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PI EXCLUSIVE: NC State is at the Top for 3-Star OL Toby Mealer

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3-Star 2025 Offensive Lineman Toby Mealer (6’5″/330) was at NC State’s 2024 Spring Game this past Saturday. I caught up with him to get his toughts.

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

My first thoughts on the game was just how powerful the offense looked in the game. The run game is top notch. Great backs with speed and power. Of course I focus mainly on the O-Line, and I thought they used numerous techniques well to control their defender and did a great job of moving to the second level to open holes. Very impressive in the Pass game as well. Very well coached unit. They know their assignment and they get it done!

Who stood out you from the game?

As far as who stood out, of course the O-Line. Both Tackles have great feet and both are great players. Because I play Tackle I really focus on those positions the most. Having said that CJ Bailey is a freak. If I get the chance, I can’t wait to block for him! Big time athlete.

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

I got a chance to watch film with the O-Line during the week, so I got to meet a few of the guys. Not really any in depth conversations, as they were pretty busy getting coached up, but they were nice guys for sure. I don’t have any relationships with the O-Line yet but hope to build that during the process.

What were your interactions with the Coaches like?

The Coaches were great. They were different than any staff I’ve dealt with to this point. Very business like. They didn’t tell you only the good stuff about you that they saw. They talked about getting better.

Coach Doeren I really appreciated. He talked about diet, working out and commitment! Coaches always ask you where do you want to go. They want you to say to the NFL. Coach Doeren said I’m not gonna ask you that. He said show me don’t tell me! That was huge with myself and my Dad who was along on the visit. Coach Doeren is a guy you want to play for, believe me.

Coach Tujague is so impressive. I love his teaching style. He relates to his players and I truly believe they enjoy playing for him. During film, when he asked guys questions, they knew the answer. Nobody was lost. On the field I didn’t see guys not knowing assignments. All the corrections from coach to player were technique. I came away believing they were very well coached. I had quite a few talks with Coach Tujague and he asks a lot of questions. He wants you to do the same. He is a thinker and he wants the same I feel from his guys. I was very impressed.

Where does NC State currently in your recruitment?

NC State is at the top. I have an Official Visit in June (7-9), and I am hoping to get my mom out there before that if possible. My dad and I came away very impressed with the entire staff. Not to mention we loved the campus and atmosphere. Go Pack!

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3-Star 2025 Offensive Lineman Toby Mealer (6’5″/340) confirmed with me that he will be at the Spring Game today. Mealer verbally committed to Arizona St. on November 22nd, and decommitted on march 17th. The Wolfpack followed up with an offer on April 2nd.

Mealer also holds offers from Arizona St., Arizona, UNLV and UMASS.

Rivals ranks Mealer as the #26 overall Interior Offensive Lineman in the 2025 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of Arizona.

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

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

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