2007 is proving to be, quite possibly, the deepest class ever in the state of North Carolina. In this article we evaluate all the in-state talent and breakdown the best prospects at each position. As a group, this is the most imressive collection of in-state talent we've ever seen.
Every player hopes to hear his name called with the ones so we break down who
we feel are the top prospects at each position in the state of North Carolina
for the class of 2007.
Rodney Cox ....Harnett Central High School...6-6, 216 pounds, 4.69-second
Cox may not be the prototypical, drop-back QB but he is the state's most
dangerous. He has tremendous size and can beat opponents with his arm or legs.
Cox is a tremendous athlete and it remains to be seen whether he can make the
transition to becoming a D-1 QB. Currently favors NC State.
Tyrell Worthington ...South Central High School...5-11, 184 pounds,
4.36-second 40-yard dash
Worthington is a different mold of running back from NC State signees Andre Brown and Toney Baker. He is a silky smooth athlete with blistering speed and
the ability to explode through the tiniest of creases. Worthington is
considering NC State, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Clemson.
Ryan Houston ...Butler High School...6-2, 275 pounds, 5.0-second 40-yard
Houston had a super junior season and looks impressive on film. He has
solid foot speed, agility and size. In fact, his size may be the only downside
at the current time. He must keep his weight under control if he hopes to stay
at running back in college. Houston is considering UNC, NC State, Florida,
Michigan, Miami and Penn State.
Landon Walker ...E Wilkes High School...6-6, 263 pounds, 5.05-second 40-yard
He may not have the upside of some of the other in-state lineman but Walker
is the best right now in our opinion. He is tough, quick and boasts solid
fundamentals. Walker committed to Clemson over NC State.
Doug Weaver ...Person High School...6-7, 282 pounds, 5.5-second 40-yard
Weaver has a tremendous frame and can be a bulldozer of a lineman at times.
Needs to improve quickness but has a world of potential. Weaver currently favors
NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, UNC and Virginia. It is very likely he will choose
a college close to home.
Desmond Roberts ...Northampton-West High School...6-5, 264 pounds, 5-6-second
Roberts is another player that has big-time potential and once his frame
fills out, could become a monster college lineman. Huge lower body gives him
great leverage against opponents. Roberts currently favors NC State and Virginia
Sergio Glenn ...N Forsyth High School...6-5, 321 pounds, 5.29-second 40-yard
Glenn is probably the most under-rated offensive lineman in North Carolina.
Some may view his upside as limited but he moves extremely well and put up some
solid combine numbers this spring. With some time in a strength and conditioning
program, could be another solid contributor for some college program down the
road. Glenn currently favors NC State.
Trinton Sturdivant ...Anson County High School...6-5, 281 pounds, 5-1-second
Sturdivant likely has the most upside of any of the OL prospects. He boasts
a solid frame, great feet and strength and will simply need time to get stronger
and faster to become a major player in college. He has committed to
Wes Saunders ...Riverside High School...6-5, 269 pounds, 4.83-second 40-yard
The choice of Saunders over NC State commit George Bryan was a tough one
because it is very possible Saunders will play a different position in college.
However, Saunders combination of size, speed and athleticism is rare on the high
school level. UNC currently leads.
Steve Howard ...Olympic High School...6-2, 183 pounds, 4.55-second 40-yard
Howard is a silky smooth receiver that has solid hands, good speed and
sound route-running ability. He hasn't received the pub of other receivers in
North Carolina but there is little, if any, dropoff with Howard. He has
committed to NC State.
Dwight Jones ...Cummings High School...6-3, 211 pounds, 4.61-second 40-yard
Jones is another prospect blessed with the combination of size, speed and
athleticism that college coaches love. He has been a major weapon for Cummings
and is considered one of the top wide receivers in the nation. Jones has
committed to UNC.
Travian Robertson ...Scotland County High School...6-4, 220 pounds,
4.58-second 40-yard dash
Robertson has been recovering from a serious knee injury for months and is
nearly back to full health. He has the most potential of any DE in the state.
Robertson has the prototypical size and frame to blossom into a monster end in
college. He is currently favoring NC State, South Carolina, UNC and Clemson.
Kerry Neal ...Bunn High School...6-1, 220 pounds, 4.85-second 40-yard
Kerry Neal has some of the most impressive film you'll see although he
wasn't as impressive at combines this spring. He has a relentless style and can
make huge, game-changing plays whether it be at TE or DE. Neal has committed to
Tydreke Powell ...Hertford County High School...6-4, 294 pounds, 5.37-second
Powell is currently the state's most highly recruited defensive tackle. He
has great size and is extremely difficult for high school offensive linemen to
control. Does a great job of using leverage and quicks to beat opposing linemen.
