Clark: Top SC Performers

The North Carolina state championship games were full of talented players. However, six prospects stood out.

The games scouted: Matthews (N.C.) Butler vs. Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt, Concord (N.C.) vs. Havelock (N.C.), and Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic vs. Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford.

There were several Division l prospects on hand, but these six were the best (in alphabetical order by last name).

Pharoh Cooper | No. 103 wide receiver | Havelock | 5'11/190

Cooper rarely came off the field for the Rams. He played quarterback, safety, and even returned kicks. He made big play after big play. Cooper had 82 yards rushing, 67 yards passing, and three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing) on offense. On defense, he returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and had several tackles. He continues to improve and will be a very good defensive back in college.

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina

Riley Ferguson | No. 42 QB | Butler | 6'2/190

Ferguson was extremely impressive. He has fully recovered from his broken hand and it showed. The three-star signal-caller finished 20-29 for 301 yard and five touchdowns (no interceptions). Even more impressive was that three or four of his passes were dropped. He took what the defense gave him and made great decisions. He will be a very good college quarterback.

Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee

Elijah Hood | No. 13 2014 RB |Charlotte Catholic | 6'1/215

It was clear from the beginning of the game that Northern Guilford was going to make someone other than Hood beat them. They always had at least nine players in the box. However, he carried the ball 34 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he saw limited action at linebacker, but still made four tackles. It was the end of huge season for Hood and there is no doubt he is one of the top players in the 2014 class.

Recruiting: On the recruiting front, Hood has scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He is also hearing from countless other schools.

Peter Kalambayi | No. 5 MLB| Butler | 6'3/240

Kalambayi was dominant against Jack Britt. Most teams ran away from him all season, but the Buccaneers did not. Kalambayi finished with 12 tackles and was unblockable all day. He has a great combination of power and speed. Of all the players I saw on Saturday, Kalambayi probably has a chance to make the most immediate impact at the next level. Overall, he is game-changer. He should become a star in college and ultimately play on Sundays.

Recruiting: Committed to Stanford

T.J. Logan | No. 28 RB | Northern Guilford| 5'11/180

Logan's performance in last Saturday's 3A championship game was one of the best in North Carolina High School history. The four-star running back finished with 28 carries for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. Logan, who took home MVP honors, scored on runs of 46, 27, 80, 85, 19, 14, 82, and 73 yards. He showed the ability to run inside the tackles and on the perimeter. The senior also had an interception. Logan is one of the fastest players in the entire country and has the potential to be star in college.

Recruiting: Committed to North Carolina

Derrell Scott | No. 11 2014 RB | Havelock | 5'11/185

Scott did not have many carries in the first half and Havelock trailed 21-20 after two quarters. However, with the state championship on the line, Scott ran for over 100 yards and had two touchdowns in the second half. He showed the ability to run inside and outside. Scott finished the game with 18 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Like Hood, there is no doubt Scott is one of the top players in the 2014 class.

Recruiting: Scott has scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Numerous other schools are also showing interest in him.

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