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NC State adds grad transfer OL Chandler Zavala to 2021 class

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NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

NC State is adding another potential plug-and-play transfer to its recruiting class with the commitment of offensive lineman Chandler Zavala on Tuesday. Zavala is a graduate transfer from D-II Fairmont State, which had its 2020 season postponed.

Zavala is listed at 6’5 and 325 pounds by Fairmont State. He’s a late-bloomer in football, as he only started playing the sport his junior year of high school, and some injury problems didn’t provide him much of a window to get recruited by D-I programs. Fairmont State took a gamble on him and it paid off.

Now he’s come far enough to be a potential contributor at a power-conference school, and this will be an opportunity for him to draw some increased interest from NFL scouts.

Zavala is the second addition via transfer from a lower-level school that NC State has made in the last two weeks—the other was cornerback Darion Dunn from McNeese State.