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NC State Football Recruiting Update – January 24, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – January 24, 2019

 

Staff Changes

Todd Goebbels comes to State from Marshall to be our new Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator to replace Eddie Faulkner, who went to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tony Gibson comes to State from West Virginia to become the new Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach to replace Ted Roof, who went to App State.

Both coaches are considered to be excellent teachers and very good recruiters. Goebbels recruited 4 4* players to Marshall as the recruiting coordinator and Offensive Coordinator in the last cycle, and Gibson helped to recruit a huge amount of talent at West Virginia.

No word yet on who the new Recruiting Coordinator will be now that Eddie Faulkner has left, but my guesses would be either Aaron Henry, George McDonald, or Kevin Patrick, since they have been on staff for a while. Recruits seem to love Aaron Henry, but I’m not sure he has developed enough clout with in-state coaches yet to be super influential.

 

Junior Day

Junior Day is set for Saturday, January 26th at Carter-Finley. This is an invite only event.

Big time names expected to attend: 3* RB Trenton Simpson, 4* WR Mushin Muhammad, Commit 4* WR Porter Rooks, 3* DE Quentin Williams, 3* DE Malik Puryear, 4* 2021 DE Jahvaree Ritzie, 3* ATH Ja’Qurious Conley, 3* DE Justin Reed, 3* LB Mohamed Kaba, 4* WR Josh Downs, 3* CB Jaidyn Denis, 4* OT Mitchell Mayes.

 

Recent Visits

3* LB Mohamed Kaba and 4* OT Mitchell Mayes both visited Raleigh immediately after the dead period ended.  We are in excellent shape for both of them and with 4* WR Josh Downs. One or more of them might commit during Junior Day this upcoming weekend.

 

Worth Noting

4* DE Kendrick Bingley-Jones, HS teammates with Porter Rooks, has decommitted from Florida recently.

 

Remaining Targets in the 2019 Cycle

Our coaches would like to add another Offensive Linemen, Wide Receiver, and Defensive Back in the 2019 cycle by National Signing Day.

3* DB/ATH Jamel Starks is really highly thought of by our staff, and rumors are circulating that we might be looking towards the JUCO ranks to get a wide receiver.

Potential O-Line Targets are Virginia transfer R.J. Proctor, Oregon transfer Jacob Capra, Illinois transfer Adam Solomon.  Interestingly enough, former Pack OG TJ McCoy is listed on the transfer portal again (he transferred from State to Florida because of a family illness, now is transferring from Florida).  Capra, Solomon, and Proctor were all 3* Offensive Linemen coming out of high school.

State could be potentially interested in JUCO WR Brandon Pierce from the College of the Canyons. Pierce is rated the #10 JUCO Wide Receiver in the country (3*) in the 2019 class by 24/7 sports and Scout. He was rated a 3* Defensive Back out of High School by Rivals. This season he had 47 catches for 801 yards with 7 touchdowns. He has an official visit to Utah State set up for 1/26, but does not have any more official visits set after that.

Highlights of Pierce

 

3* ATH Cecil Powell (6’1″, 192)  is another intriguing and late-blooming prospect State is showing some interest in. He has been offered by Kansas, Louisville, and State. Attends Piper HS in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rated the #86 Safety in the country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR 2* on Rivals, and the #38 Safety in the country (3*) by ESPN.

Highlights

Review:

Strengths – Very athletic, good size, good ball skills (ball hawk sometimes on film), good open field tackler

Weaknesses – Can take bad angles at times when coming up in run support, needs to improve his top end speed, needs to have better technique at times when backing into pass coverage (swivel and backpedal in particular).

He reminds me of a combination of the tackling ability and coverage ability of Germaine Pratt’s film from high school when Pratt was a safety but the size of a smaller linebacker like a Jerod Fernandez.

 

Griffin Decommits.. Who’s Next on the RB Board?

