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.
30. WR Jarrett Boykin...6-2, 190 pounds, 4.55/40...Butler HS, Matthews, NC
Notes...Boykin was the go-to guy for Illinois-bound QB Jacob Charest this year and he responded with 54 catches for 1,081 yards and 14 touchdowns. Boykin certainly has a D-1 frame and size. Not the fastest player but is a very solid possession-type receiver. He shows sound, reliable catching ability and concentration. Not necessarily a consistent deep threat but can get the tough yards when needed.
Previous ranking...unrated...Schools...Committed to Virginia Tech
29. DL Anthony Garner...6-0, 290 pounds, 4.95/40...Jordan Mathews HS...Siler City, NC
Notes...Garner is a bulldozer of a defensive lineman that has tremendous natural lower body strength. This helps him to get under and dominate high school offensive linemen. Very quick at the point of attack and has the ability to create havoc in the offensive backfield. Lack of prototypical size probably prevented him from receiving heavier division one interest but he has all the other attributes to emerge as a solid college player.
Previous ranking...29...Schools...Committed to East Carolina
28. ATH Darius Spencer...5-10, 175 pounds, 4.4/40...AC Reynolds HS...Asheville, NC
Notes...Speed, speed and more speed is Spencer’s calling card. Certainly not the biggest running back around but utilizing his quickness, Spencer rushed for 1,739 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior. Spencer has the versatility because of his speed to project at a number of positions including wide receiver, defensive back and special teams. Had some grade issues that probably kept more programs away but once again, East Carolina landed another potential play-maker for down the road.
Previous ranking...25...Schools...East Carolina
27. TE Jamie Hatten...6-4, 220 pounds, 4.6/40...Hendersonville (NC) HS
Notes...Hatten is a player that impressed during Shrine Bowl workouts. He isn’t the biggest tight end but he plays much bigger than his size. He fared well against much bigger defensive linemen at the Shrine Bowl because he is a relentless player that goes 100% on every play. Hatten has a very good release from the line of scrimmage and rock-solid catching ability. We feel that Hatten really is one of the sleepers in the class of 2008 and Marshall landed a solid addition by getting him.
Previous ranking...43...Schools...Committed to Marshall
26. DL Allen Crowder...6-3, 255 pounds, 4.8/40...Eastern Alamance HS, Mebane, NC
Notes...Crowder is one of the highest debuting players on our top 50 and for good reason. He has great size for the defensive line, plays with purpose and goes 100% on every play. Crowder runs extremely well for his size and does a phenomenal job of clogging running lanes. The only thing holding him back are academics. Were it not for that, he’d likely have many more scholarship offers.
Previous ranking...unrated...Schools...South Carolina, East Carolina, prep
25. WR T.J. Graham...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4/40...Wakefield HS...Raleigh, NC
Notes...Graham is a silky smooth, extremely fast player. He has unbelievable acceleration from a dead stop. From a skills standpoint, he has all the tools needed to become a wide receiver or defensive back in college. Unfortunately, Wakefield never found a way to take advantage of his skills during 2007. As with all players making the transition to college, Graham will need to get bigger but he was a solid addition for NC State last summer.
Previous ranking...26...Schools...Committed to NC State
24. LB Reggie Bowens...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.5/40...Garner (NC) HS
Notes...From purely a size and speed standpoint, Bowens is exactly what you’re looking for in a collegiate outside linebacker. Those attributes made him very effective on the high school level at Garner and earned him a spot in the Shrine Bowl. He is still fairly raw playing the linebacker spot and will need time to develop his instincts and evolve into a complete player on defense. However, if his football skills catch up with his physical potential then he could emerge as a solid college player.
Previous ranking...21...Schools...Committed to South Carolina
23. CB/S Makiri Pugh...6-0, 190 pounds, 4.4/40...Independence HS...Charlotte, NC
Notes...Pugh’s stock really took off last summer and it culminated in an early commitment to Georgia- maintaining the Dawgs pipeline to Charlotte. Pugh has decent size and good speed. His coverage skills are very good. He will need to get stronger to help become a better tackler, especially is he is to become a safety for Georgia down the road. Ironically, neither UNC nor NC State offered Pugh a scholarship.
Previous ranking...19...Schools...Committed to Georgia
22. ATH Earl Wolff...6-0, 190 pounds, 4.45/40...Hoke County HS, Raeford, NC
Notes...Wolff was an unknown prior to the NC State football camp last summer but exploded with a super performance and came away with a Wolfpack offer. Wolff’s strength is his versatility. He has the size, speed and athleticism to contribute at a number of spots. He is still fairly raw and continuing to learn the game. The NC State coaches will likely bring him in and watch him to develop before deciding on his ultimate position in college.
Previous ranking...Unrated...Schools...Committed to NC State
21. ATH Marquan Brown...5-8, 160 pounds, 4.35/40...Gray’s Creek HS... Hope Mills, NC
Notes...Brown has great speed and the potential to make every single play highlight material. He has excelled at running back, catching the ball out of the backfield and at cornerback. Unfortunately he didn’t have the senior season many thought possible as he ended up rushing for about 775 yards. Part of that was because teams were focused on shutting him down and Gray’s Creek didn’t present many other options. His lack of size is a detriment but his explosiveness and athleticism is unquestioned. He was another solid pickup for East Carolina.
Previous ranking...10...Schools...Committed to East Carolina