The class of 2007 will likely go down as one of the deepest classes ever for the state of North Carolina. Talent abounds from nearly every corner of the state and Pack Pride breaks down 70 of those special athletes as we present our annual look at the best North Carolina has to offer. Today, we rate prospects 51-60.
60. TE LaMarcus Jenkins...6-3, 235 pounds, 4.8-seconds in the 40, Hertford County HS, Ahoskie, NC
Notes....Jenkins is a player that we were impressed with during the spring combines. Has good frame, solid hands and decent speed for a player his size. Could potentially play on OL down the road. No offers but favors UNC over NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Clemson.
59. QB DJ McFadden...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.7-seconds in the 40...Independence HS, Charlotte, NC
Notes...McFadden is the latest Indy QB to end up with a division one scholarship. Doesn't have textbook mechanics but gets the job done and will likely put up huge numbers in 2006. Committed to East Carolina after the Pirates recently offered.
58. RB Quan Warley...5-11, 185 pounds, 4.55-seconds in the 40...Thomasville (NC) HS
Notes...Warley was the state's top RB as a junior but that hasn't translated to huge recruiting interest. Doesn't have great speed nor size which is why schools have been hesitant to offer. His production is unquestioned, however. NC State and Duke showing interest.
57. OL Quinn Barham...6-3, 275 pounds, 5.2-seconds in the 40...Hillside HS, Durham, NC
Notes...Barham performed well at the Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year and has earned offers from East Carolina and Duke. During a normal year, Barham would likely be a top 30 recruit. Also looking at Louisville and Boston College.
56. WR Dominick Magazu...6-2, 190 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40...Providence HS, Charlotte, NC
Notes...Magazu doesn't have blazing speed but has reliable hands and could end up as a solid possession-type receiver. Had received an offer from Kent State and interest from NC State, UNC and Wake Forest but committed to Boston College when the Eagles offered earlier this year.
55. DE Austin Haynes...6-2, 207 pounds, 4.8-seconds in the 40...SW Onlsow HS, Jacksonville, NC
Notes...Received an offer from East Carolina and committed shortly thereafter. Could play OLB but lack of speed could put him at DE if he can put on the needed bulk. Haynes was also hearing from NC State, UNC and Clemson.
54. TE Michael Byrd...6-4, 225 pounds, 4.8-seconds in the 40...Thomasville (NC) HS
Notes...Although teammate Quan Warley gets most of the press, Byrd may be a slightly better college prospect. ECU has offered and Byrd is also looking at Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
53. WR Frankie Waters...6-3, 178 pounds, 4.4-seconds in the 40...Brevard (NC) HS
Notes...Waters makes the list based on some super measureables. Projects as a WR but lack of touches at Brevard may have hurt him a bit. Says Tennessee is closest to offering but also looking at Wake Forest, NC State and UNC.
52. DE Adam Banks...6-5, 225 pounds, 4.7-seconds in the 40...AC Reynolds HS, Asheville, NC
Notes...Had 100 tackles and impressive 15 tackles for loss as a junior. Banks was looking hard at UNC and NC State but did not want to wait on those two schools to offer so he committed to Duke after receiving an offer from the Blue Devils.
51. ATH Julius Graves...5-10, 170 pounds, 4.4-seconds in the 40...Reidsville (NC) HS
Notes...Graves is an explosive athlete that can excel at a number of positions whether it be cornerback, wide receiver or special teams. NC State and Miami are his top two schools early and is also hearing from UNC, Clemson, South Carolina and Duke.