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NC State Football Recruiting Update – May 31, 2019



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.

Recent Visit

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.

New Offer

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).

Camp Season…

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.

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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.


Latest Recruiting Graphics:

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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