The official rankings for the North Carolina class of 2012 won't be released for a couple of months but it's never too early to take a look at some of the best players in the state. Over the next two weeks, Pack Pride will break down 10 players that will challenge for a spot among the state's top players. Today we profile OL Mark Harrell
OL Mark Harrell...6-5, 260 pounds...Charlotte (NC) Catholic High School
The Skinny....Rated at No. 5, there's certainly a good chance that Harrell could move up our list over the next few months. He is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the state and the only thing holding him back right now is the fact he's a little under sized.
Once you get beyond his weight, Harrell's film is just about as good as anyone's in the state. Lining up in the traditional tight end position, he is actually an extra offensive tackle.
Harrell explodes off the line of scrimmage and does a tremendous job of keeping his pads low and generating leverage. He also plays with a nasty streak and stays with the play until the whistle. Fundamentally he appears sound and is simply going to need time to grow into a college-sized offensive lineman.
Scholarship offers...NC State, UNC, Auburn, West Virginia, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame
Where does the Pack stand?...Early on, Harrell gave us the impression that an NC State offer may be tough for other schools to overcome. Since then his recruiting has exploded with offers pouring in from around the nation. The Pack has not hosted him since junior day and really needs to get him back on campus. We think State has a very good shot at him but offers from Michigan and Notre Dame will certainly give him a lot to think about.
Quote on NC State: "Apparently they've been recruiting me pretty hard," he said. "I think I'm at the top of their list. They're at the top of mine. I mean, I'm not trying to pick favorites but I will definitely be interested in them in the future. I definitely like them a lot. They're in my home state. It's far away enough from home but still close enough that my family and friends could come see me play."
Early thoughts...We really thought once State offered, Harrell would become the Pack's to lose. No one could've predicted that his recruiting would take off to the extent it has but every bit of it is well deserved.
Harrell has stayed away from naming particular favorites although he plans to narrow his list down over the summer. He hopes to make a decision before his senior season and we think that's a strong possibility.
Early NC Top 10: No. 5 OL Mark Harrell
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