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NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 3, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 3, 2019

Recent Commits

3* CB Joseph Johnson – Life Christian Academy – Chester, VA – Rated the #16 overall prospect in Virginia (3*) by Rivals, the #45 Cornerback in the Country and #13 overall prospect in Virginia (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, and a NR (3*) by ESPN. Johnson had offers from Florida, FSU, Indiana, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, WVU, VT, and Virginia.


3* ATH Aydan White – Christ School – Asheville, NC – NR on Rivals, the #73 Cornerback in the Country and #26 overall prospect in North Carolina (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, and NR (3*) on ESPN.


3* WR Nate McCollum – Dutchtown HS – Hampton, GA – NR (3*) Cornerback on Rivals, the #179 Wide Receiver in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR on ESPN. An elite baseball prospect as well as being a dynamic slot receiver. McCollum had offers from Michigan State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Kansas, and Western Kentucky.


Here’s Perfect Game’s baseball review of McCollum:
“Nate McCollum is a 2020 OF/2B with a 5-10 185 lb. frame from McDonough, GA who attends Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. Medium, athletic frame with broad shoulders and present physical strength proportioned nicely throughout frame. Elite runner, posted a 6.39 60-yard dash and can impact a game on the bases and defensively out in centerfield. Tracks down fly balls with a quick first step and can cover ground; didn’t work out defensively in this look but performed well in games. Righthanded hitter, begins with an even stance and a high hand set and back elbow in the box. Upper body dominant swing and utilizes a short stride step moving into swing. Stays short to the ball and shows fast hands with plenty of present bat speed. Shows a feel for the barrel and found it well in live action, works the middle and pull side parts of the field and generates nice jump off the barrel when squared. Good student. Named to Junior National Top Prospect List. ” To put his 60 yard dash in comparison, Trea Turner, who is considered to be one of the fastest players in MLB, ran a 6.3 60 yard dash during his junior year in college.

Wide Receiver Recruiting

Looks like with the commitment of McCollum, who will play slot receiver, we might be filling up at Wide Receiver very soon in this class. Known targets still available at Wide Receiver: 4* Mushin Muhammad, 3* Antonio Barber, 3* Jhari Patterson, 3* Justin Shorter, and 3* Chris Long. Conventional wisdom and analysts only think that we will take one more receiver in the 2020 cycle. Look for Barber, Patterson, and Muhammad to be our top go after targets because they are all from North Carolina. We have made the top 5 cut lists for all of these prospects already. I would think our coaches would really like to get the attention of Mike Wyman, a tall 4* prospect from Dudley HS in Greensboro also. Muhammad, Barber, Patterson, Shorter, and Long are all in the 6′ tall area, so it would be a matter of who our coaches think would supply the best impact, all have a current offer from our coaches.

Defensive Back Recruiting

The additions of Joseph Johnson and Aydan White at Defensive Back also make it so our recruiting in this area will be stopped very shortly. Known targets still on the board: 3* CB Zay Peterson (Clayton HS – NC), 3* CB Devan Boykin (Ragsdale HS – NC), 3* CB Andru Phillips (Mauldin HS – SC), 4* S Malcolm Greense (Highland Springs HS – VA), and 4* S Ja’Qurious Conley (Northside HS – NC). I think we take one more safety and one more cornerback in this year’s class.


Target 4* DE Myles Murphy has decided to transfer from Southwest Guilford to Dudley High School for his senior season.

New Recruiting Graphics

New commitment graphic for Nate McCollum:

New commitment graphic for Aydan White:

Top Target List

5* DE Desmond Evans, 4* LB Trenton Simpson, 4* WR Mushin Muhammad, 3* WR Antonio Barber, 4* LB Mohamed Kaba, 3*ATH Justin Shorter, 3* OG RJ Adams, 4* DE Myles Murphy, 4*ATH Ja’Qurious Conley, 4*S Malcolm Greene, 3*OG Anthony Carter Jr., 3*CB Andru Phillips, 3*OT Jordan Williams, 3*CB Devan Boykin, 3*S Zay Peterson, 3* RB Ahmani Marshall, 3*RB Elijah Green, 4*RB Jaylon Knighten, 4*DE Kendrick Bingley-Jones, 4*DE Jacolbe Cowan, 3*WR Jhari Patterson, 3*LB Jamari Stewart, 3*TE John Copenhaver, 3*DT Henry Bryant, 3*OL Jonathan Adorno, 4*LB Jayland Parker.

