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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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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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