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NC State lands junior Malik Dunlap

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Charlotte (N.C.) Harding junior defensive back Malik Dunlap verbally committed to NC State on Friday.
Charlotte (N.C.) Harding junior defensive back Malik Dunlap verbally committed to NC State on Friday. (Nick Lucero/

Charlotte (N.C.) Harding junior safety Malik Dunlap knew what he wanted, and that proved to be good news for NC State on Friday.

Dunlap, who measured at 6-foot-3 and a half and 191-pounds, verbally committed to NC State over an offer from North Carolina Central and interest from North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Penn State. He recently unofficially visited NC State with his talented sophomore younger brother Quavaris Crouch and junior guard Jovaughn Gwyn a week ago Friday.

NC State tight ends/fullbacks coach and special teams coordinator Eddie Faulkner issued Dunlap his first scholarship a few weeks back before he went on spring break. He’s been in regular contact with Faulkner, head coach Dave Doeren and safeties coach Aaron Henry, and unofficially visited the Wolfpack at least four times.

“I like it down there” Dunlap previously told The Wolfpacker. “I like the facilities, the field and stuff, and the people.”

NC State has offered Dunlap as a safety, but he feels he could also play corner if needed in college. Some even wonder if he will eventually grow into an outside linebacker or nickel. That kind of versatility is appealing.

Dunlap can now turn his attention to Gwyn and Crouch in recruiting. Gwyn has picked up recent offers from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Louisville and Texas A&M. NC State. Duke, Wake Forest and South Carolina were his top four schools prior to the onslaught of recent offers.

The 6-1, 220-pound Crouch is a four-star prospect with an impressive offer list already. NC State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia have all offered.


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