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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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3-Star WR Antonio Barber Includes NC State in Final 5



Former Tennessee Wide Receiver commit Antonio Barber (6’2″/185) announced his Final-5 schools last night, and NC State made the cut along with Syracuse, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Colorado State.

Temple and South Florida were a part of Barber’s Top-7 back at the beginning of June, but dropped off this list.

247Sports Composite ranks Barber as the #15 player in the state of North Carolina in 2020, and he’s a consensus 3-star prospect. Barber plays for Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.

The Wolfpack already has 3 wide receivers committed in their 2020 recruiting class:

4-Star Porter Rooks
4-Star Nate McCollum
3-Star Stephen Gosnell

Barber was a frequent visitor in Raleigh back in the Spring.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19



NC State Football Recruiting Update – 8/7/19


Transferring Out:

Senior S Tim Kidd-Glass has announced that he will be transferring out of State.  This speaks volumes to me about how much defensive back recruiting has improved in the last several years. This will not affect 2020 recruiting class numbers at all because he was expected to graduate.


Spots Remaining:

Without more attrition, it looks like 4-5 more prospects will be taken. Preference will go to defense: linebacker, secondary, possibly another defensive lineman.  My guess would be 1-2 linebackers, 1 Cornerback, 1 Safety, and 1 Defensive Tackle/Defensive End type prospect. NC State might take another offensive lineman, if they are the best possible prospect left on the board, but I would guess the Wolfpack would only do that if a current lineman commit in the program decides to leave before National Signing Day.


Devon Beatty Update:

Target 4* Linebacker Devon Betty (St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will be officially visiting on September 6th. He could play a wide variety of positions, depending on how much he grows. He has very good athleticism and pass rushing skills.


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Official offers went out to 2020 kids on August 1st. Here’s a link to a tweet from Target 4* LB Devon Betty:



Target JUCO 3* Defensive End Pheldarius Payne has committed. He is rated the #2 JUCO DE in the country by 24/7 sports and Scout.

A lot of analysts are commenting about how fast NC State got onto Payne and how they beat a lot of bigger schools to the punch by getting him to commit so early.

I have a feeling he is going to be a big time player, similar to Larrell Murchison.



The Hot 10:

The last 10 prospects believed to be on NC State’s board (at this point) that they have a decent chance with are:

3* S Tyler Jones

3* CB Joshua Pierre Louis

3* OT Anthony Carter Jr.

4* LB Devon Betty

4* DE Jacolbe Cowan

3* DE Sean Martin (recently decommitted from UNC)

3* WR Antonio Barber

3* WR Jhari Patterson

3* LB Jamari Stewart

3* DE Zuriah Fisher


Committed Elsewhere:

Target 4* Defensive Tackle Kendrick Bingley Jones has committed to UNC. Reportedly, he has some academic issues which need to be addressed before he will be eligible.

Target 4* Safety Jaquarious Conley is also rumored to be committing to UNC soon. NC State did not make his top 4 schools and reportedly he also has some academic issues to correct.







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4-Star LB Devon Betty Schedules Official Visit to NC State



4-Star 2020 Devon Betty (6’1″/210) will be taking an official visit to NC State on September 6th, the weekend of the Western Carolina game.

Rivals ranks Betty as a 4-star prospect, and considers him a Weakside Defensive End. They think he’s the 14th best at the position nationally. ESPN and 247 both consider Betty a 3-Star Outside Linebacker prospect.

Betty plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

NC State offered Betty on July 24th.

He also holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas, Maryland and others.

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Top JUCO DE Pheldarius Payne Commits to NC State



Last night NC State landed a commitment from JUCO Defensive End Pheldarius Payne (6’3″/270).

Payne plays for Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He performed extremely well at NC State camp this summer and earned an offer on July 10th.

247Sports’ Composite Database ranks Payne as the #10 Junior College player in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #1 Strong side Defensive End, and a 3-Star prospect.

As a Freshman at Lackawanna last year, Payne had 23 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks in 11 games.

Payne held one other offer from Liberty University. He is the Wolfpack’s 16th commitment in 2020.

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