Recruting analyst Michael Clark spent some time on the road last week. Below are news and notes on some of the top prospects.
2016 Havelock (N.C) outside linebacker Keion Joyner had a huge game for the Rams last week. He helped lead Havelock to a 31-13 victory over North Carolina's 2012 4A state champion New Bern. Joyner, who is already 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, was the best player on the field last week in a game full of talented prospects. Over the next few months, look for his recruitment to explode. He will likely be a national prospect.
Havelock running back Derrell Scott had a strong game last week, rushing for over 100 yards. The 5-11, 185-pound Scott looked noticeably bigger and stronger than last season. However, the four-star running back has not lost any of his speed or quickness. He is down to four schools – South Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee – in that order. In my opinion, I think it will come down to South Carolina and N.C. State.
Although Mike Hughes will play cornerback in college, he is lining up at quarterback for New Bern this season. Against Havelock, he completed 14-of-25 passes for 159 yards and also ran for a touchdown. He is up to ten offers, with the latest coming from Duke and South Carolina. As far as his recruitment, the 5-10, 170-pound Hughes has not named any favorites. But after talking to a few sources, I think Clemson, Florida and South Carolina are the schools that are in the best shape with Hughes at this time. I expect him to visit both Clemson and South Carolina before the end of the season.
De'Andre Thompkins remains 100 percent committed to Penn State. The Swansboro (N.C.) wide receiver added some good weight to his 6-foot frame during offseason and appears to be close to 180 pounds. The three-star playmaker has led Swansboro to a 2-0 start. In his first two games, Thompkins has 128 yards receiving, 78 yards rushing and six touchdowns on offense, nine tackles on defense and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Since this summer, Warsaw (N.C.) James Kenan running back Marcelias Sutton has generated quite a buzz in many recruiting circles. Back in June, the 5-9, 180-pound running back put on a show at N.C. State's camp, which in return landed him an offer from the Wolfpack. Shortly thereafter, the three-star prospect committed to new N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren. Sutton is the 4th-ranked running back in North Carolina and 67th nationally.
Vanceboro (N.C.) West Craven is 2-0 this season and should be good for a long time. The Eagles have a strong nucleus of underclassman, including 2016 wide receiver Malik Abrams, 2016 cornerback Danny Harvey, 2017 quarterback Darius Abrams and 2017 defensive end Claron Mims.