Connect with us

Football Recruiting

NC State’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class is the Best Since 2005 According to Rivals



National Signing Day was Wednesday, and the 2019 football recruiting class is a wrap.

What NC State head coach Dave Doeren and his staff did putting together the 2019 class is extremely impressive.

I already posed earlier today that the Wolfpack has reeled in Top-30 recruiting classes in 247Sports rankings for the 1st time ever.

Now I want to point out the fact that this recruiting class ranks 28th nationally according to Rivals, which is the highest ranked NC State class in their database since 2005!

The Wolfpack’s 2019 recruiting class is tied for their 3rd best class since 2002 according to Rivals.

NC State’s Final Rivals Football Recruiting Ranking

2019: 28th
2018: 34th
2017: 53rd
2016: 43rd
2015: 35th
2014: 30th
2013: 47th
2012: 54th
2011: 86th
2010: 34th
2009: 52nd
2008: 31st
2007: 50th
2006: 51st
2005: 27th
2004: 28th
2003: 7th
2002: 34th

Football Recruiting

RIVALS: NC State has the 5th Best 1-2 RB Punch in the 2019 Recruiting Class



Rivals ranked which teams they thought brought in the best 1-2 punch at running back in the 2019 recruiting class, and NC State’s combination of Zonovan Knight (4-Star) and Jordan Houston (3-Star) ranked 5th nationally.

The skinny: Knight was a big in-state commitment for the Wolfpack during the summer, while Houston was a late addition to the class after flipping from Maryland in late January. Together they should provide NC State’s offense with plenty of firepower in the coming years.

Farrell’s take: Knight is a slasher with good speed who has the ability to be a three-down back and Houston is an excellent receiver who runs good routes. This could be a duo that helps take NC State to the next level offensively in the ACC. (Rivals)

Penn State, Alabama, LSU and Stanford were ranked ahead of the Wolfpack in that order.

Zonovan Knight rushed for 2,054 yards and 26 touchdowns for Southern Nash this year, averaging a gaudy 16.5 yards per carry. He also picked up a touchdown reception, and took two punts and one kickoff to the house. Rivals ranked him as the #13 player in the state of North Carolina, and the #21 running back nationally. Knight was originally a Duke commit.

Jordan Houston rushed for 1,582 yards (12.4 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns for Flint Hill High School (Oakton, VA) this past season. Rivals ranks him as the #18 player in the state of Virginia, and the 8th best all-purpose back in the 2019 class. Houston was originally a Maryland commit.

Continue Reading

Football Recruiting

4-Star DE Jacolbe Cowan Includes NC State in Top-12



4-Star 2020 Defensive End Jacolbe Cowan (6’5″/270) revealed his Top-12 schools on Thursday, and NC State made the cut along with Alabama, Clemson, UNC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

ESPN ranks Cowan as the #23 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. He plays for Providence Day in Charlotte, and was teammates with incoming Freshman OL Ikem Ekwonu and 2020 Wolfpack commit WR Porter Rooks.

Cowan unofficially visited NC State for their game against Virginia this past season.

Sophomore Highlights (Couldn’t find Junior Highlights anywhere)

Continue Reading

Football Recruiting

NC State Reels in Back-to-Back Top-30 Football Recruiting Classes for 1st Time Ever



National Signing Day has come and gone, and NC State’s 2019 football recruiting class is complete.

The Wolfpack’s recruiting momentum has no signs of slowing down, compiling the #26 recruiting class nationally according to 247Sports.

For perspective, in the history of the 247Sports database, NC State has NEVER reeled in back-to-back Top-30 recruiting classes, dating back to 2001.

This years haul is the 4th highest rated class since 2001 according to 247Sports, and last years class was the 3rd best.

NC State’s Final 247Sports Football Recruiting Ranking

2019: 26th
2018: 24th
2017: 43rd
2016: 59th
2015: 30th
2014: 37th
2013: 62nd
2012: 50th
2011: 71st
2010: 31st
2009: 48th
2008: 23rd
2007: 46th
2006: 48th
2005: 29th
2004: 40th
2003: 17th
2002: 46th
2001: 43rd

Continue Reading

Football Recruiting

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.

Continue Reading