Jamious Griffin has decided to decommit from State after a very heavy pursuit period by Georgia Tech and Auburn.  As much as I don’t think our coaches will give up on him, he will be a National Signing Day decision and looks like he is leaning towards staying closer to home.  Florida State sent a coach to Griffin’s High School to meet with him on Wednesday, Clemson has some interest in him but I think Griffin is a back up plan to another running back (Dukes) they are after. Auburn and Georgia Tech seem to be our biggest competition for him, with most analysts thinking that he will wind up at Georgia Tech.

Possible targets on the RB board (Transfers):

Greg Bell – Nebraska – 6′, 200 – 4* in the 2017 cycle, was the #1 JUCO RB in the country at Arizona Western College before transferring to Nebraska. Played in 4 games in the 2018 season so he did not burn his redshirt. 35 carries for 173 yards during 4 games in the 2018 season.

Amir Rasul – Florida State – 6′, 200 – 4* in the 2016 class, was the #8 RB in the country in the 2016 class according to 24/7 sports and Scout, the #12 RB in the country according to Rivals.  Never could crack the rotation at Florida State – 10 carries for 46 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 kickoff returns for 31 yards during the 2018 season.

Ty’son Williams – South Carolina – 6′, 218 – 4* in the 2015 class, was the #21 RB in the country in the 2016 class according to 24/7 sports and Scout, a 3* RB (#43 in the country) in the 2016 class according to Rivals. Previously was committed to UNC and played a year at UNC, then transferred to South Carolina, graduated from South Carolina, broke his hand during the 2018 season.

 

Other new targets (High School):

Micah Kelly – Ocean Springs HS – Pascagoula, Mississippi – 5’10”, 185 (Reportedly runs a 4.45 40) – Rated the #61 Running Back in the country (3*) on 24/7 sports and Scout, NR 3* on Rivals, the #81 Running Back in the country (3*) on ESPN.

Senior Stats – 263 carries for 1,560 yards with 16 Touchdowns, 10 receptions for 150 yards and 2 Touchdowns.

Highlights

Review:

Strengths – Very good acceleration in open field, very shifty, very quick twitch, catches ball well out of backfield, gets to hole quickly, runs a very similar kind of offensive scheme as we do (pistol with zone/man blocking running plays)

Weaknesses – Needs to gain weight to be able to run between the tackles more, needs to run with pad level lower at times, uses speed too much at times to hide poor technique (particularly with pass plays), needs to run better routes during passing plays.

He reminds me a lot of a combination between a Matt Dayes and Zonovan Knight on film.  Perhaps not as quick as Knight, but finds holes fast and is quick twitch like Dayes.

Kelly was offered a scholarship to State on 1/22/19.  We instantly made his top 4 school list, despite his committal to Toledo on Sunday, 1/20/19.

He reopened his recruitment, and NC State is in his Top-4.

 

Jordan Houston – 5’9, 180, reportedly runs a 4.38 40. Attends Flint Hill Academy in Oakton, Virginia.  Rated the #8 All-Purpose Back in the country (3*) by Rivals, the #9 All-Purpose Back in the country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, and the #44 Running Back in the country (3*) by ESPN.

Offered by State on Wednesday, 1/23/19.  Currently committed to Maryland.

Senior Stats: 128 carries for 1,582 yards with 20 Touchdowns, 5 catches for 127 yards with 2 Touchdowns, 16 tackles with 2 sacks and 1 Interception on defense.

Highlights

Review: 

Strengths – Hits hole quickly, very good ability to cut quickly in the open field, very quick twitch and elusive athlete, good cut back ability and good vision, very good overall athlete, good hands out of the backfield

Weaknesses – Does not play against top level competition (Flint Hill is a private school outside of Fairfax, VA), needs to gain strength to run between tackles, tends to bounce all runs outside before blocks have a chance to develop, runs a little too high at times when running dive and lead plays.

