NC State picked up its 17th commitment of the 2021 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon, and this one is a big one. 4-star linebacker, NC native, and national top 100 (depending on what service you use) player Jordan Poole chose the Wolfpack over an offer sheet that included Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Florida State, and others.
COMMITTED...#ripdad ! pic.twitter.com/4vl5tGAPRR— Poole (@jordan_poole03) August 8, 2020
Poole had been a long-time target for Dave Doeren, dating back to before the West Stanly High School star climbed all the way up into the 247sports top 100. He becomes the third 4-star prospect to select the Pack, and others are still in play.
Here is Poole’s scouting report from 247sports’ Charles Power:
Slightly shorter than average linebacker with a good frame. Already holds more than adequate weight for the position. Has thick legs and carries most of his weight in the lower body. Is one of tgeh better athletes at linebacker in the 2021 cycle as indicated by his outstanding results in track and combine settings prior to his junior season. Is a two way star for his high school, doubling as a prolific running back and defensive back. Plays running back in a wing-t offense and flashes his athleticism and speed with the ability to run through tackles and pull away from defenses on a regular basis. Shows physicality and striking power on defense in addition to instincts and ball skills in coverage. Does not shy away from contact. Physical skill set projects well to linebacker despite not having played the position much to date. Will need to adjust to linebacker and continue developing technique and feel on defense. Projects as a starter at the Power Five level with the upside to become a NFL Draft pick.
Doeren is quietly putting together another solid class. It’s not going to make headlines and the Pack may have lost the in-state battle to UNC, but Doeren has taken that punch from his arch-rival and is still putting together a class that’s pretty consistent with his better classes of the previous years.