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NC State WR commit Jerel Bolder enters On300 rankings, earns fourth star

image_6483441 (3)by:Noah Fleischman07/08/24


Marshville (N.C.) Forest Hills wide receiver Jerel Bolder dazzled in camps spring and summer. The wideout made a highlight-reel one-handed grab at the OT7 tournament, and it appeared his recruiting ranking was lower than it should have been with his skill set. 

Well, the new 2025 On300 helped prove that for the NC State commit. Bolder entered the rankings for the first time Monday afternoon, checking in as a four-star wideout and the No. 202 recruit nationally. 

Bolder took a massive rise in the rankings, moving to a 91 overall — his highest rating by any of the four major recruiting services. 

He checked in at No. 421 nationally, according to the On3 Industry Rankings, which now has him at No. 294 nationally. Bolder also jumped from the No. 74 wide receiver in the country and No. 16 recruit in North Carolina to the No. 30 route runner and the No. 8 player from the Tar Heel State in On3’s rankings. 

The wide receiver caught 43 passes for 881 yards and 14 touchdowns this past season as a junior. He averaged 20.5 yards per reception and 62.9 yards per game with a long of 30 yards.

Bolder recently joined NC State’s 2025 recruiting class, picking the Wolfpack over Georgia and Virginia. It was the Pack’s family feeling that led Bolder to committing to NC State. 

“As soon as I got to NC State and walked in, I felt it,” Bolder told On3’s Chad Simmons after he committed. “I liked Georgia and Virginia a lot too, but the players at NC State took me in like a brother, the coaches always made me feel like a priority and NC State feels like home.”

Bolder is currently the highest-ranked recruit in NC State’s 2025 class in On3’s rankings. He’s the only Wolfpack commit to appear on the list at the moment.

The 5-foot-11.5 wideout is among the top receivers in the nation, another recruiting win for NC State assistant Joker Phillips, who landed Kevin “KC” Concepcion and Terrell Anderson in back-to-back years before Bolder’s commitment. 

NC State’s wide receiver room continues to take strides, and Bolder’s addition for the 2025 season could send the position group with an even higher trajectory. 

The wideout seems eager to join the Wolfpack after his high school career, leaning on NC State’s development track record.

“I am excited to play for coach Dave Doeren,” Bolder said. “He pushes his guys. He makes his guys earn everything they get. I like that about him. He has a great attitude and he is going to push me.”

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