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NC State Football Recruiting Update – May 2, 2019



Current Commit Updates

Commit 3* DB Joseph Johnson picked up an offer from Ohio State with an impressive performance at an Under Armour Combine event last week.

Commit 4* WR Porter Rooks had an impressive showing at The Opening Combine in Charlotte last week. Part of his impressive performance was his straight nasty move on this pass pattern:

Commit 4* WR Nate McCollum has recently earned an offer from Michigan.

Who Has the Powers?

4* WR Rico Powers visited State last week and came away very impressed. Powers is rated in the Rivals 150 for the 2020 class. He is currently rated the #29 Wide Receiver in the country and the #133 overall prospect in the country (4*) on Rivals, a NR 3* on ESPN, and a low 4* on 24/7 sports and Scout. Powers attends the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Georgia. Powers is 6’2″, 190, a size that Coach McDonald covets at wide receiver. He was high school teammates with 2019 Commit 3* ATH Jakeen Harris. Write up from 24/7 sports about him from last week’s The Opening Event:

“The 6-foot-2, 181-pounder was one of the better wideouts on the day, particularly in 1-on-1’s. Powers showed some nice juice in his routes, both off of the line and and the stem with some bouncy athleticism. We also liked his ability to finish at high level with good ball skills and footwork on the sideline. Powers backed up his on-field showing with a good day of testing, posting a 4.60 second 40-yard dash, 4.21 short shuttle and 36.8 inch vertical. The Composite four-star holds offers from Auburn, Oregon and South Carolina among others.”


Update on the Mini-Moose

4* WR Muhsin Muhammad (Myers Park HS, NC) continues to tear it up on the combine circuit. Muhammad was named the WR MVP at The Opening Event in Charlotte last weekend. Muhammad also recently picked up an offer from Ohio State. He also took an Official Visit to Texas A&M on the weekend of April 12-14th. Right now, we look good for him, but we will have to fight off some big schools. Write up from 24/7 sports about him:

“The NFL legacy added to what has been a productive spring on the camp and 7-on-7 circuit with yet another top showing. A savvy wideout capable of playing on the outside or in the slot, Muhammad made the most high-level catches on the day. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has outstanding high-point and tracking ability and is particularly dangerous on back shoulder routes. “


All About Boykin

Commit 3* ATH Devon Boykin (Ragsdale HS, NC) continues to impress with his athleticism and playmaking abilities. Here is a write up from 24/7 sports about him at The Opening Event from last weekend:

“Most of the defensive backs at the event were no match for the quarterback and receiver talent on hand. Boykin was the rare exception. The recent N.C. State commit had the most pass breakups that we saw on the day, winning a handful of consecutive reps. Boykin’s showing was even more impressive considering he’s a high school quarterback who has yet to fully focus on playing in the secondary, in addition to lining up at corner despite being projected as a safety long term. He also backed up his on-field showing with a solid day of testing, checking in at 5-foot-10, 171 pounds and posting a 4.62 second 40-yard dash, 4.37 short shuttle and 36.2 inch vertical.”


A Legacy in the waiting

2021 4* RB Will Shipley, an NC State legacy recruit, had a huge showing at The Opening Event. He churned out the highest overall SPARQ score at the event, despite being a sophomore. His overall score was 128.34. To put this in perspective, Christian McCaffrey’s final SPARQ rating at Stanford before the NFL Draft was 128.9. He was named the RB MVP at the Event.

Moving Up The Timetable

Target 4* LB Mohammad Kaba from Clinton, NC has moved up his timeline for making his college decision. He will now be deciding his college destination on May 9th. Here’s the latest analysis of Kaba from 24/7 sports, which was issued after they moved him to a 4* ranking:

“Streamlined, lean build with room to add significant weight at the next level. Has long arms and wingspan. Turned in a strong junior season after moving high schools following his sophomore year. Has a desirable combination of athleticism and physicality as a space linebacker. Primarily plays inside for his high school, but has the skills to play multiple linebacker spots in college. Shows quick recognition and striking power as a run defender. Capable of dropping into coverage and making plays on the ball downfield, registering a handful of interceptions. Flashes some athleticism and playmaking ability on offense and special teams as a pass catcher, occasional option quarterback and punter. Will need to continue progressing physically in addition to fine tuning some technique at linebacker. Projects as a multi-year Power 5 starter with the upside of developing into a NFL draft choice. “


