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NC State Football Recruiting Update – February 21, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – February 20, 2019


Upcoming Junior Day – February 23, 2019

Lots of marquee talent expected in Raleigh for our second Junior Day.

3* WR Antonio Barber is expected to attend – he has been committed to Tennessee for a while, but our staff is very high on him.

4* DE Myles Murphy is also expected to be in attendance.


Committed Elsewhere

Target 4* WR Josh Downs and Target 4* WR Ray Grier have both committed to UNC.

Both are on the smaller side – Grier is listed at 6’0, and Downs is listed at 5’10”.

Downs is a legacy recruit that we hated to miss on, but his cousin coaches at UNC (Dre Bly) and he was probably promised immediate playing time and lots of touches in each game.

Target 4* DT Demonte Capehart has committed to Clemson. As a kid from South Carolina, we were never in good shape for him, particularly against Clemson.

Target 4* S Cameron Rose-Sinclair has also committed to UNC. Keep an eye on him for a potential flip, he is from Myers Park – where 4* WR Porter Rooks (State commit) and 4* WR Mushin Muhammad, both top tier targets for State are going to HS.

Target 3* CB Jahquez Robinson has committed to Alabama.  He was committed to State since his sophomore season before decommiting before National Signing Day. We were his first offer during his sophomore season.


Quiet Period

Quiet Period is in effect for February 8 – April 14, 2019.

Quiet Period is: “The NCAA defines the quiet period as a time when “a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college campus and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high school.”

This would be the main reason why State is hosting Junior Day at the football facility on February 23rd, and should have another event before the Spring Game in early April.


New Intriguing Offers

DT Jaylen Smith from Hertford County HS in North Carolina. 6’4″, 265 with a reported 4.64 40. Reminds me a lot of BJ Hill on film, athletic, great footwork and extremely good size. He was just officially rated a 3* on 24/7 sports on Tuesday, 2/19. Another late blooming prospect which State was able to pounce on before other schools.

TE John Copenhaver from Roswell HS in Georgia, is another new offer to an outstanding prospect who can do a lot of things on the football field. He would definitely bring a lot more athleticism to our TE/H-Back position. At this point, it looks like our best competition for him is South Carolina. We were his first scholarship offer.

Scholarship Situation

With Shimko, Mimms, and Walker being blue shirts in the 2019 cycle, they will greatly impact our scholarship numbers for the 2020 class.

Before them, we had roughly 14 spots left in the 2020 cycle before attrition (Vernon Grier, Shug Frazier, and Joe Babros left the team) . With the blueshirts, it brings us down to 11 scholarships.  I fully expect there to be a little more attrition before next fall.

Hence, my guess is that we will take around 15 players in the 2020 cycle, with two current commits (3* QB Ben Finley and 4* WR Porter Rooks).

Best Guesses for 2020 Class

Based upon the current scholarship distribution for the team and current scholarships available, here’s what I am anticipating State taking in the 2020 class:

1 QB – Done – 3* QB Ben Finley committed.

1 RB – Highest Target is 3* Trenton Simpson from Mallard Creek, others include 3* Ahmani Marshall (East Forsyth), 3* Elijah Green (Roswell, GA), and 3* Kobe Pryor (Cedartown, GA).

2-3 WR – 4* Porter Rooks committed, Highest Target is 4* Mushin Muhammad from Myers Park HS, others include 4* Jahvante Royal (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 3* Jhari Patterson (AC Reynolds HS), 3* Aydin Henningham (Deerfield Beach, FL), 3* Anthony Barber (Rock Hill, SC), and  3* Bryce Dowdy (Deerfield Beach, FL).

1 TE – Highest Target is 3* John Copenhaver from Roswell, GA, others include 3* Kendall Karr (Cramer HS) and 3* Tommy Guajardo (Dearborn, MI).

2 OL – Highest Target is 4* OT Mitchell Mayes from Sanderson,  others include 3* Jimmy Christ (Sterling, VA), 3* Seth McLaughlin (Buford, GA), 3* OG RJ Adams (Woodbridge, VA), and 3* OG Anthony Carter Jr. from Matthews Butler HS.

2-3 DE/DT – 5* Desmond Evans from Lee County HS is the top target, others include 4* Myles Murphy (Southwest Guilford), 4* Jacolbe Cowan (Providence Day School), 4* Kendrick Bingley-Jones (Providence Day School), 3* DT Jaylen Smith (Hertford County HS), and 3* Will Anderson (Hampton, GA).

1 LB – Highest Target is 3* Mohamed Kaba from Clinton HS, others include 4* Zykevious Walker (Ellaville, GA) and 3* Jamari Stewart (Port St. Lucie, FL).

