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.
20. LB Steven Moore...6-2, 225 pounds, 4.7 in the 40...Chapel Hill (NC) High School
Moore is one of the state’s most under-rated prospects by the national scouts. He played out of position as a defensive end during his junior season but a move back to SLB in 2008 should allow him to show his full range of ability. Moore has a great frame and super instincts for the LB position. He was one of the real standouts at NC State’s football camp. Moore currently favors the Wolfpack.
19. QB Everett Proctor...6-2, 200 pounds, 4.6 in the 40...Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville, NC
Proctor is a talented prospect with a solid, athletic build who was recruited both as a quarterback and athlete. He is raw as a quarterback but has upside for the position. Proctor has just one season as a full time starter at QB under his belt so he’ll certainly improve with time. He landed offers from NC State, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Appalachian State and Illinois but chose the Wolfpack when they decided to pursue as a QB.
18. TE/LB Tucker Windle...6-3, 215 pounds, 4.7 in the 40...Charlotte (NC) Catholic High School
Windle is a versatile athlete with good size that could potentially play at tight end or linebacker. Tallied 64 tackles and eight sacks as a junior. Landed early offers from Wake Forest, Virginia, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. His father played for Virginia and that likely played a part in Windle committing to the Cavs back in May.
17. ATH Larry Raper...5-10, 155 pounds, 4.35 in the 40...Shelby (NC) High School
Raper is a blistering quick prospect who’s able to utilize his speed to take advantage of mismatches in the open field. He needs to add strength and bulk and may begin his career on special teams. However, with time and maturity, could develop into a dangerous threat at wideout. Raper is committed to Clemson.
16. ATH Zach Greene...5-10, 170 pounds, 4.4 in the 40...Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, NC
Greene is a very solid athlete that can excel at corner, slot receiver and special teams. He boasts tremendous quickness and change of direction and is a handful in the open field. Greene’s earliest contributions in college may very well come as a kick/punt returner. He boasts early offers from NC State, South Carolina and Duke. Many feel the Wolfpack is the team to beat.
15. DT Curtis Porter...6-2, 330 pounds...Victory Christian, Charlotte, NC
Porter has become a hot commodity to some degree in North Carolina. He is built like a tank and dominates opposing linemen with a low center of gravity and the leverage he’s able to generate in his lower body. Porter also shows the ability to get out in space and be effective at offensive guard. He reportedly holds offers from the big three in Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Clemson among others. Oddly enough, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest have yet to offer. There is rumors that he may be a package deal with WR Jheranie Boyd. Florida may hold an early advantage.
14. LB Justin Jackson...6-1, 200 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40...Richmond County High School, Rockingham, NC
Jackson is a bit undersized at this point but makes up for it with speed and a tenacious style of play. He needs to get stronger as running backs tend to drive him forward but he has a ton of tools with which to work and will only get bigger and stronger down the road. He received offers from Duke and Wake Forest but decided to commit to the Deacs earlier in the summer. Had he waited, Jackson is a player who very likely would have landed several additional scholarship offers down the road.
13. DE Justin Foxx...6-4, 220 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Victory Christian, Charlotte, NC
Foxx is part of a three-headed defensive line monster at Victory Christian. Along with counterparts Sylvester Crawford and Curtis Porter, the trio should be a force to be reckoned with in 2008. Foxx is a prototypical defensive end with a long frame, great quickness and above average speed given his size. He’s a blur off the edge and loves to pin his ears back and attack the ball-carrier. Foxx does a good job of keeping his feet and pursuing but has to be careful not to over-commit on some plays and get himself out of position. Currently boasts offers from NC State, Duke, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Vanderbilt and West Virginia among others. His mother would like him to stay close to home although Foxx has indicated recently that Virginia Tech may hold a slight lead. Duke and NC State are strong with him as well. He will most likely make a decision prior to his senior season.
12. LB/DE Rickey Dowdy...6-2, 225 pounds, 4.7 in the 40...High Point (NC) Central High School
Dowdy has an impressive combination of size and speed. He’s somewhat of a ‘tweener who could potentially end up at either linebacker or defensive end although we would lean towards DE. His frame would indicate that he can play much heavier. At defensive end Dowdy shows good explosion off the edge and pursues well down the line, maintaining his feet and balance. He has the quickness to shoot by offensive linemen and the speed and athleticism to chase players down from the back side. NC State was Dowdy’s first scholarship offer and he wasted little time in pulling the trigger for the Pack back in the spring.
11. CB Terry Shankle...5-11, 170 pounds, 4.68 in the 40...South Stanly High School, Norwood, NC
Shankle isn’t the biggest or the fastest player around but what he does is make plays. He tallied nearly 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on offense as a junior while notching 15 interceptions on defense. He also returned three punts for scores. To date he reports scholarship offers from the likes of NC State, Alabama, UNC, Clemson and Florida and those five appear to be his current top five. However, when all is said and done it wouldn’t be surprising to see this battle boil down the Heels and Pack. NC State is reportedly looking at Shankle as a possible wide receiver.