Defensive Line Talent to Watch

There were quite a few defensive line targets of ours in action at The Opening Event this past weekend. Here’s a quick blurb from 24/7 sports about some well-known names and a few to keep an eye on which we may offer in the next few weeks:

“Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek pass rusher Quentin Williams showed his versatility working with the defensive line and linebacker groups. The 6-foot-3, 233-pounder had the best testing numbers of the defensive line group with a 4.80 second 40-yard dash, 4.41 second short shuttle and 33 inch vertical. 247Sports Composite four-star Jacolbe Cowan had a solid showing, using his length to win reps both on the edge and interior. Already checking in at 6-foot-5, 277 pounds, Cowan is likely destined for the interior longterm and posted a nice 4.47 second short shuttle. The group featured several quick defensive tackles, with Cary (N.C.)’s Davin Vann having the strongest day. Vann was quick along the interior in 1-on-1’s and checks all the boxes in terms of athletic profile. Summerville (S.C.) Fort Dorchester defensive end Emmanuel Johnson entered the day as a relative unknown but had a good showing in 1-on-1’s flashing some nice strength. “


Update with TJ Lawson

Target 3* OL TJ Lawson has updated his top 6 schools list. We made the cut along with Kentucky, UMass, West Virginia, Virginia, and Louisville.

Offensive Line Talent to Watch

Nick Taiste, a Offensive Center from White Knoll HS in South Carolina performed extremely well at The Opening Event in Charlotte this past weekend. As of now, he does not have an offer from State and we have a center committed already (3* Ethan Lane), but he might be able to play Guard for us. He is listed at 6’2″, 290, and won the Offensive Line MVP Award at The Opening Event this past weekend. Here are some highlights of him in action last season:

Missed Commitments

Tight End Targets 3* John Copenhaver and 3* Kendall Karr have both committed to UNC and are now off of our board. Target 3* CB Andru Phillips committed to Kentucky and is now off of our board.

Newest Recruiting Graphics

Our new Director of Creative Media is absolutely knocking out of Raleigh with her designs, here’s an example from recent 3* C Commit Ethan Lane’s Twitter:

Here’s another from Commit 3* CB Joseph Johnson’s Twitter:

And one from Target 3* LB Jayland Parker’s Twitter:

This new HOT 30 list represents the prospects that we have a good to above average chance of landing. I have prioritized them based upon our overall need.


  1. 4* WR Mushin Muhammad,
  2. 4* LB Mohammad Kaba (Announcing 5/9)
  3. 5* DE Desmond Evans
  4. 3* WR Antonio Barber
  5. 4* WR Rico Powers (recently visited Raleigh)
  6. 3* DT Henry Bryant
  7. 4* DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones
  8. 4* WR Ayden Henningham
  9. 3* OT Timothy Lawson
  10. 3* TE/DE Aaron Beatty (recently visited Raleigh)
  11. 3* LB Jayland Parker
  12. 3* LB Jamari Stewart
  13. 4* DE Jacolbe Cowan
  14. 3* RB Elijah Green
  15. 4* ATH Jaquarius Conley
  16. 3* OG Anthony Carter Jr
  17. 3* OG Vershon Lee
  18. 4* OT Marcus Dumervil (Probably committing to SEC school soon)
  19. 2* OT Alex Atcavage (recruitment is exploding recently)
  20. 3* OL Sean Hill
  21. 3* WR Jhari Patterson
  22. 4* TE Theo Johnson (probably the only TE left on the board)
  23. 3* DT Isaiah Raikes
  24. 3* OG Jonathan Adorno
  25. 4* DE Myles Murphy (Probably committing to Clemson soon)
  26. 3* S Nehki Meredith
  27. NR OT Patrick Matan
  28. 3* ATH Chris Long
  29. 3* ATH Justin Shorter
  30. 3* WR Naharee Biggins
  31. 3* RB Jahayr Gibbs
  32. 3* WR Keandre Lambert.

Out of this HOT 30 List, given the usual attrition and possible players leaving early (Emezie?), we may have room to take 10-12 prospects. From those 10-12, I expect 2 Offensive Line, 3 Defensive Line, 2 Linebackers, 1-2 Wide Receivers, 1 Running Back, 1 Defensive Secondary, and 1 Best Available.

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#6 Kicker Ian Williams Commits to NC State



Place Kicker Ian Williams of Weddington High School (Matthews, NC) has verbally committed to NC State, after an Official Visit to Raleigh this weekend.

