NC State secured its fourth member of the 2023 class Thursday with the commitment of three-star offensive lineman Charlie Symonds. After officially visiting the campus last weekend, Symonds quickly decided to join an offensive line class that is shaping up to be quite impressive.
Symonds is the first out-of-state commit for the Wolfpack this year, with the 6-7, 265 pound tackle hailing from Watertown, Connecticut, and suiting up for The Taft School. The On3 Consensus Rating considers Symonds the second best prospect in Connecticut, the no. 47 offensive tackle prospect in the country and the 685th overall recruit.
Stanford, Rutgers, Kentucky and a host of other schools extended scholarship offers to Symonds, with the lineman holding a total of 12 power-five offers. Symonds was quick to make his pledge to the Wolfpack after visiting just a few days prior. The lineman made the trip to campus alongside four-star safety Daemon Fagan, four-star running back Kendrick Raphael, three-star defensive lineman Guerlens Milfort, and safety Kerry Brown.
Symonds is the second offensive line commit of the class following West Charlotte four-star tackle Darion Rivers, who committed to NC State in March. Former NC State kicker Toby Symonds is Charlie’s father, adding a legacy commit to the class.
In addition to Rivers, consensus four-star tight end Javonte Vereen and three-star quarterback Lex Thomas have already committed to NC State. All four commits will play offense at the collegiate level, creating the foundation of a potentially special class on that side of the field, especially on the offensive line. Symonds is listed at 6-7, and Rivers is 6-6, setting up for elite size at the position.
Rivers and Symonds could be joined by a number of intriguing lineman prospects, including Robert Grigsby and Obadiah Obasuyi who are visiting the Wolfpack on officials starting this Friday. Three-star interior offensive lineman Gabriel Fortson plans to visit June 17, and four-star interior offensive lineman Nathan Efobi also told The Wolfpacker that he is scheduling an official visit to NC State for August.
Following the 2022 season, NC State will be tasked with replacing of a few major pieces on the offensive line. Center Grant Gibson and guards Bryson Speas and Chandler Zavala will all be graduate students this season, and this class will be an important step in finding ways to replicate their production.
This commitment boosted the Wolfpack up four spots in the On3 Consensus team ranking to 35. Symonds is the third consensus three-star commitment of the class, and NC State now holds an average rating of 87.68. The 2023 class now ranks seventh in the ACC, just behind Miami and ahead of Wake Forest.
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