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3-Star EDGE/LB Donovan Darden is Taking an Official Visit to NC State this Weekend

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3-Star 2025 EDGE/Linebacker Donovan Darden (6’4″/225) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State this weekend according to a source.

247Sports ranks Darden as the #16 overall player in the state of North Carolina in the 2025 recruiting class, and the #43 EDGE nationally. Rivals and 247 list Darden as an EDGE, while ON3 lists him as a Linebacker.

Darden plays for Havelock High School, and as a Junior last season, he had 46 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 10 QB Hurries.

The Wolfpack recently offered Darden on June 1st after camping at NC State, and he quickly turned around and scheduled an Official Visit. Darden already took an Official Visit to Illinois this past weekend, and will take one with South Carolina the weekend after next. At one point, it was reported that he had Official Visits scheduled to West Virginia and Pitt as well, but if he is taking those, they are no longer scheduled for this weekend.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: Defensive End Mykah Newton Breaks Down Committing to NC State

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On Thursday, Defensive End Mykah Newton verbally committed to NC State. I caught up with Newton to get his take on his decision to Run with the Wolfpack.

What was it about NC State’s Football Program that stood out over the rest?

What really stood out was just the amazing love the whole staff showed and the constant recruitment they showed.

Why do you believe NC State is the best place for you to be developed?

I believe its the best place because it fits my personality and who I am as a player, and also defensively, I fit in their scheme.

What were the most important factors you were looking for in a school?

The most important factors were academics, how the coaches can help me get to my goal and how they can help produce me into the player I want to be.

What are your thoughts on NC State’s 2025 recruiting class?

I feel amazing about my class. We are very underrated and we are going to shock all of College Football.

What do you think of where NC State’s football program is at, and where it’s heading?

It’s heading in a very good direction and they’re going to constantly progress throughout the years.

To check out more on Newton, click here.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: Center Isaac Sowells Jr. Breaks Down Committing to NC State

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On Thursday, the #3 Center in the 2025 recruiting class, Isaac Sowells Jr., committed to NC State. I caught up with Sowells Jr. to get his take on his decision to Run with the Wolfpack.

What was it about NC State’s Football Program that stood out over the rest?

There was no point in my recruitment where they tried to buy my love and always kept it real.

Why do you believe NC State is the best place for you to be developed?

Coach 2J and the NC State program both know how to develop All-American level Centers and Rimington Finalist/Winners. I believed they had the best chance to develop me I to that level and beyond.

What were the most important factors you were looking for in a school?

Connection with Coaching Staff, opportunity to play early, and fan engagement(I Don’t Want To Play In A Half Full Stadium).

What are your thoughts on NC State’s 2025 recruiting class?

We got some big pieces at the Offensive Skill and Defensive Skill positions. We got me and Gibbs and hopefully 1 more Offensive Lineman and the D-Line is solid. Having a QB and a TE committed too is big‼️

What do you think of where NC State’s football program is at, and where it’s heading?

With the ACC now being 1 big conference and not Atlantic/Coastal Divisions, things are very favorable. I do believe NC State can win the ACC for years to come.

To check out more on Sowells Jr., click here.

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4-Star WR Malik Clark Announces Final Four, Decision Coming Next Week

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4-Star 2025 Wide Receiver Malik Clark (6’2″/170) has trimmed his list to 4 schools: NC State, UNC, South Carolina and FSU. He will be announcing his college decision next week, on July 25th.

ON3, 247Sports and ESPN all rank Clark as a Top-250 prospect nationally in the 2025 recruiting class, with ESPN ranking him 165th. ESPN also ranks him as the #16 Wide Receiver nationally, and the #2 player in the state of South Carolina.

NC State offered Clark back on January 17th.

Clark plays for Rock Hill High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina), and caught 46 passes for 800 yards and 9 TD as a Junior this past season. He is speedy, running a 4.35 laser timed 40.

He took an Official Visit to NC State later on June 21-23.

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WATCH Isaac Sowells Jr. & Mykah Newton Announce Their Commitments to NC State

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Yesterday, NC State picked up verbal commitments from Center Isaac Sowells Jr. and Defensive End Mykah Newton in their 2025 recruiting class. Check out both of them making their announcements.

Center Isaac Sowells Jr.

Defensive End Mykah Newton

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