Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit has released his rankings of the top 50 prospects from this year's senior high school class in North Carolina, and Durham Hillside athlete Greg Little headlines the list. Little recently narrowed his recruitment down to nine programs, and he is looking to make a decision this fall.
Clemson verbal Marcus Gilchrist and Georgia commit Trinton Sturdivant check in at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively while North Carolina verbal Dwight Jones (No. 4) and Ahoskie Hertford County defensive tackle Tydreke Powell (No. 5) round out the top five.
Chuck Amato and the NC State Wolfpack have clearly made recruiting North Carolina a priority this year and their emphasis is noticable right away as the Wolfpack has nine commitments listed in the top 50, the most of any program. North Carolina currently has five players in the top 50 while Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest all have three.
The Wolfpack's highest-rated verbal commitment is Wilmington New Hanover stud tight end George Bryan. Bryan, who continues to garner new offers after committing to NC State, checks in at No. 13 and could end up even higher with a strong senior season.
Five other Wolfpack commitments reside in the top 30, including Pinetops Southwest Edgecombe defensive end Linwan Euwell (No. 19), Charlotte Olympic wideout Steven Howard (No. 21), Gaston Northampton-West offensive lineman Desmond Roberts (No. 22), Fuquay-Varina defensive tackle Sam Jones (No. 24), and Wendell East Wake defensive back Dominique Ellis (No. 28). North Carolina is the only other team to have more than two commitments in the top 30, as the Tar Heels have three.
Other Wolfpack commitments who were ranked include: Charlotte Vance cornerback Justin Byers (No. 37), Charlotte Catholic offensive lineman Henry Lawson (No. 41), and Wilson Hunt lineman Justin Whaley (No. 47).
NC State isn't done just yet. The Wolfpack currently leads for Mooresville defensive end J.R. Sweezy (No. 44), and Sweezy is expected to announce a decision this week. State is also considered the team to beat for Angier Harnett Central quarterback Rodney Cox (No. 14), Richmond Senior linebacker Melvin Ingram (No. 23), and Taylorsville Alexander Central defensive tackle Kyle Linney (No. 40), and remain firmly in the mix for Powell (No. 5), Winterville South Central tailback Tyrell Worthington (No. 16), Garner defensive back Chris Culliver (No. 17), and Greenville Rose athlete Jonathan Williams (No. 35).
Not in recent memory has North Carolina produced the quality depth it appears to have this season, and Safrit agrees that this might be the deepest year ever for the Tar Heel state.
"This may be the deepest year ever for the state of North Carolina, said Safrit. "The state has several quality players at the top, led by superb athlete Greg Little, but as many as eighty players could sign with a division 1-A program in February.
"Perhaps the most surprising thing coming from the Tar Heel state this year are the sheer number of players already committed including nine to NC State and five to North Carolina."