Simmons: Notes from the Road

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons stopped by some schools in North Carolina before attending the Mallard Creek-Butler game Friday night. He saw some talented underclassmen.

Before seeing a very talented game at Mallard Creek on Friday, a few schools received visits from Chad Simmons. Here are some notes from those stops.

2013 LB Leads Way at Vance

Vance Head Coach Phil Culicerto said, "my team has speed" when talking to Simmons on Friday inside his office and he has a fast linebacker in the 2013 class that will head his next prospect list.

Larenz Bryant is a 6-foot-2, 205 pound linebacker with speed and length. He can move and he is already drawing a good bit of attention.

Illinois and South Carolina have offered the junior and he is hearing from schools like Clemson, Duke, Georgia, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech already as well.

Expect to hear more on Bryant as the 2011 season progresses. He could be one of the top defenders in North Carolina.

Other 2013 prospects to keep an eye on at Vance are Keon Brewer, Nolan Corpening, and Jaylen Latter.

Brewer is a 6-foot-2, 220 pound prospect that plays offensive line and defensive end at Vance. He will likely play rush end on the next level.

Corpening is a 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete with good speed that can play numerous skill positions. Cornerback will likely be his home in college, but he could be used as a slot receiver too.

Latter is a 5-foot-11, 185 pound prospect that plays quarterback right now. That will likely not be his position in college. He can run and the best way to describe him is, athletic.

In the 2014 class, Vance has Trey Foggie, a 6-foot-2, 195 pound athlete who plays tight end/rush end and Juan Hudson, a 6-foot-2, 183 pound outside linebacker. Both are prospects to keep an eye on.

Charlotte Christian Keeps It Coming

In 2011, Charlotte Christian sent Matthias Farley to Notre Dame and Kyler Brown to Duke and they have more Division I talent on campus for the 2013 and 2014 classes.

Desmond Lawrence has created an early buzz and he is a 6-foot-1, 175 pound athlete in the class of 2013.

Lawrence was offered by South Carolina after impressing the Gamecock coaches at one of their camps this summer. South Carolina offered him as a corner, but he could also play free safety on the next level.

Charlotte Christian Head Coach Jason Estep said, "Desmond is very athlete, he plays physical, and he has shown me that he could be a very good corner in college. He can play the run, he has very good ball skills, and he has good size."

Lawrence is receiving interest from many schools in the ACC right now.

Moving on to the next class, Jeb Blazevich is one to watch. He is a 6-foot-4, 200 pound sophomore with football in his blood. His grandfather, Ed Tate Parker played football at Ole Miss and his father, Jim Blazevich played football at Northwestern.

Coach Estep likes his versatility.

"If schools want him to play offense, he could be a tight end in college, but if schools like him for defense, I think he could be a good outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme," said Coach Estep. "He is long, he will hit you, and he can do a lot of things well on the football field."

It is early in the recruiting process for Blazevich, but he is already drawing some attention from Clemson and Duke.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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