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NC State Football Recruiting Update – August 21, 2019

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NC State Football Recruiting Update – August 21, 2019

 

Not a huge amount of news coming during this month due to the dead period, but there are some tidbits to share.

 

Upcoming Official Visits:

Target 4* LB Devon Betty is scheduled to take an official visit to Raleigh on September 6th.

Some murmurings that Target 3* LB Jayland Parker (currently committed to Colorado) might be considering taking an official visit to State, looks like if he does it will be in September also.

 

Spots Left:

Conservative estimates say that State should be taking at least 4 more prospects in the 2020 cycle, but could take as many as 6, particularly with OL Jaylnn Strickland, OT Kendall Brown, and S Tim Kidd-Glass deciding to leave the program. Strickland and Brown will affect scholarship numbers because they were underclassmen, whereas Kidd-Glass will not because he was going to graduate and exhaust his eligibility anyway.

 

Remaining Targets:

Targets still left on our board include 4* LB Devon Betty, 3* LB Jayland Parker, 3* OT/OG Anthony Carter, 3* DB Joshua Pierre-Louis, 3* DE Sean Martin, 3* LB Jamari Stewart, 3* WR Antonio Barber, 3* OG RJ Adams (currently committed to Penn State), 4* DE Jacolbe Cowan, 3* S Tyler Jones.

I personally don’t think NC State will take another Wide Receiver in this class unless there’s suddenly some unforeseeable attrition.

I think more new targets will emerge as the senior football season and JUCO seasons get underway. I would keep an eye on the Wolfpack potentially adding a JUCO D-Lineman or two in this cycle since they have missed on most of the marquee High School kids.

Keep an eye on 3* DE Kirmani Gainous and 3* DE Deonte Gipson from Hutchinson CC, 3* DT Robert Hentz from Northwest Mississippi CC, 3* DE Anthony Hayes from Southwest Mississippi CC, 3* DE Yaya Diaby from Georgia Military College, 3* DT Kemon Smith from Blinn College, and 3* DT Quay Mays from Northwest Mississippi CC (currently committed to West Virginia – possibly connection to our new Safeties Coach Tony Gibson).

 

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3-Star RB Caleb McDowell Commits to NC State

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3-Star 2021 Running Back Caleb McDowell (5’10″/175) NC State committed to NC State yesterday.

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.

McDowell is NC State’s 4th commit in the 2021 recruiting class.

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NC State Makes Top-10 for 3-Star CB Jordan Blackmon

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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.

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.

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3-Star CB Mario Love Commits to NC State

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3-Star 2021 Cornerback Mario Love (5’10″/170) verbally committed to NC State on Friday.

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.

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3-Star CB Javon Bullard Includes NC State in Top-12

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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.

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.

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