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NC State Football Recruiting Update – August 21, 2019



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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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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