Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 85 defensive tackle
Size: 6-1, 295 pounds
Hometown: Winston-Salem (NC)
School: Parkland High School
Projected Position At NC State: Defensive Tackle
Commit Date: July 1, 2013
Recruiting Scene: NC State jumped on Middleton early and never looked back. They emerged as the favorite early on and it was a lead they never really relinquished. Offers came from East Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest although Clemson may have posed a more serious threat if they had ever decided to firm up with an offer. Ultimately Middleton committed to State in early July and stayed solid with the Pack throughout.
Why NC State? "I have a really good connection with the coaches at NC State, and I know a lot of the other recruits already," Middleton said of the Wolfpack. "Coach Doeren, coach Nielsen, and coach White have done a great job recruiting me, and we have a strong connection that we have been building.
"I really like the facilities at NC State and the environment. I just have a good feeling overall about the program."
Picked NC State Over: Duke, ECU and Wake Forest
Scouting Report: Middleton has good size and athleticism and can impact as an interior pass-rusher. He needs to work on being more consistent, but he has plenty of physical tools.