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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star NC State TE Commit Javonte Vereen Discusses Commitment & Goals

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4-Star 2023 Tight End commit Javonte Vereen (6’4″/209) verbally committed to run with the Wolfpack back on April 1st, choosing NC State over a Top-3 that also included Louisville and Maryland. 247Sports, On3 and ESPN all rank Vereen as a 4-star recruit. On3 ranks him as the #227 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class, the #10 Tight End, and the #8 player in the state of North Carolina.

We recently caught up with Vereen to pick his brain on why he committed to NC State, and what his goals are for his upcoming Senior season at Havelock High School.

PI: Back in April, what led you to pulling the trigger and committing to NC State?

JV: “The coaches communicating with me everyday since they sent out the offer was big. I was looking to build a genuine relationship with the coaching staff and my position coach. I had to look at the pros and cons of every school, and State didn’t really have cons, but they did have a lot of pros. The academic side helped me make my decision also. NC State is one of the top academic schools in the country. After figuring out what school had the best academics out of my list, I then looked at the football side. I saw how they’ve used Trent Pennix and Chris Toudle and I know that it will fit me very very good. The like the way Coach Beck uses the H-backs to create mismatches in the formations. I know that when I get there it will be even bigger mismatches and it will be hard to stop me.”

 

PI: Which schools did you choose NC State over?

JV: “I released a Top-3 with Louisville, Maryland and NC State. I was also really high on Georgia, Louisville, Alabama and Pitt.”

 

PI: Do you have any connection with current NC State players? Other NC State commits?

JV: “The Tight Ends at NC State and I are building a relationship everyday. Chris Toudle, Trent Pennix, Ced and Fred Seabrough. Even building bonds with a Defensive player like Shyheim Battle. I’m really close with commits Lex Thomas, Tamarcus Cooley, Brandon Cissee. Lex, Tamarcus and I hang out a lot.”

PI: How would you describe the type of football player you are?

JV: “I am a competitive guy. I strive to win in literally anything I do. I’m a very athletic Tight End that can do it all and a great leader that can lead my team. I have a good IQ on both sides of the ball.”

PI: What are your personal goals for your final high school season?

JV: “My goal is to break Sage Surratt’s North Carolina single-season receiving yards record, which is 2,104 yards. My stats last season were 35 catches for 1,150 yards. I had at most 4 catches a game, so when I get my touches doubled, I should be able to break the record.”

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Major NC State RB Target is Back on the Board: 4-Star Kendrick Raphael

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A major NC State 2023 Running Back target is back on the board. 4-Star Kendrick Raphael (5’11″/180) decommitted from Iowa yesterday, and has reopened his recruitment.

Raphael took an Official Visit to NC State back on June 3rd, and it seemed like the Wolfpack were in the lead, but then he took his Official Visit Iowa on June 10th, and committed to the Hawkeyes on June 13th.

NC State was the first school to offer Raphael back on September 21st of last year.

Raphael plays for Naples High School (Naples, FL), and is ranked as the #283 overall player nationally in the 2023 recruiting class by ESPN. Last year, he rushed for 1,374 yards (10.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns.

Here’s a look at his gaudy stats through 4 games of his Senior season.

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ON3: 2 NC State 2023 Football Commits were Awarded their 4th Star Today

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ON3 updated their rankings for the 2023 recruiting class today, and NC State has four 4-Star verbal commitments in the 2023 recruiting class.

Offensive Tackle Darion Rivers and Cornerback Brandon Cisse both were given an additional star today, moving from 3-star prospects to 4-star prospects.

The NC State 2023 recruiting class is currently ranked 37th nationally according to ON3.

If you look at the other recruiting databases, the Wolfpack have 2 other 4-star commits in Athlete Zack Myers (247 & Rivals) and Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals), giving them 6 total.

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NC State 2023 Football Commits Week 5 Report

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This past weekend marked the 5th week of the 2022 High School Football season. Here’s a rundown of how some of the 2023 NC State commits showed out.

4-Star Safety Daemon Fagan had 19 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 1 fumble recover in American Heritage’s 42-34 victory over Chaminade-Madonna.

4-Star Tight End Javonte Vereen had 6 receptions for 91 yards in Havelock’s 0-27 loss to New Bern.

4-Star Athlete Zack Myers had 7 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown in Christ Schools’ 14-21 loss to Rabun Gap.

3-Star Defensive End Isaiah Shirley had 5 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass breakup and 1 forced fumble in Watauga’s 55-21 victory over Ashe County.

Here are 3-Star Offensive Tackle Kamen Smith’s highlights from 51-32 victory over North Surry.

Here are 3-Star Cornerback Brandon Cisse’s highlights in Lakewood’s 0-41 loss to Andrew Jackson.

Here are 3-Star Athlete Tamarcus Cooley’s highlights from Rolesville’s 55-10 victory over Broughton.

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NC State Offers 3-Star 2024 QB Maealiuaki Smith

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On Friday, NC State offered a scholarship to 3-Star 2o24 Quarterback Maealiuaki Smith (6’4″/210) out of Junipero High School in San Mateo, California.

Smith’s offer sheet is impressive, also holding offers from Arizona, FSU, Kentucky, Nebraska, San Jose St., Michigan St., Washington, Colorado, Louisville, and UNLV.

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