After attending numerous camps and combines in addition to watching film and talking to high school coaches, Pack Pride has it's breakdown of the top 50 players in the state of North Carolina. Today we look at No.'s 11-20.
20. LB Nick Dawson...6-2, 220 pounds...Berry Academy
It's not a great year for linebackers in the state of North Carolina but Dawson is one of the best. His combination of size and playmaking ability has landed him better than a dozen scholarship offers. Dawson has repeatedly stated a desire to play with teammate Germone Hopper in college. Since Hopper has committed to Clemson, the Tigers have clearly been one of the teams to beat with Tennessee, UNC, Louisville and Miami in the mix as well.
19. TE Dan Beilinson...6-5, 230 pounds...Panther Creek High School
For our money, Beilinson is the top tight end in the state this year. While not super in any particular aspect, he's good in nearly every facet with upside being his biggest attribute. Beilinson is a player that will play in the 260 pound range and has the potential to grow into a dominant tight end down the road. He committed to Duke over NC State and Wake Forest.
18. CB Rhaheim Ledbetter...5-11, 190 pounds...Crest High School
Ledbetter is one of the top rated defensive backs in the nation and for good reason. He's a very solid tackler and doesn't mine getting physical, something that could ultimately lead him to a spot at safety if he continues to add size. He shows good foot work and recovery speed and could grow into a fantastic defensive back if he's willing to apply himself. Ledbetter is committed to Florida.
17. LB Keilin Rayner...6-3, 220 pounds...North Brunswick High School
Rayner is a player that certainly has the potential to move up this list as a senior. Physically he jumps out at you and has the look of a college junior instead of a player just now preparing for his senior year in high school. He has great speed and that, along with his ability to make plays on defense has landed him offers from NC State, South Carolina, Duke, Clemson, UNC and East Carolina. Duke has consistently been the team to beat.
16. DE Alex McCallister...6-5, 205 pounds...West Forsyth High School
McCallister is raw and still learning the defensive end position but boasts big time potential. He has the height, frame and quickness that has landed him offers from Florida, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Although the Pack was the first team to offer, UNC and Florida currently lead the way for his commitment.
15. WR Chris Mangus...5-11, 175 pounds...Broughton High School
While all-world RB Keith Marshall claims most of the headlines in Wake County, there are those that would argue that Mangus actually outperformed Marshall on several occasions last year. Although he will most likely end up at slot receiver, Mangus is slippery quick with the cuts and acceleration to become a big time play maker out in space. Although Notre Dame held an early lead, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Clemson have been out front for Mangus' commitment of late.
14. ATH James Summers...6-2, 195 pounds...Page High School
Summers is a big time prospect who is defined by his athleticism and work ethic. While he'll likely get a shot at quarterback when he arrives at NC State next year, he may be better suited at wide receiver where he can take full advantage of his talents. Summers committed to NC State over offers from UNC, Clemson and East Carolina.
13. LB Jamal Marcus...6-1, 220 pounds...Hillside High School
Marcus is another ‘tweener who plays defensive end for Hillside but likely projects at linebacker in college. There's no question that he has the speed and size for the position. It will be the ability to play out in space that will determine Marcus' success on the next level. UNC likely leads at this point with Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson in the mix as well. NC State has been involved but hasn't emerged as a major player.
12. DE Romeo Okwara...6-4, 225 pounds...Ardrey Kell High School
Okwara is a player that has just about everything you're looking for in a college defensive end. He has the speed, size and work ethic to grown into an every down contributor in college. While his recruiting was a little slower to take off than some others, it didn't take long for Okwara to accumulate close to a dozen offers before committing to Notre Dame in July.
11. DE Carlos Watkins...6-3, 290 pounds...Forest City Chase High School
With 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as a junior, Watkins has proven he has the talent to get it done from his defensive tackle position. He has a great frame and physically, we believe he has a ton of upside. As solid as he's been in high school, Watkins is just scratching the surface of what he can become in college. Clemson, South Carolina and Notre Dame are the teams to beat with the Tigers likely holding the lead.
North Carolina's Top 50 Prospects: #11-20
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