2012 Intro: NC's Top Prospects

North Carolina's 2012 class features one of the top running backs in the country and a strong crop of offensive linemen.

Simply put, everybody wants Keith Marshall. The junior from Millbrook (Raleigh) is one of three running backs for the 2012 class who is already classified as a five-star prospect.

Marshall attended a game at Clemson this past fall. He also made trips to Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida State, N.C. State and Duke.


Marshall attended a game at Clemson this past fall but he also made trips to Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida State, N.C. State and Duke. (Scout.com)
Though he plans to take his time through the recruiting process, some believe North Carolina is the in state team to beat and Georgia was the out of state team to beat.

Marshall does not publicly claim a leader.

Clemson suffered a setback with the departure of former running backs coach Andre Powell. Look for his replacement, Tony Elliott, to be put in charge of Marshall's recruitment.

Union native D.J. Humphries commands a lot of attention from just about every major college football program in the country. The four-star offensive tackle from Mallard Creek (Charlotte) has over 30 offers to his name and sits atop the state's lengthy list of offensive line prospects for 2012.

Though he's visited Clemson several times, it appears that the SEC has a leg up on the rest of the competition. Humphries plans on narrowing down his list to a top-five by the end of this summer.

To make that list, Clemson has some work to do.

Western Guilford (Greensboro) offensive tackle Brock Stadnik is another one of several highly sought after offensive line commodities in North Carolina. Along with the Clemson offer, the three-star has received offers from almost every ACC school.


Union native D.J. Humphries commands a lot of attention from just about every major college football program in the country. (Scout.com)
The recruitment of his twin brother will play a big factor into his decision. Currently, Clemson isn't going very hard after his brother, Clayton. The Tigers already have a commitment from one interior offensive lineman and are heavily in the mix for the top interior offensive lineman from South Carolina.

Stadnik will attend junior day in April.

Plus, Clemson's still in pursuit of Grimsley (Greensboro) three-star D.J. Reader, who has an offer from the Tigers. He'll probably commit to one of the in state schools on Tobacco Road—North Carolina or N.C. State.

Jody Fuller made it to Clemson last summer for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. He left with an offer from the Tigers.

Along with Clemson, the three-star wide receiver from Sun Valley (Monroe) also has offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and East Carolina. He remains wide-open with no favorite.

The state's top safety, Rhaheim Ledbetter, owns a Clemson offer. The Crest (Shelby) three-star is the nephew of Clemson defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison. For a while, it was just the Tigers and North Carolina that had offered. Florida has since extended one.


The state's top safety, Rhaheim Ledbetter, owns a Clemson offer. (Scout.com)
Ledbetter said the family ties won't factor into his decision. Instead, he'll look for the school that has the best overall feel.

Clemson and South Carolina are among the favorites, because they've offered. Florida, which sent an offer in at the end of last month, is the likely leader. Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina are also in the mix.

Outside linebacker Nick Dawson was offered by Clemson during the spring of his sophomore year. The Phillip O'Berry Academy of Tec junior has offers from several schools, which includes schools from the ACC, SEC and Big East.

He's visited Clemson twice in 2010—last summer's Dabo Swinney Football Camp and the Miami game. He'll attend junior day in April.

Dawson publicly claims he's wide-open, but N.C. State and Louisville have the edge.

Jonathan Bullard, Ledbetter's high school teammate, recently received an offer from Clemson. Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina have also offered.

The defensive end claims no leaders and will attend Clemson's junior day.

Clemson was the first to offer Chase (Forest City) defensive lineman Carlos Watkins. North Carolina and Duke are also expressing interest.

Defensive end Keilin Rayner from North Brunswick (Leland) recently picked up an offer from Clemson.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

OT Nick Davidson
RB Tysean Holloway
S Kamron Summers
OG Clayton Stadnik
CB M.J. Salahuddin
CB Quataye Smyre
WR Jon Moore
OT Tommy Pettis
OG Mark Harrell
DE Darius Wilkins

UP NEXT: Georgia


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