BREAKING: 3,000-yard RB Kentrell Rinehart headed to NC State

NC State lands a highly productive running back out of Ohio in Kentrell Rinehart, making him one of the top recruits in the Wolfpack class.

NC State received a commitment from Galloway (Ohio) Westland running back Kentrell Rinehart on Friday.

Rinehart, a powerful back, had 25 offers to choose from and now becomes one of the top players in the Wolfpack class.

KENTRELL RINEHART’s thoughts ABOUT NC STATE 

Head coach Dave Doeren and running backs coach Todd Goebbel were both named by Rinehart as influential in his decision. Director of Recruiting Alex Faulk (known as Suge) also played a role.

“Coach D and Coach Goebbel made me feel at home the most, and Coach Suge does a great job,” Rinehart said. “Other factors included the programs they offer, especially their engineering program, which is one of the top in the country.”

WHO ELSE WAS IN THE MIX?

Rinehart received 25 offers. He took an official visit to Minnesota in June and had plans to visit Iowa and Syracuse at different times. Miami hosted him for an unofficial visit in the spring. Other schools that offered him included Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Purdue, and several others.

 KENTRELL RINEHART RANK AS A RECRUIT

Rinehart is rated as a higher-end three-star (88 rating) according to 247Sports. He is ranked as the No. 45 running back nationally and the No. 23 rising senior in Ohio.

In the 247Sports Composite, which combines ratings from various recruiting sources, he is considered a four-star recruit. He is ranked as the No. 31 running back in his class and the No. 16 prospect in Ohio.

Where KENTRELL RINEHART FITS WITH NC STATE

The Wolfpack already have another running back in this class, RJ Boyd. They utilized three backs last year with between 50-100 carries each, showing their preference for a rotation.

There is also promising young talent in the backfield, such as Kendrick Raphael, who had 67 carries as a freshman. Despite this, Rinehart will have ample opportunity to enter the rotation, particularly given his physical abilities.

NC State has been increasing its recruiting efforts in Ohio, highlighted by the discovery of Chase Bond last year. Now, with the addition of Rinehart to this class, they continue to make strides in a state known for producing strong football talent.

Rinehart now ranks among the top four highest-rated commits in the Wolfpack’s class.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT KENTRELL RINEHART

Rinehart had a highly productive season at Bishop Ready last year, accumulating 3,003 all-purpose yards and scoring 46 touchdowns.

Now at Westland, he will face different competition, but expectations are high for him to maintain his impressive production.

Listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he appears college-ready with a solid build and experience handling a heavy workload.

As a larger back who runs north-south, Rinehart isn’t just a power runner; he also possesses the ability to evade defenders and shows subtle agility in traffic.

While he hasn’t participated in many camps or timed events, limiting available speed and agility metrics, his ability to break long runs at his size suggests he possesses ample speed to complement his other attributes.

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