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.”
Could NC State Flip a UVA WR Commit in the Near Future?
NC State beat UVA in Charlottesville this past weekend, and they might just flip a 2024 UVA verbal commit in the near future.
3-Star Wide Receiver Christian Zachary (6’3″/190) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend, starting Friday, when the Wolfpack hosts Louisville.
Zachary verbally committed to Virginia back on June 6th. With that being said, NC State recruiting analysts for 247Sports and ON3 both predict that Zachary will flip his commitment from the Cavaliers to the Wolfpack.
UVA and NC State aren’t the only two school to extend offers to Zachary. He also holds offers from Duke, App St., Cincinnati, Liberty, Charlotte, Georgia Tech, ECU and others.
NC State already has a historic Wide Receiver class, with three 4-star verbal commits already. The possible addition of Zachary would be the cherry on top.
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