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PI EXCLUSIVE: 2026 QB Jayvon Gilmore Breaks Down Recent NC State Visit

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2026 Quarterback Jayvon Gilmore (6’6″/195) took an unofficial visit to NC State yesterday, and I caught up with him to get his take on the visit.

When did NC State start recruiting you and what coach is primarily recruiting you?

They started recruiting me when I got to Gaffney and Coach Roper was really impressed with my film of last season.

What was your visit like? What did you learn? What did you enjoy?

The visit was great. I got to tour the facility and see how everything works, and learned how it is being a player at NC State.

If you got to watch practice, what were your thoughts on how the Wolfpack looked? Did any players standout?

I was able to watch how Coach Roper develops his QB’s threw drills and coaching them up. One player who really stood out is the Coastal Transfer Grayson McCall. Watching how he lead his team in drills and practice today shows how much he’s buying in to being a part of NC State!

What were the conversations like with the coaches?

Coach Doeren and Roper and I all had good conversations. They really made me feel at home and explain why they recruited me. Also, Coach Roper was able to dig in on what is truly means to be a Quarterback.

Where does NC State stand in your recruitment? Which schools are recruiting you the hardest?

NC State stands really strong in my recruitment. When a school is able to show you how much they love you as soon as possible, you can’t find that nowhere else. It really could be a place I call home! Lastly, the schools who are recruiting me the hardest are Duke, Nebraska, South Carolina, Florida, WakeForest and NC State!

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Gilmore, who plays for Gaffney in Elgin, South Carolina, is an unranked player, but he does hold offers from NC State (2/20/24), Virginia Tech, UCF and others.

As a Sophomore this past season at Ben Lippen (Columbia, SC), Gilmore threw for 1,767 yards and 22 touchdowns (7 interceptions).

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 OT Michael Gibbs Includes NC State in Top-5

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3-Star 2025 Offensive Tackle Michael Gibbs (6’4″/305) included NC State in his Top-5 yesterday along with UVA, Duke, Penn St. and Virginia Tech.

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Gibbs has been a frequent visitor at NC State, attending Junior Day in January and the Spring Game in early April. The Wolfpack coaching staff has prioritized Gibbs, and has been out to visit him on numerous occasions.

ON3 ranks Gibbs as the #18 overall player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class. Gibbs plays for Hoggard in Wilmington, NC.

NC State offered Gibbs back on November 3rd, making them the first Power 5 school to do so.

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3-Star CB Jayden Shipps Includes NC State in Top-7

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Shipps also has Official Visits scheduled with Maryland (May 30-June 1) and Wisconsin (June 14-16).

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Sarratt Jr. was in attendance for the Wolfpack’s 2024 Spring Game back in early April.

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Sarratt Jr. plays for Gaffney High School (Gaffney, SC).

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3-Star Center Isaac Sowells Includes NC State in Top-5

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3-Star Center Isaac Sowells (6’2″/295) released his Top-5 yesterday, and NC State made the cut along with Kentucky, Miami, South Carolina, and Louisville. Sowells will be making his college decision on July 18th.

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Sowells will be taking an Official Visit to NC State on June 21-23. He also Official Visits scheduled with South Carolina (May 31-June 2), Kentucky (June 7-9) and Miami (June 14-16).

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