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NC State’s Wesley Grimes Feels Good Being Back Home

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When Wake Forest Wide Receiver Wesley Grimes announced he was transferring to NC State on December 8th, he was committing to come back home.

Before playing his first two years of college football at Wake Forest, Grimes was a 4-star prospect at Millbrook High School, right down the road from NC State in Raleigh. ON3, 247Sports and Rivals all ranked Grimes as a Top-250 prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #36 overall player nationally, the #4 Wide Receiver, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

For Grimes, Raleigh is home.

“It feels great. I feel real comfortable. I’ve trained in this facility a lot,” said Grimes. “I’ve worked out here a lot. I’m used to a lot of the stuff around here. So playing here feels like home.”

Home is a place, but home is also people. Grimes isn’t just coming home to a place on a map that is familiar. He’s also coming back to people he grew up playing football with, dating all the way back to 4th and 5th grade.

“It feels great (playing with Noah Rogers). It’s not just Noah. I played with Coelson (Fields) in Pop Warner. I played with Lex (Thomas) in Pop Warner,” said Grimes. “Just a bunch of guys I played with around Middle School age, 5th grade…4th grade. I played 7-on-7 with Keenan (Jackson). I knew of Terrell (Anderson). We’re all close. Being back with everyone is a good feeling. When you play with your brothers, it’s a fun time again.”

Maybe the most noteworthy connection Grimes had was with Noah Rogers, who like Grimes, just transferred back to Raleigh (from Ohio St.). Grimes played for Millbrook, and Rogers played for Rolesville, but the connection went back way further than that.

“Noah (Rogers) and I started playing Pop Warner together in 3rd or 4th grade. We played against each other. I played for Cap City and he played for North Raleigh,” said Grimes. “7th grade year we went to Disney, and got close. We started training in Covid a lot together, and got real close. In High School we played against each other. We’ve always been competing, getting each other better.”

Check out the highlight reel of Grimes and Rogers that went viral a few years back.

In the end, some of the players Grimes had connections with went to NC State, while others, went elsewhere, like himself. Nonetheless, like Grimes, they all found their way back home.

“Out of high school, we definitely talked about it a little bit, but we all went our different ways,” said Grimes. “We were all at different times, and we decided to go our separate ways, but in kind of a full circle moment, we all ended up in the same place, and it all worked out for the better.”

 

 

 

 

 

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: RB Jordan Waters Impresses in NC State Spring Game

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Former Duke Running Back Jordan Waters (6’0″/215) will be NC State’s RB1 in 2024, and he gave the Wolfpack fans a good taste of what he will bring to the table this past Saturday in the 2024 Spring Game.

Waters rushed the ball 7 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

Check out all 7 of his carries in the video below.

Last year NC State started the season with Jordan Houston as their starting Running Back, but he opted to redshirt after 3 games, in order to enter the Transfer Portal. Michael Allen was the next man up, and he decided to sit out the regular season finale against UNC, and also entered the Transfer Portal. Delbert Mimms III and Kendrick Raphael also both started games for NC State last season, with Mimms III also transferring. That’s 4 starting Running Backs in one season.

The Wolfpack were looking for stability in the Running Back room, and they have found that in Jordan Waters.

Waters rushed for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for the Blue Devils, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. In his career, he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 50 games at Duke. Waters earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors last season.

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NC State Defensive Tackle Nick Campbell to Enter the Transfer Portal

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NC State Redshirt Sophomore Nick Campbell (6’4″/300) will enter the Transfer Portal when it opens back up on April 16th.

Campbell was a 3-Star prospect out of the state of Florida in the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #45 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

In 2022, Campbell played 9 snaps against UCONN, redshirting the season. Last year, the only game he saw action is was against VMI.

The Wolfpack already needed to add depth at Nose Tackle. With the exodus of Campbell, it almost seems like a necessity for NC State to go find one in the Portal when it opens back up, with Brandon Cleveland and DJ Jackson being the lone rangers remaining.

Campbell has three years of eligibility remaining.

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WATCH: Pack Insider’s 2024 NC State Spring Game Highlight Reel

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NC State’s 2024 Football Spring Game was this past Saturday. Check out Pack Insider’s Highlight Reel of the game!





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NC State’s Dennis Parker Jr. is Cleared for the Final Four

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NC State Freshman Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Junior has been cleared to play, and will be suiting up for the Wolfpack against Purdue tomorrow night.

Parker Jr. hasn’t played since March 4th, when he played 3 minutes against Duke. As a result of having mono, the True Freshman has missed the past 10 games.

Early in the season, Parker Jr. was a prominent feature in the Wolfpack’s game plan. He even started in 12 games (basically December-January).

As the season progressed, Parker Jr.’s role progressively diminished. After playing 10+ minutes in 19 of the first 20 games, he only played in 10+ minutes in 1 of the last 9 games he played in.

One of the strengths of NC State’s run in the postseason has been a more solidified rotation, which has built consistency. As a result, I’m not so sure that receiving clearance to play will equal playing time for Parker Jr. tomorrow night.

With that being said, having the ability to throw Parker Jr. on the court in the contest gives the Wolfpack another depth piece in a game that could see (hopefully not) NC State flirt with foul trouble.

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