One website devoted to North Carolina high school football recently named RB Eric Breitenstein from Watauga High School in Boone, NC the number one player in the state. While that selection may have raised a few eyebrows among recruiting enthusiasts, there's no denying that few in-state players had a bigger impact on the field than Breitenstein in 2006.
At 5-10, 210 pounds and timed as low as 4.49-seconds in the 40-yard dash, Breitenstein put together a dream season last year. He finished off his junior campaign with 2,625 yards and 26 touchdowns on 378 carries- averaging a whopping 175 yards per contest. He also hauled in 19 receptions for 226 yards and an additional two scores.
However, Breitenstein didn't stop with just impressive numbers on offense. On defense he recorded five interceptions- returning one of those for a score. The rising senior also recorded an amazing 163 tackles and eight pass breakups. He forced six fumbles, had three fumble recoveries and blocked two kicks. For his efforts, Breitenstein was named all-area, conference offensive player of the year and all-state.
Despite his accolades and production on the field, Breitenstein has yet to earn his first division one scholarship offer. Yet, he's maintained a positive outlook and enters his final season more determined to impress the college scouts.
"This summer I attended camps at UNC and Duke," said Breitenstein. "I probably didn't do as well as I had hoped so I just decided not to attend any more camps and focus, instead, on preparing for my senior season. I know I just need to go out and do the best I can to try to earn the offers. Last year was just an unreal year. It seemed like everything just came together. I just want to go out and help my team to go 16-0 and win a state championship. I really just want to do my part to help my team."
Breitenstein has picked up an offer from Wofford and continues to field interest from in-state schools NC State, UNC and Duke. He talked about his interest in the Wolfpack.
"I've been up to NC State for a few games and it's always been a lot of fun," he said. "My brother plays for Appalachian State so we went up for that game and that was great. I've always enjoyed watching State play. They have a nice, big campus and their new coaching staff is going to be awesome."
Breitenstein is maintaining an open stance to his recruiting as he continues to work for his first division one offer. He told Pack Pride that he thinks the bigger schools would likely project him at defensive back while the smaller schools will play him at running back.