Hosted by R. Cory Smith and Michael Clark, the Pack Pride Podcast is the official podcast of Pack Pride. A syndicated partner of 247Sports, Pack Pride is an independent publication that brings you the latest on NC State athletics. You can find us at www.PackPride.com.

The ball just keeps on rolling for NC State in the 2022 class, with two of the top defensive targets both committing on Tuesday evening. The Wolfpack landed in-state linebackers Daejuan Thompson and Torren Wright after their first unofficial visits -- on the same day!

Michael and Cory break down what the commitments mean for the Pack, how important both are heading into a critical week ahead and what comes next for State in the 2022 class.


NC State baseball swept the Ruston Regional, going 3-0 with two wins over No. 1 Louisiana Tech to advance to the Super Regionals. Sawyer & Ciencin host Alec Sawyer joins James and Cory to break down the weekend and look ahead to what comes next.

James and Cory also recap the week for NC State in football recruiting, the first weekend of Dave Doeren camps and take a look at the absurd 2.5-win over-under for the Wolfpack in ACC play this fall.

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NC State landed its second top target in less than four days and first defensive commit of the 2022 class in Nick Campbell. The defensive end pulled the trigger on Sunday evening after his official visit, so Michael and Cory break down the latest commit on the Pack22 Podcast.

How impactful can he be in the 3-3-5 defensive scheme? What makes him the top DL target on NC State's board? How important is the connection with past players in recruiting? We discuss that and take a look back on the first weekend of NC State summer camps.


NC State came up short in the ACC Championship Game, but still locked up one of the top No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Alec and Andrew discuss the Pack's showing in Charlotte and the Ruston Regional.

What did the guys learn about the Pack9 during the ACC Tournament run? How likely is it that NC State can advance to the Super Regionals? Which players will need to step up this weekend? We cover it all on this week's podcast!


After zeroing in on MJ Morris for months as the top target, NC State landed the four-star quarterback ahead of a critical stretch in recruiting. Cory and Michael discuss the Top247 prospect following his commitment to the Wolfpack.  

How important is Morris to the 2022 class as a whole? What led to Morris committing to play in Raleigh? How good of a fit will Morris be in Tim Beck's system? Just how loaded is the Pack's QB room now? Who's the next commit in 2022?


Despite the Pack9 falling short in the ACC Championship Game, the program still secured a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Regionals starting this week. Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball.com joins Cory and James to discuss NC State's season, the ACC Tournament showing, the Ruston Regional and much more.

In the first segment of the show, James and Cory recap the week that was for the Wolfpack before looking ahead to what June will hold as recruiting visits open back up in the final portion. We talk about upcoming visits, which commitment the Pack is hoping to get soon and what's different about this summer.

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With the regular season coming to an end, Alec and Andrew were joined by NC State play-by-play announcer Andrew Sanders on this week's podcast. Sanders gives his thoughts on the 2021 season, explained his game prep process and much more!

The guys also take a look ahead to the upcoming ACC Tournament, the Pack's potential path, how it could affect seeding for the NCAA Tournament and break down the All-ACC picks for State following the season.


On this week's Pack Pride Podcast, James and Cory are joined by former NC State star and Durham Bulls hitting coach Kyle Wilson. With the team traveling to Jacksonville, there were a few audio issues, but Wilson breaks down the MiLB season, his time in Raleigh, relationship with Russell Wilson and NC State's momentum in May.

In the second portion of the show, we take an in-depth look at the last week for NC State, including Manny Bates rumors, women's tennis' run to the Final Four and much more!

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Despite taking more than one week off from playing, NC State kept its streak of success alive last week, going 4-0 with a sweep at previously-ranked Pittsburgh. Alec and Andrew break down the week for the Pack9 and look ahead to the FSU series to close out the year.

How has the Pack gotten back to being ranked after an abysmal start? Can State keep the momentum going against a hot FSU club? What are the ACC Tournament scenarios heading into the weekend? The guys cover it all on this week's podcast!


It's been an eventful week for NC State leading up to Monday night's podcast, so James and Cory gave a rundown of a variety of topics including baseball's sweep over Pittsburgh, Russell Wilson's commencement speech, women's tennis' run to the Elite 8 and much more!

At the 27:35 mark, NC State PG Breon Pass joins the podcast for an interview with Cory. Pass talks about his final season in football and basketball, joining the Pack, expectations for 2021-22 and more.

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This offseason, NC State lost one veteran WR coach and replaced him with one of the most experienced in all of college football. New Associate Head Coach and WR Coach Joker Phillips joins Cory Smith to talk about his new position.

Phillips breaks down his new wide receivers room, how he's working with the vets and young guns, standout players in the spring, update on Micah Crowell, where the name "Joker" came from, expectations for the 2021 season and more!


With the Wolfpack having an off weekend and just one midweek game, Alec and Andrew are joined this week by Carlos Collazo of Baseball America to break down the 2021 MLB Draft. Collazo breaks down the stock for NC State's current roster and commits, the MLB Draft Combine, delayed date of the draft and much more!

The guys also discuss the upcoming series against Pittsburgh, with the Pack9 looking to keep its momentum going against a Top 25 program. And the podcast wraps up with updates on Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon.


Just days after the release of the surprise album "Slapper, Bangers & Certified Twangers, Vol. 1," American Aquarium lead singer B.J. Barham joins James and Cory on this week's podcast. Barham discusses the inspiration behind the 90's country cover album, returning to touring soon, starting his record label and more!

Barham also gives his thoughts on Reidsville native Breon Pass, the offseason moves for NC State basketball and looks forward to the 2021 football season in the second segment!

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NC State has nearly finalized its roster for the 2021-22 season, with transfers Casey Morsell and Greg Gantt Jr. now signed with the program. Cory and Miles take a look at the wild offseason so far that led to Morsell and Gantt ending up in Raleigh, along with other transfer portal news.

We also take a look at the final 247Sports rankings for NC State's Top 20 recruiting class, freshmen expectations for Ernest Ross, Terquavion Smith and Breon Pass, transfer fits and more in the Pack Pride Podcast!


Over the weekend, NC State and Wake Forest combined to score 68 runs with the Wolfpack averaging double-digit runs to win the series. Andrew and Alec breakdown the series win and what we learned about the Pack9 during the three games.

The guys also take a look forward during the off week at what comes next for State. With only two weekend series left, the Pack is in good position to make the postseason, but has two tough series lying ahead before the ACC Tournament.