1 CB – Highest Target is 3* Devan Boykin from Ragsdale HS, others include 3* Davonte Brown (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and 3* Colby Dempsey (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

1-2 ATH – Highest Target is 3* Ja’Qurious Conley from Northside HS, others include 3* Jaheim Bell (Valdosta, GA), 4* Arian Smith (Mulberry, FL), and 3* Charles Toombs (Immokalee, FL).


New Recruiting Pitch

Our staff has been heavily involved in the “facts” not “hype” recruiting war with UNC in the last few weeks.

Here are a few examples of the “facts” based graphics being seen via social media:

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NC State DT Commit Pheldarius Payne Scores TD in JUCO National Championship



Last night 3-Star NC State Defensive Tackle verbal commit Pheldarius Payne and his Lackawanna squad lost to Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Junior College National Championship game.

Payne had a scoop and score that was one of the highlights of the night.

He also finished with 7 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Payne finished the season with 30 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

An interesting wrinkle in Payne’s recruitment is the fact that he’s taking an Official Visit to Nebraska this weekend.

The Huskers offered Payne on November 22nd. Payne has yet to take his Official Visit to NC State.

With a lot of the Wolfpack verbal commits taking Official Visits to Raleigh this weekend, it will be interesting to see if Payne flips with the December 18th early signing period right around the corner.

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3-Star CB Joshua Pierre-Louis Officially Visiting NC State this Weekend



3-Star 2020 Cornerback Joshua Pierre-Louis (5’10”/170) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

The Wolfpack offered Pierre-Louis back on March 12th, and also holds offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisville, Illinois, UCF, UCONN, Rutgers, Minnesota, Washington St., and others

He plays for The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Pierre-Louis will be taking his Official Visit along with 4-Star Offensive Lineman R.J. Adams & 4-Star JUCO DB Justin Harrington.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019


Backup QB Matt McKay and Backup OT Justin Chase have decided to leave the program.

Available scholarships left for 2020

Around 5-6, maybe more depending on addition attrition between now and February’s Signing Day. I fully anticipate NC State will sign 20 in December and several more in February. Rumor has it that they will have several more deductions from the offensive side of the ball and possibly several on the defensive side.


Recent Commits

WR Anthony Smith – Attends Huntingtown HS in Maryland. 6’1″, 175. Rated a NR 2* on Rivals, NR on 24/7Sports, and NR on ESPN.

He’s an absolute burner. Career records in 100m was 10.98, 200 m was 21.96 in Spring 2019, during his junior season. This would translate to a 4.5 40, which is very good to be 6’1″. He was officially clocked at 4.46 at a camp in the summer of 2019. Smith could easily become a vertical passing threat or another underneath extension of the running game – like Nyheim Hines was during his first year at State.

Senior Season Stats:  35 catches for 918 yards with 14 Touchdowns, 17 Tackles with 1 Tackle for Loss.


WR Jalen Coit – Attends Cheraw HS in South Carolina. 6’1″, 165. Rated a 3* and #17 overall player in South Carolina on Rivals, the #185 Wide Receiver in the Country and the #20 overall player in South Carolina (3*) by 24/7Sports, and the #163 Wide Receiver in the Country (3*) on ESPN.

He’s a stellar two sport athlete who averages around 19 points per game in basketball. Most analysts have him slated to be a slot receiver in college. Several analysts have stated that they think he has a higher ceiling and better open field play making ability than the top rated receiver in South Carolina (Jaylin Hyatt). Coit also projects to potentially play in the slot with Smith. Coit could be a potential to play immediately as a kick returner along side Lesane (if Lesane can figure out his fumbling issues). Coit has been named to the Shrine Bowl team for South Carolina.

Senior Season Stats: 1 for 1 passing for 9 yards, 1 carry for 39 yards, 55 catches for 842 yards with 11 Touchdowns, 2 Two Point Conversions Scored, 7 Kickoff Returns for 67 yards, and 13 punt returns for 154 yards with 1 Touchdown.


Big Visitors at UNC Game

The #1 JUCO Safety in the Country was at the UNC game. Justin Harrington, who currently attends Bakersfield College in California, was offered a scholarship by State late last week. Harrington attended Southeast Raleigh HS as a prep prospect but could not qualify academically to attend a major college. He was high school teammates with Current Nickel Tyler Baker-Williams. Harrington is planning to be a mid-year enrollment at whatever college he decides to attend. Right now, it looks like Oklahoma is the major competition for Harrington. Harrington is also planning an official visit to Oklahoma State and possibly Southern Cal before making his college decision.


