With the 2011 season now complete, Pack Pride breaks down the top 30 players from the state of North Carolina. Today we take a look at No's 21-30.
30. RB Dee Littlejohn...6-1, 220 pounds...Lincolnton High School
When you look at Littlejohn physically, you wonder how in the heck this guy doesn't have a handful of offers. He is one of the most impressive looking prospects in the state and has put up good combine numbers, yet, he still doesn't have any major offers. He will likely project at fullback on the FBS level. To date, UNC has been one of the schools that has shown the most interest.
Preseason Rank...42...Final Word...set county single season rushing record with 2,072 yards...selected to Shrine Bowl...named team captain at Shrine Bowl...lead team to state championship game...considering offers from NC A&T, Gardner-Webb and UNC-Charlotte
29. TE Anthony Rook...6-3, 230 pounds...Greenville Rose High School
Rook boasts a good frame and his projection at H-Back once he gets to Wake Forest in 2012 should be a good fit. While not the most athletic, Rook has a high motor and plays hard. He'll need to continue to work on his overall agility and strength but will mesh well in the Deacon's system. Wake Forest and NC State had offered as well.
Preseason Rank...25...Final Word....had 10 catches for 224 yards as a senior...selected to Shrine Bowl
28. ATH Kedrick Davis...5-9, 160 pounds...Berry Academy
2012 may very well go down as the year of the offensive lineman and the athlete. Davis would certainly fit into the latter. He is blistering fast although still coming into his own as a football player. Where he ultimately ends up in college is still to be determined but his speed is unquestioned. Cornerback or a return man on special teams could be likely destinations. Davis has committed to UNC.
Preseason Rank...34...Final Word....selected to Shrine Bowl...committed to UNC but has visited Louisville and may visit Kentucky
27. WR Jamel Harbison...5-10, 185 pounds...Mallard Creek High School
Harbison has been overlooked to some degree but he's a player that really impressed us- particularly at the invitation-only combine held this month. He may not be the biggest player around but he's big enough and possesses tremendous ball skills. We think he's a guy that could pick up several additional offers as he makes his way through the 2011 season. Harbison reports about a half dozen offers, including NC State, although we don't think the Pack's offer is committable at this point. Minnesota has been his leader.
Preseason Rank...33...Final Word....had 44 catches for 810 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior...named all-region...selected to Shrine Bowl and had 94 yard kickoff return for score
26. WR Jody Fuller...6-0, 205 pounds...Sun Valley High School
If you go by film alone, Fuller is one of the most impressive looking prospects in the state. In person, he's still a very solid player on the high school level but physically, appears that he may be better suited at another position. He does have decent speed and very good size but may just need time in a strength and conditioning program to realize his full potential. He committed to South Carolina earlier this summer.
Preseason Rank...21...Final Word....had 65 catches for 800 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior...named all-region..selected to Shrine Bowl
25. 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.
Preseason Rank...20...Final Word....had 87 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks as a senior...selected to US Army All-American game...Louisville leads NC State, Clemson and UNC
24. OL Bryce Kennedy...6-2, 285 pounds...Pinecrest High School
Kennedy is another sleeper of sorts that hasn't drawn the attention of some of the other higher profile linemen in the state. However, while still considered raw, Kennedy has a ton of upside both physically and in his development as an offensive lineman. Duke, NC State, UNC and South Carolina have been four of the main contenders but most consider South Carolina the team to beat.
Preseason Rank...22...Final Word....Committed to NC State...selected to Shrine Bowl...will enroll in college in January
23. LB M.J. Salahuddin...6-3, 185 pounds...Jack Britt High School
Salahuddin is a player that had been on NC State's radar for some time but it was his performance at the Wolfpack's football camp in June that landed him an offer and ultimately led to a commitment. After running the 40-yard dash in the 4.6's for the Pack coaches, Salahuddin went on to have an impressive performance in drills as well as one on ones. He'll make the transition from safety to linebacker once he gets to NC State.
Preseason Rank...32...Final Word....tallied 110 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, eight breakups and one forced fumble as a senior...late addition to Shrine Bowl due to injury...tied for second best in tackles with six in Shrine Bowl
22. LB Dahman McKinnon...6-0, 195 pounds...South View High School
Virginia Tech has made a living off of landing unknown prospects and turning them into bona fide stars and McKinnon seems to fit that mold. An extremely productive player in high school, McKinnon will need to fill out but boasts the frame and speed to grow into a standout player for the Hokies.
Preseason Rank...26...Final Word....selected to Shrine Bowl
21. DE Desmond Owino...6-5, 235 pounds...Sanderson High School
Preseason Rank...NR...Final Word....Owino burst onto the scene in 2011 after playing football for just one year. Although very raw, Owino has great size, athleticism and speed. While he'll need time to learn the game, the good news is he hasn't developed any bad habits. He committed to UNC over NC State but visited the Wolfpack recently.
Pack Pride's Postseason Top 30: #21-30
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