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NC State Offers 3-Star Vanderbilt LB Commit Kelvon McBride

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NC State is actively looking to add another Linebacker to their 2023 recruiting class, and these days they are looking at players already committed to schools. On Saturday, the Wolfpack offered Texas Tech commit Miquel Dingle Jr., and today they offered 3-star Vanderbilt commit Kelvon McBride (6’4″/210).

McBride committed to the Commodores on June 5th of this year, after taking his first and only Official Visit there. Vanderbilt was the first Power 5 school to offer McBride, and NC State is now the second.

In college, McBride could end up playing Linebacker, or he could play Wide Receiver, Running Back or Defensive Back. He has played all of these positions at Cottage Hill Christian Academy in Mobile, Academy. On his own personal Twitter page, McBride lists himself as a Linebacker, which On3 does, but Rivals lists him as a Safety, 247Sports lists him as a Wide Receiver, and ESPN lists him as an Athlete.

As a Junior last year, McBride had 30 receptions, with 10 of them going for touchdowns. He rushed the ball 18 times for 101 yards as well. On the defensive side of the ball, McBride had 68 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, and an interception returned for a touchdown.

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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