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2020 NC State WR Commit Nate McCollum Earns 4th Star with 247

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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.

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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.

NC State is in a really good position with 3-star Antonio Barber, as well as 4-star Mushin Muhammad III, who is teammates with Rooks at Myers Mark.

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.

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3-Star RB Caleb McDowell Commits to NC State

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3-Star 2021 Running Back Caleb McDowell (5’10″/175) NC State committed to NC State yesterday.

McDowell plays for Lee County High School in Leesburg Georgia. He chose to run with the Wolfpack over offers from Syracuse, Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Purdue, Indiana and others.

NC State offered McDowell back on March 4th.

McDowell reportedly bench presses over 330, and squats 600 pounds, runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, and has a 40+ inch vertical leap. He plays on both sides of the ball, and even earned 1st Team All-State honors last year as a Defensive Back, but he is being recruited to play running back in Raleigh.

McDowell is NC State’s 4th commit in the 2021 recruiting class.

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NC State Makes Top-10 for 3-Star CB Jordan Blackmon

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3-Star 2021 Cornerback Jordan Blackmon (5’10″/175) revealed his Top-10 list, and NC State made the cut along with South Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Louisville, Ole Miss, Illinois and Marshall.

NC State was one of the first to offer Blackmon back on November 19th.

Blackmon plays for Eau Gallie down in Melbourne, Florida. Rivals ranks him as the #49 Cornerback nationally, and the #96 player in the state of Florida.

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3-Star CB Mario Love Commits to NC State

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3-Star 2021 Cornerback Mario Love (5’10″/170) verbally committed to NC State on Friday.

Love plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina. NC State Redshirt Freshman Nickel Jalen Frazier also played for Hough.

247Sports ranks Love as the #36 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class in North Carolina.

He also held offers from Tennessee, Penn State, UNC, Louisville, Georgia Tech, ECU, Duke and others.

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3-Star CB Javon Bullard Includes NC State in Top-12

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3-Star Cornerback Javon Bullard (6’0″/168) released his Top-12 schools on Sunday, and NC State made the cut along with West Virginia, Auburn, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, South Carolina, Stanford, Georgia, UCF and Purdue.

NC State offered Bullard a scholarship on February 20th. He plays for Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Georgia. 247Sports ranks Bullard as the #53 overall player in the state of Georgia in the 2021 recruiting class.

Thus far, NC State has two commitments in their 2021 recruiting class.

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