NC State landed the commitment of 4-star running back Kendrick Raphael on Tuesday afternoon.

This was a key commitment in the class of 2023 for the Wolfpack. Raphael will be a critical addition to the backfield for NC State in the incoming recruiting class. Raphael made the announcement on his Twitter.

In Raphael’s Twitter post, he included a statement that explained his reasons behind committing to NC State.

“I’m super grateful for all the schools who have recruited me and have given me an opportunity to play at the next level. All things considered, I know I’ve found my new home,” Raphael said. “I’d like to announce that I’m committing to North Carolina State University! Thank you to all the coaches involved for giving me an opportunity.”

Raphael is a 4-star recruit from Naples, Florida, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. In the 2023 recruiting class, Raphael is the No. 28 ranked running back in the country and the No. 76 ranked recruit in Florida.

Ultimately, Raphael committed to NC State over Duke, East Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, and Pittsburgh. NC State has the No. 37 ranked recruiting class in 2023. There is still time for NC State to climb up the rankings.

The early signing period will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 21.