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With a national signing period approaching and an event scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 20, North Carolina State is poised to add 22 players from the 2018 class to the football program.
Four of them played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas over the weekend. The quartet was led by Ricky Person. The Heritage (Wake Forest) running back blistered the South Carolina defense for 180 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. North Carolina won the game 55-24 and Person concluded the contest with a 72-yard touchdown romp.
Prior to the game the invitees visited children in the local hospital as a part of the experience.
“I had a great time out there,” Person said. “I loved the time I spent with my team. This bowl game opened my eyes up to a lot of things. We were very blessed to be out there playing today for such a great cause, and really that’s what it was all about.”
After an appearance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6 in San Antonio, Person will enroll at N.C. State in January.
“For me, I wanted to show people that I can be a missing piece,” he said. “I wanted to show people what I can do after missing most of my junior year with an injury, just show all the improvements I’ve made to my game.”
Gabriel Gonzalez (Eastern Alamance, Mebane), Chris Dunn (North Davidson, Lexington) and Devin Carter (Clayton High School, Clayton) joined Person in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Carter hauled in a touchdown pass in the blowout win.
“I want to tell N.C. State fans that I’m coming to win,” Carter said., “I hope they support me and I will work as hard as I can. I’ll push my teammates to be the best team possible.”
Dunn, is proud of what the Wolfpack has accomplished in recent seasons and hopes to build off of it, both in the context of the program and individually.
We are definitely bringing in the best recruits, in my opinion,” Dunn said. “With us working hard I think we will close the gap and be able to get a few bigger bowl games and a few good rings while we are there the next four years.
“That’s my goal for college. Win a Lou Groza, I guess to be the savior for the special teams is one of my goals as well.”
N.C. State’s 2018 commitment list
Joe Babros: Defensive End, 6-5, 250 lbs — Mission Viejo, California: Saddlebrook Junior College
Kahric Belle: Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 280 lbs — Miami, Florida: North Miami Beach High School
Joseph Boletepeli: Defensive End, 6-5, 250 lbs — Wake Forest, North Carolina: Heritage High School
Devin Carter: Wide Receiver, 6-4, 200 lbs — Clayton, North Carolina: Clayton High School
Malik Dunlap: Safety, 6-3, 190 lbs — Charlotte, North Carolina: Harding University High School
Chris Dunn: Kicker, 5-10, 160 lbs — Lexington, North Carolina: North Davidson High School
Derrick Eason: Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 250 lbs — Norview, Virginia: Norview High School
Gabriel Gonzalez: Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 275 lbs — Mebane, North Carolina: Eastern Alamance High School
De’Von Graves: Athlete, 6-1, 180 lbs — Appomattox, Virginia: Appomattox High School
Calvin Hart Jr.: Linebacker, 6-0, 207 lbs — Fort Lauderdale, Florida: American Heritage High School
Tanner Ingle: Cornerback, 5-10, 185 lbs — Orlando, Florida: Dr. Phillips High School
Devin Leary: Quarterback, 6-2, 185 lbs — Erial, New Jersey: Timber Creek High School
Davontae McCrae: Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 256 lbs — Miami, Florida: North Miami High School
Alim McNeill: Defensive End, 6-2, 270 lbs — Raleigh, North Carolina: Sanderson High School
Kishawn Miller: Cornerback, 5-10, 175 lbs — Milledgeville, Georgia: Georgia Military Institute
Trent Pennix: Running Back, 6-2, 205 lbs — Raleigh, North Carolina: Sanderson High School
Ricky Person: Running Back, 6-2, 205 lbs — Wake Forest, North Carolina: Heritage High School
Josiah Provillon: Wide Receiver, 6-3, 180 lbs — Irvington, New Jersey: Irvington High School
Teshaun Smith: Cornerback, 6-3, 175 lbs — Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Western High School
Jalynn Strickland: Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 300 lbs — Waycross, Georgia: Ware High School
Tyler Williams: Athlete, 6-2, 200 lbs — Raleigh, North Carolina: Southeast Raleigh
Payton Wilson: Linebacker, 6-4, 225, Hillsborough, North Carolina: Orange High School