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Signing Day Central: NC State

Head Coach: Dave Doeren

Total number of commitments: 23

A year after landing an impressive in-state haul headlined by blue-chippers that included running backs Johnny Frasier and Reggie Gallaspy, offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt, receiver/running back Nyheim Hines and defensive end Darian Roseboro, the Pack had less success recruiting the state’s elite talents.

NCSU, though, did find a headliner when 4-star tight end Thaddeus Moss from Charlotte’s powerful Mallard Creek High pledged to the Pack in January over Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. Moss, the son of former NFL star receiver Randy Moss, is the lone top-10 prospect in the state, according to Rivals.com, to choose to play in-state.

NC State clearly targeted adding height and length to its receiving corps and secondary. The Pack added a trio of wideouts who are at least 6-1, including C.J. Riley, a 6-4 prospect from Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep.

The Pack also added three corners who were 6-1 or 6-2 and landed touted safety Isaiah Stallings from Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford. The 6-4 Stallings was a Shrine Bowl selection and considered top-25 prospect in the state of North Carolina.

The hiring of cornerbacks coach George Barlow also paid dividends in the state of Virginia. NC State landed three top-40 prospects from the state, according to Rivals.com, including one-time South Carolina commit J.J. Givens, a corner from Atlee High in Mechanicsville, Va.