247Sports bumped a few 2020 football recruits from 3-star prospects, to 4-star prospects yesterday. NC State Wide Receiver verbal commit Nate McCollum was one of them.
NC State WR commit Nate McCollum – McCollum was unranked and unevaluated prior to his commitment to the Wolfpack. When we turned on the film for an evaluation it quickly popped. He’s an explosive, one-cut runner with the ball in his hands and he has incredible big-play potential evidence by 764 yards receiving on only 22 catches last season. That equates to a ridiculous 34 yards per catch. While we haven’t had much of an opportunity for in-person evaluations, McCollum gives us added confidence for a big initial rankings debut because of his background in baseball and his 6.33 60-yard dash time, a 99th-percentile number. We still need to validate size, ball skills and route-running ability with some in person evaluations but his explosiveness, special teams value and versatility all look unique.
The move: From unranked to a four-star outside the Top247 with a 90 rating, McCollum has an opportunity to climb even higher as we learn more about him and get live evaluations.247
McCollum committed to NC State on March 31st, after receiving an offer from the Wolfpack on February 22nd.
NC State now has two 4-star commits in the 2020 class, and they both happen to be wide receivers. McCollum joins Porter Rooks, who is ranked as the #93 player overall nationally in the 2020 class, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.
The Wolfpack are in a really good position with numerous other 2020 wide receivers at this point, but they can’t take them all, and they all wouldn’t want to play together.
There are other 2020 Wide Receiver prospects they have had on campus as of late.
The Wolfpack were expected to take a max of 3 wide receivers this go-around, but will they really turn down either Barber or Muhammad? Maybe a bigger question, would they both want to come?
We could be looking at a situation of who commits first.
NC State’s 2020 football recruiting class ranks 22nd nationally according to 247Sports.
4-Star CB Jospeh Johnson Includes NC State in Top 4
4-Star 2020 Cornerback Joseph Johnson included NC State in his Top-4 last night alongside Penn State, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
Johnson has taken Official Visits to Texas A&M, NC State and Penn State over the past three weeks. As of now, he doesn’t have one scheduled for Ohio State.
On Thursday, Johnson announced he was moving his commitment date up from June 5th to the 2nd.
Even though the Wolfpack have 3 cornerbacks committed in 2020, in my opinion, there’s no way they don’t take Johnson if he commits.
NC State’s 2020 Football Recruiting Class Ranked 15th After Meredith Commitment
4-Star S Nehki Meredith Commits to NC State
4-Star 2020 Safety Nehki Meredith (5’11″/178) committed to NC State on Saturday after a visit.
ESPN ranks Meredith as a 4-Star prospect, and the #8 player in the state of Virginia.
Meredith chose NC State over offers from Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Penn State, UNC, Nebraska, Maryland, Louisville, LSU, Duke and others.
NC State offered Meredith on April 4th. He plays for Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach.
Meredith is the 15th member of the NC State 2020 football recruiting class, and the third defensive back to verbally commit.
- 4-Star S Nehki Meredith
- 3-Star CB Aydan White
- 3-Star CB Devan Boykin
3-Star LB Jayland Parker Includes NC State in his Top-3
If it wasn’t already clear, 3-Star 2020 Linebacker Jayland Parker (6’2″/214) announced his Top-3 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Colorado and Purdue.
Parker took an Official Visit to Purdue on the last weekend in May, took one to Colorado last weekend, and will be taking his last one to NC State next weekend (June 21).
He will be announcing his college choice on July 1st.
Parker included NC State in his Top-11 back on April 1st.
NC State offered Parker back on March 1st, while he was in for an unofficial visit.
Parker plays for Westside High School (Macon, Georgia) in the Peach State, where the Wolfpack are recruiting well in 2020 (4 commitments). He had 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions last year.
247Sports ranks him as the #48 overall player in the state of Georgia in 2020.