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Recruiting Update: The Wide Receiver Board has Grown

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver

It’s no secret how important it was for the Pack to land some big wide receivers in the class of 2016. They’re still in solidly with a lot of prospects that they’ve been on since the beginning, but only Durham Hillside wideout Daeshawn Stephens has joined the list of committed players. The last couple of weeks featured some pretty interesting shakeups on the wide receiver board, with the Pack extending offers to multiple players committed to other schools.

2 star Devontres Dukes, a 6’4" wide receiver out of Wharton high school in Tampa, Florida, was a player that had drawn NC State interest in the past but was viewed as more of a backup target. State backed off of him and he committed to Central Florida in late June. The Pack have circled back to Dukes now, as they’ve done in the past with some other players. Dukes certainly has the height State wants, and reciprocated the Pack’s interest enough to schedule an official visit for when Clemson comes to Raleigh on October 31st. NC State is Dukes only power-five offer currently.

NC State recently extended offers to two other committed (for now) receivers in Colorado commit Johnny Huntley and Cincinnati commit Andrew Parchment, both 2-star receivers from Florida. Both of these guys stand at 6’3" and fit the mold of what the Pack wants at receiver in this class. NC State is the only power-five offer for Parchment, and the only one other than Colorado for Huntley, and both appear to have significant interest in State. If visits are setup by these two will be telling for NC State chances at getting a flip, but given their offer lists, I’d expect them to be pretty good.

Elsewhere at receiver, State is still battling for four-stars Diondre Overton and Kelvin Harmon, but has significant ground to make up in both recruitments. Harmon is set to officially visit for the Troy game, so State will have their shot at him for sure and will need to seriously wow him in order to catch South Carolina. The Pack still appears to be in a strong position with targets Myles Dorn, C.J. Riley, and Chavis Dawkins, and a decision should be coming very soon for Riley. The sudden interest in other receiver targets could telling as to what some of these players will do, or maybe the Pack is just expanding their board for a position of need.

Other Positions

NC State’s chances with defensive backs Carlos Becker, Isaiah Stallings, and Henry Miller seem to be getting better and better. Becker listed a top two of NC State and Kentucky, the latter of which he has not scheduled a visit with. State appears firmly in the top three for Stallings along with Duke and South Carolina, and Miller could possibly join Becker as a package deal for the Wolfpack. At defensive end, State offered Christian Brooks and immediately landed in his top four along with Pitt, California, and Cincinnati. The offer could confirm the feeling that defensive end target Patrick Jones will end up Virginia Tech. Brooks love NC State, but Pitt looms large here as well after a visit there which he described as "awesome."