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Is NC State About to Flip a 4-Star LB Who Just Decommitted from Kentucky?

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4-Star 2024 Linebacker Elijah Groves (6’4″/215) announced he was decommitting from Kentucky this morning.

Before committing to Kentucky on July 1st, NC State was in Groves’ Top-3 along with Purdue and the Wildcats. NC State never stopped recruiting Groves, despite his verbal commitment to Kentucky.

Groves took Official Visits to Purdue and Raleigh this Summer.

247Sports ranks Groves as the #130 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, the #12 Linebacker, and the #2 player in the state of Tennessee. As a Senior, Groves finished with 76 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

Things are trending in the Wolfpack’s direction, with predictions going in their direction by experts at 247Sports and ON3.

This would be a huge flip for NC State, giving them Eight 4-Star commitments in one recruiting class.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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3-Star RB RJ Boyd Commits to NC State!

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2025 Running Back RJ Boyd (6’1″/210) verbally committed to NC State over Duke this evening! This is the second verbal commitment the Wolfpack have picked up today, with 3-Star Wide Receiver Arrion Concepcion committing this morning.

Boyd took an Official Visit to NC State last weekend, after wrapping up an Official Visit to Duke the weekend before.

He rushed for 694 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns for Ware County (Waycross, Georgia) last season as a Junior.

NC State offered Boyd back on January 17th.

NC State now has 9 verbal commitments in their 2025 recruiting class: 3-Star RB RJ Boyd, 3-Star WR Arrion Concepcion, 3-Star CB Cam Strong, 3-Star QB Will Wilson, 3-Star TE Gus Ritchey, 3-Star DE Colby Cronk, 3-Star S Tristan Teasdell, 3-Star WR Jamar Browder and 3-Star Caden Gordon.

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4-Star S Jontae Gilbert Includes NC State in Top-5

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4-Star 2025 Safety Jontae Gilbert (6’1″/180) released his Top-5 yesterday, and NC State made the cut along with Georgia, Georgia Tech Louisville and UCF. He also announced that he will be announcing his commitment on August 10th.

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Gilbert plays for Douglass in Atlanta, Georgia.

A lot has changed since Gilbert announced his Top-7 three weeks ago, which included Michigan, South Carolina, Memphis, and Georgia State. Georgia Tech and Georgia weren’t even in the Top-7 three weeks ago, but now find themselves in the Top-5.

Gilbert was in Raleigh for a midweek Official Visit this week. He also has taken Official Visits to the rest of his Top-5 as well.

Back in July of 2022, Gilbert committed to Ohio St., but last July he decommitted from the Buckeyes.

NC State offered Gilbert in April of last year. He was at the Wolfpack’s Spring Game in April, and at their Junior Day in January.

Gilbert is a consensus 4-Star Top-275 (used to be a 5-star prospect) prospect. ESPN and Rivals both rank him as the #113 overall player nationally in the 2025 class. Rivals ranks him as the #14 player in the state of Georgia, and the #3 Safety.

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NC State Makes Top-3 for 3-Star EDGE Mykah Newton

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3-Star 2025 EDGE Mykah Newton (6’3″/260) has announced his Top 3 schools, and NC State made the cut along with Michigan St., and UCF. He also announced that he will be announcing his commitment on July 18th.

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Newton plays for Newberry High School (Newberry, Florida) down in the Sunshine State. His Junior stats last season were extremely impressive, racking up 62 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

NC State offered Newton on May 13th. Newton took an Official Visit to NC State on June 7-9, and he has also taken Official Visits to both UCF and Michigan St.

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3-Star WR Arrion Concepcion Commits to NC State!

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3-Star 2025 Wide Receiver Arrion Concepcion (5’10″/170) has verbally committed to NC State!

Arrion is the brother of NC State sensational Sophomore Kevin Concepcion. He also plays for KC’s alma mater, at Julius L. Chambers High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This past season, Concepcion had 51 receptions for 640 yards and 9 touchdowns.

247Sports ranks Concepcion as the #21 overall player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class.

Concepcion chose to Run with the Wolfpack over offers from Virginia Tech, Miami, Indiana, Liberty, ECU, Marshall and others. NC State offered Arrion back on February 22nd of last year.

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