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Football Recruiting Update – April 3, 2020



NC State Football Recruiting Update – April 3, 2020:

Dead period has been extended until May 31, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dead period means no face to face contact with recruits by coaches, multimedia messaging and conversations can still occur between coaches and recruits.

The Spring Game, which would usually be a big opportunity for recruits, which was scheduled for April 4, has also been cancelled.


New Graphics:

There are lots of new recruiting graphics being floated around by the Football staff over the course of the Dead Period.

Here are some examples (from several of our Coaches’ Twitter pages):





NC State has picked up commitments from two 3* Wide Receivers in the 2021 class so far. State continues to target a whole lot of speed and athleticism to increase the ability to vertically stretch the field on offense.


Julian Gray – 5’11”, 174. Attends Hopewell High School in Huntersville, NC. Prolific track athlete and fast in pads. Rated the #113 Wide Receiver and #37 player in North Carolina (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #28 player in NC (3*) on Rivals, and a NR 3* on ESPN.  Runs the 100 meter in 10.4 seconds and 200 meter in 21.84 seconds. Improved his 100 meter time by .3 seconds between his freshmen and sophomore season and improved it by .44 between his sophomore season and junior season. A 10.4 second 100 meter time roughly translates to a 4.35 40 yard time. Gray also had a 36.8″ vertical leap at The Opening Combine in April 2019 (To put that in perspective with someone of similar speed – Nyheim Hines had a 35.5″ vertical leap at the NFL Combine). Ran a 4.49 40 at the same combine.

Junior Stats:  4 carries for -8 yards, 44 catches for 890 yards and 7 Touchdowns, 6 Kickoff Returns for 101 yards (long of 28 yards).


Jakolbe Baldwin – 5’11”, 173. Attends Richmond County High School in Rockingham, NC.  Rated the #136 Wide Receiver in the Country and #46 player in North Carolina (3*) by 24/7 sports and Scout, the #41 player in NC (3*) on by Rivals, and a NR prospect on ESPN.  Runs a verified 4.7 40, but also runs track. He had a 37.8″ vertical leap at The Opening Combine in April 2019 (To put that in perspective, Kelvin Harmon’s was 32.5″ at his NFL pro day)

Junior Stats: 34 catches for 687 yards and 8 Touchdowns, two 2 point conversions.

2021 Spots Remaining and Importance:

The Wolfpack conservatively has 12-17 spots remaining in the 2021 class, given the seniors that will be departing the program and the usual attrition.

Here’s what I am thinking for our remaining spots:

1 QB

2 RB

1 WR

2 TE

2-3 OL (Mostly Tackles)

2-3 DL

2 LBs

1 Safety

2-3 Cornerbacks


Here’s the list of the top candidates for each position group:

QB – 4* Aaron McLaughlin (appears to the be the only target we are after at this point) – could evolve to other candidates by the time camp season comes around if McLaughlin doesn’t commit.

RB – 5* Will Shipley, 4* Kamarro Edmonds, 3* Trevion Cooley, 3* Eric McDaniels, NR Jaylen Wright

WR – 4* Micah Crowell, 3* Jacob Gill, 3* Breon Pass (Pass is a two sport athlete who wants to play Basketball in college also, State is one of three schools who have offered him both), 3* Dalton Stroman,

TE – 3* Miles Campbell, 3* Gunner Greenwald, 3* Bryson Nesbitt, 3* Charlie Browder, 3* Cedric Seabrough

OL – 3* Thornton Gentry, 3* Diego Pounds, 4* Yousef Mugharbil, 3* Colby Smith, 3* Tristan Bounds, 3* Andrew Canelas

DL – 4* Tyleik Williams, 4* Zhaire Patterson, 4* Jahvaree Ritzie, 3* Travali Price, 3* Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins, 3* Zyun Reeves, 3* Zeek Biggers

LB – 3* Jabril McNeill, 3* Jordan Poole, 3* Bryce Steele, 3* Ranieria Dillworth, 3* Jack Hollifield, 4* Chaz Chambliss

CB – 3* Mario Love, 3* Kevin Knowles, 3* Tyson Russell, 3* Matt Marshall, 3* Thailand Baldwin

S – 3* Bralyn Oliver, 3* Josh Moore, 3* Tyrin Taylor, 3* Caden Fordham

ATH – 3* Justin Shorter, 4* Kaemen Marley


Camps This Summer:

7 on 7 Team Camps will be June 13th and June 19th. HS prospect camps will be June 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20th (assuming the pandemic ban lifts).


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NC State’s 2024 Class Has the Most 4-Star Commitments in the Dave Doeren Era



With the verbal commitment of 4-Star Linebacker Elijah Groves yesterday, NC State now has Eight 4-Star commitments in their 2024 recruiting class. For context, that’s tied for the most in the Dave Doeren era (2013-2023).

WR Jonathan Paylor (ON3, 247, Rivals, ESPN)
WR Terrell Anderson (ON3, 247, Rivals)
ATH Ronnie Royal (247, ESPN, Rivals)
LB Elijah Groves (ON3 & 247)
CB Asaad Brown (Rivals)
QB Cedrick Bailey (Rivals)
OL Tyler West (ON3)
WR Jimmar Boston (ESPN)

This marks the 4th consecutive recruiting class in which NC State has landed SEVEN 4-Star commitments, and the 6th time it has happened under Dave Doeren.

2024 – 8
2023 – 7
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 3
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 7
2013 – 2

Now, I’m aware that it’s December, and signing day is approaching, which means all kinds of silly things could happen. There is no guarantee that all 8 of these current Wolfpack commits stay committed. But, that’s no reason to not shine a light on this impressive Wolfpack recruiting class.

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4-Star JUCO Defensive Lineman Schedules Official Visit to NC State



NC State offered 4-Star Junior College Defensive Lineman Kemari Copeland (6’3″/285) on October 24th. Copeland played for Iowa Western Community College this past season.

The Wolfpack made a good impression with Copeland, making his Top-8 schools on November 2nd.

Copeland spent his first 2 seasons at Army, and then transferred to Iowa Western Community College this season, where he had 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 9 tackles for loss.

I confirmed with Copeland that he has scheduled an Official Visit to NC State beginning on December 14th.

Rivals ranks Copeland as the #10 JUCO overall player nationally in the 2023 class. He has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

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NC State’s 2024 Recruiting Class Ranks 27th Nationally After Groves Commitment



4-Star Linebacker Elijah Groves just flipped his commitment from Kentucky to NC State, and the Wolfpack’s 2024 recruiting class is now ranked 27th according to ON3.

247Sports and Rivals both rank the class 28th currently.

According to ON3, NC State’s class is now ranked 5th in the ACC.

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NC State Lands a Commitment from 4-Star LB Elijah Groves!



NC State just picked up a massive commitment from 4-Star 2024 Linebacker Elijah Groves (6’4″/215), who decommitted from Kentucky yesterday.


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Before committing to Kentucky on July 1st, NC State was in Groves’ Top-3 along with Purdue and the Wildcats. NC State never stopped recruiting Groves, despite his verbal commitment to Kentucky.

Groves took Official Visits to Purdue and Raleigh this Summer.

247Sports ranks Groves as the #130 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, the #12 Linebacker, and the #2 player in the state of Tennessee. As a Senior, Groves finished with 76 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

Groves is now the 21st member of the Wolfpack’s 2024 recruiting class, and the highest ranked player in the class according to 247Sports.

To say the least…HUGE!

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