The Wolfpacker

March 2018

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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42 ■ THE WOLFPACKER ■ 2018 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE Jasiah Provillon WIDE RECEIVER Irvington (N.J.) High 6-3, 180 pounds Stats: During his senior season, caught 57 passes for 687 yards and eight touch - downs … Also compiled 43 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble … Hauled in 52 receptions for 969 yards and nine scores, plus registered 31 tackles and a forced fumble, as a junior … Made 48 catches for 751 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. Ratings: Listed by as a three- star prospect, the No. 17 player in New Jersey and the No. 80 wide receiver in the nation … Rated by 247Sports as a three-star talent, the No. 14 player in the Garden State and the No. 59 athlete in the country … Ranked by ESPN as a three-star prospect, the No. 17 player in the state and the No. 129 wide receiver nationally … Tabbed by as the No. 16 player in the state regardless of class. Honors/accomplishments: Named second-team All-State and first-team All- Group 4 Region by as a senior … Also tabbed second-team All-USA New Jersey by USA Today … Selected third-team All-State by as a junior … Was a three-time all-conference selection. Recruitment: Had 19 offers entering the summer … Focused on three schools — Louisville, NC State and Michigan State … Verbally committed to the Wolfpack Dec. 12. Recruiter of record: Wide receivers coach George McDonald. Quotable: "He's a good prospect — a big, rangy guy. He can still stretch the field. I know that's something State has been looking for a while — help taking the top off the defenses. Provillon has pretty good hands and is somebody who is going to use his length to his advantage. Quarterbacks are going to love that." — regional analyst Adam Friedman Scouting report: Good size for a receiver prospect … Has decent speed but needs to improve his quickness … Shows good hands on film. 2018 projection: Provillon is a talented receiver prospect, but it is going to be difficult to break through as a true freshman with the receiving corps that NC State has returning. Redshirting him would be a nice luxury for NCSU. Teshaun Smith DEFENSIVE BACK Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Western High 6-3, 170 pounds Measurables: Reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. Stats: As a senior, compiled 53 tackles, three interceptions, 18 passes broken up, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Notched 24 catches for 420 yards and three scores, plus had 34 tackles, two interceptions, two passes broken up and a forced fumble, as a junior at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ratings: Listed as a three-star recruit by Ri - … Tabbed by 247Sports as a three-star prospect, the No. 196 player in Florida and the No. 121 cornerback in the country … Listed by ESPN as a three-star talent, the No. 133 player in the Sunshine State and the No. 58 athlete nationally … Rated by The Miami Herald as the No. 69 player in Dade and Broward counties … The Sun-Sentinel tabbed him as the No. 32 player in Broward County. Honors/accomplishments: Named first-team All-County in 2017 and honorable mention in 2016 by The Sun-Sentinel … Helped Western win its school's first-ever state playoff game and reach the quarterfinals of the 8A (largest classification) champion- ships … Named second-team All-State by each of his last two years — as an 8A defensive back as a senior and an independent schools all-purpose player as a junior … Also played basketball. Recruitment: Picked up 16 offers — including Power Five schools Kentucky, NC State, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt — by the summer … Verbally committed to NCSU June 23 while on an unofficial visit … Picked up an offer from Nebraska in December, but did not consider the Cornhuskers. Recruiter of record: Wide receivers coach George McDonald. Quotable: "Our 2018 class is stacked with talent, and I wouldn't want anyone else to be my head coach besides Dave Doeren." — Smith Scouting report: Tall, rangy corner with good speed … Has good playmaking abilities … Will need to get significantly stronger. 2018 projection: Smith is a very intriguing talent, and he walks into a wide-open sit - uation at corner. However, he will likely need to get stronger before he's ready to play. Ricky Person Jr. RUNNING BACK Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage High • 6-1, 212 pounds Measurables: At the Nike Camp in Charlotte, checked in at 6-1, 207 pounds and was laser-timed at 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Also had a 4.25-second shuttle mark, a 36.1-inch vertical leap and a 33.0-foot power ball throw for an overall Nike rating of 98.73. Stats: Ran 262 times for 2,230 yards and 38 touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 279 yards and three scores, and contributed 13 tackles, one sack, one pass broken up and one fumble recovery as a senior … During his junior campaign, carried 145 times for 774 yards and 11 scores, and added 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble despite missing time with wrist and ankle injuries … As a sophomore, rushed for 1,075 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added six receiving scores while playing for Franklinton (N.C.) High. Ratings: Listed by as a four-star recruit, the No. 5 prospect in North Carolina, and the No. 4 all-purpose running back and No. 85 overall player in the na - tion … Rated by 247Sports as a four-star talent, the No. 5 player in the state, and the No. 2 running back and No. 41 overall prospect in the country … Regarded by ESPN as a four-star prospect, the No. 10 player in North Carolina, and the No. 20 running back and No. 299 overall recruit nationally … Tabbed by The Fayetteville Observer as the No. 5 prospect in the state. Honors/accomplishments: Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 6 in San Antonio, and ran four times for 39 yards, including the East team's longest play of 35 yards … Tabbed as North Carolina's Offensive MVP in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game after rushing 15 times for 180 yards and two scores, and catching three passes for 24 yards and a score … One of four players in the state (and 16 nationally) nominated for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award … Picked to's 4A All-State Team and was named second-team All-USA North Carolina by USA Today … Selected as the Northern Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 … Participated in the prestigious invite-only Nike Opening Finals in Beaverton, Ore., last summer … Played his first two seasons at Franklinton (N.C.) High … Also ran track and is an ac - complished baseball player. Recruitment: Picked up early offers from Duke, Louisville, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest … Made an early commitment to NC State Jan. 18, 2017 … Enrolled early. Recruiter of record: Running backs coach Des Kitchings. Quotable: "He is the epitome of an ath- lete and the kind of guy you love to have on the team. He can help you in so many ways. He's truly a football player. He is going to make plays where he plays." — Heritage head coach Dewayne Washington Scouting report: Has long been regarded as a good athlete … Showed his senior season that he is a true running back prospect, answering previous questions over where he best fits … Has good combination of size and athleticism, but has been hit by injuries during his high school career. 2018 projection: With the early departure of Nyheim Hines to the NFL, Person enrolled early, enhancing his chances to get on the field as a true freshman in the backfield.

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