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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.

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3-Star Tight End Sage Ennis Visited NC State Yesterday

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3-Star 2020 Tight End Sage Ennis (6’4″/225) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday.

NC State offered Ennis back on May 4th, and their chances might have been better for the Florida standout (Lincoln High School/Tallahassee), had he not picked up a coveted offer from hometown Florida State on May 19th.

Ennis also holds offers from West Virginia, UCF, Louisville, South Carolina, Maryland, Miami and others.

He had 620 yards receiving and 17 total touchdowns last year.

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3-Star OG Sean Hill Visiting NC State Today

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3-star 2020 Offensive Guard Sean Hill (6’3”/300) will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State today.

Hill plays for Brookwood in Snellville, Georgia, and is good friends with an NC State commit from the Peach State, 4-star Offensive Tackle Austin Blaske.

He has picked up recent offers from Miami, Louisville, Boston College, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa State, Memphis and others. NC State offered on March 29th.

Recently Hill has taken unofficial visits to UCF, USF, West Virginia and NC State.

NC State leads for Hill, with all 3 expert Crystal Ball predictions at 247Sports pointing that direction. I wouldn’t be surprised for Hill to commit to run with the Wolfpack before he heads home this weekend.

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3-Star DE AJ Beatty Includes NC State in Top 7

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3-Star 2020 Defensive End AJ Beatty (6’5″/255) revealed his Top 7 schools this morning, and he included NC State alongside West Virginia, UNC, South Carolina, UCF, Purdue and Maryland.

Beatty took an unofficial visit to Raleigh back on April 21st.

He finished his Junior season at Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA) with 15 sacks.

Rivals ranks Beatty as the #7 player in the state of Pennsylvania in the 2020 recruiting class.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – May 16, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – May 16, 2019

New Commitment

OT Austin Blaske (6″4, 295) attends South Effingham High School in Bloomingdale, Georgia. Rated a 4* and the #30 Offensive Tackle in the Country on 24/7 sports and Scout, NR 3* on Rivals, and a NR 3* on ESPN. Blaske had a very impressive showing at a Rivals Camp Series Event on March 15, 2019, and since, his recruitment has blown up. Here’s what Rivals had to say about his performance at the camp:

“Austin Blaske picked up an offer from Coastal Carolina not long after his impressive performance Sunday. The word spread pretty quickly. He is a big body at offensive tackle and he showed good bend and the ability to perform well against the quicker and bigger defensive ends.”

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Decommitment

4* CB Joseph Johnson has decommitted from State. Similar to Blaske, Johnson’s recruitment has exploded since a camp event earlier this spring. Johnson is going to officially visit Ohio State this weekend.

A Defensive Whiff…

Target 4* LB Mohamed Kaba from Clinton HS (NC) surprised a lot of people when he committed to South Carolina last week. Kaba probably has an opportunity to see the field quicker at South Carolina, particularly because we have 4*’s Payton Wilson and Levi Jones who are underclassmen in our program. We still have at least 3 targets on the board at Linebacker – 3* Jayland Parker, 3* Jamari Stewart, 4* Trenton Simpson.

This Week’s Decision

Target 4* DE Myles Murphy is deciding his college destination this Friday, May 17th. He trimmed his list to his top 5 on Tuesday night and did not include us so he is now off of our board.

New Offers

TE Sage Ennis – 6’4″, 220. Attends Lincoln HS in Tallahassee, Florida. Rated the #28 Tight End in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, NR (3*) on Rivals, and a NR (3*) on ESPN. Junior Stats: 23 carries for 20 yards and 9 Touchdowns, 39 catches for 596 yards and 4 Touchdowns.

Junior Year Highlights:

WR/CB Marcus Clarke Jr – 5’11”, 175. Attends Winter Park HS in Winter Park, Florida. NR on 24/7 sports and Scout, NR (3*) on Rivals, and NR (3*) on ESPN. Clarke was rated the #10 prospect on the Orlando Sentinel’s Super 60 list last season. Junior Stats: 59 catches for 1,004 yards and 21 Touchdowns, 15 punt returns for 196 yards with 2 Touchdowns, 3 Interceptions for 100 yards with 2 Touchdowns, and 5 rushes for 14 yards.

