After a tremendous season, Doeren and staff are following it up by going all-in on recruits that fit the “State mold”. Great players that have the chance for outstanding ceilings. There’s one in particular, that we at PI can’t stop thinking about for the future; QB commit, MJ Morris.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) December 15, 2021
Morris has raw skills that should develop nicely by the time he needs to step into a starting role. His sophomore season saw a jump in decision making and accuracy, completing 61% of passes with a 3-1 TD to INT ratio, while also gaining nearly 7 yards per carry. By his senior year; 3,089 passing yards, 40 total touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Yowza.
Morris has a big arm to go deep, while also having the ability to roll out and go short. The biggest eye opener is his pocket awareness. Consistently stepping up the pocket and having the patience and thought process to run or throw. State is getting an overall, beyond athletic QB. Vonwolf would like to remind you…lots of folks in the Southeast are going to be kicking themselves that they didn’t get him.
As if things couldn’t get better, Morris won the Rivals QB Challenge down in Georgia. Morris beat out a solid southeast grouping that included Clemson commit, Cade Klubnik.
— Rivals (@Rivals) June 17, 2021
Just Listen to the Man Talk About State
So we have this ultra talented young man committing to State. You see the reasons that many a coaches took interest in him and the excitement he could bring to Raleigh. Now listen to him praise State and his overall work ethic (all from Rivals.com).
“Every day since I committed to NC State, I wake up with a smile on my face,” Morris said. “Just being able to have the chance to play under head coach Dave Doeren and offensive coordinator Tim Beck brings a smile to my face every day.”
“Coach Beck was teaching me and I was learning their offense. He was helping me with some stuff in my game. Then just visiting around the campus, it was a great time. It had a great deal, great vibe, my mom and I loved it.
“I want them to know that I’m the hardest-working quarterback in my class.”
“I know they are going to develop me and help me reach my dreams of getting to the NFL.”
I mean…Morris couldn’t have answered those questions any better. Furthermore, the absolute, unquestionable love he has for Doeren and Beck is telling. State is creating a program with class guys, that put in the work and perform on Saturdays.
Welcome to the Pack, MJ.
NC State Football Recruiting Update (9/21/23)
There’s been a lot of NC State football recruiting info flying around, and the update below won’t cover it all, but it’s my attempt at catching up a bit.
NC State offered 4-Star 2025 Running Back Marquise Henderson (5’11″/172) out of Anderson, South Carolina. Rivals ranks Henderson as the #24 Running Back nationally in the 2025 class, and the #2 overall player in the state of South Carolina. Henderson also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Liberty, James Madison, Arizona an UVA. In 2022, Henderson rushed for 1,230 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per carry. He also had 297 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions.
3-Star 2024 ATH/LB Justin Rowe out of Asheville, North Carolina, was on an unofficial visit for the VMI game this past Saturday. Rowe holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, App St, SMU, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Duke, ECU, Charlotte, James Madison, Marshall, Liberty, Vanderbilt and NC State. The Wolfpack offered him on June 7th.
On September 14th, NC State Offered Sophomore JUCO Offensive Lineman Markel Bell (6’9″/335) out of Holmes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi. Bell is ranked by 247Sports as the #2 overall player nationally in the Junior College ranks, and the #1 Offensive Lineman. At this point, Bell holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi St., Auburn, Arkansas, Houston, Louisville, Miami and others.
2026 Linebacker Anthony Davis, out of Loganville, Georgia, was in attendance for NC State’s game against VMI this past Saturday. Davis already holds offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, App St., UCF, Arizona St., USF, Liberty and ECU.
2026 4-Star Tight End Kendre Harrison (6’7″/230) took an unofficial visit to NC State this past weekend. Harrison is the #5 overall player nationally in the 2026 class according to 247Sports, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina (Reidsville High School). The North Carolina standout is the nephew of former NC State basketball player C.C. Harrison. Harrison already holds offers from NC State, Georgia, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, Louisville, Penn St, Oregon, Virginia Tech, UNC, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Auburn. In 2022, Harrison had 263 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. On defense, he had 92 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 9 sacks.
On September 11, NC State offered 4-Star 2025 Wide Receiver C.J. Wiley out of Milton, Georgia. ON3 ranks Wiley as the #191 overall player nationally in his class. He already holds offers from Georgia, Michigan, FSU, Ole Miss, Miami, Nebraska, Michigan St, UCF, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, BYU, Pitt, Texas A&M, Arizona St and others.
PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star PF David Punch Recaps NC State Official Visit
NC State hosted 4-Star 2024 Power Forward David Punch this past weekend on an Official Visit. I was able to catch up with him and get his thoughts.
I included NC State in my Top 7 because of how active they were in recruiting me. They were very consistent.
When I got there, I toured the practice facility and had a photo shoot. Then we watched the team practice on Friday night. Saturday we watched the practice in the arena, and then we toured it. After that we watched the football game, and then we watched film and had dinner at Coach Keatts’ house.
My favorite part of the Official Visit was watching them practice, and hanging out with the players.
The coaches showed me film on previous players at my position, and also showed me their style-of-play, which is mostly transition buckets, which is something I love.
They are very high on my list after the Official Visit.
Check out more about who David Punch is here.
NC State Now Has Seven 4-Star Commitments in Their 2024 Class
ON3 just updated their rankings, and NC State 2024 Offensive Lineman verbal commitment Tyler West jumped from a 3-Star prospect to a 4-Star prospect. ON3 now ranks West as the #22 Interior Offensive Lineman nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #12 player in the state of North Carolina.
Now the Wolfpack’s 2024 recruiting class has SEVEN 4-star commitments.
OL Tyler West
WR Jimmar Boston
WR Jonathan Paylor
WR Terrell Anderson
ATH Ronnie Royal
QB Cedrick Bailey
CB Asaad Brown
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 – 7
2023 – 7
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 3
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 7
2013 – 2