NC State received a big commitment late in May when Charlotte (NC) Harding defensive back Malik Dunlap called and informed the coaches of his decision.
"It felt great," said Dunlap of his decision. "I was talking to my coaching staff, and we decided it would be a great school for me to go to. NC State took a chance on me first, and that meant a lot. I was really excited when they offered me, and that did play a role in my decision.
"The coaches, they were all really excited. Coach Henry was excited the most. He was telling me that I need to get back up there again soon."
Dunlap also held an offer from East Carolina and was hearing from Penn State, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina. He took an unofficial visit to NC State a week earlier with teammates, Jovaughn Gwyn and Quavaris Crouch.
"That was I think my third visit up there," said Dunlap . "The visit was important to me. I got to hang out with the coaches. I like all of them... coach Henry, coach Faukner... all the coaches. I also like the school and the facilities."
NC State is recruiting Dunlap to play cornerback and safety. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder believes his recruitment was limited because he only played in four games after suffering a broken ankle.
"I was hearing from a lot of schools, but I did miss a lot of time last year," he said. "NC State believes I can come in and help them out on defense though... mainly as a defensive back. I'm not sure which one yet, they said I could play corner and safety."
With Dunlap in the fold, the Wolfpack coaches are probably hoping he will now turn into a recruiter. Gwyn is one of the top offensive linemen in the state and Crouch is considered by some the state's top prospect in the 2019 class. Dunlap is close friends with Gwyn and Crouch is actually his brother.
"I'd love for them to pick NC State too," said Dunlap. "Of course I'm going to be talking with them about going up there with me. I think NC State has a good chance."
With his recruitment behind him, Dunlap says he will now focus on his senior season at Harding.
"We have a chance to be good," he added. "We're working real hard right now... I think we should easily win conference."
He is NC State's sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, as he joins athlete Ricky Person, quarterback Devin Leary, kicker Chris Dunn, defensive back De'Von Graves, and wide receiver Devin Carter.