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NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 3, 2019

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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.

Highlights

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.

Highlights

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.

Highlights

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.

Transferring

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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PI EXCLUSIVE: WR Antonio Barber Gives an Update on His Recruitment

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NC State looks like it might be building a stacked class of wide receivers in their 2020 football recruiting class. They already have commitments from two 4-star prospects: Porter Rooks and Nate McCollum. They are still in hot pursuit of a few others, like Antonio Barber, Muhsin Muhammad III, and Jhari Patterson.

I caught up with Barber recently to get an update on his recruitment.

Barber is announcing his Top-8 schools at the end of May, and he assured me that NC State would be on the list.

NC State and Syracuse are the only two schools that are locked in my Top-8, and are still going to have a spot in my Top-5.

Antonio Barber

The Wolfpack have prioritized Barber, and it’s paid off.

They’ve already made their impact and showed me I am a priority. I’m wanted there dearly. They make me not only feel at home, but treat me as if I’m part of the team and family now.

Antonio Barber

Syracuse is a lock in the mix because they were the first to arrive.

They were my 1st Power 5 offer my freshman year. The staff has kept it real and truly recruited me since. I’ll be taking an Official Visit there soon.

Antonio Barber

Barber has probably been NC State’s most frequent visitor, and he just keeps coming back.

I enjoy being able to be around the whole staff. We just hang out and talk about more than just football.

Antonio Barber

As stated above, the Wolfpack are in the mix for quite a few top receivers, but there isn’t room for all of them.

I’m aware of all that, but I’m going to take my time and go with the best move at the right time.

Antonio Barber

Barber has teased on Twitter on many occasions the possibility of a future combination of himself, NC State commit, and 4-Star Muhsin Muhammad III.

All I can say is the fans better cross their fingers and make a wish.

Antonio Barber

Barber informed me that he plans on making his college decision no later than August.

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3-Star CB Andru Phillips Includes NC State in Top-5

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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

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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

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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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