Pack calls about sleeper in-state athlete

T.J. Courman is a virtual unknown on the recruiting landscape, but he's doing everything right to change that.

Pack Pride introduced it's readers to ATH T.J. Courman of East Carteret High School last month and the talented athlete is in the process of putting up a monster senior season.

At 5-10, 180 pounds, Courman boasts a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and impressive 320 pound bench press. He lines up as a QB in high school and has used his athleticism to amass enough yards to currently rate as the state's No. 16 rusher. However, his 11.97 yards per carry currently ranks as tops in the state- just edging out all-american RB Toney Baker.

Pack Pride caught up with Mariner's head coach Donnie Kieffer for the latest.

"T.J. is doing well," said Kieffer. "He has rushed for 1,090 yards on 91 carries and 12 touchdowns. He has passed for 434 yards on 26 of 48 attempts with 7 touchdowns and two interceptions. He is playing well on defense also."

When we last spoke Courman, he was listing NC State, UNC, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. According to Kieffer, the Tar Heels have been heavily involved while State has just recently shown renewed interest.

"UNC is on him pretty good and Manny Diaz called about him last Thursday from State," he said. "He is one of those guys that no one really knows about because they have been so bad ( five wins in four years ) and all he did was pretty much hand the ball off or run for his life. We are currently 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Conference. We play defending state champ SW Onslow this week and are looking very forward to it."

Should Courman put up huge numbers against SW Onslow, look for interest in his abilities to intensify even further.

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