ProFootballFocus has released their 2022 All-ACC Football Teams, and 7 NC State players were represented. Four made the 1st Team: Center Grant Gibson, Left Guard Chandler Zavala, Cornerback Aydan White, Place Kicker Christopher Dunn. Linebacker Drake Thomas made the 2nd Team, and Linebacker Isaiah Moore and Right Guard Dylan McMahon made the 3rd Team.
QB Drake Maye, North Carolina
RB Trey Benson, Florida State
RB Israel Abanikanda, Pittsburgh
WR Josh Downs, North Carolina
WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
WR Jared Wayne, Pittsburgh
TE Will Mallory, Miami (FL)
LT Graham Barton, Duke
LG Chandler Zavala, N.C. State
C Grant Gibson, N.C. State
RG D’Mitri Emmanuel, Florida State
RT Matt Goncalves, Pittsburgh
DI Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh
DI Kobie Turner, Wake Forest
ED K.J. Henry, Clemson
ED Yasir Abdullah, Louisville
LB Cedric Gray, North Carolina
LB SirVocea Dennis, Pittsburgh
CB Fentrell Cypress II, Virginia
CB Aydan White, N.C. State
S Kamren Kinchens, Miami (FL)
S Darius Joiner, Duke
FLEX D Barrett Carter, Clemson
RS Tucker Holloway, Virginia Tech
K Christopher Dunn, N.C. State
P Lou Hedley, Miami (FL)
QB Jordan Travis, Florida State
RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse
RB Will Shipley, Clemson
WR A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
WR Oronde Gadsden II, Syracuse
WR Tyler Hudson, Louisville
TE Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina
LT Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse
LG Marcus Minor, Pittsburgh
C Bryan Hudson, Louisville
RG Loic Ngassam Nya, Wake Forest
RT DeVonte Gordon, Wake Forest
DI Tyler Davis, Clemson
DI Leonard Taylor, Miami (FL)
ED Donovan Ezeiruaku, Boston College
ED Akheem Mesidor, Miami (FL)
LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson
LB Drake Thomas, N.C. State
CB Marquis Williams, Pittsburgh
CB Anthony Johnson, Virginia
S LaMiles Brooks, Georgia Tech
S James Williams, Miami (FL)
FLEX D Erick Hallett II, Pittsburgh
RS Sahmir Hagans, Duke
K Andres Borregales, Miami (FL)
P Daniel Sparks, Virginia
QB Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
RB Treshaun Ward, Florida State
RB Jawhar Jordan, Louisville
WR Jalon Calhoun, Duke
WR Antoine Green, North Carolina
WR Johnny Wilson, Florida State
TE Davis Allen, Clemson
LT Jordan McFadden, Clemson
LG Dillan Gibbons, Florida State
C Maurice Smith, Florida State
RG Dylan McMahon, N.C. State
RT DJ Scaife Jr., Miami (FL)
DI DeWayne Carter, Duke
DI Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson
ED Jared Verse, Florida State
ED Keion White, Georgia Tech
LB Marlowe Wax, Syracuse
LB Isaiah Moore, N.C. State
CB Zamari Walton, Georgia Tech
CB Tyrique Stevenson, Miami (FL)
S R.J. Mickens, Clemson
S Jammie Robinson, Florida State
FLEX D Brandon Johnson, Duke
RS Key’Shawn Smith, Miami (FL)
K B.T. Potter, Clemson
P Ivan Mora, Wake Forest
NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!
NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.
- NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
- NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
- NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
- NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
- In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
- The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville
NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era
NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.
Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.
This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.
2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2
4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class
Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) January 17, 2023
On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.
Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.
He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.
Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.
NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener
It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) January 18, 2023
The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.
This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.
Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.
This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.
The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.