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NC State Football Recruiting Update – June 13, 2019



Red Light Explosion…

Recent Commits Include: 3* DT Davin Vann, 3* OT Patrick Matan, 3* WR Stephen Gosnell, 2* TE Ezemdi Udoh, 3* OT Jonathan Adorno, and 3* OG Sean Hill. All of these prospects committed over the course of six days. Matan was the only one that came out of the blue, but he is still a very promising prospect from a very highly regarded HS program in Washington, DC. Udoh is a very athletic and lengthy TE prospect who State just offered last week.

Highlights of Recent Commits:







Current Commits:

A quick rundown of our current commits in the 2020 class (based upon ranking from Rivals).

4* WR Porter Rooks, 3* QB Ben Finley, 3* DT Jayden Smith, 3* CB Ayden White, 3* WR Nate McCollum, 3* ATH Devan Boykin, 3* C Ethan Lane, 3* OT Austin Blaske, 3* WR Stephen Gosnell, 3* OT Patrick Matan,3* OT Jonathan Adorno, 3* OG Sean Hill, 2* TE Emezdi Udoh, and NR DT Davin Vann.

Important to note that we have already taken 5 O-Line prospects in this class and we are probably done at OL.

Currently, our class is ranked the #13 class in the country by 24/7 Sports and Scout and the #17 class in the country by Rivals (Rivals’ ranking does not include Davin Vann, he is still listed as NR with no stars in their database).

Current Spots Left:

Looks like we have 6-7 spots left in the 2020 cycle, depending on attrition. Conventional wisdom states that we will definitely try to land 2-3 DE/DT, 1 LB, 1 CB/S, and possibly 1 RB with the spots we have left.


Several prospects have decided to commit to other schools since my last recruiting piece – 4* WR Muhsin Muhammad committed to Texas A&M, 3* DE AJ Beatty committed to UNC, 3* TE Matt Hibner committed to Michigan.

Upcoming Official Visits:

4* CB Joseph Johnson will officially visit Raleigh on 6/14, 3* DT Henry Bryant will officially visit Raleigh on 6/20, and 3* LB Jayland Parker will officially visit Raleigh on 6/21. It is no secret that our staff really wants to land all three.

Joseph Johnson is expected to announce his college destination on July 4th.

Recruiting Graphic about Johnson’s Official Visit:

Another prospect to keep an eye on for an official visit is 4* DT Kendrick Bingley-Jones. He is scheduled to announce his college destination on August 3rd and already has official visits booked to Florida (6/7), UNC (6/14), and Ohio State (6/21), per NCAA regulations he can take 5 official visits.

New RB Prospect Emerging:

RB Jabari Small from Briarcrest Christian Academy in Memphis, Tennessee was offered last Thursday. Small is 5’10”, 195, and is rated the #10 All-Purpose Back in the Country (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #12 All-Purpose Back in the Country (3*) by Rivals, and the #48 Running Back in the Country (3*) by ESPN.

Junior Stats: 141 rushes for 1,118 yards and 12 Touchdowns, 21 catches for 244 yards and 3 Touchdowns, 7 Kickoff Returners for 247 yards and 1 Touchdown (Long of 81 yards), and 1 Punt Return for 35 yards.


Narrowing It Down…

Target 3* OL Timothy Lawson has narrowed down his list to his top 3 schools in this Twitter announcement:

I fully expect Lawson will pick Louisville as his college destination later this week.

New Offer:

S Tyler Jones – Attends West Orange High School in Windermere, Florida. 6′, 180. He ran a verified 4.53 at The Opening Regional Event in February 2019. He has recently camped at Duke and State. He is not rated yet on 24/7 sports/Scout and Rivals. He is also a prolific track athlete, runs a 10.75 100 meter and 21.93 200 meter.

A Great Story About Jones

Highlights of Jones:

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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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