NC State Football Recruiting Update – May 31, 2019
Upcoming Official Visits
3* LB Jayland Parker will be officially visiting State on June 21st. He will be making his college decision on July 1st.
3* OL Timothy Lawson will be officially visiting State in early June.
Decision Date – Part Deux?
4* CB Joseph Johnson, who was committed to State earlier this Spring, has created a decision date of July 4th for his next announcement.
3* TE Sage Ennis recently visited Raleigh. At this point, it looks like it is going to be a tough battle to get him away from Florida State, but he had a really good visit to Raleigh as demonstrated by his Twitter page:
Top 6 Cut
We have made the cut for the Top 6 for 3* OL Joshua Jones from Georgia. We made it along with Florida State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and LSU.
3* WR/CB Dominick Hill – 6’1″, 185. Attends Jones HS in Orlando, Florida. Rated the #178 Wide Receiver in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #39 Athlete in the Country (3*) by Rivals, and the #140 Athlete in the Country (3*) by ESPN. Hill plans to announce his college destination on August 1st.
He’s recently been asked to move to Defensive Back by his HS coach as demonstrated in this article.
Highlights of Hill
Upcoming Unofficial Visit
3* OL Alex Atcavage from IMG Academy will be unofficially visiting Raleigh on June 7th. He also plans to unofficially visit Minnesota on June 9th. Current intel suggests that he will be making his college decision by sometime in early July.
Taking the Lead…
We have taken the lead for 3* WR Stephen Gosnell from East Surry HS in Pilot Mountain, NC. As I stated in my last piece, Gosnell can do a lot of different things on the football field, and can be a difference maker at slot receiver or outside receiver at the next level. I would compare his film to a cross between Jordy Nelson and Eric Decker, with a little more overall athletic ability. I’ve heard from some of my sources in the East Surry area that he is a great kid who works very hard and would definitely fit the “blue collar hands in the dirt” mentality which Doeren likes, and the length/athletic type that McDonald covets.
We have also taken the lead for high 3* S Nekhi Meredith from Bishop Sullivan Catholic HS in Virginia Beach, VA. Meredith is rated the #28 Safety in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #22 Safety in the Country (3*) by Rivals, and the #32 Safety in the Country (4*) by ESPN. He reminds me a lot of a cross between Jarius Morehead and Earl Wolff on film. A little undersized, but makes up for it with tackling ability, pursuit angles, and good open field ball skills.
Commit 3* ATH Devan Boykin absolutely shredded his 40 time at the Shrine Bowl Combine about a week and a half ago. He trimmed his 40 time down from 4.72 to 4.5. He’s a very athletic prospect who will be very exciting to watch as he continues to develop his senior year at Ragsdale HS in Jamestown, NC.
Roadrunner Part Deux?
Commit 3* WR Nate McCollum continues to show off his wheels in baseball events. Here’s a clip of him running an electric 6.38 60 yard dash last week (to put that in reference, Trea “Burner” Turner ran a 6.25 60 yard time his junior year in college).
NC State’s Football Camps will start up on June 6th. High School 1 Day Camps are on June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. High School 7-on-7 Camps are on June 14 and 21st. Specialist Camp is on June 8th. The Alpha Wolf Showcase should be sometime around June 16th. I would look for us to pick up several commitments during camp weeks.
End of the Evaluation Period…
The “Evaluation Period part of the Recruiting Calendar, as dictated by the NCAA, will end on May 31st. Then, the next period is the “Quiet Period,” which will last from June 1 – July 31st, with the exception of the “Dead Period” which is from June 24th to July 24th, which coincides with a lot of all-star combines and coaches’ conferences throughout the country.
The Latest Recruiting Graphics via Rico Powers’ Twitter Page:
Making The Cut…
We have made the cut for 3* TE Blake Smith from Carroll HS in Southlake, Texas. He is rated the #20 Tight End in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, a NR 3* on Rivals, and the #7 TE/H-Back in the Country (3*) by ESPN. He plays mostly QB for his High School team.
The Updated Hot 30 based upon the likelihood of landing:
3* LB Jayland Parker, 3* OL Alex Atcavage, 3* WR Stephen Gosnell, 3* OG Sean Hill, 4* WR Mushin Muhammad, 3* OL Jonathan Adorno, 3* DB Joshua Pierre-Louis, 3* S Nekhi Meredith, 3* OT Anthony Carter, 4* DE Desmond Evans, 3* OT Timothy Lawson, 3* TE Matthew Hibner, 3* TE Sage Ennis, 4* DT Henry Bryant, 4* DT Kendrick Bingley-Jones, 3* WR Jhari Patterson, 4* DE Jacolbe Cowan, 3* WR Antonio Barber, 3* WR/ATH Dominick Hill, 3* RB Elijah Green, 3* OL Joshua Jones, 3* WR Aydin Henningham, 3* DE Jamari Stewart, 3* TE Blake Smith, 3* ATH Chris Long, 4* ATH Ja’Quarious Conley, and 3* OG Vershon Lee.
3-Star RB Caleb McDowell Commits to NC State
3-Star 2021 Running Back Caleb McDowell (5’10″/175) NC State committed to NC State yesterday.
Respect it!🐐🖤thanks to all coaches who recruited me💯 pic.twitter.com/JxN4VDbc3S
— ~🥋~ (@mcdowellcalebb5) April 15, 2020
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.
— ~🥋~ (@mcdowellcalebb5) December 17, 2019
— Jeff Littleton (@CoachLit22) March 13, 2019
McDowell is NC State’s 4th commit in the 2021 recruiting class.
NC State Makes Top-10 for 3-Star CB Jordan Blackmon
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.
— Jblack😴 (@jblack_EG) April 12, 2020
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.
3-Star CB Mario Love Commits to NC State
3-Star 2021 Cornerback Mario Love (5’10″/170) verbally committed to NC State on Friday.
— Huncho ⁶ (@MarioLoveJr6) April 10, 2020
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.
3-Star CB Javon Bullard Includes NC State in Top-12
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.
MY TOP 12 SCHOOLS ❤︎
*Other schools can still contact me at this time, I am still accepting ALL schools. pic.twitter.com/y9SUv1GCwW
— Javon Bullard ♛ (@cravejaaye) April 5, 2020
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.