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.
40. DE Parker Thomas...6-5, 225 pounds, 4.7 in the 40...Mt Tabor High School, Winston-Salem, NC
Thomas is a two sport star trying to decide between football and baseball. He currently boasts offers from Duke, Western Carolina and East Carolina on the gridiron. Thomas has a very nice frame and the potential to play much heavier in college. He suffered a torn MCL as a junior so some colleges may want to make sure he’s back to 100% as a senior.
39. RB Kevin Fogg...5-10, 170 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Apex (NC) High School
Fogg is one of the best pure running backs in the state. His lack of size may be a concern for the next level but when healthy, he’s shown to be one of North Carolina’s best with his burst, vision and instincts. Fogg has an offer from Western Carolina and Illinois appears close. He’s also receiving steady attention from NC State, UNC, ECU, Virginia and Wake Forest.
38. DE Sylvester Crawford...6-5, 215 pounds...Victory Christian, Charlotte, NC
Crawford is a player with a long frame that shows a good amount of upside physically. He may actually remind some Wolfpack fans of former NC State defensive end Renaldo Moses. Crawford tends to stand straight up out of his stance at times but pursues well and shows promise. NC State and West Virginia have reportedly offered.
37. S Tyree Simpson...6-2, 200 pounds, 4.55 in the 40...Myers Park High School, Charlotte, NC
Simpson is a player that impresses and it’s surprising that he hasn’t earned more offers. He has a very college ready physique and runs extremely well. He tallied 58 tackles and four interceptions as a junior. He could potentially fill out and grow into a linebacker down the road. Simpson has an offer from East Carolina and is also hearing from NC State, UNC and South Carolina. He is a player who’s stock could take off with a big senior season.
36. TE Zico Pasut...6-3, 235 pounds, 4.7 in the 40...Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, NC
When you look at Pasut he doesn’t blow you away physically. He isn’t the fastest player around, either. However, once he starts to work out you can’t help but be impressed with his athleticism and overall skills for the tight end position. Pasut is one of the real hidden gems in North Carolina. He has offers from West Virginia and East Carolina but may jump on an opportunity to grey shirt at Virginia Tech.
35. QB Brett Mooring...6-4, 215 pounds...West Craven High School, Vanceboro, NC
Mooring likely possesses the strongest arm in the state and will get heavy consideration for the Shrine Bowl squad later in the year. He also has a very nice frame and while not a running threat, has enough foot speed to get out of trouble. Mooring must tone down his throws, particularly on short and intermediate passes to emerge as an all-around signal caller. At this point he tends to make every throw as if he’s trying to put it through a brick wall. He reports an offer from East Carolina and is also hearing from South Carolina, Duke and Clemson.
34. WR Reese Wiggins...5-10, 175 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Southern Durham (NC) High School
Wiggins is a player that really had a nice showing at the invitation-only Shrine combine held earlier in the spring. The thing that jumps out is Wiggins dependable hands. He shows the ability to haul in everything thrown near him. While he has good speed, Wiggins isn’t a blazer but has the quicks to create separation. Size would indicate corner but he doesn’t appear to have the hips for defense. East Carolina has offered and they likely lead quietly.
33. RB Artrele Louis...5-10, 180 pounds, 4.4 in the 40...AL Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC
Louis is one of the more impressive running back prospects in the state despite playing varsity for just one year. Tallied around 1,000 yards as a junior and appears to have quite a bit of upside. He shows very good running back instincts and toughness and should only improve with time. Louis is currently hearing from all of the in-state schools as well as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Auburn and others.
32. RB Damonte Terry..6-1, 190 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Scotland County High School, Laurinburg, NC
Terry is a very impressive looking player with solid straight ahead speed and athleticism. He doesn’t have very good lateral movement and struggles with back pedal so will need some coaching if he ends up at safety. Terry is an impressive high school running back that runs tough but will need to do a better job of holding on to the ball as a senior. He committed to East Carolina over interest from NC State, UNC and Maryland.
31. RB Hunter Furr...6-0, 205 pounds, 4.4 in the 40...Mt Tabor High School, Winston-Salem, NC
Furr has the look of a college player as his work in the weight room is obvious. However, his calling card is speed and Furr has established himself as one of the fastest prospects in the state. He was able to parlay his combination of size and speed into 1,700 yards rushing as a junior. Furr isn’t the most athletic player around and may very well end up at safety and special teams in college. He committed to UNC over an offer from Wake Forest earlier in the year.