Fayetteville (NC) RB George Bell (PICTURED) just completed his official visit to Virginia Tech and sources have indicated that the Hokies now join NC State and Michigan at the top of Bell's list. I still believe the Wolfpack hold the slight edge in this recruiting battle and following his visit to Virginia this weekend, look for George to announce his college decision. One final note on Bell... it's possible that he could receive his first gridiron action in over a year next weekend for Jack Britt.
After rushing for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns last week against High Point Central, Trinity (HS) RB/QB John McEachin had an "off-night" against Southwest Randolph, only gaining 140 yards and 1 score. However, he did much damage to Southwest with his arm, passing for another 160 yards and 2 TDs in the 26-21 victory. McEachin's having a HUGE season and is a heavy Wolfpack lean who also will be in Raleigh this Thursday night for the Clemson football game. Pending a qualifying SAT score, John could verbal to NC State shortly and closely resembles current Wolfpack DB Lamont Reid, who also was a running back in high school. I doubt McEachin plays running back at the next level, and has the versatility to end up at several positions.
The most highly-regarded quarterback left on NC State's board, Deerfield Beach (FL) QB Brent Schaeffer (PICTURED), threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing and ran for a pair of scores in Deerfield Beach's 61-6 drubbing of Coral Springs. Brent attends the same high school as Wolfpack wideout Tramain Hall and is the cousin of NC State WR Sterling Hicks. With his strong ties to the Wolfpack and their passing system that fits his style, you have to believe NC State can be there in the end for the talented signal-caller. Schaeffer consistently mentions the Wolfpack in his top seven and landing an official visit will be critical, with NC State fighting powers such as Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech for his services.
Which prospect is making a case for North Carolina HS Player of the Year Honors? Greenville (NC) Rose RB Andre Brown's "rushing" down the stretch run with that goal in mind, as he's had an amazing three-game stretch following this weekend's 300 yards and 4 TDs on 25 carries against Northern Nash. That performance, on the heels of his 300 yards/6 TDs and 350 yards/4 TDs games respectively, has Brown in great shape for the state's top award. He's led Rose HS to a 7-1 record with defenses keying on him every weekend. On the recruiting front, I feel Andre favors NC State and Virginia, with the Wolfpack receiving an official visit on December 6th. Look for NC State and assistant coach Manny Diaz to try and seal the deal during that visit, which is setting up to be one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the current staff's tenure.
Gerard Miller (PICTURED) and Vanceboro (NC) West Craven had a bye this past weekend, giving the Eagles a much needed rest following their 7-1 start to the 2003 season. For Miller, his recruitment has seen two teams rise to the top, NC State and Florida State, with schools such as North Carolina and Tennessee right below his leaders. With offers from each of his favorites, Gerard has some nice options to choose from and will be a great "get" for one of these programs. Miller, who could play defensive end, defensive tackle, or even tight end at the next level, uses his 260-pound frame and 4.68 speed to create havoc on a weekly basis. He's strong, quick, and football saavy... simply put, the state's top jumbo athlete. He's not set up any official visits, but Miller's a prospect that NC State's in very good shape for and a player I could see them landing come signing day.
Marshville (NC) DT Marque Hall is starting to let his secret out, as he's reported to a couple of media outlets that he really likes NC State. Hall, a personable kid who's the state's #2 prospect behind Demario Pressley, favors NC State along with North Carolina and Virginia who also comprise his list. I think that with a strong official visit and following a solid SAT score, Hall could verbal to the Wolfpack because sources close to Hall indicate the Wolfpack do in fact lead for his signature. Securing Hall before signing day would be a critical in-state pickup for NC State because he has the potential to be an impact player as a true freshman along either line in the trenches. Marque's led Forrest Hills to a 5-4 record, while having at least one sack in every game this season.
Stay tuned this week for exclusive updates from StateFans on these Wolfpack recruiting targets:
Pompano Beach (FL) Ely DT Brandon Daniel
Washington, DC Woodson SS Donta Herrod
Lancaster (SC) FS Davon Heath
Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt RB George Bell
Willingboro (NJ) OG Ell Ash
Lakes City (FL) ATH George Timmons
Lakes City (FL) DB/WR Rashaun Jones