Paradise Valley QB Ben Finley Commits to North Carolina State

Paradise Valley quarterback Ben Finley knows the North Carolina State football program well.

His older brother, Ryan, is a three-year starter with the Wolfpack with 56 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He is second all-time in the university’s history in passing yards, trailing only Phillip Rivers.

Ben just wrapped up his third year with the Paradise Valley Trojans and has amassed 57 total touchdowns and over 6,000 passing yards. 

On Sunday, the 2020 quarterback committed to North Carolina State, making the Wolfpack a family affair.

“He is an experienced varsity starter and has improved every year,” Sports360AZ recruiting expert Jason Jewell said. “Spread offense quarterback that I would call a pocket passer that is athletic enough to make plays when things break down. I think his best football is still in front of him.”

Former ASU and NFL quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who has coached both Finley brothers, says Ben could be even better than his older brother, who is one of the highest rated quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL draft class.

“I think Ben has a higher ceiling for potential than his older brother Ryan,” Carpenter told Brad Cesmat last month. “The reason why I say that is I think Ben has a chance to be a little bit bigger. I think he has some more natural arm strength than Ryan has…Ryan’s a good athlete, they both are. I think Ben is a little more willing runner than Ryan is, but I also I think the main thing is the fact that Ben has so many more resources. Obviously, he has me helping him, he has his brother helping him. He gets something that I think is really unique and awesome for Ben that almost nobody gets, which is for the last three years, he’s had a chance to go to North Carolina State and watch his brother play in these huge environments, stand on the sidelines, be in the stands, see what these meeting rooms look like, see how they prepare themselves for a game and take care of their body. Naturally, he has a head start on everybody else.”

Ben, the 6-foot2.5, 197-pound quarterback, also held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, Iowa State and Nevada.