National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons covered the Byrnes-Gaffney game last Friday, but before that game, he stopped in to see numerous prospects in the Carolinas.
Most of the prospects seen on this trip were juniors or younger and all are very talented, highly recruited, and could become national prospects.
Abbeville High School in South Carolina may have their best prospect ever on their campus right now in Kelly Bryant. He is only a sophomore, but the 6-foot-4, 195 pound athlete already has offers from Clemson and South Carolina. Expect many other offers to come his way as coaches see his film. The question about Bryant is not what level he will play on in college, but he will be a big-time recruit, but it is what position he will play. He plays quarterback now, but long term, he could have more upside as a wide receiver. Either way, expect for Bryant to be highly recruited over the next two plus year.
Scout released their initial 2014 Scout300 recently and a prospect that found himself on that list is Christian Miller. He is a 6-foot-4, 200 pound outside linebacker at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. and he has great size, range, and short range quickness. He will continue to grow, fill out, and looks like a perfect fit for an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He has been offered a scholarship by Clemson, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina with many other schools starting to show interest.
When Scout reveals their early Watch List for the 2015 class, Shy Tuttle will find his name on it. He is a 6-foot-2, 290 pound interior defensive lineman out of North Davidson High School in Lexington, N.C. and he has great feet, he can move laterally, and he not only is a big body in the middle that demands a double-team, but he also makes plays. Alabama had him over their camp in the summer and offered him a scholarship. Clemson, North Carolina, and Wake Forest have offered Tuttle as well. He is hearing from many other ACC and SEC programs and he will likely reach double-digit offers in the coming months.
West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. is home to 2014 quarterback Jalan McClendon. He is a quarterback with a live arm, a simple release, and he has shown the ability to make the needed throws to be a top quarterback prospect. To go along with the arm is good size (6-4/195) and mobility. He likes the spread offense and he would be a great fit in a zone-read system. North Carolina and Wake Forest have offered him and he is hearing a lot from Ohio State among many others. His top school is Ohio State because of the offense Urban Meyer runs.
The early favorite for the top quarterback in the state of North Carolina in 2014 is Will Grier. The 6-foot-3, 185 pound junior signal caller out of Davidson Day School is a son of a head coach who also played quarterback at East Carolina. The knowledge Chad Grier has passed down to his son is something you cannot teach, so Grier's understanding of the game, his understanding of the position he plays, and his ability to disect defenses to go along with his physical tools have helped him land early offers from Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and others. He is mobile in the pocket, he has a strong arm, he surveys the field well, and he has a lot of upside.
Grier has a teammate by the name of Jordan Brown and he was recently offered a scholarship by Duke. Brown plays both sides of the ball and he could play slot receiver or cornerback on the next level. He has speed, he is shifty, and he can make plays. Brown is very interested in Duke because of what they offer academically. He is thinking long-term and Duke is very appealing to him.
One of the top defensive prospects in North Carolina is Chris Register and he is a junior out of Dudley High School in Greensboro. He is 6-feet 4-inches tall and right around 220 pounds at this time. He is another hybrid who is athletic enough to play outside linebacker or rush end on the next level. He can rush the passer or drop off the ball into coverage too. He loves attacking the quarterback off the edge and he has good range, he closes well, and he is athletic. Offers from Clemson, Duke, Indiana, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Tennessee are there and he is hearing from many others including Alabama, Clemson, and Florida. He has high interest in Alabama early on. Scout named him a four-star outside linebacker recently.
Lincolnton (H.S.) played in the state championship game in 2011 and Darian Roseboro was named MVP for Lincolnton. That would be exciting for any player, but Roseboro was only a freshman. The 6-foot-5, 250 pound defensive end is now talking to schools like North Carolina and Ohio State on the phone because they are interested in him. His head coach has been coaching at Lincolnton since 1979 and Coach Scott Cloninger said, "Darian is special". Duke and North Carolina have offered already and many others Will Down the road.
This one still has three plus football seasons to play on the high school level, but Antonio Williams is a 2016 running back worth talking about. The 5-foot-10, 180 pound running back may be young, but he runs and plays like a veteran. He is very smooth on the football field and he is a natural with the ball in his hands. He sees the field well, he has quick feet, and he has put up big numbers his freshman season. Both North Carolina and North Carolina State have already offered Williams. He wears the No. 34 because of greats like Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, and Earl Campbell. He wants to be recruited like those guys were and he seems to be on his way.