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NC State Football Recruiting Update – June 27, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – June 27, 2019

Final Camp Report:

Camps ended with a tremendous amount of star power. Commit 4* WR Porter Rooks worked out at the last camp with Target 4* QB Aaron McLaughlin (2021 Prospect). Evidently, they both created a powerful connection with each other and things are still trending in a good direction for us to potentially land McLaughlin. This can be seen by the following Twitter post after the camp:

Camp Performance Updates from Week 3 of Camps:

2020 DB Sean Tucker surprised a lot of people with his athleticism and ball skills. Here’s what 24/7 sports had to say:

One of the biggest standouts at the defensive back position was Washington, D.C. native Sean Tucker. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback didn’t participate in every drill at the Wolfpack camps, but did clock in at 4.1 seconds on the 20-yard shuttle along with posting a 9-foot-8 broad jump and 35-inch vertical on his first attempts. Shortly after the Dave Doeren Football Camp, Tucker committed to East Carolina as a member of the 2020 class.


2021 4* QB Aaron McLaughlin continues to impress. Here’s what 24/7 sports had to say about him:

He was clearly the top quarterback on hand. McLaughlin, who checked in at 6-foot-4 7/8 and 218 pounds, showed good athleticism with a 4.82-second 40-yard dash and 10-foot broad jump.

But he was even more impressive on the field. Physically, he’s in great shape and can make every throw. McLaughlin showed a smooth, quick delivery. He consistently fit passes into tight windows and also showed great touch on his deep ball. He’s clearly one of the top rising junior quarterbacks in the country and getting him on campus twice in the past three months is huge for the Pack.


2021 3* CB Tymir Brown was also very impressive:

The top prospect at Friday’s camp was 2021 Jacksonville (N.C.) cornerback, Tymir Brown, who checked in at 5-foot-10 1/2 and 164 pounds. In testing, he registered a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, 4.12-second shuttle, 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump and 36.3-inch vertical jump. He was fluid in drills and always jumped to the front of the line to compete. Brown’s strong all-around performance led to an offer from State. The Pack joins Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest among others that have pulled the trigger. He’ll likely be one of State’s top 2021 defensive back targets. And with a need every year for cornerbacks, landing an in-state athlete would be even sweeter for Doeren and his staff.


2021 WR Jacob Gill was also impressive:

2021 Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons standout Jacob Gill was the most consistent receiver from start to finish in Thursday’s camp. He ran crisp routes and consistently got separation from defensive backs. Gill then participated in the 7-on-7 event on Friday night and showed off that skillset in a game environment against some of the top 7-on-7 teams in the state. The Wolfpack already has an offer out for Gill, but he further proved why he should be one of the top targets in next year’s class with his ball skills and clean drills. Along with State, Gill holds offers from East Carolina, Louisville and Wake Forest. It’s early, but the Pack’s in great shape with Gill.


The Next Lincolnton Star?

4* DE Darian Roseboro attended Lincolnton HS before coming to State and playing well over four years. The next Lincolnton star and target for State is 2021 4* DE Travali Price. Here’s what 24/7 sports had to say about Price:

Price, who measured 6-3 1/8 and 241 pounds with a 6-9 1/4 wingspan, has a great frame, which will allow him to add a significant amount of weight over the next few years. Price is raw and needs to continue to get stronger, but has a ton of talent. He was quick off the ball, showed good flexibility and active hands. It’s easy to see why he’s so sought-after and he’s definitely a name to know in 2021. His efforts Saturday earned him an offer from the Pack.


Jayland Parker Update:

3* LB Jayland Parker was slated to take an official visit to Raleigh last week, but it never happened. Most analysts have him committing to Colorado when he announces next week.

New Decision Date:

Target 4* CB Joseph Johnson has decided to move his decision date to July 2nd. He has officially visited State, Penn State, and Texas A&M. Recently, his dad was calling out Penn State on Twitter for getting commitments from two secondary players after Johnson’s official visit. Johnson and his family were very complimentary of State’s staff after his official visit to State, he even posted the following collage on Twitter:

Changes to Waiver/Transfer Rule:

The NCAA is considering changing their Waiver/Transfer Rule to make it more difficult for players to obtain waivers and transfers. In my opinion, the current system is very flawed and allows some players to compete immediately and some who are more deserving not to. This could potentially impact recruiting and make it so more colleges are depending on the recruiting process to get players instead of poaching other college rosters for transfers.

Here’s a link to the story from USA Today

Desmond Evans Update:

UNC is up to some shady stuff with its recruitment of 4* DE Desmond Evans. They have offered his HS teammate a scholarship, and most people say that his HS teammate is probably best suited for D2 or D3 football and is definitely not going to contribute at UNC. Either way, Desmond Evans has stated that he will be attending a cookout at South Carolina this summer and will take all five of his official visits and will announce his top 5 schools during his senior season.

Committed Elsewhere:

Target 3* OL Vershon Lee committed to South Carolina. Target 3* TE Sage Ennis committed to Clemson.

