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NC State Football Recruiting Update – February 7, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – February 7, 2019

(This was written before the blueshirt commitment of Delbert Mimms)

Three scholarship players added in the National Signing Day February Edition

WR Tabari Hines

3* RB Jordan Houston

3* S Cecil Powell


Three preferred walk-on players added in the National Signing Day February Edition

TE Quinn York – Has a family legacy at NC State, very good blocker in the mold of Dylan Autenreith

K Nolan Parris – Rated one of the top 15 kickers in the country via KornBlue Kicking, probably will do kickoffs exclusively for us.

RB Demarcus Jones – Ran for 1,300 yards and 17 Touchdowns at Wake Forest HS in NC


Transfer Information

For the first time ever, 24/7 sports (Scout) has ranked their top 50 transfers.

LB Levi Jones and WR Tabari Hines made their top 50 list.

Levi Jones was their #15 transfer, and Tabari Hines was their #44 transfer.

Here’s the full list


Losing Players

DE Devontae McCrae entered the transfer portal over a week ago, now JUCO transfer Joe Babros (who played very sparingly) has also entered the transfer portal.


Griffin’s Final Destination

Jamious Griffin decided to stay at home and commit to Georgia Tech.

With the addition of Jordan Houston, I fully believe that we upgraded our overall athleticism more.

In my opinion, Houston is a much more versatile prospect than Griffin. Griffin might be higher rated overall on some sites, but Houston gives us much more options because he has better top end speed, can catch the ball extremely well out of the backfield and has true home run speed.’ compared Houston to Hines’ ability to move in the open field and burst through the line of scrimmage (I still don’t think he has quite the speed of Hines yet, but he accelerates very fast once he finds space).


New Recruiting Responsibilities Announced

The Football Staff has shifted their overall areas of responsibility, particularly as they apply to recruiting.

Here’s the new breakdown via

Des Kitchings, Asst. Head Coach for Offense/Co-Offensive Coordinator/RB coach –  N.C. – Raleigh area, Wake and surrounding counties; Other: Northwest Atlanta area, midlands and south Coast of South Carolina

Dave Huxtable, Defensive Coordinator/LB coach – N.C.: Orange Co., Alamance Co., surrounding counties to the north; Other: Orlando area to Space Coast of Florida

Aaron Henry, Nickels coach–  N.C.: Greensboro, Winston-Salem and surrounding counties; Other: South Atlanta area, Ft. Myers, Fla., area

Kevin Patrick, Defensive Line coach – N.C.: Western region of state; Other: Palm Beach Co. to Treasure Coast, Florida

George McDonald, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/WR Coach – N.C.: Charlotte area; Other: Broward Co, Florida, south New Jersey

Todd Goebbel, Special Teams Coordinator/TEs & FBs Coach – N.C.: Fayetteville and surrounding counties; Other: west Georgia, Tampa, Florida

Kurt Roper, Quarterbacks coach – N.C.: Jacksonville, Wilmington and surrounding counties of southeast N.C.; Other: north coast of South Carolina, west Atlanta, Ga.

George Barlow, Assistant Head Coach for Defense/DB coach:  N.C.: NE region of N.C.; Other: Tidewater Virginia area

John Garrison Offensive Line Coach – South Georgia/Savannah area, northern New Jersey, National OL

Tony Gibson, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties coach – South Georgia and Jacksonville, Fla.


As I said in my prior column, I really thought McDonald or Barlow would become the new recruiting coordinator, specifically with Henry only being at State for a short while.  McDonald becomes the new recruiting coordinator, which is well suited to him, specifically with all of the talent he helped to bring into Stanford, Miami, and Syracuse when he was a hot shot recruiter for them (recruited players like Duke Johnson, Phillip Dorsett – who just won a SuperBowl with the Patriots, and Eric Decker).

Jamel Starks

ATH Jamel Starks decided to commit to Louisville. I think our coaches liked his athleticism, but Powell was a more promising and bigger prospect who could fill multiple places of need for us. Starks is 5’11”, 180. Powell is 6’1″, 193.

