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NC State Football Recruiting Update – September 12, 2019



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

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.





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NC State Football Recruiting Update – October 18, 2019



Football Recruiting Update – October 18, 2019

New offer:

3* WR Joshua Crabtree – Attends Heritage HS in Wake Forest, NC. 6’3″, 185. Rated the #172 Wide Receiver in the Country, 3-Stars by 247 sports, NR by Rivals and ESPN.

Highlights of Crabtree:

Junior Stats: 45 catches for 590 yards with 5 Touchdowns.

Senior Stats: in 6 games – 25 catches for 365 yards with 4 Touchdowns.

He excelled at NC State camp this summer, but coaches kept an eye on him to see how his senior season would progress before offering.



Commit DT Davin Vann has recently gotten a massive upgrade in his ranking on 247Sports. He is now the #16 overall DT in the Country, and now a 4-Star prospect.

Commit QB Ben Finley has also received an upgrade in his ranking on 247Sports. He has been upgraded to the #28 Pro-Style QB in the Country. He was rated the #54 Pro-Style QB in the Country before the rating adjustment.


Senior Stats:

WR Porter Rooks – 25 catches for 558 yards and 7 Touchdowns

S Nehki Meredith – Knee Sprain and out for the season, 5 carries for 96 yards and 5 Touchdowns, 1 catch for 15 yards and 1 Touchdown, 41 tackles and 1 Forced Fumble, 45 yard Interception Return for a Touchdown, 1 Punt Return for 50 yards

JUCO DT Pheldarius Payne – 26 tackles, 7 Tackles for Loss, 4 Sacks, 11 Quarterback Hurries, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Pass Break Ups

OT Austin Blaske – 61 Pancake blocks, 11 Tackles and 1 Forced Fumble on Defense

TE Ezemdi Udoh – 15 catches for 179 yards and 3 Touchdowns

OT Patrick Matan – 29 Pancake blocks

LB Devon Betty – 16 tackles

OC Ethan Lane – 21 Pancakes

DT Davin Vann – 65 tackles, 14 Tackles for Loss, 11 Sacks, 36 Quarterback Hurries, 3 Forced Fumbles, 3 Fumble Recoveries, 2 carries for 9 yards and 1 Touchdown, 1 pancake block

QB Ben Finley – 94 of 139 passing for 1,713 yards with 20 Touchdowns and 3 Interceptions

OG Sean Hill – 23 Pancakes

WR Stephen Gosnell – 35 catches for 882 yards with 14 Touchdowns, 14 carries for 121 yards and 2 Touchdowns, 11 tackles and 1 Interception, 8 kickoff returns for 246 yards

ATH Ayden White – 13 catches for 304 yards and 5 Touchdowns, 21 Tackles, 2 Tackles for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Interception, 174 punt return yards with 1 Touchdown, 90 yard Kickoff Return for Touchdown

DT Jaylen Smith – 34 Tackles, 11 Tackles for Loss, 3 Sacks, 4 Pass Deflections, 1 Forced Fumble, 12 Pancakes

OG Jonathan Adorno – 43 Pancakes

ATH Devan Boykin – 26 catches for 329 yards and 7 Touchdowns, 18.5 Tackles, 4 Tackles for Loss, 1 Pass Break Up, 3 Interceptions, 1 Forced Fumble, 6 Punt Returns for 120 yards.

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4-Star WR NC State Commit Porter Rooks: Midseason Reel



4-Star Wide Receiver Porter Rooks is NC State’s highest rated player in their 2020 football recruiting class. Below is his Midseason Highlight Reel that he released earlier this week.

Through 7 games, Rooks has 25 receptions for 588 yards and 7 touchdowns.

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NC State 2020 Football Commits Week 8 Report



Here’s a rundown on how the 2020 NC State verbal commitments did in Week 8.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Davin Vann had 8 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in Cary’s 41-21 loss to Panther Creek.

3-Star Cornerback Aydan White had 1 tackle, 2 receptions for 5 yards, and a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown in Christ School’s 28-27 loss to Charlotte Christian.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Jaylen Smith had 6 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble in Hertford County’s 33-21 victory over Northeastern.

3-Star Quarterback Ben Finley had a short outing last week, after he attempted to rush for a touchdown, and dove headfirst, and was flipped in midair, taking a nasty fall.

He didn’t return for the rest of the game, finishing 3 of 7 for 62 yards in Paradise Valley’s 42-0 loss to Cactus Shadows.

3-Star Offensive Guard Jonathan Adorno and his Rolesville squad beat Wakefield 49-19.

3-Star Linebacker Devon Betty had 6 tackles in St. Thomas Aquinas’ 35-0 victory over Plantation.

3-Star Offensive Guard Sean Hill and Brookwood beat Meadowcreek 47-19.

3-Star Wide Receiver Stephen Gosnell had 3 receptions for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns in East Surry’s 70-13 victory over Bishop McGuinness. He also had 1 kickoff return for 61 yards.

3-Star Tight End Ezemdi Udoh had 2 receptions for 15 yards, and 3 tackles in Terry Sanford’s 36-23 victory over Gray’s Creek.

3-Star Defensive Tackle Pheldarius Payne had 3 tackles and 2 sacks in Lackawanna’s 30-17 victory over Monroe College.

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4-Star WR Micah Crowell Attended NC State’s W Over Syracuse



4-Star 2021 Wide Receiver Micah Crowell (6’2”/205) took an unofficial visit to NC State last Thursday, taking in the Wolfpack’s 16-10 victory over Syracuse.

247Sports ranks Crowell as the #93 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #13 Wide Receiver and the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

Crowell plays for East Forsyth in Kernersville.

He also took an unofficial visit to NC State in March, and picked up an offer from the Wolfpack on January 24th.

Crowell also holds offers from Duke, ECU, UNC, Oregon, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.

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