Pack Pride's Preseason Top 40: The Top 10

Pack Pride breaks down the top 40 high school senior football prospects from the state of North Carolina. Today we take a look at the top 10.

After numerous combines, camps, film evaluation and input from coaches, Pack Pride breaks down the top 40 football prospects in the state of North Carolina. Today we take a look at the top 10.


NOTES...Faison-Walden is a great athlete playing safety that landed offers from around the country to include NC State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oregon among others. He committed to Penn State in July. NC State had been involved and received some visits but never appeared to be a major player.


NOTES...Melton is a solid interior lineman that has the potential to be a good one down the road. He had some struggles earlier in the year going up against some top tier defensive linemen and ended up tearing his ACL during the event. He showed interest in NC State but was a lifelong UNC fan and committed to the Heels earlier in the year.


NOTES...Gibson continued NC State's steady flow of top talent from Mallard Creek when he committed to NC State in March. He is explosive off the ball but a little under-sized which has limited his rankings somewhat. While he'll start out at defensive tackle for the Pack, in our opinion he could potentially be a four-star guy were he a full time offensive lineman.


NOTES...Riley is a big time physical prospect who is still learning the game of football. He has the potential to grow into a major college player if he develops and learns the game. There are questions about academics. He is committed to UNC.


NOTES...Moore is a prototypical offensive tackle with great size and above average agility and foot speed. He waffled several months on the recruiting trail but ultimately chose to join teammate Eric Douglas at South Carolina. The Pack was a major player but faded late.


NOTES...Greene proved to be one of the best linebackers in the region after his performance at a Nike Camp held in the spring. He has good size, instincts and moves extremely well. NC State was the team to beat for some time but he connected with South Carolina and committed to the Gamecocks last month.


NOTES...Lawler is a player that has impressed us every time we've seen him and perhaps he's ranked too low at No. 4. He is a long, rangy player that is explosive off the edge. He committed to UNC over offers from Georgia, Louisville, Virginia Tech, NC State and South Carolina.


NOTES...Crest seems to roll out top talent every year and Foster is the latest. It was a little concerning to see how much weight he had gained earlier in the year and if that trend continues, there's no chance he'll stay at linebacker in college. Foster holds double digit offers but lists a top five of Clemson, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.


NOTES...Nasirildeen is an extremely physical player that thrives on contact. He possesses a ton of upside and colleges have taken notice as he holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, NC State and Tennessee among others. Nasirildeen currently favors Florida, Florida State, Alabama and South Carolina.


NOTES...At 6-2, 210 pounds Jones is one of the best athletes in the state. While he likely projects at receiver in college, it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately ended up on defense at safety or even linebacker depending on how he develops physically. Jones committed to UNC over offers from Clemson, Georgia, Florida and NC State among others. Despite maintaining that he is solid to UNC, he has left open the possibility of visiting other schools so he could be one to keep an eye on down the road.

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