RELEASE: NC State Adds Scelfo, Finley As Grad Transfers

RALEIGH, N.C. - Two graduate transfers have joined the Wolfpack football program and will attend the first session of summer school at NC State. Quarterback Ryan Finley graduated from Boise State and will have two years of eligibility remaining, while center Joe Scelfo will have one year remaining after graduating from the Universty of South Alabama.

Two graduate transfers have joined the Wolfpack football program and will attend the first session of summer school at NC State.  QuarterbackRyan Finley graduated from Boise State and will have two years of eligibility remaining, while center Joseph Scelfo will have one year remaining after graduating from the Universty of South Alabama.

"I'm excited to be a part of the Wolfpack and this new family," Finley said. "I can't wait to get to work."

A native of Phoenix, Az., Finley, who stands at 6'4, 200, played in eight games at Boise State under current NC State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eli Drinkwitz.  He saw action in three contests as a redshirt sophomore last season, starting against Washington. He posted a .657 completion percentage before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Idaho State  As a redshirt freshman, he played in five contests.

An all-state quarterback at Paradise Valley High School, Finley led the state of Arizona with 3,442 yards in 2012 and led his team to the state playoffs.   He was the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Arizona, the NFF first-team quarterback and one of 33 finalists for the NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Award.  He was also one of six finalists for the Ed Doherty Award, given to the top player in Arizona high school football.

Scelfo was a first-team All-Sun Belt performer on the offensive line last season, leading all linemen with six grades of 90 percent or better, posting 35 knockdown blocks and not allowing a sack.  The 6'1, 305 lb. center started all 12 games in 2015 and was on the preseason watch lists for the Rimington Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity," Scelfo said. "This is a great place and I'm so happy to be here."

He started all 13 contests as a redshirt sophomore in 2014 and 10 games as a redshirt freshman.

Scelfo, whose father Chris has coached collegiately from 1986-2006 and in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-14, set a school record for pancake blocks at North Oconee High School in Bogart, Ga. He was a first-team all-state choice by multiple outlets and led his team to the state playoffs and a region championship.way.


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