Related Updates: Notes from the Road: Part I | Notes from the Road: Part II
There are two very talented defensive prospects at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, N.C. and they are Harold Landry and Lamont Gaillard.
Gaillard is a Scout 300 defensive tackle that is explosive and very disruptive in the trenches. Landry is a hydrid who could play defensive end or outside linebacker on the next level. He is committed to Boston College.
The 6-foot-3, 225 pound 2014 prospect is strong to the Eagles and Pine Forest head coach Bill Shatovka loves the drive in Landry.
"Harold just wants to be the best at everything he does," Shatovka shared. "He is such a competitor in everything he does. He will not be out-worked by anyone, he wants to be on top, and Boston College is going to love getting him on their campus."
Landry saw that he and Gaillard were tied in weight for max on power clean, so Landry went back, added five more pounds, and is now the leader in the weight room. That is how important it is to see his name on top.
Gaillard may look like a nice guy when walking down the hallway at Pine Forest, but do not let looks fool you.
"Lamont may look like a teddy bear here at school during the day, but he knows how to turn it up on the football field.
"He is not one of those guys who walks around school strutting his stuff, acting like he is special, but when he plays the game, he is a different kid," added Shatovka.
At 6-feet, 3-inches tall and 315 pounds, Gaillard is one of the most sought after interior defensive linemen in the '14 class. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, and Tennessee are just five of the schools that have offered him.
Florida led at one time, but the two parties have since went separate ways. Most feel Alabama and Georgia are the top two for Gaillard now. He plans to visit both schools this summer.
Big Man at Summerville
There are some 2014 prospects at Summerville to watch in Darin Smalls (Cornerback), Sean Smith (Tight End), and Kevin Dickinson (Safety), but they have a big offensive lineman to keep an eye on in the 2015 class.
Zach Bailey is a 6-foot-5, 307 pound sophomore offensive tackle and he was getting after it in practice. He is aggressive, he has great size, and he has pulled in offers from Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, and South Carolina already. Georgia Tech appears to be close to offering him too.
"Zach is a good one," an assistant coach at Summerville told Scout. "He has that nasty streak and he looks to win every battle he gets into."
Bailey will likely travel this summer and take part in some camps. He is scheduled to be at Clemson and South Carolina as of now for camps in June.
Freshman with Offers at Dillon
Dillon has produced some top prospects in the recent years in wide receiver Kwinton Smith and offensive lineman D.J. Park. Both of those signed with South Carolina the last two years and 2014 linebacker Joe Blue is already committing to the Gamecocks.
Can South Carolina get Dillon's next top prospect to come to Columbia?
They have already offered as have some others.
"LSU just offered me on Wednesday and I had offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, East Carolina, and Tennessee before that," Avery McCall told Scout.
Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Florida State are some others showing interest right now.
McCall is only a freshman and the 6-foot-1, 179 pound quarterback won the starting job entering the final game of the regular season in 2012. He went on to lead Dillon to s state title and he threw for over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 400 rushing yards in those final five games.
"I just went out there and competed each week. The coaches told me to practice hard, so I did all year, and then I got my chance. It was exciting and I want to win three more state titles before I leave Dillon."
When asked about his early list of favorites, McCall said, "I like South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Florida State."
Speed at New Bern
Mike Hughes saw Virginia Tech wondering around the halls of New Bern High School on Thursday and he went out and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds that day. The Hokies have not offered Hughes yet, but they may be in the near future.
Hughes is pushing 5-feet, 10-inches tall and he is a solid 165 pounds with quick feet and speed.
He is going to be ranked by Scout as a cornerback, but he can do so many things well on the football field. He will play quarterback this year, but he knows where his future is.
"I like to play corner. I like to think of myself at a shutdown corner. I play with no fear. I like to play press coverage," Hughes said.
Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, UNC Charlotte, and Virginia have offered the rising junior out of the Tar Heel State.
Hughes likes Florida and South Carolina early. He called Florida his "dream" after growing up watching them over the past few years.
He plans to attend numerous one-day camps this summer trying to pick up more scholarship offers.
Scout 100 OL Open
Donell Stanley is a big young man at 6-foot-4, 312 pounds and he is easy to pick out on the football field. He is from the small town of Latta, S.C. and many top programs have sent coaches by there this spring.
Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, and Ohio State are just a few of the schools that have stopped in to check on the Scout 100 offensive guard over the past few weeks. Many more will come.
Stanley is just taking it all in stride right now.
"It is cool to have coaches come by the school and it started last year, so I kind of know what to expect now," Stanley said. "I hear about it all of the time from the students here when they see coaches walking around the school. People are always messing with me about it. I just have fun with it though."
This big junior is about as quiet as they come. He does not promote himself, he does not think he is special, and when it comes to recruiting talk, he does not do too much of that either.
He will hit the road this summer to see some schools this summer and that could help him form a list in the coming months.
"I know I am going to visit Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, and North Carolina this summer. I may get to Florida too, but I am not sure on that one yet.
"I will be looking at each school, seeing who has my major (Physical Education), seeing what I like there, seeing how the coaches are, and things like that when I visit. I am keeping my options open now until I see more places."
Stanley is in no rush to make a decision. He plans to take some official visits before he makes a decision.
Simmons: Road Report
CUTigers.com Top Stories
Pagano to TransferAfter helping Clemson win a National Championship and earning his degree, Scott Pagano has decided it is time for him to move on.
CUTigers.comFriday at 11:58 AM
RECRUITING RADARIn our weekly Recruiting Radar, CUTigers Recruiting Analyst Gary McDaniel updates you on the latest news and intel on the Clemson recruiting front!
TIGERS TAKE A W FROM WAKEAfter back-to-back heartbreaking losses to Syracuse and Duke, the Tigers built a 21-point lead on Wake Forest and won by 12 to complete the season sweep of the Deacs and keep their…
DEJA BLUEFor the second straight game, Clemson had the lead or a chance to win on the final possession of the game and came up just short. This time, it was against #18 Duke in the most…