Remaining Spots

We tentatively have 7 remaining scholarships for the 2020 cycle. Given the usual attrition, I think it is very plausible for us to take 10-12 more prospects. Our current 2020 class has 2 Cornerbacks, 2 Wide Receivers, 1 Quarterback, and 1 Defensive Tackle (6 total commitments). With the 10-12 remaining spots, I think we will take 3-4 more Defensive Linemen (3 Ends and 1 Tackle), 1 Wide Receiver, 1 Running Back, 1 Tight End, 1-2 Linebackers, 1-2 Safeties, 1-2 Offensive Linemen.

Upcoming Camps at State

Camp season will be upon us before you know it. High School Camps will be June 6,7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 for One Day Camps, June 8th for the Specialist Camp, and June 14th and 21st for 7 on 7 Competitions.

Shrine Bowl Combines

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Combine Events are on March 23rd, April 6th, May 4th, May 25th, and one in Charlotte has not been announced yet for North Carolina. South Carolina Combines are on May 11th, May 18th, and May 25th.

Rivals Camp Series Combines

April 6th in Charlotte, NC and April 13th in Washington D.C.

Under Armour Combines

April 14th in Ohio and April 28th in Baltimore.

NUC Combines

April 14th in Columbia, South Carolina; April 14th in Highland Springs, Virginia, April 28th in Charlotte, North Carolina; and May 19th in Northern Virginia.

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3-Star LB Jayland Parker Taking Official Visit to NC State this Weekend



3-Star 2020 Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’3″/214) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, as the Wolfpack host Ball State on Saturday night (7pm).

Parker included NC State in his Top-3 back on June 15th along with Purdue and Colorado. He took Official Visits to both Purdue and Colorado.

NC State offered Parker back on March 1st, while he was in for an unofficial visit.

Parker committed to Colorado back at the beginning of July, but decommitted on September 8th.

He recently took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State, but I think there’s a strong likelihood that Parker leaves this weekend as an NC State commit. Since his decommitment, 5 crystal ball predictions over at 247Sports have come in, and they all project that he will run with the Wolfpack.

He had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions last year in 2018 for Westside High School (Macon, GA). Parker has 17 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 interception through the first two games of 2019.

247Sports Composite ranks Parker as the #51 player in the state of Georgia, and ESPN ranks him as the #14 Inside Linebacker in the 2020 recruiting class.

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Three 2019 NC State Commits from NC Make Shrine Bowl Roster



The rosters for the 2019 Shrine Bowl have been released, and 3 NC State commits are on the roster representing North Carolina.

3-Star Offensive Lineman Jonathan Adorno (Rolesville/Rolesville) – #18 player in NC according to Rivals
3-Star Defensive Back Devan Boykin (Ragsdale/Jamestown) – #16 player in NC according to 247Sports
3-Star Defensive Tackle Davin Vann (Cary/Cary) – #12 player in NC according to 247Sports.

2019 North Carolina Shrine Bowl Roster

  • Jonathan Adorno (Rolesville)
  • Adam Atkins (Southeast Guilford)
  • Jefferson Boaz (East Surry)
  • Devan Boykin (Ragsdale)
  • Jaki Brevard (Southern Durham)
  • Elijah Burnette (Eastern Alamance)
  • Elijah Burris (Mountain Island Charter)
  • Trey Byers (Ashbrook)
  • Chance Carroll (Hough)
  • Anthony Carter, Jr. (Butler)
  • Roe Chitwood (Myers Park)
  • Will Cobb (Weddington)
  • Ja’Qurious Conley (Northside-Jacksonville)
  • Quinton Cooley (Southern Nash)
  • Grant Copeland (West Forsyth)
  • Cameron Dairymple (Wallace-Rose Hill)
  • Nick Dobson (Wallace-Rose Hill)
  • Desmond Evans (Lee County)
  • Maliek Faust (Harding University)
  • Tavien Ford (Olympic)
  • Taurienne Freeman (Westover)
  • Cedric Gray (Ardrey Kell)
  • Ray Grier (South Point)
  • Johnny Hassard (West Rowan)
  • Maquel Haywood (Wake Forest)
  • Joshua Karty (Western Alamance)
  • Jonathan King (Southeast Guilford)
  • Ahmani Marshall (East Forsyth)
  • Mitchell Mayes (Leesville Road)
  • J’Vian McCray (West Brunswick)
  • Malik McGowen (Charlotte Catholic)
  • Alec Mock (Weddington)
  • Chris Morgan (Maiden)
  • Darius Ocean (Hough)
  • Javondre Paige (Page)
  • Jhari Patterson (AC Reynolds)
  • Stephen Sings (Vance)
  • Chance Smith (Wake Forest)
  • Adrian Spellman (Northeastern)
  • Da’Qon Stewart (North Mecklenburg)
  • Stefon Thompson (Vance)
  • Davin Vann (Cary)
  • Shane Whitter (Williams)
  • G’Mone Wilson (West Forsyth)

Last year 9 of NC State’s 2018 commits were on the North Carolina roster. This will mark the 83rd time that North Carolina and South Carolina have played one another in the Shrine Bowl.

