Photo Gallery: Top Junior Prospects Visit Raleigh

Several of the region's top rising senior prospects were in Raleigh Sunday for NC State's Junior Day and a ESPN Photo Shoot with analyst Tom Lemming.

Here are exclusive shots of some of the Class of 2005's finest players. StateFans will reach all of these prospects in the near future for an update on their recruitments.

New Bern (NC) OT Julian Williams definitely passes the look test and is an early top-5 player in the state of North Carolina. The 6'5 290 pound Williams has an NC State offer and favors the Wolfpack over North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland among others.

Julian's teammate, Montario Hardesty, could be the state's top rising defensive back prospect. With offers from NC State and North Carolina, Montario will be one to watch this recruiting season.

Keep an eye out for EE Smith (NC) Offensive Lineman Curtis Crouch because he could be an elite prospect. An unknown coming into the weekend, Crouch favors NC State over North Carolina and Virginia. At 6'6 320 pounds he was all-conference as a junior for the Golden Bulls.

One of North Carolina's top running backs, Cedric Hickman, made his way to Raleigh this weekend. Hickman is open between NC State, Virginia, UNC, Virginia Tech, and Clemson among others.

Salem (VA) TE/DE Antonio Appleby drove to Raleigh for Junior Day and came away impressed. He could be one of Virginia's top athletes and is wide open among a host of schools.

North Carolina's top wide receiver could be Charlotte (NC) Independence's Mohamed Massaquoi. Massoquoi has offers from NC State, North Carolina, and Duke among others.

Passing the ball to Mohamed this season will be saavy quarterback prospect Joe Cox. Cox will again put up amazing numbers in the high-powered Independence offense.

Kinston (NC) Defensive Tackle Jamal Lawrence projects as a tackle or defensive end on the next level. He currently favors NC State over North Carolina and Virginia.

North Carolina commitment Camaron Thomas was in Raleigh this weekend. Hailing from Robbins (NC) North Moore High School, Thomas committed to UNC shortly after signing day.

Hope Mills (NC) South View's Jonathan Hannah could be North Carolina's top rising jumbo athlete. In the mold of NC State signee Gerard Miller, Hannah could play defensive end, tight end, or defensive tackle in college. Jon, who already has offers from NC State, Virginia, and North Carolina, is familiar with the NC State program. His father Joe was a linebacker for the Wolfpack in the late 1970's.

Winston-Salem (NC) Mount Tabor LB Derek Nicholson continued his tour of colleges by checking out the Wolfpack. In contrast to Hannah, Derek's father, played linebacker for the University of North Carolina, and his brother, A.J., is a linebacker at Florida State.

Lawndale (NC) Burns WR Josh Briscoe received an NC State offer a few weeks ago, and he was very excited about it. At 6'3 and 175 pounds, Briscoe is a talented wideout who hopes to have a decision by August. Look for NC State, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia to be in the mix.

NC State is on the outside looking in for Tuscola (NC) QB Jonathan Crompton. Jon currently favors Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Ragsdale (NC) Running Back Toney Baker could be the state's top prospect in the Class of 2005. He just might be that nation's #1 Running Back and will have offers from nearly every major program in the country. At the moment, Toney likes NC State and North Carolina over Virginia Tech, UVA, and Tennessee.

Briscoe, Nicholson, Crompton, and Baker

*- Photos Courtesy of Miller Safrit, TheInsiders.com ACC Recruiting Analyst


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