He currently favors UNC.
Kyle Linney ...Alexander Central High School...6-2, 283 pounds, 5.34-second
Linney is one of state's fastest-rising prospects currently after a super
showing at the combine at UNC a week ago. He is a relentless player with a
non-stop motor and has the frame to become a great nose tackle on the next
level. He currently favors NC State over Clemson, South Carolina, and East Carolina, and we think NC State is a major player.
Albert Craddock ...SW Guilford High School...6-2, 200 pounds, 4.63-second
Craddock is somewhat undersized now but he does boast impressive speed and
has the kind of aggressive, cocky attitude you love to see in a LB. Moves to the
ball extremely well and doesn't shy away from contact. Craddock has committed to
Barquell Rivers ...Anson County High School...5-11, 204 pounds, 4.67-second
Early on, Rivers was the most hyped of any of the in-state linebackers. He
reportedly has several major offers but hasn't been as impressive as some of the
other LB's during the spring combine circuit. His speed is solid but probably
needs to get a nasty streak to take it to the next level. Rivers is currently
considering UNC, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State and
Melvin Ingram ...Richmond County High School...6-1, 217 pounds, 4.59-second
Ingram is another of the state's most under-rated prospects. Has been a
huge player for one of the state's top programs but grade concerns have probably
limited some of the college interest. No doubt he is a playmaker on defense.
Ingram has super speed and instincts for the LB spot. He currently favors NC
State, UNC and Georgia.
Chris Culliver ...Garner High School...6-0, 190 pounds, 4.38-second 40-yard
Perhaps no one in the nation has seen their stock skyrocket more than
Culliver over the last month. He may be the state's fastest prospect and has
shown to be strong in coverage during combines this spring. Was very productive
for Garner last year but is still raw. However, the sky is the limit as far as
potential. Culliver is a soft commit to NC State.
Matt Thompson ...E Alamance High School...6-1, 193 pounds, 4.64-second
Thompson is defined by his knack for blowing up ball-carriers. He is a
tremendous hitter and has decent speed and coverage skills. Is somewhat of a
‘tweener in that it's up in the air whether he will play safety or linebacker on
the next level. Thompson currently favors NC State.
Marcus Gilchrist ...TW Andrews High School...5-11, 165 pounds, 4.45-second
Although somewhat smallish at this point, Gilchrist has everything you're
looking for in a CB- great speed, hips and toughness. He has the ability to make
up huge chunks of real estate when beaten. Gilchrist does not have any favorites
currently but is a national-caliber recruit.
Justin Byers ...Vance High School...6-0, 170 pounds, 4.59-second 40-yard
Byers is very reminiscent of Virginia signee and former teammate Rico Bell.
Has good speed and coverage skills. Byers made some huge plays as a junior and
will likely earn several more offers over the summer. He currently favors NC
State, UNC, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Greg Little ...Hillside High School...6-2, 206 pounds, 4.5-second 40-yard
Some have listed Little as one of the top wide receivers in the nation but
he is extremely raw at that position currently. However, he has the frame, speed
and overall athletic ability to thrive at a number of positions on the field.
Little is probably the state's top overall prospect. He currently has no
favorites although quietly, many feel UNC the team to beat currently.
Quan Sturdivant ...W Stanly High School...6-2, 220 pounds, 4.6-second 40-yard
Sturdivant plays QB currently but is extremely raw at that position. He
would likely stay at QB only in the right offensive system and would need time
to mature and improve. Probably better suited for LB in college. Sturdivant
currently favors UNC, NC State, Florida and Clemson.
Julius Graves ...Reidsville High School...5-10, 170 pounds, 4.4-second
Not a lot has been said about Graves but he is an ultra-talented prospect
that was a special teams demon in 2005. He averaged 37 yards per kick return
last year and scored two touchdowns on special teams. He has proven to be a
threat to take it to the house on every kick. NC State and Miami lead
Jay Wooten ...Scotland County High School
Wooten has a booming leg and connected on 8 of 13 field goals last year.
Can consistently kick 60-yarders in practice. 70% of his kickoffs reached the
endzone. Earned an offer from LSU before committing to childhood fave,
Cory Wax ...TC Roberson High School
At 6-1, 170 pounds, Wax is a little bigger than most kickers and boasts a
tremendous leg on punts. In 2005 he punted 37 times for a 42-yard average with a
long of 61 yards. During a Shrine Bowl combine this spring he averaged 57.4
yards per kick and hangtime of 4.29 seconds. His favorites are currently