Pack Pride unveils the postseason top 50 prospects in North Carolina. The rankings are based on a combination of college potential and actual production by each player during their senior season. The staff at Pack Pride attended numerous camps and combines this year as well as Shrine Bowl workouts in addition to film evaluation and discussion with various high school coaches to put together this listing.
Notes about the top 50
- 11 players that were rated in the preseason top 50 did not make the postseason top 50
- the biggest mover up in the ratings was OL Jonathan Cooper
- the player to debut the highest in the post-season rankings was ATH Earl Wolff
- 33 of the top 50 have already committed to a division one program
- 27 of the top 50 were invited to the Shrine Bowl, including 15 of the top 20.
- NC State leads the way with in-state commitments from the top 50 with eight players listed. East Carolina was second with seven. Virginia Tech was third with five.
- Number of players that were evaluated for the top 50 was 81.
Players that dropped out of the rankings
DE Quinton Coples...6-6, 230 pounds, 4.7/40...Kinston (NC) HS (now at Hargrave)
QB/ATH William Brown...6-3, 205 pounds, 4.5/40...Greene Central HS...Snow Hill, NC
DE Baird Godley...6-2, 225 pounds, 4.76/40...NW Guilford HS...Greensboro, NC
LB Bobby Hedgepeth...6-1, 220 pounds, 4.6/40...Northwest HS...Littleton, NC
S Lamar Monger...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.6/40...Hertford County HS...Ahoskie, NC
DT Kemory Mann...6-2, 265 pounds, 5.0/40...Northwood HS, Pittsboro, NC
OL Harrison Martin...6-5, 280 pounds, 5.3/40...E Mecklenburg HS...Charlotte, NC
ATH C.J. Davis...5-8, 165 pounds, 4.4/40...AC Reynolds HS...Asheville, NC
RB Brandon Chandler...5-8, 185 pounds, 4.45/40...Glenn HS, Kernersville, NC
RB Anthony Council...6-0, 200 pounds, 4.5/40...Goldsboro (NC) HS
RB Travis Leggett...6-0, 200 pounds, 4.65/40...W Columbus HS...Cerro Gordo, NC
Players that just missed the top 50
OL Josh Clark...N Gaston High School
WR Mickey Brewer...Butler High School
DE Lanston Tanyi...Shelby High School
RB CJ Wilson...Lincolnton High School
PK Casey Barth...Hoggard High School
ATH Darius Thomas...West Charlotte High School
S Max Joyner...Rose High School
TE Demery Brewer...Lincolnton High School
DE Baird Godley...NW Guilford High School
LB Jared Seate...Olympic High School
FB Lee Rose...Charlotte Christian High School
LB Sio Moore...Apex High School
CB Rahkeem Morgan...Asheville High School
CB Brandon Robinson...Charlotte Christian High School
S Justin Lloyd...Victory Christian Center
CB Ibn Ali...Salisbury High School
ATH Princeton Brooks...North Gaston High School
RB James Barksdale...Hopewell High School
WR Tony Foster...Burlington Williams High School
DL Regis Bittle...Polk County High School
50. WR Derrick Overholt...6-2, 180 pounds, 4.6/40...Polk County HS...Columbus, NC
Notes...Overholt is a big, rangy prospect that represented himself well at the Shrine Bowl workouts. Doesn't have blazing speed and that limited interest from major division one colleges. Played QB in high school and threw for 2,700 yards and 31 touchdowns on offense while racking up 37 tackles and a sack on defense.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...Committed to Presbyterian College
49. CB Jacobi Jenkins...6-0, 170 pounds, 4.5/40...Rocky Mount (NC) HS
Notes...Jenkins is a solid talent that went unnoticed by many outside of the Rocky Mount program but he was a major contributor in the Gryphons deep run into this year's state playoffs. He has perfect size for cornerback and the speed to boot. Jenkins has good athleticism and doesn't shy away from contact in the secondary. He was a solid pickup for East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz earlier this year.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools..Committed to East Carolina
48. FB/S..Vince Jordan...5-11, 200 pounds, 4.4/40...W Montgomery HS...Mt Gilead, NC
Notes...Jordan is a well-built player with good speed that could project at FB, LB or S on the next level. He ran for better than a 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior and received an invitation to the Shrine Bowl where he lined up as a fullback. Jordan's college plans are unknown at the current time.
