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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 2020 Football Recruiting Class Ranked 15th After Meredith Commitment

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After the verbal commitment of 4-Star Safety Nehki Meredith on Saturday, NC State’s 2020 football recruiting class ranks 15th (17th Composite) according to 247Sport’s database.

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Rivals’ database ranks the #Pack20 class 17th.

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4-Star S Nehki Meredith Commits to NC State

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4-Star 2020 Safety Nehki Meredith (5’11″/178) committed to NC State on Saturday after a visit.

ESPN ranks Meredith as a 4-Star prospect, and the #8 player in the state of Virginia.

Meredith chose NC State over offers from Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Penn State, UNC, Nebraska, Maryland, Louisville, LSU, Duke and others.

NC State offered Meredith on April 4th. He plays for Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach.

Meredith is the 15th member of the NC State 2020 football recruiting class, and the third defensive back to verbally commit.

  • 4-Star S Nehki Meredith
  • 3-Star CB Aydan White
  • 3-Star CB Devan Boykin

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3-Star LB Jayland Parker Includes NC State in his Top-3

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If it wasn’t already clear, 3-Star 2020 Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’2″/214) announced his Top-3 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Colorado and Purdue.

Parker took an Official Visit to Purdue on the last weekend in May, took one to Colorado last weekend, and will be taking his last one to NC State next weekend (June 21).

He will be announcing his college choice on July 1st.

Parker included NC State in his Top-11 back on April 1st.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st, while he was in for an unofficial visit.

Parker plays for Westside High School (Macon, Georgia) in the Peach State, where the Wolfpack are recruiting well in 2020 (4 commitments). He had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions last year.

247Sports ranks him as the #48 overall player in the state of Georgia in 2020.

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4-Star CB Joseph Johnson is Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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He might have de-committed from the Wolfpack on May 8th, but 4-Star 2020 Cornerback Joseph Johnson (6’3″/180) will be back in Raleigh this weekend on an Official Visit.

Before Johnson was an NC State Verbal Commit, he was verbally committed to Tennessee.

Johnson is planning on making his FINAL decision on July 5th at 5pm. He took an Official Visit to Texas A&M last weekend, and left with an offer. His 3rd scheduled Official Visit is next weekend (June 21st) at Penn State.

It will be interesting to see if Johnson takes a 4th or 5th Official Visit before his commitment date.

247Sports ranks Johnson as a 4-Star prospect, the #250 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class nationally, the #20 cornerback, and the #7 player in the state of Virginia.

Johnson had 40 tackles, 4 pass breakups and 2 interceptions for Life Christian Academy (Chester, VA) as a Junior this past season. He earned 2nd Team All-State this past season as a Junior.

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