Kohls Kicking ranks Williams as the #6 kicker nationally in the 2020 recruiting class.

Williams is new to Kohl’s. He attended a training camp in the summer of 2019 and showed very well at that event. He followed it up with a dominant performance in July of 2019 at the National Scholarship Camp. Williams was in contention for the Under All-America Game because his field goals and kickoffs are special. His clean leg swing and repeatable motion are very impressive. He also has the ability to hit some very big punts. Williams is someone who should be a D1 scholarship player this fall! (Kohls)
247Sports ranks him as the #12 kicker in the nation.
Williams also held offers from Army, Wofford, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina. With Punter Mackenzie Morgan deciding to transfer, a scholarship was extended to Williams.
With Williams’ commitment, NC State will have 4 Special Teams players on scholarship at the start of the 2020 football season.
Junior Place Kicker Chris Dunn
Redshirt Junior Punter Trenton Gill
Sophomore Long Snapper Joe Shimko
Freshman Place Kicker Ian Williams
Williams is the 18th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

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NC State DT Commit Pheldarius Payne Scores TD in JUCO National Championship



Last night 3-Star NC State Defensive Tackle verbal commit Pheldarius Payne and his Lackawanna squad lost to Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Junior College National Championship game.

Payne had a scoop and score that was one of the highlights of the night.

He also finished with 7 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Payne finished the season with 30 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.

An interesting wrinkle in Payne’s recruitment is the fact that he’s taking an Official Visit to Nebraska this weekend.

The Huskers offered Payne on November 22nd. Payne has yet to take his Official Visit to NC State.

With a lot of the Wolfpack verbal commits taking Official Visits to Raleigh this weekend, it will be interesting to see if Payne flips with the December 18th early signing period right around the corner.

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3-Star CB Joshua Pierre-Louis Officially Visiting NC State this Weekend



3-Star 2020 Cornerback Joshua Pierre-Louis (5’10”/170) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend.

The Wolfpack offered Pierre-Louis back on March 12th, and also holds offers from Auburn, Duke, Louisville, Illinois, UCF, UCONN, Rutgers, Minnesota, Washington St., and others

He plays for The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Pierre-Louis will be taking his Official Visit along with 4-Star Offensive Lineman R.J. Adams & 4-Star JUCO DB Justin Harrington.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019


Backup QB Matt McKay and Backup OT Justin Chase have decided to leave the program.

Available scholarships left for 2020

Around 5-6, maybe more depending on addition attrition between now and February’s Signing Day. I fully anticipate NC State will sign 20 in December and several more in February. Rumor has it that they will have several more deductions from the offensive side of the ball and possibly several on the defensive side.


Recent Commits

WR Anthony Smith – Attends Huntingtown HS in Maryland. 6’1″, 175. Rated a NR 2* on Rivals, NR on 24/7Sports, and NR on ESPN.

He’s an absolute burner. Career records in 100m was 10.98, 200 m was 21.96 in Spring 2019, during his junior season. This would translate to a 4.5 40, which is very good to be 6’1″. He was officially clocked at 4.46 at a camp in the summer of 2019. Smith could easily become a vertical passing threat or another underneath extension of the running game – like Nyheim Hines was during his first year at State.

Senior Season Stats:  35 catches for 918 yards with 14 Touchdowns, 17 Tackles with 1 Tackle for Loss.


WR Jalen Coit – Attends Cheraw HS in South Carolina. 6’1″, 165. Rated a 3* and #17 overall player in South Carolina on Rivals, the #185 Wide Receiver in the Country and the #20 overall player in South Carolina (3*) by 24/7Sports, and the #163 Wide Receiver in the Country (3*) on ESPN.

He’s a stellar two sport athlete who averages around 19 points per game in basketball. Most analysts have him slated to be a slot receiver in college. Several analysts have stated that they think he has a higher ceiling and better open field play making ability than the top rated receiver in South Carolina (Jaylin Hyatt). Coit also projects to potentially play in the slot with Smith. Coit could be a potential to play immediately as a kick returner along side Lesane (if Lesane can figure out his fumbling issues). Coit has been named to the Shrine Bowl team for South Carolina.

Senior Season Stats: 1 for 1 passing for 9 yards, 1 carry for 39 yards, 55 catches for 842 yards with 11 Touchdowns, 2 Two Point Conversions Scored, 7 Kickoff Returns for 67 yards, and 13 punt returns for 154 yards with 1 Touchdown.


