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:
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:
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.
Highlights of Jones:
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.