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Georgia Tech Trying to Flip 4-Star WR NC State Commit Nate McCollum



4-Star 2020 Wide Receiver Nate McCollum committed to NC State back on March 31st, but that isn’t stopping Georgia Tech from trying to flip him. He has a scholarship to play both football and baseball in Raleigh, but Georgia Tech has offered him the same opportunity closer to home.

McCollum plays for Dutchtown in Hampton, Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets are laying it on thick as of late. After visiting NC State for their season opener, McCollum was in Atlanta last Saturday watching Georgia Tech beat USF 14-10.

McCollum is showing love to both NC State and Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack coaching staff will have to work to keep McCollum solid on his commitment.

Georgia Tech flipped All-American Running Back Jamious Griffin from NC State last year.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 12, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 12, 2019


Recent Commitment: 3* LB Devon Betty committed to State while on his official visit for the Western Carolina game. Betty is being recruited to play the new BUC (outside linebacker) position in the new 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Betty was injured during part of his junior season, which cut into some of his production, and probably limited him from explosive recruitment, but he still has a very, very high ceiling. Betty moved from Miramar HS to St. Thomas Aquinas after last season, and being around more marquee talent and better coaching will help him to arrive in Raleigh in great shape. Betty officially runs a 4.8 40 as measured at the Opening Combine in the Spring, but I think by the time he hits the field with us he will more like a 4.65 guy (especially if he can redshirt and get with Thunder Dan for a season).

Highlights of Betty:


Recent Decommit: Target 3* LB Jayland Parker has de-committed from Colorado. This was suspected for quite a while. He has tentatively booked an official visit to Raleigh for the Ball State game on 9/21. Parker is rated as high as the #23 inside linebacker in the country on 24/7 sports. Parker has been measured at 6’2″, 195 with a 4.69 40.  At this point, I would think that Parker is definitely a take for State.

Highlights of Parker:


Commitment Statistics Report from Week 3:

WR Porter Rooks – 3 catches for 152 yards and 3 Touchdowns in a 63-3 win. Rooks only played in the first half.

WR Stephen Gosnell – 3 Touchdowns (2 Catching, 1 Rushing)  in a 65-0 win.  4 catches for 104 yards.  East Surry won 65-0. East Surry is now 3-0 this season.

QB Ben Finley – 17 of 22 with 180 yards and 2 Touchdowns, 3 carries for 21 yards in a 28-26 victory. Finley left the game with an injury.

ATH Devan Boykin – Lost to Northern Guilford 24-14. Boykin had a 41 yard reception for a Touchdown in the 4th quarter. Boykin had 2 catches for 49 yards, two punts for 50 yards, 4 tackles and 1 Tackle for Loss

TE Ezemdi Udoh – 2 catches for 17 yards in a 21-10 loss to Jack Britt HS.

CB Aydan White – Christ School won 47-0. No Stats for him for the second game, but he did have four Touchdowns in their first game of the season.

DT Jaylen Smith – 2 tackles in a 50-33 loss to Rocky Mount HS.

S Nehki Meredith – No stats available but Bishop Sullivan won 31-16 over Woodberry Forest.

OG Sean Hill – 6 knockdown blocks in a 35-21 loss. Hill graded out at a 88% in the game.

OC Ethan Lane – 46-10 win. No stats available.

OT Patrick Matan – 35-21 win at Don Bosco Prep. Gonzaga HS is rated the #10 program in the country on

DT Pheldarius Payne – 2 tackles including 1 Tackle for Loss in a 55-0 win over Wagner College

DT Davin Vann – 10 tackles, 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks, one forced fumble in a 31-28 win.

OT Jonathan Adorno – 49-7 win at East Wake HS

LB Devon Betty – Bye last week, but 5 tackles in the first game of the season

OT Austin Blaske – Bye last week, but has 17 knockdowns and 3 tackles in 2 games

** Quite a few recruits had their Friday night games cancelled due to bad weather (Hurricane Florian).


Keep An Eye On…

3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – A smaller frame DB who can absolutely fly in the open field. He reminds me a lot of Rashard Smith with his playmaking abilities. Rumor has it that he is going to try to officially visit State in the next few weeks. I think when we get him on campus, he will commit.

3* OL Anthony Carter – I think we will take one more offensive lineman in this class. It is no secret that Carter really likes State. He comes from a talent rich area and has future Offensive Tackle written all over him with his frame. I think we will also try to get him at State for an official visit soon.

3* LB Jayland Parker – I think we have a great chance of landing him.





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