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4-Star WR Alex Taylor Will be at the NC State vs. Charleston Southern Today



NC State will have a big time recruit on the sidelines today when they face Charleston Southern in their home opener. 4-Star 2024 Wide Receiver Alex Taylor (6’3″/175) out of Grimsley High School (Greensboro, NC) will be in attendance.

247Sports ranks Taylor as the #145 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of North Carolina. Taylor also holds offers from Clemson, Duke, UNC, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia and others.

NC State was the 4th team to extend an offer to Taylor back on December 1st of last year, following Virginia, Coastal Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Taylor has been a frequent visitor in Raleigh. He dropped in last December after receiving the offer.

He was in attendance for the Spring Game.

Was back again in June…

And lastly, the Alpha Wolf Showcase in July.

In January of this year, Taylor said that no one was recruiting him harder than NC State, and I can guarantee you the Wolfpack hasn’t taken their foot off the pedal.

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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ON3: NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class Ranked 32nd After Raphael Commitment



After the commitment of 4-Star Running Back Kendrick Raphael today, NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class ranks 32nd nationally according to ON3.


247 ranks the Wolfpack’s class 38th, and Rivals ranks it 40th.

Raphael is the 15th verbal commitment in NC State’s 2023 recruiting class, and the 7th 4-Star player to decide to run with the Pack.

4-Star 2023 NC State Verbal Commits

Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals, ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
Athlete Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Offensive Tackle Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)

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4-Star Running Back Kendrick Raphael Commits to NC State!



4-Star 2023 Running Back (5’11″/190) Kendrick Raphael out of Naples, Florida, just verbally committed to NC State.

Back in September of last year, NC State was one of the first schools to offer Raphael. He went on to pick of offers from App State, Duke, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisville, Oregon, Pitt, Purdue, West Virginia and others.

Raphael took an Official Visit to NC State back at the beginning of June, but then took an Official Visit to Iowa a week later, verbally committing to the Hawkeyes afterward.

With that being said, NC State never stopped recruiting Raphael, and he ended up decommitting from Iowa on September 21st.

The Wolfpack’s perseverance in the recruitment paid off, flipping the former Iowa commit.

Rivals, 247, and ESPN all rank Raphael as a 4-Star prospect, and Rivals ranks him as the #15 running back nationally.

Raphael went bananas in his final year at Naples this season, rushing for 1,731 yards (12.8 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns.

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3-Star Linebacker Kelvon McBride Flips Commitment from Vandy to NC State!



Yesterday, right before NC State and UNC kicked off, 3-Star 2023 Linebacker Kelvon McBride (6’4/210) flipped his commitment from Vanderbilt to the Wolfpack.

McBride plays for Cottage Hill Christian School in Mobile, Alabama.

He originally verbally committed to Vanderbilt back in June 5th, but then an offer from the Wolfpack came on August 15th. McBride took an Official Visit to NC State on the weekend of the Boston College game.

McBride is a versatile player, playing Wide Receiver and Safety for Cottage Hill this year.

McBride is the 14th member of the Wolfpack’s 2023 recruiting class, which ranks 36th nationally according to ON3.

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NC State Football Commits Week 13 Report



This past weekend marked the 13th week of the 2022 High School Football season. Here’s a rundown of how some of the NC State commits showed out.

4-Star Safety Daemon Fagan and American Heritage defeated Inlet Grove 43-7, in the 1st round of the Florida 2M State Playoffs.

4-Star Tight End Javonte Vereen had 7 receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown in Havelock’s 42-49 loss to Jacksonville in 2nd Round of the 3A North Carolina State Playoffs.

4-Star Athlete Zack Myers and Christ School lost 14-51 to Providence Day in the 2nd Round of NCISAA State Playoffs. He didn’t play in the game.

4-Star Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion and Chambers lost to A.C. Reynolds 16-17 in the 2nd Round of the 4A NC State Playoffs.

4-Star Offensive Tackle Darion Rivers and West Charlotte defeated Hibreten 56-7 in the 2nd Round of the 3A NC State Playoffs.

3-Star Defensive End Isaiah Shirley had 5 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Watagua’s 27-33 loss to Northwest Guilford in the 4A NC State Playoffs.

3-Star Running Back Kyron Jones had 22 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown in Charlotte Christian’s 33-31 victory over Rabun Gap-Nacoochee in the NCISAA Division 1 State Playoffs.

3-Star Athlete Tamarcus Cooley had 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a touchdown in Rolesville’s 28-21 win over Cleveland in the 2nd Round of the 4A NC State Playoffs.

Here are 3-Star Offensive Tackle Charlie Symonds’ highlights from The Taft School’s 38-12 win over Hotchkiss School.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Obadiah Obasuyi’s Alpharetta squad defeated Shiloh 28-26 in the 1st round of the 6A Georgia State Playoffs.

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