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PI EXCLUSIVE: 3-Star OL Michael Gibbs Breaks Down Spring Game Visit

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This past Saturday, 3-Star 2025 Offensive Lineman Michael Gibbs (6’3.5″/280) was in town for NC State’s 2024 Spring Game. I caught up with him to get his thoughts.

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

The game was great! It was my first ever spring game and the atmosphere was exciting. Lots of fans. It was cool to be in town with all the basketball buzz, and perfect weather. Seeing a Senior QB and a Freshman QB compete was huge. Both of them are leaders in their own way and that comes out in play for sure. I loved seeing Coach Doeren on the field as they played up close and in the mix of everything. He’s such a hands on coach.

Who stood out you from the game?

The fan base, the band, the dance team. It was cool. They all showed up strong for the team. Watching the guys be really comfortable with each other, but still go hard against each other was great. It definitely got physical and made me want some action!

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

I got to interact with the commits from my class, which was cool. Will (Wilson) and Gus (Ritchey) and I talked and exchanged numbers. They’re good dudes and it was nice to start that relationship. The players were all pretty focused on the game, but my mom and I love watching and talking with AB (Anthony Belton) when we can.

What were your interactions with the Coaches like?

I love seeing the NCSU coaches! Coach Doeren and Coach 2J are so welcoming. Coach Anae is Samoan, and I am half Samoan, so I got to speak a little of the language I know to him and we love having that Polynesian connection!

Where does NC State currently in your recruitment?

NCSU is definitely close to my heart. The offer call I got from coach 2J still really sticks out to me more than any other because my mom actually got to record it and everything he spoke of was just relatable and genuine. He talked to me about transparency on Saturday and that is honestly who he is and how the team functions. That means a lot to me when it comes to who I trust and where I want to spend my college life.

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Gibbs has an Official Visit to Raleigh scheduled for June 21-23. He also has Official Visits to Duke and Virginia Tech scheduled.

247Sports ranks Gibbs as the #20 overall player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class. He plays for Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC.

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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