Hometown: Greenville, NC
#24 Andre Brown
Brown Profile: Andre Brown has EARNED the title as North Carolina's top player after an amazing senior season. Brown rushed for nearly 3,500 yards (state record), 46 touchdowns, was named State Player of the Year, and led the North Carolina squad to a Shrine Bowl victory as MVP. This season he's caught TDs, rushed for TDs, returned kicks for TDs, even thrown TDs. He's the ultimate football player and is in our opinion the #1 player in the state. Andre will make a decision following his January 9th NC State visit and will likely choose between the Wolfpack and Virginia.
Hometown: Marshville, NC
Film: Marque Hall Interview
Hall Profile: If not for the outstanding season that Brown had, we would have named Marque Hall our top player in the state this year. He's been phenominal all season long for Forrest Hills, often playing both ways and finishing with 14 sacks on the season. More importantly, Hall has re-shaped his body, losing 30 pounds and in the process becoming the state's top college prospect. Blessed with strength, speed, agility, and smarts, Marque has it all and will be a great college player. He is now considering NC State, UNC, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Film: Demario Pressley
Pressley Profile: Demario had a solid senior season, registering ten sacks for Dudley, but slipped in our rankings due to even stronger play by those above him. He's not the physical specimen that Hall is, but at this point may have better technique then the Marshville lineman. It would have been great to see both players teamed up together at the Shrine Bowl, but Pressley chose not to play. Demario's a premium prospect and is going to make a certain college very happy. Most feel that "D.P." is down to UNC, NC State, and Florida State.
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Film: #1 Jamaal Edwards
Edwards Profile: FLORIDA STATE COMMITMENT. Jamaal's had a subpar year this season (for his standards) but some of that can be attributed to losing four of five offensive line starters from last year. When we've seen him play he's struggled, but there's no denying his raw athleticism, speed, and "ball skills." Edwards may project better as a wide receiver or defensive back in college, given his natural talents. He did however bounce back with a strong Shrine Bowl performance and looked good for the Tarheel squad. He already has announced his decision, but reportedly will still take visits, with Clemson and possibly North Carolina receiving officials.
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Film: #33 George Bell
Bell Profile: VIRGINIA TECH COMMITMENT. George has returned to the football field after a year away due to a serious knee injury, and is rusty as you might expect. He looked a bit slow in the Army All-American Game but was able to break off 25-yard and 13-yard runs respectively. It may take George a little longer to fully recover from the injury, and if he's able to return to 100%, LOOK OUT! Bell committed to Virginia Tech over UNC and N.C. State on Countdown to Signing Day.
Hometown: Vanceboro, NC
Film: #84 Gerard Miller
Miller Profile: NORTH CAROLINA STATE COMMITMENT. Gerard capped a stellar senior season with a strong Shrine Bowl performance, posting 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. He finished the year with 14 sacks and 80 tackles, and is the state's top jumbo athlete. Miller has steadily climbed the rankings since this summer and in any other season would be a legitimate top-5 player. Look for him to standout at NC State, where his athleticism, strength, and football saavy will likely lead to Gerard receiving early playing time.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Film: Jamar Adams
Adams Profile: MICHIGAN COMMITMENT. Adams is the big, strong, physical safety that all programs covet. Word at the Shrine Bowl was that some felt he was NC's top defensive player. Adams also had a strong senior season for Butler High School. He plays with a passion that few others possess this early in their career. Jamar ended his recruiting process early by verbaling to the Wolverines but has since re-opened his recruitment and will visit Florida State and Georgia among others.
Hometown: Robersonville, NC
Film: Trimane Goddard
Goddard Profile: Trimane is an all-everything football player who can play up to five positions on the football field. While playing quarterback for Robersonville, Goddard was a one-man highlight reel. The only question is where will he play on the next level? Most project Goddard as a cornerback, but he does have a slight build and lacks true breakaway speed. However, he's a hard-hitter and is shifty, which could lead to him being a solid defensive back in college. Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State, and Tennessee are the leaders for Trimane.
Hometown: Scotland, NC
Film: Hilee Taylor
Taylor Profile: NORTH CAROLINA COMMITMENT. UPSIDE is the word on Hilee. Athletically, he's a freak, turning in a sub-4.5 40 at the Scotland County Shrine Bowl Combine. He looked very good at the Shrine Bowl, finishing with two sacks as an outside linebacker. He's the classic tweener who can play either outside linebacker or defensive end on the next level. At both positions he's going to need added weight, but that's what redshirts are here for. In a 3-4 base defense he would EXCEL, but with the North Carolina Tarheels look for Taylor to do what he does best... rush the quarterback.
Hometown: Cherryville, NC
Film: #7 Kenneth Harris
Harris Profile: WOW! After watching Harris on film and seeing the offers he's received (in a short period of time), he's in our top-10 rankings. Kenneth is the perfect tall wideout; he has good speed, great hands, body control, and the ability to make people miss. It's no wonder teams like Georgia, NC State, and North Carolina have offered him a scholarship. Reportedly, he's received offers from every team that has seen him on film and that's high praise. Harris is the top wide receiver in the state this year, finishing with nearly 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Pearman Profile: VIRGINIA COMMITMENT. The state's fastest player, Pearman is a blur on the football field. Andrew looked very good at the Shrine Bowl, showing the quickness and explosion that he possesses. He can play running back, wideout, defensive back, and even return kicks. Explosive, explosive player who had offers from the likes of Tennessee, UNC, Wake, and Duke, but committed to join his brother Alvin at the University of Virginia. Another strong pick-up by Al Groh and company.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Film: Rod Council
Council Profile: VIRGINIA TECH COMMITMENT. Rod was arguably the top cornerback at both the Blacksburg NIKE Camp and the Charlotte Shrine Bowl combine. He had a strong senior season, but seemed to struggle a bit over Shrine Bowl week and particularly in the game against SC's Sidney Rice. He's smaller then you would think, and may struggle in press coverage, but schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse coveted him as a prospect.