Big Visitors at UNC Game

The #1 JUCO Safety in the Country was at the UNC game. Justin Harrington, who currently attends Bakersfield College in California, was offered a scholarship by State late last week. Harrington attended Southeast Raleigh HS as a prep prospect but could not qualify academically to attend a major college. He was high school teammates with Current Nickel Tyler Baker-Williams. Harrington is planning to be a mid-year enrollment at whatever college he decides to attend. Right now, it looks like Oklahoma is the major competition for Harrington. Harrington is also planning an official visit to Oklahoma State and possibly Southern Cal before making his college decision.


Transfer 3* OL Joe Kane from Virginia Tech attended the game. Transfers look like they are going to be the route to go for several different empty spots for the staff to find, particularly in high needs areas (depending on further attrition, I would argue that WR, QB, and OL/DL are these areas of potential grad transfer targets). Kane was recently offered a scholarship to play D-Line at Elon.


Transfers to Mention:

I just list these as possibilities that the coaches would be interested in targeting and the reasons:

QB Jack Allison – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

QB Jake Bentley – Transferring from South Carolina, knows and was coached by Kurt Roper

QB Feleipe Franks – Transferring from Florida, could be a target because he would have immediate eligibility

QB Dekereon Joyner – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #2 school before he committed to South Carolina. He also knows Kurt Roper. Converted to WR this year.

WR Brian Montgomery – Transferring from Miami, NC State offered him a scholarship during the 2018 cycle

WR/APB Tevin Bush – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

TE/WR Daevon Robinson – Transferring from Rutgers. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to stay home and commit to Rutgers

OT Carter Colquitt – Transferring from Ole Miss. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to commit to Ole Miss

LB Derek Boykins – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #3 school when he decided to commit to South Carolina. From NC, and NC State is also recruiting his younger brother.

JUCO DE Dionte Gipson – Attends Hutchinson CC in Stone Mountain, Georgia. NC State recruited that area well a few years ago when we landed Jakobi Meyers

JUCO RB Brian Snead – NC State was recruiting him when he was in HS, attends Iowa Western CC, a place where they’ve have had some success in the past. He attended HS with former Pack RB Erin Collins, however the Wolfpack will probably stay away from him due to some unsavory criminal activity when he was enrolled as a freshman at Ohio State.

JUCO WR Justin McGriff – NC State recruits the Tampa area well. He has extremely good size and long arms that Coach D covets – 6’5″, 210.


Official Visits Coming Up

December 6th:

4* JUCO S Justin Harrington

4* OG RJ Adams – recently decommited from Penn State. NC State was one of his top schools before he committed. Visited for UNC game also. Alabama visit is after this.

3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – Smaller CB/NLB type prospect who also has a lot of speed.

Most of NC State’s current commits will also be officially visiting this week (Porter Rooks, Devan Boykin are confirmed via social media).


Things to keep an eye on 

If James Franklin leaves Penn State and goes to Florida State, former 4* CB Joseph Johnson could also be in play again for NC State (his father really liked State).

If Will Muschamp leaves South Carolina, current Target 4* WR Rico Powers and Target 4* LB Mohamad Kaba could be in play again for NC State. (Unlikely Muschamp leaves)


My Take on the Coaching Switch

In the periphery of the season, it looks like the canning of Huxtable was due to the huge amount of points the defense continued to allow, bad technique by the defensive backs, and bad play calling at times.

However, there is another silver lining to the canning of Huxtable in deference to the other members of the staff.

Des Kitchings and George McDonald are considered to be the best recruiters of offensive talent on the staff, whereas, Kevin Patrick and Tony Gibson are considered to be the best recruits of defensive talent on the staff.  According to a pre-season publication, Huxtable was responsible for recruiting Alamance County/Orange County in NC and the Orlando to Space Coast areas of Florida (zero currently committed players in the 2020 cycle). The last three commits all came from the areas in which McDonald and Kitchings are assigned.  This is not to say that the coaching switches are completely done, but I don’t foresee any more coaching switches before the December Signing Day event, which will take place on December 18, 2019.


On the Road

All the coaches are on the road this week to meet with current commits and see current targets. George McDonald was visiting South Carolina earlier this week and extended an offer to 6’4″ receiver, Ger-Cari Caldwell, who had a stellar senior season at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was named to the Shrine Bowl. Caldwell is an interesting prospect because of his size and playmaking ability. Not necessarily a burner, but runs great routes and has great hands.


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