Head to Head Recruiting Story:

The News and Observer posted this interesting story about our Head to Head recruiting with our pale blue neighboring institution of remedial learning.

Dead Period…

June 24th through July 24th this year is the proclaimed “Dead Period” for Football Recruiting. During the dead period: “a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.” – This is another way of saying that there will be a lot of social media posts and messages between prospects and coaches in the next month. Therefore, expect for the Alpha Wolf Showcase to occur sometime after July 24th in Raleigh.

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019



NC State Football Recruiting Update – December 5, 2019


Backup QB Matt McKay and Backup OT Justin Chase have decided to leave the program.

Available scholarships left for 2020

Around 5-6, maybe more depending on addition attrition between now and February’s Signing Day. I fully anticipate NC State will sign 20 in December and several more in February. Rumor has it that they will have several more deductions from the offensive side of the ball and possibly several on the defensive side.


Recent Commits

WR Anthony Smith – Attends Huntingtown HS in Maryland. 6’1″, 175. Rated a NR 2* on Rivals, NR on 24/7Sports, and NR on ESPN.

He’s an absolute burner. Career records in 100m was 10.98, 200 m was 21.96 in Spring 2019, during his junior season. This would translate to a 4.5 40, which is very good to be 6’1″. He was officially clocked at 4.46 at a camp in the summer of 2019. Smith could easily become a vertical passing threat or another underneath extension of the running game – like Nyheim Hines was during his first year at State.

Senior Season Stats:  35 catches for 918 yards with 14 Touchdowns, 17 Tackles with 1 Tackle for Loss.


WR Jalen Coit – Attends Cheraw HS in South Carolina. 6’1″, 165. Rated a 3* and #17 overall player in South Carolina on Rivals, the #185 Wide Receiver in the Country and the #20 overall player in South Carolina (3*) by 24/7Sports, and the #163 Wide Receiver in the Country (3*) on ESPN.

He’s a stellar two sport athlete who averages around 19 points per game in basketball. Most analysts have him slated to be a slot receiver in college. Several analysts have stated that they think he has a higher ceiling and better open field play making ability than the top rated receiver in South Carolina (Jaylin Hyatt). Coit also projects to potentially play in the slot with Smith. Coit could be a potential to play immediately as a kick returner along side Lesane (if Lesane can figure out his fumbling issues). Coit has been named to the Shrine Bowl team for South Carolina.

Senior Season Stats: 1 for 1 passing for 9 yards, 1 carry for 39 yards, 55 catches for 842 yards with 11 Touchdowns, 2 Two Point Conversions Scored, 7 Kickoff Returns for 67 yards, and 13 punt returns for 154 yards with 1 Touchdown.


Big Visitors at UNC Game

The #1 JUCO Safety in the Country was at the UNC game. Justin Harrington, who currently attends Bakersfield College in California, was offered a scholarship by State late last week. Harrington attended Southeast Raleigh HS as a prep prospect but could not qualify academically to attend a major college. He was high school teammates with Current Nickel Tyler Baker-Williams. Harrington is planning to be a mid-year enrollment at whatever college he decides to attend. Right now, it looks like Oklahoma is the major competition for Harrington. Harrington is also planning an official visit to Oklahoma State and possibly Southern Cal before making his college decision.


Transfer 3* OL Joe Kane from Virginia Tech attended the game. Transfers look like they are going to be the route to go for several different empty spots for the staff to find, particularly in high needs areas (depending on further attrition, I would argue that WR, QB, and OL/DL are these areas of potential grad transfer targets). Kane was recently offered a scholarship to play D-Line at Elon.


Transfers to Mention:

I just list these as possibilities that the coaches would be interested in targeting and the reasons:

QB Jack Allison – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

QB Jake Bentley – Transferring from South Carolina, knows and was coached by Kurt Roper

QB Feleipe Franks – Transferring from Florida, could be a target because he would have immediate eligibility

QB Dekereon Joyner – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #2 school before he committed to South Carolina. He also knows Kurt Roper. Converted to WR this year.

WR Brian Montgomery – Transferring from Miami, NC State offered him a scholarship during the 2018 cycle

WR/APB Tevin Bush – Transferring from West Virginia, knows and was recruited by Tony Gibson

TE/WR Daevon Robinson – Transferring from Rutgers. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to stay home and commit to Rutgers

OT Carter Colquitt – Transferring from Ole Miss. NC State was his #2 school when he decided to commit to Ole Miss

LB Derek Boykins – Transferring from South Carolina. NC State was his #3 school when he decided to commit to South Carolina. From NC, and NC State is also recruiting his younger brother.

JUCO DE Dionte Gipson – Attends Hutchinson CC in Stone Mountain, Georgia. NC State recruited that area well a few years ago when we landed Jakobi Meyers

JUCO RB Brian Snead – NC State was recruiting him when he was in HS, attends Iowa Western CC, a place where they’ve have had some success in the past. He attended HS with former Pack RB Erin Collins, however the Wolfpack will probably stay away from him due to some unsavory criminal activity when he was enrolled as a freshman at Ohio State.

