With the 2011 season now complete, Pack Pride breaks down the top 30 high school senior football prospects from the state of North Carolina. Today we take a look at #21-30 in the rankings.
20. 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.
Preseason Rank...17...Final Word....Shrine Bowl selection...UNC leads Clemson, South Carolina, East Carolina and Duke
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.
Preseason Rank...19...Final Word....selected to Shrine Bowl
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.
Preseason Rank...18...Final Word....tallied 45 tackles and four sacks as a senior...also rushed for 1,059 yards and 20 touchdowns...Shrine Bowl selection
17. 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.
Preseason Rank...15...Final Word....rushed for 1,658 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior...committed to Virginia Tech
16. RB Jela Duncan...5-10, 200 pounds...Mallard Creek High School
Duncan is a very solid running back who impressed us during one on one drills at the Shrine Bowl invitation only workout held earlier this month. He has a nice combination of size and speed and runs hard. Duncan reports roughly a half dozen offers with Duke showing the most interest currently. NC State has not been heavily involved up to this point.
Preseason Rank...29...Final Word....biggest move up in Pack Pride's rankings...rushed for 2,307 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior...regional offensive player of the year...rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in Shrine Bowl...considering Wake Forest, UNC, East Carolina and Duke
15. OL/DT J.J. Patterson...6-4, 310 pounds...Roanoke Rapids High School
Patterson landed early offers from NC State, UNC and East Carolina and wasted little time in committing to the Tar Heels. He is an interesting prospect in that he has the look of an offensive lineman but wants to stay on defense. Patterson was actually moved from defense to offense at the Shrine Bowl invitation only combine. Patterson has a very nice combination of size and strength and should his foot speed improve, has the potential to grow into a solid college player.
Preseason Rank...10...Final Word....selected to Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...two time conference lineman of the year
14. OL Mark Harrell...6-5, 270 pounds...Charlotte Catholic High School
On film, Harrell is one of the better offensive linemen we scouted this spring. He is a tenacious blocker, uses his hands well and goes 110% on every play. The one knock on Harrell is a lack of foot speed and he'll definitely need to improve on that once he gets to college. He committed to Notre Dame back in May over roughly a dozen other offers including NC State, Tennessee, Michigan and Clemson.
Preseason Rank...9...Final Word....helped offensive line that produced 333 rushing yards and 43 points per game...two time all-area pick
13. 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.
Preseason Rank...16...Final Word....named all-state...52 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior...considering UNC, Florida and Georgia Tech
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.
Preseason Rank...12...Final Word....tallied 76 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss as a senior...Shrine Bowl selection
11. OL Brock Stadnik...6-5, 290 pounds...Western Guilford High School
In a year loaded with division one quality offensive linemen, Stadnik is one of the best. While not as athletic D.J. Humphries, Stadnik is a bull and as he develops, should grow into a top notch offensive lineman. After landing better than two dozen scholarship offers earlier in the year, Stadnik committed to South Carolina back in May.
Preseason Rank...5...Final Word....named all-state...selected to Shrine Bowl but did not play
Pack Pride's Postseason Top 30: #11-20
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