UNC, NCSU draw top-20 football recruits for 2014

wade.rupard@newsobserver.comJune 26, 2013 

NC State Doeren Football

New North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren smiles during an NCAA college football news conference, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C. The news conference capped a busy 48-hour period that saw Doeren lead Northern Illinois to a second straight Mid-American Conference championship on Friday night, then agree to take over North Carolina State on Saturday and replace Tom O'Brien. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Ethan Hyman) MANDATORY CREDIT

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The N.C. State football program has had a furious week in recruiting, gaining nine verbal commitments from 2014 recruits.

New Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren has so far received 20 commits for the 2014 class, including two players who Rivals.com ranks as four-star recruits – defensive end Justin Jones and defensive back Germaine Pratt. Thirteen of those 20 players hail from within North Carolina.

The recent additions for N.C. State give the Wolfpack the 18th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, right next to rival North Carolina, according to Rivals. The recruiting service ranks the Tar Heels at No. 17.

UNC’s 2014 class is led by quarterback Caleb Henderson and running back D’Ernest Johnson, both four-star recruits. North Carolina has garnered 16 commitments from the 2014 classincluding eight in June. The class has four recruits from within the state.

Duke trails both North Carolina and N.C. State with the 34th-ranked class. The Blue Devils have 12 football commitments so far, including seven three-star recruits, according to Rivals.

Among ACC schools, Rivals ranks Miami, Florida State and Clemson above North Carolina and N.C. State. Duke is the eighth-ranked school in the conference.

Verbal commitments are unofficial, and a recruit does not officially commit to a school until the recruit signs their national letter of intent. The first day a recruit can sign their national letter of intent, also known as National Signing Day, is Feb. 5.

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