JUCO WR Justin McGriff – NC State recruits the Tampa area well. He has extremely good size and long arms that Coach D covets – 6’5″, 210.


Official Visits Coming Up

December 6th:

4* JUCO S Justin Harrington

4* OG RJ Adams – recently decommited from Penn State. NC State was one of his top schools before he committed. Visited for UNC game also. Alabama visit is after this.

3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – Smaller CB/NLB type prospect who also has a lot of speed.

Most of NC State’s current commits will also be officially visiting this week (Porter Rooks, Devan Boykin are confirmed via social media).


Things to keep an eye on 

If James Franklin leaves Penn State and goes to Florida State, former 4* CB Joseph Johnson could also be in play again for NC State (his father really liked State).

If Will Muschamp leaves South Carolina, current Target 4* WR Rico Powers and Target 4* LB Mohamad Kaba could be in play again for NC State. (Unlikely Muschamp leaves)


My Take on the Coaching Switch

In the periphery of the season, it looks like the canning of Huxtable was due to the huge amount of points the defense continued to allow, bad technique by the defensive backs, and bad play calling at times.

However, there is another silver lining to the canning of Huxtable in deference to the other members of the staff.

Des Kitchings and George McDonald are considered to be the best recruiters of offensive talent on the staff, whereas, Kevin Patrick and Tony Gibson are considered to be the best recruits of defensive talent on the staff.  According to a pre-season publication, Huxtable was responsible for recruiting Alamance County/Orange County in NC and the Orlando to Space Coast areas of Florida (zero currently committed players in the 2020 cycle). The last three commits all came from the areas in which McDonald and Kitchings are assigned.  This is not to say that the coaching switches are completely done, but I don’t foresee any more coaching switches before the December Signing Day event, which will take place on December 18, 2019.


On the Road

All the coaches are on the road this week to meet with current commits and see current targets. George McDonald was visiting South Carolina earlier this week and extended an offer to 6’4″ receiver, Ger-Cari Caldwell, who had a stellar senior season at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and was named to the Shrine Bowl. Caldwell is an interesting prospect because of his size and playmaking ability. Not necessarily a burner, but runs great routes and has great hands.


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4-Star JUCO DB Justin Harrington Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend



4-Star JUCO Defensive Back Justin Harrington (6’4″/215) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend. ESPN lists Harrington as a Cornerback, and 247Sports lists him as the Safety.

247Sports ranks Harrington as the #6 Junior College football player in the nation, and the #1 Safety. He played high school ball right down the road at Southeast Raleigh High School, and just wrapped up his 2nd year at Bakersfield College. After having 40 tackles and 4 interceptions as a Freshman, he had 36 tackles and 3 interceptions this year.

Harrington took an Official Visit to Oklahoma State in June, and then took one to Oklahoma on November 22nd. The Sooners then offered him two days later, and seemingly took the lead. NC State offered him on November 29th.

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NC State 2020 Football Commits Week 15 Report



Here’s a look at how NC State’s 2020 football commits did in their respective playoff games in Week 15 of the 2019 season.

4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks had 2 receptions for 57 yards in Myers Park’s 35-32 loss to Richmond in the 3rd Round of the North Carolina 4AA State Playoffs.

3-Star Linebacker Devon Betty had 2 tackles in St. Thomas Aquinas’ 42-0 victory over Venice in the Semifinals of the Florida 7A State Playoffs.

3-Star Cornerback Devan Boykin rushed the ball 13 times for 61 yards in Ragsdale’s 34-21 loss to East Forsyth in the 3rd Round of the North Carolina 4A State Playoffs. He also had 5 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, and 7 tackles on defense.

3-Star Center Ethan Lane and Archer lost to Parkview 35-17 in the 3rd Round of the Georgia 7A State Playoffs.

3-Star Tight End Ezemdi Udoh had 1 reception for 8 yards, 5 tackles, and 1 sack in Terry Sanford’s 59-21 loss to Southern Nash in the 3rd Round of the North Carolina 3A State Playoffs.

3-Star Wide Receiver Anthony Smith had 2 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in Huntington’s 21-14 loss to Damascus in the Semifinals of the Maryland 3A State Playoffs.

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4-Star OG R.J. Adams Visiting NC State for UNC Game



NC State will have a big time prospect on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit for the UNC game in 4-Star Offensive Guard R.J. Adams (6’3″/326)

Adams is also scheduled to take an Official Visit to Raleigh the following weekend as well. Last weekend he was in Kentucky for an Official Visit last week.

Back on April 13th, Adams committed to Penn State, but decommitted on September 16th.

NC State offered Adams back on November 3rd of last year.

Adams plays for Woodbridge Senior (Woodbridge, Virginia). Rivals ranks Adams as the #4 player in the state of Virginia, and the #12 Offensive Guard in the 2020 recruiting class.

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