2022 College Football Class Review: N.C. State

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated July 16, 2021.

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2022 College Recruiting - 7 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on July 17, 2021
N.C. State logo DL Brandon Cleveland (Tampa, FL) commits to N.C. State  View Class

Cleveland has been rising on the recruiting radar for the past two years, and N.C. State lands a prospect with high upside. He is quick off the ball and ready to cause a ruckus right away. His hand fighting and ability to use them to shed blocks stand out on film. Cleveland moves well, and he's very twitchy and shifty, so offensive linemen struggle to get a good grasp of him. His lateral movement is very good, and he can slide from gap to gap easily.

Brandon Cleveland's Player Grade: B
N.C. State logo RB Michael Allen (Greenville, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class

Allen (5-9, 203) is a quality running back prospect. I think he's one of the 25 best in the country and another notch on what's been a solid first-half of the recruiting cycle for the Wolfpack coaching staff. He is a thickly built runner with a strong lower body and impressive leg drive. Allen has legitimate breakaway speed; he reminds me of the old Wisconsin running back Michael Bennett in the way he explodes north-south and can get through a small hole and outrun everyone to the end zone. Allen can catch the ball out of the backfield too and can be a dynamic receiver on third downs.

Michael Allen's Player Grade: B+
N.C. State logo LB Torren Wright (Annapolis, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class

I really like what N.C. State has done this recruiting cycle so far. I think the Wolfpack are getting the player who can help the program level up into being a contender for a division title in the ACC. Wright, who chose N.C. State over Duke and West Virginia, is a quick-twitch outside linebacker prospect who can rush the passer, get into the backfield to blow up a running play or drop into coverage. He is a scheme-versatile guy who can play off the ball or move into the box to provide additional defense up the middle. Wright is capable in space and has quick feet. He doesn't get broken down too much by running backs or receivers. I believe he could eventually be the starting strong-side linebacker for the Wolfpack.

Torren Wright's Player Grade: B
N.C. State logo LB Daejuan Thompson (Whiteville, NC) commits to N.C. State  View Class

It was a two-commitment day at N.C. State, as Thompson (6-3, 190) was the second in-state linebacker prospect to commit to the program. He has a little bit of a different skill set than the team's other commitment, Torren Wright. Thompson is more of a coverage guy who can go sideline-to-sideline, whereas Wright is more of an edge rusher. I wouldn't be surprised if Thompson fits into more of a safety/linebacker hybrid role. He is a little further away from getting on the field than Wright. I expect Thompson will have to make an early impact on special teams while he develops a role on the defense.

Daejuan Thompson's Player Grade: C+
N.C. State logo QB M.J. Morris (Atlanta, GA) commits to N.C. State  View Class

Morris (6-1, 190) is a prospect who has varying opinions on where his game is right now. Personally, I think he's a top-15-20 quarterback who played through some injuries last season and has exception potential as a run-pass guy. He's going to have to develop his passing tree a little more and throw downfield with more accuracy and velocity. But I like Morris' makeup - he's a competitive young man who figures out ways to make the play. Morris has good legs and can get it done with his feet. Getting into a system like the one at N.C. State will help get the most of his potential. I think Morris is going to be a good one.

M.J. Morris' Player Grade: B
N.C. State logo DL Nick Campbell (Lake Minneola, FL) commits to N.C. State  View Class

I like what N.C. State has done early in this recruiting cycle. Campbell (6-3, 263) is a very good defensive line prospect who I believe could end up as one of the great steals in this recruiting class. He gets after it on the field. Campbell can play across the defensive line or be a defensive end in a three-man front or slide to the inside in an even-man front. He can get to the quarterback from the outside or the inside. Campbell is quick to the backfield from the outside and can blow up a perimeter running play. He brings a lot of energy to each play, and I think Campbell is a guy who will continue to improve as long as he keeps that chip on his shoulder.

Nick Campbell's Player Grade: B-
N.C. State logo OL Rylan Vann (Cary, NC) commits to N,C. State  View Class

Vann (6-1, 275) plays all along the offensive line, so if he's being projected as a guard or a tackle, he's very much undersized. But height is a tricky thing at center, and Vann is good enough off the snap and athletic enough that I don't think it'll be as big of an issue as it would be for a slower player who struggles at the point of contact. I think N.C. State's staff is very underrated in recruiting, and they might've caught another gem in Vann. He is better than his ranking. Vann is a very good pass protector and has the skill set that generally grades out well in zone blocking. I'm going to give him a higher grade than most of the websites out there.

Rylan Vann's Player Grade: B

All Commitments - 7

Most recent Commitment on June 25, 2021
  • 6/25 - Brandon Cleveland DL
  • 6/18 - Michael Allen RB
  • 6/8 - Torren Wright LB
  • 6/8 - Daejuan Thompson LB
  • 6/6 - Nick Campbell DL
  • 6/3 - M.J. Morris QB
  • 4/14 - Rylan Vann OL

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 0
  • Juniors: 0
  • Sophmores: 0
  • Freshmen: 0


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