 

A sample of another new recruiting graphic

Speed Kills…

Target 3* CB Devan Boykin (from SC) who we really look good for, has got some serious wheels –

Slew Of New Offers

3* ATH T Lee – Buford County HS (GA) – 5’11”, 172, 4.46 40. Rated the #28 Athlete in the Country by Rivals (3*) and the #47 Athlete in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout. Currently committed to Arizona State.

Highlights

3* OT Jonathan Adorno – Wake Forest Rolesville HS (NC) – 6’4″, 285.  Rated the #90 Offensive Tackle in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout.

We were his first offer.

Highlights


3* ATH Joshua Pierre-Louis – The Benjamin School (FL) – 5’10”, 164.  We were also his first offer. He exploded with a SPARQ score of over 100 at a recent combine in Miami.  We were also his first offer.

Highlights

3* TE Trey Boll – Collegiate HS (VA) – The same school that Russell Wilson attended – NR so far by any service.

Highlights

3* OT Kobe Baynes – Sandalwood HS (FL) – 6’4″, 301. Rated the #105 Offensive Tackle in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR (3*) Offensive Guard on Rivals.

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3* OT Bradley Ashmore – Fletcher HS (FL) – 6’6″, 280. Rated the #77 Offensive Tackle in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR (3*) Offensive Tackle on Rivals.

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Updated Names To Watch

Keep an eye on these prospects for potential commitments soon:

3* CB Devon Boykin, 3* OT Anthony Carter, 3* WR Antonio McCollum, 3* OG RJ Adams,3* WR Jhari Patterson, 3* DT Henry Bryant, 3* ATH/WR Chris Long, 3* OT Jordan Williams, and 3* CB Andru Phillips.

 

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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.

Photo Credit: Twitter

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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.

Photo Credit: @exclusivejaayy

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