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PI EXCLUSIVE: Wesley Grimes Breaks Down His Commitment To NC State

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Last night NC State picked up their first transfer of the 2024 class in former Wake Forest Wide Receiver Wesley Grimes. I caught up with Grimes, and he broke down his commitment to the Wolfpack.

What led you to enter the portal?

I didn’t feel like Wake was the place that was going to maximize my potential and give me the best opportunity. The point I’m at in my career, with only two years of eligibility left, and where Wake Forest is as a program, it just wasn’t lining up, and I felt like it was best for me to leave Wake.

You almost chose NC State out of high school. What led you to be quick to choose them now?

NC State was already a top school I was considering out of high school, and when I hit the portal, after hearing from the coaches at State, and the opportunity that presented itself, it was a no brainer. Plus, where the program is headed is something I want to be a part of, especially being from Raleigh.

What do you bring to NC State’s offense?

State is going to get the best out of me, on and off the field. I’m someone that’s very competitive and wants to win championships. I’m a ‘big play’ type of receiver and a ‘deep threat’ guy. I’m someone that will do whatever it takes for the team, so if that means I have to block for us to get the win, I’m going to block to the best of my ability. If that means catch the ball and make plays for us to win, I’m going to catch the ball and make plays.

What excites you about what’s happening at NC State?

Everything. I feel like State is at a really good place as a program and the future for this program is special.

What is your relationship with the current players? How much were they recruiting you?

I have a great relationship with a lot of current and past players, and every single one of them had nothing but good things to say about the program. It wasn’t a hard decision for me, so they didn’t have to do too much recruiting, but whenever I had questions they would answer them truthfully, and be straight up with me.

Talk to me about your relationship with the NC State coaches? What’s been their pitch to you?

I have a great relationship with the coaches. Even though I didn’t choose State out of high school, there was never any bad blood between us, and we left on good terms. What they are expecting from me is someone who’s going to come in and work every single day, and give them my very best. They want me to come in and be that ‘dog’ they know I can be to help this team win and reach new heights, and that’s what I’m going to do.

What are your expectations for next year? Are you now in a role to recruit other players?

My expectation for next year is to just control what I can control and be the best version of myself. I’m going to attack everyday with a positive attitude and be someone that my teammates can lean on when times get tough.

I have been making some phone calls and texting some people, so we’ll see what happens, and only time will tell.

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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WATCH: PackInsider’s Kevin Concepcion Freshman Highlight Reel

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Kevin Concepcion had one of the best seasons by a Freshman in the history of the NC State football program. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors. Concepcion finished his first collegiate season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Concepcion broke NC State’s Freshman records for receptions and touchdown receptions.

Check out PackInsider’s Highlight Reel of Kevin Concepcion’s Freshman season ABOVE.

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Vegas is Higher on NC State Heading Into 2024 Than They Were Heading Into Last Year

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The bookmakers in Las Vegas have released their odds for total regular season wins for the 2024 College Football season, and NC State is sitting at 8.5. For perspective, entering the 2023 season, the number was 6.5, and the Wolfpack went on to win 9.

Here’s a look at Vegas’ opinion of the rest of the ACC heading into 2024:

FSU – 9.5
Clemson – 9.5
Miami – 9.5
NC State – 8.5
Louisville – 8.5
UNC – 8.5
SMU – 7.5
Virginia Tech – 7.5
Duke – 6.5
California – 6.5
Syracuse – 6.5
Pitt – 5.5
Georgia Tech – 5.5
Boston College – 4.5
Virginia – 4.5
Wake Forest – 4.5
Stanford – 3.5

(FanDuel)

What are your thoughts? Are you taking the Over or the Under on NC State? Or what are your thoughts on any of the other teams?

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ESPN Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN recently released their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25, and they ranked NC State 18th.

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Texas
5. Notre Dame
6. Ole Miss
7. Mizzou
8. Penn State
9. Alabama
10. Utah
11. Arizona
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Oklahoma
15. Florida State
16. Tennessee
17. Oklahoma State
18. NC State
19. Clemson
20. Kansas State
21. Louisville
22. Kansas
23. Kentucky
24. Miami
25. Texas A&M

ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

15. FSU
18. NC State
19. Clemson
21. Louisville
24. Miami

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

18. NC State Wolfpack

Previous ranking: 20

2023 record: 9-4, 6-2 ACC

Winter update: The Wolfpack should be much more explosive on offense after adding former Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall and some nice playmakers around him. McCall passed for more than 10,000 yards with 106 total touchdowns with the Chanticleers. The Wolfpack also added Jordan Waters, who was Duke’s leading rusher with 819 yards and 12 scores in 2023. Eight new receivers are coming in, including Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest). Tight end Justin Joly was very productive at UConn. Safety Donovan Kaufman (Auburn) and cornerbacks Tamarcus Cooley (Maryland) and Devon Marshall (Villanova) might help fill some holes in the secondary. (ESPN)

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247Sports Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25

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247Sports has released their updated 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25, after signing day and coaching changes, and they included NC State at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

12. Miami

15. Clemson

18. FSU

20. Louisville

21. NC State

23. Virginia Tech

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