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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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ON3: NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class Ranked 32nd After Raphael Commitment



After the commitment of 4-Star Running Back Kendrick Raphael today, NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class ranks 32nd nationally according to ON3.


247 ranks the Wolfpack’s class 38th, and Rivals ranks it 40th.

Raphael is the 15th verbal commitment in NC State’s 2023 recruiting class, and the 7th 4-Star player to decide to run with the Pack.

4-Star 2023 NC State Verbal Commits

Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals, ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
Athlete Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Offensive Tackle Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)

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4-Star Running Back Kendrick Raphael Commits to NC State!



4-Star 2023 Running Back (5’11″/190) Kendrick Raphael out of Naples, Florida, just verbally committed to NC State.

Back in September of last year, NC State was one of the first schools to offer Raphael. He went on to pick of offers from App State, Duke, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisville, Oregon, Pitt, Purdue, West Virginia and others.

Raphael took an Official Visit to NC State back at the beginning of June, but then took an Official Visit to Iowa a week later, verbally committing to the Hawkeyes afterward.

With that being said, NC State never stopped recruiting Raphael, and he ended up decommitting from Iowa on September 21st.

The Wolfpack’s perseverance in the recruitment paid off, flipping the former Iowa commit.

Rivals, 247, and ESPN all rank Raphael as a 4-Star prospect, and Rivals ranks him as the #15 running back nationally.

Raphael went bananas in his final year at Naples this season, rushing for 1,731 yards (12.8 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns.

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3-Star Linebacker Kelvon McBride Flips Commitment from Vandy to NC State!



Yesterday, right before NC State and UNC kicked off, 3-Star 2023 Linebacker Kelvon McBride (6’4/210) flipped his commitment from Vanderbilt to the Wolfpack.

McBride plays for Cottage Hill Christian School in Mobile, Alabama.

He originally verbally committed to Vanderbilt back in June 5th, but then an offer from the Wolfpack came on August 15th. McBride took an Official Visit to NC State on the weekend of the Boston College game.

McBride is a versatile player, playing Wide Receiver and Safety for Cottage Hill this year.

McBride is the 14th member of the Wolfpack’s 2023 recruiting class, which ranks 36th nationally according to ON3.

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NC State Football Commits Week 13 Report



This past weekend marked the 13th week of the 2022 High School Football season. Here’s a rundown of how some of the NC State commits showed out.

4-Star Safety Daemon Fagan and American Heritage defeated Inlet Grove 43-7, in the 1st round of the Florida 2M State Playoffs.

4-Star Tight End Javonte Vereen had 7 receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown in Havelock’s 42-49 loss to Jacksonville in 2nd Round of the 3A North Carolina State Playoffs.

4-Star Athlete Zack Myers and Christ School lost 14-51 to Providence Day in the 2nd Round of NCISAA State Playoffs. He didn’t play in the game.

4-Star Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion and Chambers lost to A.C. Reynolds 16-17 in the 2nd Round of the 4A NC State Playoffs.

4-Star Offensive Tackle Darion Rivers and West Charlotte defeated Hibreten 56-7 in the 2nd Round of the 3A NC State Playoffs.

3-Star Defensive End Isaiah Shirley had 5 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Watagua’s 27-33 loss to Northwest Guilford in the 4A NC State Playoffs.

3-Star Running Back Kyron Jones had 22 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown in Charlotte Christian’s 33-31 victory over Rabun Gap-Nacoochee in the NCISAA Division 1 State Playoffs.

3-Star Athlete Tamarcus Cooley had 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a touchdown in Rolesville’s 28-21 win over Cleveland in the 2nd Round of the 4A NC State Playoffs.

Here are 3-Star Offensive Tackle Charlie Symonds’ highlights from The Taft School’s 38-12 win over Hotchkiss School.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Obadiah Obasuyi’s Alpharetta squad defeated Shiloh 28-26 in the 1st round of the 6A Georgia State Playoffs.

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