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

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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.

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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3-Star Wide Receiver Terrell Anderson Includes NC State in Top 10

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4-Star 2024 Wide Receiver Terrell Anderson (6’3″/184) revealed his Top-1o schools today, and NC State made the cut alongside Penn State, UNC, Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Michigan and UCF.

ON3 and 247Sports both rank Anderson as the #12 overall player in the state of North Carolina in 2024. Anderson had 64 receptions for 1,254 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for Grimsley High School in Greensboro. He is teammates with 4-Star Wide Receiver Alex Taylor, who recently included NC State in his Top-7.

NC State offered Anderson last October.

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NC State Makes Final 7 for 4-Star WR Alex Taylor

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2024 4-Star Wide Receiver Alex Taylor (6’3″/175) released his Final 7 schools today, and NC State made the cut along with UNC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State and Cincinnati.

247Sports ranks Taylor as the #132 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

Taylor plays for Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He had 65 receptions for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Whirlies this year.

NC State offered Taylor on December 8th, 2021.

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ON3: NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class Ranks 30th Nationally

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After the commitment of JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald yesterday, NC State currently boasts the #30 football recruiting class nationally according to ON3, and the 5th best class in the ACC.

247Sports ranks the Pack’s 18-man class 37th, and Rivals ranks it 36th.

These rankings don’t include the 6 collegiate transfers that will also be suiting up for the Wolfpack in the Fall.

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4-Star JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald Commits to NC State

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NC State just picked up a huge commitment from 4-Star JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (6’0″/190).

 

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Fitzgerald took his Official Visit to NC State on the weekend of the 13th. From my source close to the program, Fitzgerald verbally committed (not made public), but then he ended up taking an Official Visit to Arizona State this past weekend, making things murky. Even as of today, from my understanding, the Wolfpack wasn’t super optimistic, but here we are.

Both ON3 and ESPN rank Fitzgerald as the #1 Junior College Safety Prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, and ON3 ranks him as a 4-star prospect. ESPN ranks him as the #10 overall JUCO prospect in 2023, and ON3 ranks him 13th.

This year, Fitzgerald had 46 tackles, 6 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 3 TDs, and 2 forced fumbles for Coffeyville Community College. He earned 1st Team Junior College All-American honors this year. Fitzgerald is originally from Dale City, Virginia.

Fitzgerald has 2 years of eligibility left, but he told me that it could be three, because his 2021 season was cut short due to Covid.

NC State already has landed one of the best JUCO players in the 2023 class in Defensive End Jykeveous Hibbler, who ESPN ranks as the #3 overall JUCO player in the 2023 class.

Fitzgerald is the Wolfpack’s 18th member of their 2023 recruiting class, and that doesn’t include the 6 transfers that they’ve added as well.

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