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NC State in good shape with some top 2020 prospects

Recruiting is hopefully gonna start picking up around here.

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In his mailbag column on Tuesday, Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans offered some thoughts on NC State’s recruiting efforts for 2020 and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Kevin Keatts is in position to land a couple blue-chip prospects. Maybe because I don’t follow recruiting closely.


Kevin Keatts would love close out his 2020 class with Cam Thomas, Cam Hayes and Josh Hall. Nick Farrar’s commitment didn’t cause a giant commotion in the recruiting world last week, but he is the type of big man that programs need in order to have success at the highest level. He is tough, hard-nosed and will do the little things.

Evans predicts that NC State will land two of those three. Sounds good! Let’s do that. That’d make for an excellent class and also help calm some of the folks who might be feeling a little antsy about Keatts’ recruiting efforts up to this point.

Thomas is a consensus five-star shooting guard prospect who plays at Oak Hill in Virginia. Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith is a friend of Keatts’, which probably doesn’t hurt. Probably more important, I’m just guessing, is the potential playing time that will be available in the backcourt.

Hayes is a four-star point guard out of Greensboro who is currently in the 2021 class but could (will?) re-classify to 2020 if he wants to. Hall is a four-star small forward from Durham.

All three guys are ranked in the top-50 nationally.