Previous ranking...35....Schools...App State, East Carolina, NC State
47. RB Eric Breitenstein...5-10, 210 pounds, 4.55/40...Watauga HS, Boone, NC
Notes...Breitenstein is a bowling ball of a running back. While he may not be at the top of most major college recruiting wishlists, he was one of the most respected running backs in the state this past year. He finished off 2007 with 2,445 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns. Size and lack of speed and athleticism have kept the big schools away but he could be a steal for schools like Air Force or Appalachian State.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...Air Force, Appalachian State
46. DE Josh Newkirk...6-2, 215 pounds, 4.9/40...Wallace-Rose Hill HS, Teachey, NC
Notes...Newkirk impressed earlier this year with a solid showing at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Snow Hill. He followed that up by notching 120 tackles, four sacks and four fumble recoveries in 2007. Newkirk is considered somewhat of a "tweener" for the major division one schools. He may be too small for defensive end and not quite fast enough for linebacker. Most of Newkirk's college interest right now is coming from smaller schools.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...Coastal Carolina, Elon, Appalachian State
45. RB Rod Chisholm...5-9, 180 pounds, 4.4/40...Independence HS...Charlotte, NC
Notes...Independence may not have had the season many envisioned back in August but it certainly wasn't because of Chisholm. He wrapped up his senior season with better than 2,400 yards rushing and 42 touchdowns. Doesn't have ideal measurables for a division one running back but does boast natural running back skills, shiftiness and surprising power given his size.
Previous ranking...39...Schools...Illinois, James Madison, Northwestern
44. QB Thomas Wilson...6-2, 200 pounds, 4.7/40...Leesville Rd HS, Raleigh, NC
Notes...Wilson was one of North Carolina's most accomplished passers in 2007 and that culminated with his selection to this year's Shrine Bowl. He threw for over 3,000 yards as a senior and added better than 500 on the ground en route to being named Cap 7 player of the year. Despite his gaudy numbers, Wilson hasn't received heavy interest from the major division one schools. It appears that he could either walk on to one of the in-state programs or accept an offer from a program like Elon.
Previous ranking...Unrated....Schools....Elon, NC State, East Carolina, UNC
43. DE Kamar Frost...6-5, 215 pounds, 4.8/40...Jones County HS...Maysville, NC
Notes...Frost has a long, lean frame with good explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. He helped lead Jones to a 9-5 record in 2007 with solid play at his defensive end position. Earlier in the year he was a prospect that was on NC State's radar. It remains to be seen whether he will figure into the Wolfpack's plans headed into the final full month of the recruiting season.
Previous ranking...34....Schools...NC State, East Carolina
42. OL Justin Ward...6-5, 280 pounds, 5.2/40...Rockingham (NC) HS
Notes...Ward has a tremendous personality and work ethic and has the size and frame that should help him emerge as a solid college offensive lineman down the road. He needs to improve his foot speed and become a little quicker. Perhaps not as agile and athletic as some coaches would like but he has the desire to help overcome that through hard work and determination.
Previous ranking...36...Schools...Marshall, Buffalo, Elon, Appalachian State
41. S Tony Morgan...6-1, 190 pounds, 4.45/40...Garner (NC) HS
Notes...Morgan teamed with Reggie Bowens to give Garner a formidable one-two punch in 2007. Morgan has a solid frame and proven speed and those assets have helped him to become a legitimate division one prospect. He will need to continue to work on his coverage skills but with time, should develop into a productive defensive back in college. Grades may have tempered recruiting interest from some schools.
Previous ranking...27...Schools...South Carolina, East Carolina