NC State strong in Florida

North Carolina State has had a strong presence in Florida all year, and it's paying off in the form of a strong class inside the Sunshine State.

When Matthew Dayes committed to N.C. State for the second time this year on Wednesday, it gave the Wolfpack five commitments from the state of Florida.

At 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Dayes is a very good running back from Cypress Bay, a team that went all the way to the state finals in Florida's highest classification. A prior commitment to State, Dayes opened things back up when the coaching change took place. After taking trips to schools like UCF and Vanderbilt, Dayes finally decided to stick to his original plan. He's a very strong inside runner who runs with good balance and does a nice job finishing his runs. He should be a good inside runner for NC State.

Linebacker Jerod Fernandez made a commitment back in the summer. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Fernandez was a very active player on a good Lake Mary defense. He has a good nose for the ball, makes a lot of tackles, and can play either inside or outside. He's also a very good student in the classroom.

Tylar Reagan is a skilled offensive lineman from Bartram Trail High, and he made his commitment over the summer as well. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Reagan played mostly tackle in high school but projects better as a guard in college. He's a tough kid with some versatility, and he's a smart kid who comes from a well-coached program.

Vero Beach had one of the state's most talented defensive backfields this season and two of those players are headed to NC State -- Dravious Wright and Sean Paul. Both are in the 5-foot-10, 180-pound range and both have good athleticism. Paul was the better player, and brings more to the table from an athletic standpoint. He will likely see the field earlier but they're both quality players.

Four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard made an early commitment to South Florida but opened things back up when they went through a coaching change. NC State is one of the schools who never stopped recruiting him. He visited here back in November and has also taken recent visits to Clemson, UCLA, and Kentucky. He seems to have the most interest in Clemson but it remains to be seen if they'll accept his commitment at this stage of the process. He's a talented kid with ideal size and athleticism. He is a very good quarterback prospect for the spread offense.

Marquez Valdes is an outside receiver prospect from Lakewood High in St. Pete. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he can create some mismatch problems on the outside due to his size and ability to make plays in traffic. He took a visit here a few weeks ago, and came away very impressed. He also saw Cincinnati, Houston, and Toledo along the way.

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