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.
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.
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.
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):
— Charley Wiles (@coachwiles) March 20, 2020
— Charley Wiles (@coachwiles) March 11, 2020
— Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (@31_CoachFAL) February 26, 2020
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:
2-3 OL (Mostly Tackles)
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).