In-state rankings won’t be released until later in the year. However, Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at 15 uncommitted prospects from North Carolina that likely project as some of the state’s best for the class of 2010. Today we have part one in a two-part series on several of North Carolina’s best.
OL Rob Crisp...6-7, 300 pounds, 5.2 in the 40...Chapel Hill (NC) High School
Notes...Crisp will likely be the top player in North Carolina when rankings are released later in the year. He boasts better than 30 scholarship offers from around the nation. Crisp has a tremendous frame and quick feet and boasts a huge upside. He has publically stated that he plans to make his commitment at the US Army all-american game later in the year. At this point, Crisp has shied away from naming any particular favorites but has well-documented ties to NC State. The Pack appears to be a major player while Georgia cannot be discounted. He also made recent junior day stops at South Carolina and UNC.
ATH Tony Creecy...5-11, 195 pounds...Southern Durham (NC) High School
Notes...Creecy is a versatile athlete with wide receiver skills and a running back-type frame. He currently boasts roughly 17 scholarship offers from the likes of NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, UNC, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Duke among others. The Pack was the first to offer and actually jumped on him back during his sophomore year. He has steadfastly maintained the Wolfpack as his top school with Duke lurking close behind. Creecy plans to stay close to home and that appears to be one of the bigger factors in his recruiting. He has indicated that he will decide on signing day but we wouldn’t be surprised if he decides sooner. Creecy has also mentioned the desire to play on the same team as Rob Crisp.
WR Keenan Allen...6-2, 180 pounds...Northern Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC
Notes...Allen is a talented dual-threat athlete that can help in a number of ways. While he doesn’t appear to boast blazing speed, he’s very efficient with the ball in his hands and uses cut-backs well to get into open space. He may actually project better at safety where he displays great cover skills, instincts and the desire to hit. Allen currently holds roughly a dozen or so scholarship offers but appears to be most interested in Alabama and Clemson. He attended an NC State junior day earlier this year but the Pack doesn’t appear to be a major player at this point. If Allen’s grades prove to be acceptable then the Crimson Tide will likely emerge as the team to beat with a commitment possible sometime this spring.
DE Gabe King...6-5, 245 pounds...Page High School, Greensboro, NC
Notes...Physically, King is one of the most imposing prospects in the class of 2010. His listed size is legit and looks more like a college junior than a high school junior. With great natural ability and potential, King has lined up scholarship offers from the likes of NC State, UNC, Clemson, Duke, Tennessee, Georgia and West Virginia. He currently favors UNC over Clemson, NC State, California and Georgia. Although it originally looked as though King would make a decision later in the year, he is now indicating a potential commitment over the summer. For the Wolfpack, King was on hand for their junior day earlier this year and says he will camp with the Pack this summer. It may be an uphill battle for State, however.
ATH P.J. Clyburn...6-1, 205 pounds...West Iredell High School, Statesville, NC
Notes...Clyburn is a prospect that we expect will be one of the state’s most coveted before all is said and done. He is a do-everything athlete for West Iredell that impressed whether it be on special teams, offense or defense. Clyburn has a big-time frame and solid football skills. He’s a prospect that just seems to make plays no matter where you line him up. On the college level he may be best suited for safety although he could potentially grow into an outside linebacker. NC State, East Carolina and Illinois have offered although it appears the Pack and UNC may be the early teams to beat. It is possible that Clyburn could make a decision before the end of the summer
QB Tyler Brosius...6-3, 230 pounds, 4.9 in the 40...Tuscola High School, Waynesville, NC
Notes...College coaches have trended towards being more cautious with scholarship offers to quarterbacks and that appears to be the case with Brosius. To date, only Central Florida has officially offered. However, Brosius certainly passes the look test on film. He has a strong arm and the ability to make sharp, accurate throws from a variety of positions. Brosius isn’t a dual-threat QB by any means but does have the ability to get up the field when the pocket breaks down. Camps will be big for Brosius over the summer as he works to procure more offers. He visited State back in January and the Pack appears to be a major player should they decide to offer after watching him work out in person. For the record, Brosius has not identified any particular favorites.
OL T.J. Leifheit...6-7, 300 pounds...Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC
Notes...Although Rob Crisp may rate as the state’s top offensive lineman, Leifheit isn’t far behind. He dominates from his tackle spot and plays with a non-stop motor. He routinely disposes of his man and works his way down field to the second level. Although not as athletic as Crisp, Leifheit is more of a mauler that seems to thrive on crushing the opposition. Apparently the college coaches agree as he has landed better than a dozen offers from the likes of NC State, UNC, Clemson, Florida State, LSU and California among others. Publically he has denied any favorites although some believe Leifheit to be a quiet UNC lean. The Pack has made an impression and he has visited State numerous times. He will continue visiting numerous schools that have offered over the coming months and plans to make a decision in October. Leifheit plans to enroll in college next January.