Transfer 3* OL Joe Kane from Virginia Tech attended the game. Transfers look like they are going to be the route to go for several different empty spots for the staff to find, particularly in high needs areas (depending on further attrition, I would argue that WR, QB, and OL/DL are these areas of potential grad transfer targets). Kane was recently offered a scholarship to play D-Line at Elon.


Transfers to Mention:

I just list these as possibilities that the coaches would be interested in targeting and the reasons:

QB Jack Allison – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

QB Jake Bentley – Transferring from South Carolina, knows and was coached by Kurt Roper

QB Feleipe Franks – Transferring from Florida, could be a target because he would have immediate eligibility

QB Dekereon Joyner – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #2 school before he committed to South Carolina. He also knows Kurt Roper. Converted to WR this year.

WR Brian Montgomery – Transferring from Miami, NC State offered him a scholarship during the 2018 cycle

WR/APB Tevin Bush – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

TE/WR Daevon Robinson – Transferring from Rutgers. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to stay home and commit to Rutgers

OT Carter Colquitt – Transferring from Ole Miss. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to commit to Ole Miss

LB Derek Boykins – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #3 school when he decided to commit to South Carolina. From NC, and NC State is also recruiting his younger brother.

JUCO DE Dionte Gipson – Attends Hutchinson CC in Stone Mountain, Georgia. NC State recruited that area well a few years ago when we landed Jakobi Meyers

JUCO RB Brian Snead – NC State was recruiting him when he was in HS, attends Iowa Western CC, a place where they’ve have had some success in the past. He attended HS with former Pack RB Erin Collins, however the Wolfpack will probably stay away from him due to some unsavory criminal activity when he was enrolled as a freshman at Ohio State.

JUCO WR Justin McGriff – NC State recruits the Tampa area well. He has extremely good size and long arms that Coach D covets – 6’5″, 210.


Official Visits Coming Up

December 6th:

4* JUCO S Justin Harrington

4* OG RJ Adams – recently decommited from Penn State. NC State was one of his top schools before he committed. Visited for UNC game also. Alabama visit is after this.

3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – Smaller CB/NLB type prospect who also has a lot of speed.

Most of NC State’s current commits will also be officially visiting this week (Porter Rooks, Devan Boykin are confirmed via social media).


Things to keep an eye on 

If James Franklin leaves Penn State and goes to Florida State, former 4* CB Joseph Johnson could also be in play again for NC State (his father really liked State).

If Will Muschamp leaves South Carolina, current Target 4* WR Rico Powers and Target 4* LB Mohamad Kaba could be in play again for NC State. (Unlikely Muschamp leaves)


My Take on the Coaching Switch

In the periphery of the season, it looks like the canning of Huxtable was due to the huge amount of points the defense continued to allow, bad technique by the defensive backs, and bad play calling at times.

However, there is another silver lining to the canning of Huxtable in deference to the other members of the staff.

Des Kitchings and George McDonald are considered to be the best recruiters of offensive talent on the staff, whereas, Kevin Patrick and Tony Gibson are considered to be the best recruits of defensive talent on the staff.  According to a pre-season publication, Huxtable was responsible for recruiting Alamance County/Orange County in NC and the Orlando to Space Coast areas of Florida (zero currently committed players in the 2020 cycle). The last three commits all came from the areas in which McDonald and Kitchings are assigned.  This is not to say that the coaching switches are completely done, but I don’t foresee any more coaching switches before the December Signing Day event, which will take place on December 18, 2019.


On the Road

All the coaches are on the road this week to meet with current commits and see current targets. George McDonald was visiting South Carolina earlier this week and extended an offer to 6’4″ receiver, Ger-Cari Caldwell, who had a stellar senior season at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was named to the Shrine Bowl. Caldwell is an interesting prospect because of his size and playmaking ability. Not necessarily a burner, but runs great routes and has great hands.


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4-Star JUCO DB Justin Harrington Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend



4-Star JUCO Defensive Back Justin Harrington (6’4″/215) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend. ESPN lists Harrington as a Cornerback, and 247Sports lists him as the Safety.

247Sports ranks Harrington as the #6 Junior College football player in the nation, and the #1 Safety. He played high school ball right down the road at Southeast Raleigh High School, and just wrapped up his 2nd year at Bakersfield College. After having 40 tackles and 4 interceptions as a Freshman, he had 36 tackles and 3 interceptions this year.

Harrington took an Official Visit to Oklahoma State in June, and then took one to Oklahoma on November 22nd. The Sooners then offered him two days later, and seemingly took the lead. NC State offered him on November 29th.

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