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.
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’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)
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.
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:
3-Star RB Caleb McDowell Commits to NC State
3-Star 2021 Running Back Caleb McDowell (5’10″/175) NC State committed to NC State yesterday.
Respect it!🐐🖤thanks to all coaches who recruited me💯 pic.twitter.com/JxN4VDbc3S
— ~🥋~ (@mcdowellcalebb5) April 15, 2020
McDowell plays for Lee County High School in Leesburg Georgia. He chose to run with the Wolfpack over offers from Syracuse, Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Purdue, Indiana and others.
NC State offered McDowell back on March 4th.
McDowell reportedly bench presses over 330, and squats 600 pounds, runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, and has a 40+ inch vertical leap. He plays on both sides of the ball, and even earned 1st Team All-State honors last year as a Defensive Back, but he is being recruited to play running back in Raleigh.
— ~🥋~ (@mcdowellcalebb5) December 17, 2019
— Jeff Littleton (@CoachLit22) March 13, 2019
McDowell is NC State’s 4th commit in the 2021 recruiting class.
NC State Makes Top-10 for 3-Star CB Jordan Blackmon
3-Star 2021 Cornerback Jordan Blackmon (5’10″/175) revealed his Top-10 list, and NC State made the cut along with South Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Louisville, Ole Miss, Illinois and Marshall.
— Jblack😴 (@jblack_EG) April 12, 2020
NC State was one of the first to offer Blackmon back on November 19th.
Blackmon plays for Eau Gallie down in Melbourne, Florida. Rivals ranks him as the #49 Cornerback nationally, and the #96 player in the state of Florida.
3-Star CB Mario Love Commits to NC State
3-Star 2021 Cornerback Mario Love (5’10″/170) verbally committed to NC State on Friday.
— Huncho ⁶ (@MarioLoveJr6) April 10, 2020
Love plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina. NC State Redshirt Freshman Nickel Jalen Frazier also played for Hough.
247Sports ranks Love as the #36 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class in North Carolina.
He also held offers from Tennessee, Penn State, UNC, Louisville, Georgia Tech, ECU, Duke and others.
3-Star CB Javon Bullard Includes NC State in Top-12
3-Star Cornerback Javon Bullard (6’0″/168) released his Top-12 schools on Sunday, and NC State made the cut along with West Virginia, Auburn, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, South Carolina, Stanford, Georgia, UCF and Purdue.
MY TOP 12 SCHOOLS ❤︎
*Other schools can still contact me at this time, I am still accepting ALL schools. pic.twitter.com/y9SUv1GCwW
— Javon Bullard ♛ (@cravejaaye) April 5, 2020
NC State offered Bullard a scholarship on February 20th. He plays for Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Georgia. 247Sports ranks Bullard as the #53 overall player in the state of Georgia in the 2021 recruiting class.
Thus far, NC State has two commitments in their 2021 recruiting class.