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NC State Football Recruiting Update – May 2, 2019

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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.”

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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. “

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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.”

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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. “

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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. “

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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.

THE HOT 30:

  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 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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