Hillside High School in Durham has been an FBS feeder program for years and NC State has now gone three for three after landing Hornet standout wide receiver Daeshawn Stephens Friday night. His commitment comes after pledges from OL Emanuel McGirt in 2014 and S Kalen McCain in 2013.
NC State was looking to land two additional receivers in the class of 2016 and filled half of that with the commitment of Stephens. The rising senior wanted to stay close to home and he felt the Pack was the best option for football in North Carolina.
"I kind of wanted to stay in-state and I feel like this is the best in-state program. I feel like I can come over here and get a chance to start at receiver. They just make it feel like everybody is family here, the vibe and everything is real good.
"The coaches were excited because they've been looking at me for a long time. I had kind of told them if I get the offer I'm going to take it."
With his college decision out of the way Stephens says his focus now is on improving and helping his team to have successful season.
"I'm trying to improve my route running and try to get faster. I'm at 4.6 but I want to get faster."
Stephens plans to graduate on time but he's already counting down the days until the start of his college career.
"It feels good knowing I'm going to play big time college football and I'm ready to get to it."