North Carolina's Top 50 Prospects: #21-30

After attending seven combines, watching hours of film and speaking with numerous high school coaches across the state, we at Inside ECU Sports feel confident that no one has spent more time evaluating the in-state class of 2008. Today we continue our evaluation of the in-state class with the #21-30 prospects in the state of North Carolina.

  • North Carolina's Top 50 Prospects: #41-50
  • North Carolina's Top 50 Prospects: #31-40

    Legend: (o)-offer, (L)- our opinion of who may lead for a particular prospect, (c)- camp

    30. ATH Adrian Jones...5-10, 175 pounds, 4.4/40...Scotland County HS...Laurinburg, NC
    Notes...Jones plays QB for Scotland County and it gives him the perfect opportunity to show off his blazing speed. He boasts impressive elusiveness and has the ability to take full advantage of his tremendous quickness. Size is somewhat of a concern and will likely see a future at cornerback and special teams once he gets to college. Grades are a concern and a year at prep school is a possibility.

    Schools...UNC(L), East Carolina (c), Clemson, Miami, Georgia, NC State(c)

    29. DL Anthony Garner...6-0, 290 pounds, 4.95/40...Jordan Mathews HS...Siler City, NC
    Notes...On film Garner is one of the most impressive defensive linemen in the state. He plays extremely low, gets good leverage and has surprisingly quick feet that enables him to consistently penetrate into opposing backfields. Garner's speed is average but his explosiveness in a small space is tremendous. Height is probably not ideal for a division one defensive tackle and there could be some concern over whether he's hit his ceiling physically. However, he'll get plenty of opportunities to impress college coaches this summer during his camp tour.

    Schools....NC State(L)(c), Virginia Tech(L) (c), East Carolina (c), Marshall, UNC

    28. OL Jonathan Cooper...6-2, 290 pounds, 5.2/40...Hoggard HS, Wilmington, NC
    Notes...Cooper is an extremely solid lineman that really impressed us at the combines held over the spring. He has a super personality and attitude and backs that up with some impressive OL skills. He moves well for his size but more importantly, plays with an extremely low center of gravity that helps him dominate opposing defensive linemen. Cooper doesn't have ideal height and like Anthony Garner, some may have concerns that he's already peaked physically. It would be interesting to see him get a shot at defensive tackle.

    Schools....East Carolina(o)(L) (c), Buffalo(o), NC A&T(o), Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke, NC State(c)

    27. S Tony Morgan...6-1, 190 pounds, 4.45/40...Garner (NC) HS
    Notes...Morgan has a reputation for speed and he backed that up with tremendous showings at a couple of combines this spring- consistently being timed in the 4.4-second range. He has a great frame and will likely project as a safety on the next level. Morgan is still raw as a defensive back but all the tools are there for him to emerge as a solid collegiate player down the road. Grades are somewhat of an issue.

    Schools....South Carolina (o)(L), UNC (o), East Carolina (o), Clemson (o), NC State(c)

    26. WR T.J. Graham...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4/40...Wakefield HS...Raleigh, NC
    Notes...Graham is simply an incredibly fast athlete. He has obviously benefitted from a year of track and coaching from his father, Trevor Graham. His stride is effortless and he shows tremendous explosion from a dead stop. Didn't put up huge stats as a junior so will likely need to have good showings at camps over the summer to prove his ability at wide receiver.

    Schools...NC State(c), Florida State(L), UNC, Duke

    25. ATH Darius Spencer...5-10, 175 pounds, 4.4/40...AC Reynolds HS...Asheville, NC
    Notes...Spencer is a speedy, shifty runner that blistered the competition at running back during his junior year. He does a super job of exploding through creases and once he's into the secondary, no one can catch him. Spencer isn't the biggest prospect and could get a look at defensive back and special teams. Will need to improve his grades to be eligible as a freshman.

    Schools....East Carolina commitment

    24. FB/LB Austin Johnson...6-3, 230 pounds, 4.75/40...Hickory (NC) HS
    Notes...Tough, hard-nosed prospect that was very productive as a junior whether it be at fullback or linebacker. Has a tremendous frame and is one of the more physically impressive kids in North Carolina. Johnson plays somewhat stiff and doesn't have great speed but is a tremendous competitor. He will likely play MLB or FB in college but a move to DL certainly isn't out of the question.

    Schools....Tennessee commitment

    23. S Ed Gainey...6-0, 175 pounds, 4.45/40...Mt Tabor HS...Winston-Salem, NC
    Notes
    ... One of the most productive players in the state as a junior, tallying an amazing 13 interceptions. He is super in coverage and seemingly always finds a way to make a play on the ball. Gainey has solid speed for a safety but what really jumps out is his 38.8-inch vertical jump. It is surprising that he has yet to pick up a scholarship offer.

    Schools...Wake Forest(L), NC State(L), UNC

    22. S Lorenzo Williams...6-2, 180 pounds, 4.42/40...Westover HS...Fayetteville, NC
    Notes...Williams is another player who saw his stock take off over the spring. He is blessed with a great frame and showed solid speed at the Scout combine in Charlotte. Williams appears to have a tremendous upside and plays physical and also showed very good coverage fundamentals on the combine circuit. Because of his potential, we wouldn't be surprised to see him pick up several more offers before all is said and done.

    Schools....Duke(o), Virginia(o), Wake Forest(o)(L), UNC

    21. LB Reggie Bowens...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.5/40...Garner (NC) HS
    Notes...Bowens has one of the best combinations of size and speed in North Carolina. He could play safety on the next level but may be a better prospect at outside linebacker. Physically, he's exactly what you want. However, he is not a natural at linebacker and will need to sharpen his skills at that position. He is able to be extremely productive because his size and speed is head and shoulders above the vast majority of players he faces.

    Schools...South Carolina(o)(L), UNC(o)(L), East Carolina(o), Clemson(o), NC State


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