N.C. State outlasted Duke and North Carolina in the pursuit of top recruit Julius Randle but the Wolfpack didn't make it to the finish line.
Randle, a 6-9 forward from Dallas and the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2013, has eliminated N.C. State from his final list, according to ESPN's Dave Telep.
Kentucky, Florida, Kansas and Texas made Randle's final four, according to Telep. Randle will announce his decision on ESPNU on March 20.
N.C. State has signed three top 100 prospects, including point guard Anthony Barber, who made the McDonald's All-American team, but Randle would have been the centerpiece of the class. Randle attended N.C. State's 91-83 win over UNC on Jan. 26, one of five official visits.
With juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown expected to jump to the NBA, the Wolfpack would have five scholarship players returning for the 2013-14 season. With three freshman signed — Barber and forwards BeeJay Anya and Kyle Washington — coach Mark Gottfried would still have five scholarships available.
Gottfried has said previously he expects the '13 class to be one of the bigger ones he signs but is unlikely to add more than two more players to the class.