On film, he reminds me a little bit of Zonovan Knight for his ability to take outside runs and create a huge play. I don’t think he is a 4.38 kind of guy, more like a 4.45-4.5 kind of guy (my guess was right – he did run a 4.43 40 at Auburn’s Camp during the summer of 2018) Quick twitch and elusive like Hines, but with a little bit less speed. He could be very dangerous in our offense, both running outside zone plays, but also with being a slot receiver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PI EXCLUSIVE: WR Antonio Barber Gives an Update on His Recruitment

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NC State looks like it might be building a stacked class of wide receivers in their 2020 football recruiting class. They already have commitments from two 4-star prospects: Porter Rooks and Nate McCollum. They are still in hot pursuit of a few others, like Antonio Barber, Muhsin Muhammad III, and Jhari Patterson.

I caught up with Barber recently to get an update on his recruitment.

Barber is announcing his Top-8 schools at the end of May, and he assured me that NC State would be on the list.

NC State and Syracuse are the only two schools that are locked in my Top-8, and are still going to have a spot in my Top-5.

Antonio Barber

The Wolfpack have prioritized Barber, and it’s paid off.

They’ve already made their impact and showed me I am a priority. I’m wanted there dearly. They make me not only feel at home, but treat me as if I’m part of the team and family now.

Antonio Barber

Syracuse is a lock in the mix because they were the first to arrive.

They were my 1st Power 5 offer my freshman year. The staff has kept it real and truly recruited me since. I’ll be taking an Official Visit there soon.

Antonio Barber

Barber has probably been NC State’s most frequent visitor, and he just keeps coming back.

I enjoy being able to be around the whole staff. We just hang out and talk about more than just football.

Antonio Barber

As stated above, the Wolfpack are in the mix for quite a few top receivers, but there isn’t room for all of them.

I’m aware of all that, but I’m going to take my time and go with the best move at the right time.

Antonio Barber

Barber has teased on Twitter on many occasions the possibility of a future combination of himself, NC State commit, and 4-Star Muhsin Muhammad III.

All I can say is the fans better cross their fingers and make a wish.

Antonio Barber

Barber informed me that he plans on making his college decision no later than August.

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3-Star CB Andru Phillips Includes NC State in Top-5

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3-Star 2020 Cornerback Andru Phillips (6’0″/180) announced his Top-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Virginia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Phillips plays for Mauldin High School (Mauldin, SC), and is ranked as the #11 player in the state of South Carolina by 247Sports.

NC State already has commitments from 3 defensive backs in their 2020 recruiting class. The Wolfpack offered Phillips on March 3rd.

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3-Star OT Jonathan Adorno Visited NC State this Week

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After attending NC State’s 2019 Kay Yow Spring Game earlier this month, 3-Star 2020 Offensive Tackle Jonathan Adorno (6’4”/285) visited Raleigh again this week.

247Sports ranks Adorno as the #25 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2020 class. The standout out of Rolesville High (Rolesville, NC) holds offers from NC State, UNC, Duke and App St. The Wolfpack were the 1st team to offer Adorno on March 2nd.

NC State have put themselves in a good position with Adorno.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 17, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 17, 2019

New Commitments:

3* Athlete Devan Boykin – Ragsdale HS – Jamestown, NC. 5’11”, 180. He is the son of Ragsdale’s Head Coach. A very good athlete, can play a lot of different positions. Best projects as a nickel or safety in college. Excels on Special Teams in High School and very well could contribute immediately as a punt returner/kick returner. He has legit 4.5 speed. He becomes another speedy, super athletic addition to our secondary in this cycle.

Highlights of Boykin

3* Center Ethan Lane – Archer HS – Lawrenceville, GA. 6’3″, 270. Right now, he is only rated a 3* by one service. Lane was offered by us a few weeks ago, and attended the Spring Game. He has a big frame and excels in downfield blocking, particularly in the run game. On film, he looks to be a solid 3* prospect and looks like he will develop into another mauler type blocker like Bradbury was for us over the last few season. He becomes the first offensive line commitment for our 2020 cycle and probably will be joined by at least two more prospects (One Tackle and One Guard).

