The Wolfpacker

March-April 2022

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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30 ■ THE WOLFPACKER 5 Players that signed with NC State were from high schools that head coach Dave Doeren had previously inked a prospect from: • East Forsyth in Kernersville, N.C. — class of 2022 defensive back Isaiah Crowell, class of 2021 receiver/running back Micah Crowell, class of 2021 defensive end Zyun Reeves and class of 2019 defensive back Khalid Martin. • Cary (N.C.) High — class of 2022 center Rylan Vann and class of 2020 defensive lineman Davin Vann. • Southern Nash High in Bailey, N.C. — class of 2022 defensive back JACKSON VICK, class of 2019 running back Zonovan Knight and class of 2019 safety Darius Edmundson by way of Louisburg College. • Carrollton (Ga.) High — class of 2022 quarterback MJ Morris and class of 2014 tight end Cole Cook. • J.H. Rose High in Greenville, N.C. — class of 2022 running back Michael Allen and class of 2014 defen- sive end Kentavius Street. BY MATT CARTER or the 2022 football recruit- ing class, NC State head coach Dave Doeren had no choice but to go with the smallest group of signees he has ever assembled while entering year 10 in Raleigh. In 2020-21, the NCAA froze eligibility for all but the spring sports, which had their eligibilities similarly affected the prior year after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The move left coaches across the country facing a looming scholarship crunch, for which the NCAA granted football teams a one-year reprieve from the limit of 85. Thus many teams, including NC State, played the 2021 season with more than 85 scholarship players. However, the NCAA is making that a one-year deal, leaving the Wolfpack and some others in a numbers bind. And Doeren was not happy about that. Not only did it affect college coaches, he said, but high school pros- pects, too. Some were left without op- tions because there were not enough scholarships to go around. "I think the NCAA really screwed this PHOTO COURTESY ON3.COM F TIGHT-KNIT CLASS NC State Inks A Small Football Signing Class That's High In Quality The average rating of NC State's 12 signees (86.85 per On3) is the highest in school history, though head coach Dave Doeren is most impressed by the bond they have developed with each other and the coaching staff. PHOTO BY GREGG FORWERCK FOR NC STATE ATHLETICS

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