Pack Pride's N.C. Top-50 Rankings: #11-20

With the spring and summer camps and combines now in the rear view mirror, Pack Pride has evaluated dozens of in-state prospects and formulated our initial top 50 listing which we will be debuting this week. Today we highlight picks 11-20.

  • Top 50 Rankings: #41-50
  • Top 50 Rankings: #31-40
  • Top 50 Rankings: #21-30

    20. OL Hutch Eckerson ...6-6, 255 pounds, 4.91 in the 40...Lumberton High School...Lumberton, NC

    Offers...Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina...Schools...Virginia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina...Leader...Virginia

    Notes...Eckerson has a huge upside, as he is blessed with long arms, quick feet, and above-average fundamentals for a high school lineman. He still needs to add some weight, but he projects nicely as a very good offensive lineman on the next level.

    NC State connection...A legacy recruit, Eckerson's father, Todd, was a 6-5, 280-pound tackle for the Pack from 1978 to 1982 and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFL Draft. NC State has yet to offer, but are certainly tracking his progress.

    19. WR Marshall Williams ...6-1, 165 pounds, 4.65 in the 40 (combine timed)...Riverside High School, Durham, NC

    Offers...Duke, Wake Forest, Maryland...Schools...Committed to Wake Forest on June 27

    Notes...Williams is a lanky prospect with above-average speed and outstanding agility. He twisted and turned defensive backs all spring by running superior routes, and he will likely battle Owen Spencer as the state's top pure wide receiver prospect. Williams has great hands and is a tough competitor who simply makes plays.

    NC State connection...NC State was recruiting Williams but had yet to offer.

    18. DL Gavin Smith ...6-4, 260 pounds, 4.9 seconds in the 40...Wakefield High School, Raleigh NC

    Offers...NC State, Duke...Schools...Smith committed to NC State on July 19, 2004

    Notes...Gavin hasn't received much attention from gurus, partly due to his early commitment to NC State and also because he didn't attend any camps this spring, but the big man is a dominating defensive tackle prospect. A high-motor guy, Smith has solid quickness and is relentless in the trenches. He picked up verbal offers from NC State and Duke prior to his junior year, even before teams could extend formal offers.

    NC State connection...A NC State commitment, Smith opened eyes at Wolfpack team camp last summer and impressed defensive line coach Todd Stroud with his play. Stroud offered a scholarship shortly thereafter and the Raleigh native quickly accepted.

    17. ATH Tarvorris Jolly ...5-11, 182 pounds, 4.62 in the 40 (combine timed)...Shelby High School, Shelby, NC

    Offers...UNC...Schools...Committed to UNC on April 3rd

    Notes...A two-way standout for Shelby, Jolly could play a number of positions on the next level but we like him best at safety. A solid hitter, he just lacks the experience playing the position.

    NC State connection....NC State appeared to not have been recruiting Jolly.

    16. QB/ATH O.C. Wardlow ...5-11, 179 pounds, 4.79 seconds in the 40...Mt. Tabor High School, Winston-Salem, NC

    Offers...Virginia, Tennessee, Duke, and South Carolina...Schools...NC State, Virginia, Tennessee, Duke, UNC, USC, Virginia Tech...Leaders...Tennessee and NC State

    Notes...Wardlow stars at quarterback for Mt. Tabor, but most project him as a defensive back on the next level. His willingness to stay at quarterback could determine the level as to which he is recruited, but he's definitely one of the most productive players in the state.

    NC State connection...NC State is recruiting Wardlow but they have yet to offer. Should they offer, expect NC State to be in the mix with Tennessee.

    15. WR Owen Spencer ...6-2, 165 pounds, 4.49 in the 40 (combine timed) North Brunswick High School, Leland, NC

    Offers...NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech...Schools...NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC, Wake Forest, Clemson...LeaderNC State

    Notes...Spencer is potentially the most dangerous threat at wide receiver in the state. A deep threat on every play, he averaged an astounding 27 yards per catch as a junior. Armed with good size, terrific speed, above-average route-running, and great hands, he's lethal in the passing game. He will need to add strength to play on the next level, which is why he is not ranked higher.

    NC State connection...NC State has offered Spencer and is the leader.

    14. DL Tavares Brown ...6-2, 250 pounds, 4.6 in the 40...Richmond County High School, Rockingham, NC

    Offers...NC State, Maryland...Schools...NC State, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Clemson...Leader...Unknown

    Notes...Brown is another high-motor guy who has excelled at prep power Richmond County. He's explosive in the trenches and is one of the strongest players in the state. His versatility is also attractive, and Brown brings it every time he steps on the field. Lack of ideal height to play in the trenches has hindered his recruitment thus far, but they don't get more productive along the defensive line.

    NC State connection...NC State has reportedly offered Brown a scholarship.

    13. RB Norman Whitley ...5-10, 180 pounds, 4.47 in the 40 (combine tested)...Richmond County High School, Rockingham, NC

    Offers...ECU, UNC...Schools...UNC, ECU, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Clemson...Leader...Texas

    Notes...Josh Adams and Johnny White better look out because another in-state back is looking to crack into the top 10, and that's Norman Whitley. Physically, Whitley is off the charts and put up huge numbers as a junior. He can run between the tackles, on the edge, and has the speed to leave defenders. Size may be the only concern at this point, but with another huge year at Richmond, it probably won't matter.

    NC State connection...NC State appears to not be recruiting Whitley at this time.

    12. DL Greg Elleby...6-4, 280 pounds, 5.59 in the 40 (combine timed)...South Columbus High School, Tabor City, NC

    Offers...UNC, NC State, ECU, Virginia Tech...Schools...Committed to UNC on April 23

    Notes....Although his 40-yard dash time of 5.59-seconds was disappointing, strap the pads on and Elleby was impressive at defensive tackle at the invite Shrine Combine. Although raw, he has the potential to become a force for the Heels down the road and was a disruptive force on several plays.

    NC State connection...NC State has reportedly offered Elleby and will likely continue to pursue him until signing day.

    11. CB Rico Bell ...5-11, 177 pounds, 4.29 in the 40 (combine timed)...Vance High School, Charlotte, NC

    Offers...Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and Boston College...Schools...Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, NC State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson, and Boston College...Leaders...Virginia Tech, Virginia, NC State

    Notes...Arguably the state's fastest high-major prospect, Bell has terrific closing speed, really bursts out of his breaks, and has the hips needed to excel at corner. Size may be a concern right now, but his speed and playmaking ability gives him a huge upside.

    NC State connection...NC State is recruiting Bell but has yet to offer.


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