Official visit next June State of NC Wolfpack didn’t pay off at first, but perseverance won the day with Kendrick Raphael. The 2023 four-star return from Florida’s Naples High School began admissions to the new school Tuesday afternoon.
WHAT DOES NC STATE IN RAPHAEL
Playing in an attacking position on the ground and in attack for Napoli, Raphael has established himself as one of the best players after a breakthrough second-year season. Raphael crossed the 600-yard mark in 2020 in a crowded Golden Eagles backyard. During his junior campaign, he committed a 1,374 yard dash offense, scoring 18 points while averaging 10.9 yards per take.
As a senior, even with teams following him closely, the four-star had his best year running 1,731 yards on 140 throws with 22 rushing points.
WHAT MAKES RAPHAEL DIFFERENT
The explosive speed through the play line and the pitch after contact separated Raphael from the other ball carriers. If he has a lane on the second level, he has the speed to find the end of the field from anywhere on the field. NC State is regaining its true strength with the game-changing pace.
WHY THIS IS BIG FOR NC STATE
On June 13, Iowa won Raphael’s verbal commitment, but the two sides split on September 21. Wolfpack never gave up recruiting Raphael even after committing to the Hawkeyes. . When he was out of business, NC State along with Oregon, Vanderbilt, and BYU were in regular contact with Raphael. Hats off to the NC State coaching staff for maintaining and building that recruiting relationship with Raphael to win big on the hiring path.