Junior Year Highlights

WR Stephen Gosnell – 6’2″, 198. Attends East Surry HS in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. NR (3*) on 24/7 sports and Scout, NR on Rivals, NR on ESPN. He did a lot of different things for East Surry during his junior season.

Junior Season Stats: Passing – 66 for 120, 1.134 yards with 14 Touchdowns and 7 Interceptions, 110 rushes for 1,080 yards and 17 Touchdowns, 21 catches for 430 yards with 7 Touchdowns, 13 Kickoff Returns for 272 yards.

Junior Year Highlights

LB Phillip Webb – 6’4″, 210. Attends Lanier HS in Buford, Georgia. Rated the #8 Outside Linebacker in the Country (4*) on 24/7 sports and Scout, the #5 Outside Linebacker in the Country (4*) on Rivals, and the #3 Outside Linebacker in the Country (4*) on ESPN. Junior Season Stats: 86 Tackles, 20 Tackles for Loss, 10.5 Sacks, 27 QB Hurries, 7 Pass Deflections, 1 Fumble Recovery for a Touchdown, and 3 Blocked Punts.

Junior Year Highlights

TE Matthew Hibner – 6’4″, 228. Attends Lake Braddock HS in Burke, Virginia. NR on 24/7, Scout, and Rivals so far. He officially visited Virginia Tech last weekend and rumors have him committing to them soon. He was just offered by Virginia Tech on April 29th.

Junior Year Highlights

WR Rico Powers – 6’2″, 180. Attends Jenkins HS in Savannah, Georgia. He has attended Benedictine HS in Savannah before (same high school as 2019 Commit S Jakeen Harris). Rated the #38 Wide Receiver in the Country (4*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #29 Wide Receiver in the Country and the #133 Overall Prospect in the Country (4*) by Rivals, and the #59 Wide Receiver in the Country (4*) by ESPN.

Junior Season Stats: 115 carries for 1,006 yards with 17 Touchdowns, 28 receptions for 561 yards with 6 Touchdowns, 9 Kickoff Returns for 122 yards, and 5 Punt Returns for 32 yards.

Junior Year Highlights

ATH James Shellman IV – 6’1″, 170. Attends Islands HS in Savannah, Georgia. Rated the #100 Athlete in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, and the #107 overall prospect in Georgia and a NR Athlete (3*) on Rivals. He plays QB almost exclusively for his high school, but probably projects as a wide receiver or defensive back due to his athleticism and ball skills.

Junior Year Highlights:

The Revised Hot 30 List

4* WR Mushin Muhammad, 3* OG Jonathan Odorno, 3* OG Sean Hill, 3* DT Henry Bryant, 4* CB Joseph Johnson, 5* DE Desmond Evans, 3* WR Jhari Patterson, 3* LB Jayland Parker, 3* LB Jamari Stewart, 3* WR Antonio Barber, 3* OT TJ Lawson, 3* OL Alex Atcavage, 4* DE Jacolbe Cowan, 4* DT Kendrick Bingley-Jones, 3* RB Elijah Green, 3* WR/ATH Stephen Gosnell, 3* OL Anthony Carter Jr, 4* LB Trenton Simpson, 3* TE Sage Ennis, 3* WR Aydin Henningham, 3* WR Marcus Clarke Jr, 3* S Nekhi Meredith, 4* ATH Ja’Quarious Conley, 4*WR Rico Powers, 4* LB Phillip Webb, 3* OG Vershon Lee, NR TE Matthew Hibner , 3* ATH Chris Long, and 3* ATH James Shellman.

3* ATH Justin Shorter was on this list before he re-classified to the 2021 class (he attends a Prep Academy in NJ currently). 4* DE Myles Murphy was on this list before he trimmed his schools to his top 5 on Tuesday night and did not include State in his top 5.

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