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
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.
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. Rivals.com’ 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 gopack.com:
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).
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.
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.