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.
40. ATH Adrian Jones...5-10, 175 pounds, 4.4/40...Scotland County HS...Laurinburg, NC
Notes...After playing QB as a junior, Jones lined up at wide receiver, running back and on special teams as a senior. He didn't put up the offensive numbers that many expected- accounting for under 400 yards on the ground and through pass receptions. However, that number was a bit skewed since Jones missed the last four games of the season due to injury. He has impressive speed and athleticism and will reportedly begin his career at East Carolina at wide receiver.
Previous ranking...30...Schools....Committed to East Carolina
39. RB/S Jay Hollingsworth...5-11, 185 pounds, 4.6/40...Lee County HS...Sanford, NC
Notes...After rushing for better than 1,000 yards as a junior, Hollingsworth followed that up with a 1,029 yard rushing effort as a senior while adding 13 touchdowns. Hollingsworth has decent size and running back skills. He doesn't have blazing speed but makes up for it on the high school level with toughness. Could potentially play defensive back as well.
Previous ranking...32.....Schools...Committed to Duke
38. RB/CB Bobby Morrison...5-8, 185 pounds, 4.4/40...W Iredell HS...Statesville, NC
Notes...Morrison is a tough, scat-back type of runner that is a handful to contain in the open field. He has impressive cutting ability and the speed to out-race defenders once he hits the secondary. As a college prospect, he is limited due to his lack of size and that has kept most major colleges away. He could potentially get a look at cornerback but again, height or lack thereof will be a concern.
Previous ranking...37...Schools...Appalachian State, NC State, East Carolina
37. S Ed Gainey...6-0, 175 pounds, 4.45/40...Mt Tabor HS...Winston-Salem, NC
Notes...Gainey is one of the real head-scratchers in the class of 2008. He led the state in interceptions as a junior and followed that up by being named to the Shrine Bowl as a senior. Gainey is a playmaker on defense and shows good coverage skills. Some have expressed concern over his top-end speed but he timed well at combines over the summer. It' still possible that his recruiting could pick up over the coming weeks.
Previous ranking..23...Schools...NC Central, NC State, Wake Forest
36. LB Demetrius Hartsfield...6-1, 210 pounds, 4.65/40...SE Raleigh (NC) HS
Notes...Hartsfield had a nice showing at the Snow Hill Shrine Bowl combine and he was able to parlay that into an early offer from Maryland. Hartsfield is extremely well-built and has been a very productive linebacker for Southeast Raleigh. Doesn't have great speed and that likely kept away heavier recruiting attention.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...Committed to Maryland
35. S Justin Venable...6-2, 185 pounds, 4.4/40...Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, NC
Notes...Venable went into the Shrine Bowl a virtual unknown but came away with defensive MVP honors for the North Carolina squad. Venable has solid coverage skills and held his own against some of South Carolina's top receivers. He has a good combination of size and speed and should become a solid contributor for East Carolina down the road.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...East Carolina
34. ATH Joe Womack...6-2, 185 pounds, 4.45/40...Northside HS...Jacksonville, NC
Notes...Womack was a do-it-all athlete for Northside in 2007, rushing for 1,274 yards and 20 touchdowns while passing for 548 yards and an additional seven scores while leading his team to a 14-1 record. The Shrine Bowl selection has a great frame but his calling card is speed and quickness. He could project at either defensive back or wide receiver for East Carolina in 2008.
Previous ranking...41...Schools...Committed to East Carolina
33. CB Kenny Okoro...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.6/40...Dudley HS, Greensboro, NC
Notes...Okoro is known as a tremendous athlete but also has a tremendous work ethic and team-first mentality. Played everything from QB to receiver to defensive back and helped lead Dudley to a state championship in 2007. Has a good frame and impressive quickness. Okoro is the typical "under the radar" type of player that usually goes on to become a standout player at Wake Forest.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...Committed to Wake Forest
32. RB Gary Douglas...6-0, 170 pounds, 4.5/40...Hillside HS...Durham, NC
Notes...Douglas isn't the biggest running back around but he does have the frame to play much bigger in college. He had a super senior season by rushing for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. Douglas has a nice burst to get through the hole at the line of scrimmage and enough wiggle to get into the secondary. Could play running back in college but not out of the question to see him at DB down the road.
31. QB/ATH A.J. Blue...6-3, 205 pounds, 4.6/40...N Gaston HS..Dallas, NC
Notes...Blue accounted for better than 3,500 yards his senior year, including 2,073 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. He is a superb athlete with a strong arm and above average agility and athleticism. Blue has the frame and hard-nosed style to grow into a linebacker down the road. The only question marks surrounding Blue are off the field. His grade situation has yet to clear up but if it does, Blue could end up with several scholarship offers before all is said and done. Were it not for this uncertainty, he would likely be rated much higher.
Previous ranking...38...Schools...UNC, NCS