NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 12, 2019
Recent Commitment: 3* LB Devon Betty committed to State while on his official visit for the Western Carolina game. Betty is being recruited to play the new BUC (outside linebacker) position in the new 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Betty was injured during part of his junior season, which cut into some of his production, and probably limited him from explosive recruitment, but he still has a very, very high ceiling. Betty moved from Miramar HS to St. Thomas Aquinas after last season, and being around more marquee talent and better coaching will help him to arrive in Raleigh in great shape. Betty officially runs a 4.8 40 as measured at the Opening Combine in the Spring, but I think by the time he hits the field with us he will more like a 4.65 guy (especially if he can redshirt and get with Thunder Dan for a season).
Highlights of Betty:
Recent Decommit: Target 3* LB Jayland Parker has de-committed from Colorado. This was suspected for quite a while. He has tentatively booked an official visit to Raleigh for the Ball State game on 9/21. Parker is rated as high as the #23 inside linebacker in the country on 24/7 sports. Parker has been measured at 6’2″, 195 with a 4.69 40. At this point, I would think that Parker is definitely a take for State.
Highlights of Parker:
Commitment Statistics Report from Week 3:
WR Porter Rooks – 3 catches for 152 yards and 3 Touchdowns in a 63-3 win. Rooks only played in the first half.
WR Stephen Gosnell – 3 Touchdowns (2 Catching, 1 Rushing) in a 65-0 win. 4 catches for 104 yards. East Surry won 65-0. East Surry is now 3-0 this season.
QB Ben Finley – 17 of 22 with 180 yards and 2 Touchdowns, 3 carries for 21 yards in a 28-26 victory. Finley left the game with an injury.
ATH Devan Boykin – Lost to Northern Guilford 24-14. Boykin had a 41 yard reception for a Touchdown in the 4th quarter. Boykin had 2 catches for 49 yards, two punts for 50 yards, 4 tackles and 1 Tackle for Loss
TE Ezemdi Udoh – 2 catches for 17 yards in a 21-10 loss to Jack Britt HS.
CB Aydan White – Christ School won 47-0. No Stats for him for the second game, but he did have four Touchdowns in their first game of the season.
DT Jaylen Smith – 2 tackles in a 50-33 loss to Rocky Mount HS.
S Nehki Meredith – No stats available but Bishop Sullivan won 31-16 over Woodberry Forest.
OG Sean Hill – 6 knockdown blocks in a 35-21 loss. Hill graded out at a 88% in the game.
OC Ethan Lane – 46-10 win. No stats available.
OT Patrick Matan – 35-21 win at Don Bosco Prep. Gonzaga HS is rated the #10 program in the country on Maxpreps.com
DT Pheldarius Payne – 2 tackles including 1 Tackle for Loss in a 55-0 win over Wagner College
DT Davin Vann – 10 tackles, 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks, one forced fumble in a 31-28 win.
OT Jonathan Adorno – 49-7 win at East Wake HS
LB Devon Betty – Bye last week, but 5 tackles in the first game of the season
OT Austin Blaske – Bye last week, but has 17 knockdowns and 3 tackles in 2 games
** Quite a few recruits had their Friday night games cancelled due to bad weather (Hurricane Florian).
Keep An Eye On…
3* DB Joshua Pierre Louis – A smaller frame DB who can absolutely fly in the open field. He reminds me a lot of Rashard Smith with his playmaking abilities. Rumor has it that he is going to try to officially visit State in the next few weeks. I think when we get him on campus, he will commit.
3* OL Anthony Carter – I think we will take one more offensive lineman in this class. It is no secret that Carter really likes State. He comes from a talent rich area and has future Offensive Tackle written all over him with his frame. I think we will also try to get him at State for an official visit soon.
3* LB Jayland Parker – I think we have a great chance of landing him.
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.