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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 CB Andru Phillips Includes NC State in Top-5



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



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



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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2020 Center Ethan Lane Commits to NC State



Center Ethan Lane (6’3″/270) verbally committed to NC State tonight, becoming the 8th member of the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class.

Lane took an unofficial visit to Raleigh on March 29th, and left with an offer from NC State, his first from a Power 5 school. The next weekend he was back in attendance for the Kay Yow Spring Game. Louisville was right behind NC State, offering Lane on April 1st.

He plays for Archer High School (Lawrenceville, GA), where he was teammates with current NC State cornerback Taiyon Palmer.

Lane is currently an unrated/unranked player by all the major recruiting databases.

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