The Wolfpacker

March-April 2020 issue

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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MARCH 2020 ■ 25 area on offense, particularly with our receiving corps, getting some more guys that can run. We addressed that." NC State signed five receivers, four of whom were documented through summer camps or on the track to have good speed. Late-blooming Anthony Smith from Huntingtown (Md.) High may be rated only two stars by Rivals. com, but he was laser-timed at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a Nike Camp, where he earned a Nike Rat- ing of 112.14. Anything above 100 is considered elite. Smith then set state records in Maryland during the 2020 3-A In- door State Championships with times of 6.36 seconds in the 55-meter sprint and 34.49 seconds in the 300. The 55-meter time was tied for 13th fastest in the country at the time. Last spring, three-star Chris Scott from Dacula (Ga.) High was timed as fast as 10.79 seconds in the 100 and 21.83 seconds in the 200. He made it to the finals of both races in Georgia's 6A class, finishing sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. Three-star Joshua Crabtree from 7 rated NC State's class seventh best in the ACC. The Pack ranked fourth among Atlantic Division teams, behind Clemson (tops in the ACC), Florida State (second) and Louisville (sixth). If you go by stars per player, NC State's 2.95 checked in ninth. It surpassed Louisville's 2.92 in the Atlantic, but remains fourth in the division because Boston College averaged 3.0 for its 15 signees. Here is how that compares to head coach Dave Doeren's previous full classes at NC State: NC State's Recruiting Classes Under Dave Doeren Year ACC Rank Division Rank Average Stars Rank 2020 7th 4th 9th 2019 4th 3rd 4th 2018 7th 4th 7th 2017 10th 4th 10th 2016 8th 4th 9th 2015 7th 4th 8th 2014 6th 3rd 8th Wideout Porter Rooks was one of two four-star recruits to sign with NC State. The Charlotte native is the highest-ranked prospect in the class, checking in at No. 195 overall in the country per PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM Using's national signing day measurables for each player, the average height and weight was around 6-1 3 ⁄5, 216 pounds. The tallest signees were 6-5 (three-star defensive lineman Claude Larkins Jr. from Chaminade-Madonna in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and two-star tight end Ezemdi Udoh from Terry Sanford High in Fayetteville, N.C.) while the shortest were 5-9 (three-star de - fensive backs Nehki Meredith from Bishop Sullivan in Virginia Beach, Va., and Joshua Pierre-Louis from The Benjamin School in Riviera Beach, Fla.). The heaviest were 300 pounds (three-star offensive linemen Sean Hill from Brook - wood High in Snellville, Ga., and Anthony Carter Jr. from Butler High in Matthews, N.C.), while the lightest were 160 pounds (three-star wide receivers Chris Scott from Dacula High in Dacula, Ga., and Jalen Coit from Cheraw High in Cheraw, S.C.). 6-1 3 ⁄5, 216 300 5-9 160 6-5

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