On September 10th, 4-Star 2023 Florida State Verbal Commit Defensive Tackle Keith Sampson (6’3″/285) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State. Sampson committed to play for the Seminoles back on March 5th of this year. Earlier this summer, as a FSU commit, Sampson also took an Official Visit to UNC in June. The only other Official Visit he has on the books is one to Florida State on October 28th.
The New Bern High School standout’s offer sheet is quite impressive: FSU, NC State, UNC, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others.
One of the things that might be keeping NC State in contention with the Seminole commit is his friendship with Wolfpack commit Javonte Vereen, who is a 4-star Tight End out of Havelock.
247Sports ranks Sampson as the #145 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina.
FSU offered Sampson on May 17th last year, and NC State followed up with one of their own a day later.
Major NC State RB Target is Back on the Board: 4-Star Kendrick Raphael
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.
Recruitment back open…. pic.twitter.com/AOFqh7XjwS
— Kendrick Raphael (@RaphaelKendrick) September 21, 2022
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.
— Kendrick Raphael (@RaphaelKendrick) September 28, 2021
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.
ON3: 2 NC State 2023 Football Commits were Awarded their 4th Star Today
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 Wolfpacker (@TheWolfpacker) September 21, 2022
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.
NC State 2023 Football Commits Week 5 Report
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.
Big-time catch by Zack Myers ‘23. Greenie ball at the Rabun Gap 45. First down and 8:45 to go. pic.twitter.com/YUaCTKc2la
— Christ School Sports (@greeniesports) September 17, 2022
TOUCHDOWN GREENIES! Third down and 28 calls for a pass to #2! Zack Myers ‘23 scores on a 78-yard pass from Tray Mauney ‘23 with 2:19 to go in the first quarter. The extra point by Matthew Hammel ‘23 ties it. Christ School 7, Rabun Gap 7. pic.twitter.com/hlkITZY2LP
— Christ School Sports (@greeniesports) September 16, 2022
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.
NC State Offers 3-Star 2024 QB Maealiuaki Smith
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.
Extremely thankful to announce that I have received an offer to North Carolina State University! pic.twitter.com/1kZPKjRnUf
— Maealiuaki Smith 🇹🇴 (@maealiuaki) September 16, 2022
Smith’s offer sheet is impressive, also holding offers from Arizona, FSU, Kentucky, Nebraska, San Jose St., Michigan St., Washington, Colorado, Louisville, and UNLV.