Hometown: Rockingham, NC
Film: Dannell Ellerbe
Ellerbe Profile: Ellerbe may be the most athletic prospect in the state, posting top numbers at the NIKE Camp held in Blacksburg, VA. He was outstanding in the Shrine Bowl, finishing with 9 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 interception, creating havoc off the edge for North Carolina. Dannell, who was the Shrine Bowl defensive MVP, is a tweener on the next level, with some projecting him as a Strong Safety and others at outside linebacker. He probably helped himself more then any prospect over Shrine Bowl week, showing that it doesn't really matter where, just get him on the field and let him make plays! Ellerbe is focusing on Georgia, Clemson, NC State, and Tennessee among others.
Hometown: McLeansville, NC
Marsh Profile: MARYLAND COMMITMENT. Dennis has slid under the radar nationally and even across media outlets in the state, but there is no denying his outstanding ability. At the Shrine Bowl he fit in nicely beside Marque Hall and Gerard Miller, doing a good job of stuffing the middle. He handled his recruitment rather swiftly, committing to Ralph Friedgen's squad over the summer. Marsh will enroll early at Maryland and should be an instant contributor for the Terrapins. North Carolina's loaded with defensive line prospects and he's surely one of the best.
Hometown: Rockingham, NC
Film: #10 Jamar Bryant
Bryant Profile: Jamar plays for one of the most storied programs in NC High School football, Richmond County. He's a terrific talent that can play both Quarterback or Safety on the next level, but his upside at Wide Receiver is outstanding. He looked great all Shrine Bowl week at wideout, and in the game finished with 3 catches for 40 yards. On film he uses his frame and speed to do damage on the edge. Bryant grew up a fan of the Wolfpack and claims offers from NC State, North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, and Clemson among others. He will likely make a signing day decision.
BEST OF THE REST:
16. S Martel Thatch (Greensboro, NC) -- NORTH CAROLINA COMMITMENT. The third major D-1 prospect from Dudley High School in Greensboro, Martel is probably the "rawest" of the three. With that being said, he could possess the most upside, given that he's only played football a few years now. Thatch is a big, physical safety with solid cover speed and above-average jumping ability. He chose John Bunting's Tarheels over South Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, and Clemson among others.
17. DE Jeremy Thompson (Charlotte, NC) -- WAKE FOREST COMMITMENT. This Wake Forest commit had offers from Duke and Vanderbilt before verbaling to the Deacs. He has a solid frame to grow and could potentially be a stud at Defensive End for Coach Grobe and his team. Look for other schools to continue pursuing Thompson up until signing day.
18. RB/S Albert Ashcraft (Monroe, NC) -- Ashcraft is a speed back who's big enough to play safety in college. His favorites are now South Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson, while claiming offers from all three.
19. LB Chase Bullock (Durham, NC) -- MARYLAND COMMITMENT. Bullock is likely the state's top "true" linebacker prospect, with solid size and speed for the position. He looked good at Shrine Bowl practices, and although he may need to add some strength, he's a good pick-up for Maryland. Chase committed to Maryland in late November.
20. LB Quentin Cotton (Kernersville, NC) -- Quentin was a leader during Shrine Bowl week, even being voted defensive captain. At 6'4 and 220 pounds, he's got great size for an outside linebacker and could possibly grow into a defensive end. His natural ability and leadership qualities will likely translate well on the next level. Cotton will choose from Clemson, Wake Forest, Maryland, and NC State.
21. SS/LB Chase Rice (Asheville, NC) -- NORTH CAROLINA COMMITMENT. Rice committed to the Tarheels after receiving an offer at their camp this summer. He's very athletic and hard-nosed, seemingly the perfect fit for what Coach Bunting wants on his defense. He looked smaller then advertised at the Shrine Bowl and will likely need to redshirt a year before being ready to compete in the ACC. Chase chose UNC over offers from Wake Forest and Duke.
22. ATH John McEachin (Trinity, NC) -- If it wasn't for academic issues, McEachin would be a fringe top-10 prospect. This year for Trinity he finished with nearly 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns while being the only option on offense. Athletically he's what you need at tailback and consistently produces on a weekly basis. Pending qualification, John will have his fair share of scholarship offers.
23. ATH James Houston (Boonville, NC) -- Houston claims offers from NC State and Tennessee with the Wolfpack on top. He's a premium athlete who had an amazing 16 interceptions last season, but an interesting note is that he's said his offers are for the QB position. Unfortunately James didn't receive much playing time at the Shrine Bowl so it was tough to really evaluate him there. Academics could be a concern with Houston and prep school is a possibility.
24. QB/ATH Davon Drew (New Bern, NC) -- Drew looked solid at quarterback, but he likely projects as an athlete in college. He has all the tools to be a tight end or linebacker if he can just adjust to a new position. Davon led New Bern to the state 4AA finals, losing to powerful Charlotte (NC) Independence. He's reportedly considering East Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, and NC State.
25. LB/DE Kevin Bradley (Fayetteville, NC) -- Kevin has probably been one of the tougher prospects to evaluate because he's played out of position the past two seasons at nose tackle. He did garner conference defensive player of the year honors (in a league that features Hilee Taylor, Dannell Ellerbe, and Jeff Bush, among others) but will likely be a middle linebacker or defensive end in college. At the Shrine Bowl he used his brute strength to take on blockers, leading one assistant coach to label him the best "football player" on the team. Bradley is looking at Virginia, Mississippi State, and Central Michigan, but don't be surprised if late programs try to get involved.