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 has an offer from NC State.
50. S Michael Dobson...6-1, 185 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Mt Airy (NC) High School
Dobson could play safety or running back on the next level. Has decent size and rushed for better than 1,600 yards as a junior. He has earned early offers from Duke, Richmond, Ohio, East Carolina, Akron and Western Michigan. Dobson shows good explosion at running back and runs much tougher than one would think of a player his size. Wake Forest and NC State are also involved.
49. DE Charles Goodwin...6-7, 255 pounds, 4.89 in the 40...Andrews High School, High Point, NC
Goodwin has a big time frame who’s production on the field has yet to meet up with his physical potential. Can be tough to handle at defensive end but isn’t consistent. At this point may be better suited for offensive tackle. If the light clicks on and he takes his game to the next level, Goodwin could emerge as a serious division one prospect. The potential is certainly there. Clemson, Duke, Tennessee, NC State and Wake Forest are a few of the schools involved. The Wolfpack would appear to hold a slight lead.
48. TE Matt Milner...6-4, 235 pounds, 4.6 in the 40...Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, NC
Milner is a hard-nosed player with a great work ethic. He’s a little under-sized now for tight end but has the frame to add additional weight. At NC State’s camp Milner was inconsistent catching the ball although that may have been a one time occurrence. He has earned an offer from East Carolina and is also hearing from NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and Notre Dame among others.
47. LB Quin Smith...6-1, 200 pounds, 4.6 in the 40...Hibriten High School, Lenoir, NC
Smith is a two way standout for Hibriten, starring at both running back and linebacker. He will need to improve his speed and strength but impressed enough at South Carolina to earn an offer from the Gamecocks. He also received offers from East Carolina, Duke and Western Carolina.
46. OL Will Simmons...6-6, 315 pounds...Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, NC
Few players in North Carolina have more heart or are more dedicated that Simmons. When he was told he needed to drop weight, Simmons lost better than 60 pounds. He plays offensive line with a defensive tackle’s mentality and is best described as a mauler. His agility and quickness are a liability at this point but the potential is there for him to grow into a solid guard down the road. He committed to East Carolina over interest from NC State, UNC, Georgia Tech and Auburn.
45. S Perry James...6-0, 180 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Davie County High School, Mocksville, NC
James missed his junior season because of a shoulder injury so his recruiting has been hampered. However, he showed at a Shrine Bowl combine during the spring that he still boasts sound cover skills and his speed and size are solid for a free safety. James may need to show that he’s back 100% during his senior season before he picks up offers. East Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Illinois and Tennessee have all been involved.
44. OL Whit Barnes...6-4, 270 pounds...Rocky Mount (NC) High School
Interest in Barnes picked up during the spring as he landed scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Western Carolina, Elon and Western Kentucky. He is a solid offensive lineman who will need to get bigger and stronger but who boasts good fundamentals. Barnes isn’t the quickest guy around but seems to be the prototypical Wake Forest recruit. He committed to the Deacs earlier in the summer.
43. LB Lamar McLendon...6-1, 205 pounds, 4.56 in the 40...Seventy-First High School, Fayetteville, NC
McLendon is a player that impressed during the spring. He isn’t the biggest linebacker around but he moves extremely well and should possess quite a bit of upside. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could play safety if he’s able to improve his speed but likely will project at ‘backer on the next level. McLendon committed to East Carolina back in May.
42. CB James Hopper...5-8, 180 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Seventy-First High School, Fayetteville, NC
The biggest compliment you can give Hopper is the fact that Virginia Tech offered him in a year where the Hokies had very few scholarship offers with which to work. He put together a tremendous workout for the Hokies’ coaches at their camp and Hopper committed to them shortly after returning home from Blacksburg.
41. ATH Corey Gattis...5-10, 165 pounds, 4.4 in the 40...Hillside High School, Durham, NC
Gattis is a silky smooth athlete with great speed and knowledge of the game. He stars at QB for Hillside and has been very successful at that position. In college, he is likely to move to receiver or corner and has the skills to succeed at both. After landing offers from a couple of smaller schools, Gattis committed to Duke back in June.