Clark: Notes from the road

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.

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