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NC State lands top tight end recruit

N.C. State already has one All-ACC tight end from Mallard Creek High School. The Wolfpack hopes it landed another in Thad Moss.

Moss, one of the best players in the state, committed to N.C. State during his official visit on Saturday. Moss posted a picture with N.C. State coach Dave Doeren on Twitter on Saturday with his decision.

Moss, 6-4 and 240 pounds, is the son of NFL legend Randy Moss, one of the best receivers in league history. A four-star prospect, Thad Moss is ranked as the No. 6 player in the state by Rivals. Moss is the only player in the top 10 who has committed to remain in state.

He’s also the highest-rated player the Wolfpack has in its 21-man class with National Signing Day coming up on Feb. 3.

Jaylen Samuels, another Mallard Creek product, led N.C. State with 65 catches for 597 yards and was picked first-team All-ACC by the media.

Samuels, who will be a junior next season, plays more of a slot and running back role than a true tight end position. N.C. State lost junior tight end David Grinnage early to the NFL draft.

Moss, who helped Mallard Creek win its third straight 4A state title this season, gives the Wolfpack offense a much-needed big target to help break in a new quarterback in 2016.

Moss chose N.C. State over Texas A&M among other offers.

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