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3-Star WR Antonio Barber Includes NC State in Final 5



Former Tennessee Wide Receiver commit Antonio Barber (6’2″/185) announced his Final-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Colorado State.

Temple and South Florida were a part of Barber’s Top-7 back at the beginning of June, but dropped off this list.

247Sports Composite ranks Barber as the #15 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020, and he’s a consensus 3-star prospect. Barber plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Wolfpack already has 3 wide receivers committed in their 2020 recruiting class:

4-Star Porter Rooks
4-Star Nate McCollum
3-Star Stephen Gosnell

Barber was a frequent visitor in Raleigh back in the Spring.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19



NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19


Transferring Out:

Senior S Tim Kidd-Glass has announced that he will be transferring out of State.  This speaks volumes to me about how much defensive back recruiting has improved in the last several years. This will not affect 2020 recruiting class numbers at all because he was expected to graduate.


Spots Remaining:

Without more attrition, it looks like 4-5 more prospects will be taken. Preference will go to defense: linebacker, secondary, possibly another defensive lineman.  My guess would be 1-2 linebackers, 1 Cornerback, 1 Safety, and 1 Defensive Tackle/Defensive End type prospect. NC State might take another offensive lineman, if they are the best possible prospect left on the board, but I would guess the Wolfpack would only do that if a current lineman commit in the program decides to leave before National Signing Day.


Devon Beatty Update:

Target 4* Linebacker Devon Betty (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will be officially visiting on September 6th. He could play a wide variety of positions, depending on how much he grows. He has very good athleticism and pass rushing skills.


Latest Recruiting Graphics:

Official offers went out to 2020 kids on August 1st. Here’s a link to a tweet from Target 4* LB Devon Betty:



Target JUCO 3* Defensive End Pheldarius Payne has committed. He is rated the #2 JUCO DE in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

A lot of analysts are commenting about how fast NC State got onto Payne and how they beat a lot of bigger schools to the punch by getting him to commit so early.

I have a feeling he is going to be a big time player, similar to Larrell Murchison.



The Hot 10:

The last 10 prospects believed to be on NC State’s board (at this point) that they have a decent chance with are:

3* S Tyler Jones

3* CB Joshua Pierre Louis

3* OT Anthony Carter Jr.

4* LB Devon Betty

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan

3* DE Sean Martin (recently decommitted from UNC)

3* WR Antonio Barber

3* WR Jhari Patterson

3* LB Jamari Stewart

3* DE Zuriah Fisher


Committed Elsewhere:

Target 4* Defensive Tackle Kendrick Bingley Jones has committed to UNC. Reportedly, he has some academic issues which need to be addressed before he will be eligible.

Target 4* Safety Jaquarious Conley is also rumored to be committing to UNC soon. NC State did not make his top 4 schools and reportedly he also has some academic issues to correct.







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4-Star LB Devon Betty Schedules Official Visit to NC State



4-Star 2020 Devon Betty (6’1″/210) will be taking an official visit to NC State on September 6th, the weekend of the Western Carolina game.

Rivals ranks Betty as a 4-star prospect, and considers him a Weakside Defensive End. They think he’s the 14th best at the position nationally. ESPN and 247 both consider Betty a 3-Star Outside Linebacker prospect.

Betty plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NC State offered Betty on July 24th.

He also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas, Maryland and others.

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Top JUCO DE Pheldarius Payne Commits to NC State



Last night NC State landed a commitment from JUCO Defensive End Pheldarius Payne (6’3″/270).

Payne plays for Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He performed extremely well at NC State camp this summer and earned an offer on July 10th.

247Sports’ Composite Database ranks Payne as the #10 Junior College player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 Strong side Defensive End, and a 3-Star prospect.

As a Freshman at Lackawanna last year, Payne had 23 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks in 11 games.

Payne held one other offer from Liberty University. He is the Wolfpack’s 16th commitment in 2020.

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