Transfer quarterbacks have been pretty good for N.C. State lately. The Wolfpack picked up a commitment from another on Monday.
Bailey Hockman, who started his career at Florida State, announced on Twitter he has decided to transfer to N.C. State.
“It has been a long road to make it here, but I am blessed to say I am COMMITTED to NC State,” Hockman wrote on his Twitter account. “(C)an’t wait to be apart of what is going on in Raleigh! Go pack!!!”
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Ryan Finley, a graduate transfer from Boise State, is in his third year as the Wolfpack starter at quarterback. Jacoby Brissett, a transfer from Florida, was the starter in 2014 and ’15. Pete Thomas (Colorado State) and Brandon Mitchell (Arkansas) split the job in coach Dave Doeren’s first season in 2013.
Hockman, a four-star recruit out of Powder Springs, Ga., redshirted the 2017 season at FSU. He competed in August with Deondre Francois and James Blackman for the Seminoles’ starting job. After Francois was named the starter, by first-year coach Willie Taggart, Hockman decided to leave FSU.
He is enrolled at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College but not on the football team, according to Steve Carpenter, a spokesman for the Hutchinson athletic department.
As a junior-college transfer, Hockman will be eligible to compete for the Wolfpack in the 2019. Hockman (6-2, 206 pounds) is expected to enroll at N.C. State in January. He will have three years of eligibility.
N.C. State will have to replace Finley after this season. Redshirt freshman Matt McKay is the backup this season. Freshman quarterback Devin Leary, a highly-sought after recruit from New Jersey, has not played in the first two games.
N.C. State does not have a commitment from a high school quarterback in the class of 2019.