North Carolina: Who's Next?

There is a lot of young talent all over the country and North Carolina is no different. Seven guys in the Tar Heel State's 2015 class that are already generating a buzz on the recruiting trail are below.

Anthony Ratliff

Recruiting: The Mattews (N.C.) Butler quarterback has already heard from several big-time college football programs. Early on, Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Michigan, and USC have already reached out to the 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller.

Bottom Line: Butler has had a Division quarterback every year since 2006 and the Bulldogs' head coach Brian Hales said Ratliff has the potential to be better than all of them. When Tennessee commit Riley Ferguson went down with a hand injury this year, Butler did not skip a beat. Ratliff stepped in and completed 19-34 passes for 350 yards and six touchdowns, while throwing only two interceptions. On the ground, he carried the ball 24 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns. He also played receiver, where he caught five passes for 96 yards.

Bryce Love

Recruiting: The Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest-Rolesville running back recently picked up his first scholarship offer from Duke. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back is also attracting interest from Arizona, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, UCLA, Penn State, and Stanford.

Bottom Line: Love is one of the fastest sophomores in the entire country. The speedster ran for close to 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He also averaged 9 yards per carry. Besides his success on the football field, Love has already posted some mind-boggling numbers on the track. Last year, at the age of 14, Love ran a 10.6 100-meter dash, 21.6 200, and a 48.2 400.

Darian Roseboro

Recruiting: The Lincolnton (N.C.) defensive end already has offers from North Carolina and Duke. He is also attracting heavy interest from Clemson, Ohio State, and Tennessee.

Bottom Line: Roseboro burst onto the scene as a freshman registering 107 tackles, seven sacks, and 12 tackles for loss. He also earned team defensive MVP in the 2A state championship game. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Roseboro had 102 tackles and 10 sacks. Physically, he is probably one of the most impressive prospects in the 2015 class.

Juval Mollette

Recruiting: The Randleman (N.C.) wide receiver already has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. He has also heard from Duke, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Bottom Line: Mollette had a tremendous year. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound receiver caught 65 passes for 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is a big-time athlete, who has great size and incredible ball skills. He is just scratching the surface of his potential. It is hard to imagine that there are many sophomore receivers in the country better than Mollette.

Lee Autry

Recruiting: The Albemarle (N.C.) defensive tackle has garnered interest from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, UCLA, and Wake Forest.

Bottom Line: Autry had a huge freshman campaign with 130 tackles and seven sacks. This season, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle finished with 152 tackles and five sacks. Although he is waiting on his first offer, look for that to change soon.

Michael Bowman

Recruiting: The Havelock (N.C.) wide receiver has picked up offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, and South Carolina in the past few weeks. He is also attracting interest from several other ACC and SEC schools.

Bottom Line: Bowman is Havelock quarterback Pharoh Cooper's favorite target in Rams' high-powered offense. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bowman has 47 catches for over 800 yards and six touchdowns this season. He is a strong, powerful receiver. Bowman runs good routes and has soft hands. Like Mollette, he has the potential to be one of the better receivers in the 2015 class.

Shy Tuttle

Recruiting: The Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson defensive tackle has offers from Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Florida State, LSU, North Carolina State, Miami, and Tennessee are also showing serious interest.

Bottom Line: Tuttle is arguably the top sophomore in North Carolina. I saw him play earlier this year and he has a combination of speed and power rarely seen. It is scary to think he is only a sophomore and the sky is the limit for the 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive linemen. This season, he had close to 100 tackles and 16 sacks. He will likely be one of the top 2015 prospects in the entire country.

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