This is a big weekend for NC State football in regards to recruiting. Today is the Wolfpack’s Junior Day, and they have quite a few big time 2024 recruits coming to Raleigh.
The Wide Receiver class is stacked in the state of North Carolina in 2024, and the Wolfpack have the heavy hitters coming in: 4-Star Jonathan Paylor, 4-Star Alex Taylor, 4-Star Channing Goodwin, 4-Star Jordan Shipp, and 3-Star Terrell Anderson. Paylor and Taylor both confirmed with me they will be in attendance, and a source confirmed with me that Goodwin and Shipp will be as well. Taylor confirmed with me that his teammate Anderson will be there.
ESPN ranks Paylor as the #42 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state. 247Sports ranks Goodwin as the #99 overall player nationally, and the #4 player in the state. 247Sports ranks Taylor as the #132 overall player nationally, and the #5 player in the state. Rivals ranks Shipp as the #202 overall player nationally and the #4 player in the state. 247Sports ranks Anderson as the #12 player in the state.
3-Star Offensive Tackle Eagan Boyer confirmed with me that he will be at the Wolfpack’s Junior Day. ON3 ranks him as the #16 player in the state of North Carolina in 2024.
3-Star Running Back Jayden Scott, out of Georgia, confirmed with me that he will be at Junior Day.
3-Star Running Back Cole Tabb, out of Florida, shared on Twitter that he will be in town.
A couple of Offensive Line prospects won’t be at Junior Day today, but they will be at NC State on Sunday.
4-Star Offensive Lineman Jake Guarnera will be taking an Unofficial Visit on Sunday. ESPN ranks him as the #249 overall player nationally in the 2024 class.
— Jake Guarnera (@GuarneraJake) January 20, 2023
Also, Rivals reports that 3-Star Offensive Lineman Deryc Plazz will be on campus on Sunday.
Finally, 3-Star Safety Brody Barnhardt will be taking an unofficial visit to Raleigh on Tuesday.
3-Star Wide Receiver Terrell Anderson Includes NC State in Top 10
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.
— Terrell Anderson ⚡️ (@rellsteppin) February 3, 2023
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.
NC State Makes Final 7 for 4-Star WR Alex Taylor
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.
— Alex Taylor ✪ (@thealextaylor3) February 1, 2023
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.
ON3: NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class Ranks 30th Nationally
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.
4-Star JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald Commits to NC State
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.