2006 doesn't appear to be a particularly deep year for linebackers in North Carolina. However, the state does boast at least one national-caliber prospect at that position in Barquell Rivers from Anson County High School in Wadesboro, NC.
Rivers, recently measured at 5-10, 206 pounds, was a major contributor for Anson on defense in 2005. The talented ‘backer finished off the season with better than 130 total tackles en route to conference defensive player of the year honors.
That kind of production has led to a boatload of interest from several major colleges with offers coming from the likes of UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida and Florida State.
Rivers, a very unassuming and humble individual, has been part of a recruiting whirlwind at Anson County with attention also directed at teammates Michael Bowman and offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant. However, even with interest coming from up and down the east coast, Rivers recently told Pack Pride that he's got four programs he's keeping a close eye on.
"UNC, State, Florida State and Notre Dame are my top schools right now," he said.
Yet again, the Pack and Heels appear poised to wage another in-state battle for one of North Carolina's best and Rivers talked a little about what he likes with each program.
UNC- "I like their tradition and I had a cousin that played for them a couple of years ago."
NC State- "They're known for a hype game and a tough defense. Their facilities were really nice. We went up in the suites and you could see the whole field."
Rivers plans to attend the Nike Camp in Athens, Georgia later this year and said he hopes to settle on a future college sometime during his senior season.