Pack Pride unveils the preseason top 60 prospects in North Carolina. The rankings are based on a combination of college potential and actual production by each player during their careers. The staff at Pack Pride attended numerous camps and combines this year in addition to film evaluation and discussion with various high school coaches to put together this listing. A player’s academic standing does not figure into the rankings. Players whose name appears in red have an offer from NC State.
Players that just missed the top 60 but have the potential to move up in future rankings:
WR Nick Jones...Southern Durham High School
QB Kevin Shelton...Hickory High School
DB Caleb Lucas...South Johnston High School
OL Marcus Gaines-Cherry...Southeast Raleigh High School
LB Tevin Humphrey...Northside High School
DT Deylan Buntyn...Havelock High School
RB Raymond Brown...Southern Lee High School
S Demetrius McKelvie...East Columbus High School
QB Josh Byrum...Victory Christian
QB Chandler Browning...Broughton High School
RB Kevin Howell...Southeast Raleigh High School
WR Michael Rhynes...Independence High School
OL Taylor Hansen...Wake Forest Rolesville High School
S Julian Vann...East Duplin High School
DL Nick Stone...Hillside High School
60. ATH Tony Washington...5-11, 175 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...TW Andrews High School, High Point, NC
Washington may not have created much buzz thus far on a national level but folks in High Point know what the rising senior means to his squad. Not the biggest or the fastest but Washington makes plays and is versatile with the potential to help at slot receiver, cornerback or special teams on the next level.
59. WR/LB Kevin Rojas...6-3, 205 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Wakefield (NC) High School
Rojas has made his mark at wide receiver and linebacker but will begin his college career on defense. Has good size and will bring some athleticism to the linebacker spot. Rojas committed to Duke over interest from Virginia, Vanderbilt and Elon.
58. S Ty Holmes...6-1, 205 pounds....Lexington (NC) High School
Holmes is a natural at safety and tallied 75 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions as a junior. He’s been a starter for Lexington since his freshman season. Holmes wasted no time on the recruiting front as he quickly committed to East Carolina after receiving their offer back in June. He was also hearing from NC State, Duke and Catawba.
57. DE Brian Johnson...6-3, 212 pounds, 4.8 in the 40...Myers Park High School, Charlotte, NC
Johnson is somewhat of a ‘tweener between linebacker and defensive end. He likely projects at defensive end down the road and is productive at the position. Johnson could improve on his consistency and needs to have a big senior year to attract high major interest. Has offers from Miami (Ohio) and Western Carolina and recruiting interest from Tennessee (co-favorite), NC State (co-favorite) and UNC among others.
56. DT Michael Brooks...6-3, 295 pounds, 5.1 in the 40...Bartlett Yancey High School, Yanceyville, NC
Brooks has prototypical size for a defensive tackle and was East Carolina’s first commitment for the class of 2009. An all area and all region performer as a junior, Brooks is an all-around student athlete with good upside and should be a solid contributor for the Pirates down the road. He also received interest from NC State.
55. CB/WR Tehvyn Brantley...5-8, 160 pounds, 4.45 in the 40...Victory Christian, Charlotte, NC
Brantley looked impressive on film during his junior season at Northern Vance. Smallish but quick and makes plays whether it be at corner, wide receiver or special teams. Brantley is explosive and has above average athleticism but size may limit recruiting interest from major colleges. He currently has offers from Central Michigan and Buffalo. He favors Michigan and Missouri.
54. DE Chikaobi Reid...6-2, 210 pounds, 4.6 in the 40...West Charlotte (NC) High School
Although undersized, Reid is a big time playmaker at defensive end for West Charlotte. Has a good burst and motor and boasts a lot of upside. If grades pan out, could gain heavier attention as the year progresses. Reid currently boasts offers from Duke, Toledo and East Carolina. Michigan, NC State, UNC and Virginia Tech look strong should any decide to offer.
53. OL Nick Allison...6-4, 285 pounds...TC Roberson High School, Asheville, NC
Allison was a sleeper on the recruiting scene but impressed the South Carolina coaches with his size and foot work. The rising senior committed to the Gamecocks shortly after receiving an offer. Allison has impressive numbers in the weight room and will likely project at offensive guard for South Carolina.
52. CB Torrance Hunt...5-8, 155 pounds, 4.3 in the 40...Jordan High School, Durham, NC
Hunt is all about speed, speed, speed and may be the fastest prospect in the state for the class of 2009. He was hand-timed below 4.3-seconds in the 40-yard dash by several stopwatches at a combine earlier this year. Hunt will obviously need to get bigger and stronger but should mature into a solid corner and special team’s player down the road. He committed to East Carolina shortly after receiving an offer from the Pirates.
51. CB Russ Cockrell...6-0, 165 pounds, 4.45 in the 40...Charlotte (NC) Latin High School
Cockrell’s stock has steadily risen as he’s earned offers from Duke, Virginia and Liberty over the past few weeks. He collected a stellar 11 interceptions as a junior while chipping in nearly 700 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Cockrell is a solid all-around athlete and don’t be surprised to hear more about him as the year progresses.