Mere hours after the commitment of 3-star running back Zonovan Knight, NC State struck with another commitment from yet another top-20 in-state prospect. On Monday evening (July 9), 4-star defensive tackle Joshua Harris from Roxboro committed to NC State
Harris — a 6-foot-2, 315-pound tackle — is a top-300 prospect nationally, according to 247 Sports. He’s listed as the No. 10 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina.
Well over a dozen schools offered Harris, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State.
It’s clear: in 2019, NC State is prioritizing the defensive line with an in-state focus. The Pack’s 2019 class ranks 20th nationally with 17 commits — including 13 from the state of North Carolina. In total, NC State has commitments from eight of the state’s top-30 prospects — more than any other program — including four of the top 20.
The three highest-rated commits in NC State class are all denizens of North Carolina, and also happen to play along the defensive line. Harris joins other two 4-star prospects — tackle CJ Clark and end Savion Jackson — in this category. Jackson is the program’s highest-rated commitment in over a decade.
NC State just waived goodbye to a star-studded defensive line corp — headlined by Bradley Chubb, the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Dave Doeren continues to build off a stellar 2017 season, which coincided with a down year for UNC, and a contract extension. NC State is on pace to post top-25 recruiting classes in back-to-back seasons; plus, the 2019 group has a chance to be the best in program history.
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