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PI EXCLUSIVE: 3-Star OT Brody Smith Breaks Down NC State Spring Game Experience

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3-Star 2026 Offensive Tackle Brody Smith (6’6″/255) was in attendance for NC State’s 2024 Spring Game this past Saturday. I caught up with him to get his take.

What were your overall thoughts of the game? What excited you about the way this team played?

I loved the game, especially watching number 74 (Anthony Belton). He’s a freak. I all around loved the O-Line play.

Who stood out you from the game?

# 74 for sure…he’s very gifted

Did you get to interact with any of the players? Do you have any relationships with any of the Wolfpack players?

I talked to most of the O-Linemen before the game, and I liked them a lot.

What were your interactions with the Coaches like?

All the interactions with the coaches were amazing. I really like the coaches there, and want to continue to build a relationship.

Where does NC State currently in your recruitment?

NC State is 100% one of my top top schools. I really love it.

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Rivals ranks Smith as the #44 Offensive Tackle in the 2026 recruiting class, and the #12 player in the state of Tennessee.

Smith holds offers from NC State, Tennessee, Penn St., Georgia Tech, Purdue, Colorado, Miami, West Virginia, Miami, Ole Miss, Indiana, Liberty and South Carolina.

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.

Gibbs is scheduled to take an Official Visit to NC State on June 21-23, and he will also be taking Official Visits to Duke (June 14-16) and Virginia Tech (June 7-9)

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

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3-Star 2025 Cornerback Jayden Shipps (6’1″/185) revealed his Top-7 schools yesterday, and NC State was included along with Tennessee, Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin, UVA and South Carolina.

In a little less than 2 weeks, Shipps will be at NC State for an Official Visit (June 7-9). Shipps also took an unofficial visit to Raleigh on March 22nd. The Wolfpack offered a scholarship to Shipps on October 4th.

ON3 ranks Shipps as the #22 overall player in the state of Maryland in the 2025 recruiting class. Shipps had 24 tackles and 1 interception for Archbishop Spalding (Servern, MD) this past season.

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

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4-Star OL Shed Sarratt Jr. Includes NC State in Top-6

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4-Star 2025 Offensive Lineman Shed Sarratt Jr. (6’4″/290) included NC State in his Top-6 yesterday along with Colorado, South Carolina, FSU, Tennessee and Florida.

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

ON3 ranks Sarratt Jr. as a 4-Star prospect, the #12 Interior Offensive Lineman nationally in the 2025 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of South Carolina.

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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ESPN ranks Sowells as the #3 overall player in the state of Kentucky in the 2025 recruiting class, and the #3 Interior Offensive Lineman nationally.

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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