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.

After losing one of its top assistants in Takayo Siddle to UNCW, NC State brought Mike Summey back home. The newest NC State assistant joins James Curle and Cory Smith on this week's Pack Pride Weekly Podcast!

What led to Summey falling in love with NC State as a kid? How did his connection to Siddle lead to his hiring by Kevin Keatts? How much more passionate is Summey about recruiting to his alma mater? What are the difficulties of taking over as an assistant coach with the COVID-19 restrictions?

Summey discusses all those questions along with stories about Simon Harris, Julius Hodge, camping at NC State with Terry Gannon and why getting the job with the Wolfpack brought him to tears.

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The Wolfpack continued to roll on the recruiting trail over the last week with two new commitments on the defensive side of the ball. Michael Clark and R. Cory Smith provide their thoughts on the latest commits in defensive back Nate Evans and linebacker Caden Fordham and what they mean to the 2021 class.

What led Evans to flip from Tennessee? What is Fordham's fit in the Pack's defense? Will the Pack continue to look at all three in-state linebackers? And, most importantly, who's next for State in the 2021 class?


After starting out his high school and college career in Raleigh, N.C., former NC State defensive back Juston Burris was drafted to the New York Jets in 2016. Following an up-and-down four years in the NFL, Burris signed with the Carolina Panthers this offseason to return to his home state.

This week on the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast (From Home), Burris joins James Curle and R. Cory Smith to discuss his NFL career so far, returning home, his time in Raleigh and how he's using his platform to work toward creating change.

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When it comes to NC State football, Nate Irving is widely considered one of the best defensive players to ever suit up for the Wolfpack. Nate joined Cory and James on this week's podcast to discuss his time with the Pack and his life now.

Among the topics on this week's show, Nate talks about what led him to NC State, his time in the NFL, life as a high school coach and how closely he still keeps up with the program to this day.

Irving also touches on his thoughts on what needs to change in our country to end racial injustice. Irving dives deep into the topic that's the most pressing in our country right now.

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NC State has landed its second 4-star recruit in the 2021 class with Micah Crowell making his commitment official. Michael Clark and Cory Smith break down what his commitment means for the Pack.

What does Crowell add to the 2021 class? How did the Pack pull him out of East Forsyth? How will he fit in with the program? Who's next for the 2021 class following Crowell?


Earlier this week, NC State landed two of its top offensive line targets in the 2021 class in a span of three days. Michael Clark and Cory Smith break down the new additions and what it means for the 2021 recruiting class.

What is the Pack getting in Jaleel Davis and Thornton Gentry? How will they help in recruiting fellow o-linemen in 2021? Who's next for State's class in 2021?

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When it comes to NC State legends, one of the most well-known players in the program's history is Julius Hodge. The former NC State star joined the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast to discuss his past with the Pack and his present as a coach!

What ultimately led Jules to committing to NC State? What are his thoughts on Kevin Keatts and the current program? What advice would he give to players testing the NBA waters? Hodge also gives a surprising pick in his Top 3 point guards of all time.

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Though there are still no live sports to talk about, the last week was packed with NC State news. Cory and James discuss the latest topics and dig into the mailbag from social media and the Pack Pride message boards.

Topics include the commitment of Aaron McLaughlin, hiring of Mike Summey for NC State basketball, Raina Perez committing to WBB, NC State's case going to the IARP and much more in the mailbag feature!

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On Thursday afternoon, NC State landed its top target at the quarterback position in Aaron McLaughlin. Michael and Cory breakdown the 4-star 2021 QB on the latest podcast.

How did the Pack land McLaughlin? How will he fit into Tim Beck's system? What will his connection with Porter Rooks mean for the future? What does his commitment mean for the rest of the 2021 class? We break all of that down and much more!

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Last May, A.J. Cole got an invite to the Raiders' rookie mini-camp with a chance to get an invite to fall camp. Cole blew away the competition that weekend, made the preseason roster and ultimately won the job as one of 32 punters in the entire NFL last year with Oakland.

The former NC State special teams star joined the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast with James and Cory to discuss his rookie season, preparation during the COVID-19 pandemic, his time with the Wolfpack, mission trips to Africa, supporting Kyle Bambard after the Clemson game in 2016 and much more!

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With all of college sports shut down and recruiting in a dead period, creative teams all across the country have been busier than ever. Whether it's creating social content, graphics for recruits or tracking down creative pirates -- you know who you are -- Chanelle Smith-Walker has been working like crazy lately for the Wolfpack.

The Director of Creative Media for NC State Football joined the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast to discuss her position and its importance to the program as a whole. James and Cory also break down Josh Hall's departure, what next year's roster might look like and Will Shipley's decision to commit to Clemson.

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Over the weekend, NC State football had two more former players taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. Defensive linemen Larrell Murchison and James Smith-Williams join the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast to discuss being selected by the Titans and Redskins, respectively.

Murchison and Smith-Williams talk with Cory and James about the grueling final day of the draft, how NC State developed them for the NFL, their new teams and much more on the podcast!

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On Sunday evening, NC State landed its highest commit in the 2021 class with wing Ernest Ross committing to the Wolfpack. Cory and Miles take a look at what Ross' commitment means for Kevin Keatts and his staff along with the entire 2021 class.

What does Ross bring to the Wolfpack in this class? How does he fit in with the current 2020 and 2021 commits? Which player will be next to commit to State in 2021?

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With the 2020 NFL Draft kicking off on Thursday evening, there's no better person to talk to about the development of NC State players than Dantonio Burnette. The former Wolfpack linebacker and current Assistant AD/Director of Strength & Conditioning for football joined the podcast to discuss the upcoming draft and strange offseason.

How are players working out during the pandemic? What does the Pack's draft success say about the program? How much input does Coach Thunder have when recruiting players?

Tim Peeler also joins as a co-host with Cory and James to discuss his latest NC State finds during the pandemic along with the upcoming draft.

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***Note: Coach Thunder's interview begins at the 38:15 mark in the podcast***

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Despite the current dead period due to COVID-19, NC State has still been active on the recruiting trail. With four commits currently in the fold, the Wolfpack still has several of its top targets on the board.

Michael and Cory break down the Top 11 players still on the Pack's board, update where State currently stands for all of them, and discusses what the final class should look like overall.

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