Highlights of Lane

Update in Rankings

  • Commit WR/ATH Nate McCollum, who committed several weeks ago, has recently been upgraded on 24/7 sports and Scout. He is now a 90 overall rated prospect, good for a 4* rating. Notes on this rating increase on 24/7 sports’ leads one to think that he could be in the top 30 receivers in the country once his junior year tape is fully evaluated.
  • Commit DT Jaylen Smith has been upgraded to a 3* prospect on Rivals. Yet again, another analyst has stated that they would not be surprised if Smith would scrap into 4* territory based upon analysis of his film.
  • Commit S Joseph Johnson has been upgraded to a 3* prospect on Rivals. In addition to Smith and McCollum, Johnson could easily find himself rated as a 4* prospect once his film is fully evaluated.
  • Target LB Mohamed Kaba (Clinton, NC) has been upgraded to a 4* Linebacker on 24/7 sports and Scout. He is now the #19 Outside Linebacker in the country.

Target LB Trenton Simpson (Charlotte, NC) has been upgraded to a 4* Linebacker on 24/7 sports, Scout, and Rivals following an outstanding performance at a recent combine event for Rivals. He is now the #9 Outside Linebacker in the country.

Upgrade in Team Rankings

With Boykins’ and Lane’s commitment, State’s current recruiting class is rated the #16 in the country by 24/7 sports/Scout and the #15 class in the country on Rivals. I fully expect us to be around #13 or #14 overall once Lane’s film is evaluated.

Class By The Numbers

  • 4*s – Two – WR Porter Rooks and WR Nate McCollum
  • 3*s – Five – QB Ben Finley, S Aydan White, S Devan Boykin, CB Joseph Johnson, and DT Jaylen Smith
  • 4 – Number of Players in the Top 28 of North Carolina. Only 8 out of the top 28 have committed already – 1 to Clemson, 2 to UNC, 1 to South Carolina, 4 to NC State.
  • 4 – Number of Defensive Players Committed (2 S, 1 CB, 1 DT)
  • 3 – Number of Offensive Players Committed (1 QB, 1 Slot Receiver, 1 Outside Receiver)

Commitments Missed On

  • 3* OG RJ Adams has committed to Penn State and is now removed from the board.
  • 3* OT Jordan Williams has committed to Georgia Tech and is now removed from the board.
  • 3* OG Seth McLaughlin has committed to Alabama and is now removed from the board.
  • Looks like 3* CB Andru Phillips from South Carolina is going to commit to Kentucky any day now.
  • Looks like 4* WR Mike Wyman from North Carolina is going to commit to South Carolina any day now.

Wide Receiver Situation

I think we will only take one more receiver in this class, unless we have some unforeseen attrition between now and the end of the season. 3* Jhari Patterson, 3* Antonio Barber, 4* Ayden Henningham, and 4* Mushin Muhammad are all in play for the last spot. Muhammad just took a visit to Texas A&M, which really impressed him, but I don’t see him leaving the state. I think we have an inside track for Barber and Muhammad, with Henningham also being impressed by his visit to our Spring Game.

Offensive Line Situation

With RJ Adams committing to Penn State, that only leaves a handful of known targets for the offensive line.

  • 3* OG Vershon Lee (Woodbridge, VA)
  • 3* OT Anthony Carter (Charlotte, NC)
  • 3* Jonathan Adorno (Rolesville, NC) and 3* Sean Hill (Snellville, GA) are two late-blooming prospects to keep an eye on.

Evaluation Period Begins

April 15th marked the beginning of the Evaluation Period for the NCAA Football Recruiting Calendar.

The Evaluation Period means: “An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academic evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.”

The Evaluation Period runs between April 15th and May 31st with the exception of Sundays and Memorial Day.

Look for our coaches to be on the road quite a bit over the next few weeks to attend combines and camps and to attend HS workouts to identify and offer new talent in the 2020 and 2021 classes.

New Offers

  • 3* DE AJ Beatty – Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS – Rated the #68 DE in country by 24/7 sports and Scout.
  • 4* OT Aaryn Parks – National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland – Rated the #18 OT in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.
  • 3* CB Lovie Jenkins – Ocoee, Florida – Rated the #85 CB in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout
  • 3* OT Timothy Lawson Jr – National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland – Rated the #85 OT in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

New Recruiting Graphics

Here are some of the new recruiting graphics used over the last few weeks:

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