NC State Football Recruiting Update – October 3, 2019
Recent Decommitment: 4* WR Nate McCollum from Georgia. Reportedly enamored with Georgia Tech (his hometown school). I would think that Georgia Tech’s poor showing last weekend did not help them with him at all. However, they probably have him convinced that he will get immediate playing time and will be a standout for them as they attempt to fully convert from a Triple Option attack to a Spread scheme.
Wide Receiver Targets: Antonio Barber and Jhari Patterson are two NC recruits who have been targets of State for a long time. However, Barber has been wishy washy with his recruitment going back to when he was committed to Tennessee, then uncommitted. Patterson’s recruitment has been a lot more quiet. Latest intel. from multiple sources indicates that both of them might have some issues qualifying, therefore State is probably looking at a rising sleeper type high school prospect or a JUCO prospect.
Some intriguing names to follow at Wide Receiver:
3* WR Damien Alford – Attends McArthur HS in Hollywood, Florida. 6’5″, 210. He has scheduled official visits to Kentucky and Syracuse in December so far, we have offered.
3* WR Travis Tillman – Attends Killian HS in Miami, Florida. 5’11”, 135. We have offered.
3* WR Keishon Porter – Attends Southwest Edgecombe HS in NC. 6’4″, 185. No offer yet.
NR APB/WR Andrew Henley – Attends Hallandale HS in Hallandale, Florida. 5’6″, 147. We have offered.
3* TE Jake Ray – Attends St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 6’3″, 234. Attends the same HS as current commit LB Devon Betty. We have offered.
3* WR Joshua Crabtree – Attends Heritage HS in Wake Forest, NC. An intriguing prospect who we have not offered yet.
2* WR Colby Cooper – Attends Independence Community College. 5’11”, 190. From Raleigh originally, attended Wake Forest HS.
3* WR John Jiles – Attends Fort Scott Community College. 6’3″, 215. From Raleigh originally, attended Wake Forest HS.
3* WR Bernard Porter – Attends Highland Community College. 6’3″, 190. 4.55 40. From South Carolina originally, attended Ridgeview HS in Columbia, South Carolina.
3* WR Justin McGriff – Attends ASA College in Miami. Originally from Tampa, Florida. 6’5″, 210.
Updated Senior Stats For Current Commits:
4* WR Porter Rooks – 21 catches for 442 yards and 6 Touchdowns. 5-0 this season
3* S Nekhi Meredith – 3 carrels for 65 yards and 3 Touchdowns, 1 catch for 15 yards, 29 tackles with a 45 yard pick 6 on defense, 1 punt return for 50 yards. 2-4 this season.
3* JUCO DT Pheldarius Payne – 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup and 4 quarterback hurries. 4-0 this season.
4* OT Austin Blaske – 44 pancakes, 10 tackles and 1 forced fumble on defense. 4-1 this season
3* CB Aydan White – 9 catches for 277 yards and 5 Touchdowns, 7 tackles and 1 pick 6 on defense, 2 punt returns for 80 yards. 3-1 this season.
3* DT Jaylen Smith – 27 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 pass deflections, 12 pancakes on offense. 4-1 this season.
3* OT Jonathan Adorno – 38 pancakes. 6-0 this season
3*ATH Devan Boykin – 23 catches for 312 yards and 6 Touchdowns, 15.5 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 1 pass deflection, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 6 punt returns for 120 yards. 2-4 this season.
3* C Ethan Lane – 18 pancakes. 3-2 this season.
3* DT Davin Vann – 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 carries for 9 yards and 1 Touchdown, 1 pancake. 2-4 this season.
3* QB Ben Finley – 73 of 97 for 1,398 yards with 17 Touchdowns and 1 Interception. 5-0 this season.
3* OG Sean Hill – 19 pancakes. 2-3 this season.
3* WR Stephen Gosnell – 32 catches for 777 yards and 11 Touchdowns, 14 carries for 121 yards and 2 Touchdowns, 11 tackles, 1 Interception, 1 70 yard kickoff return, 6-0 this season. Had a monster game against Reidsville (the #1 3A team in the State) last week for 11 catches for 263 yards and 4 Touchdowns, 11 carries for 101 yards and 1 Touchdown.
3* TE Ezemdi Udoh – 9 catches for 124 yards and 2 Touchdowns. 3-2 this season.
3* OT Patrick Matan – 12 pancakes. 6-0 this season.
3* LB Devon Betty – 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss. 4-0 this season.
Target WR Antonio Barber is reportedly injured and will miss the rest of his senior season.
Next Marquee Recruiting Weekend:
Look for the weekend of October 11th to be a big recruiting weekend with NC State playing on a Thursday night. I would not be surprised to see at least one commitment that weekend, from either a 2021 kid or potentially a 2020 kid (LB Jayland Parker, OT Anthony Carter Jr., or CB Joshua Pierre Louis).
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.