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.
S David Amerson...6-2, 170 pounds...Dudley High School, Greensboro, NC
Notes...When evaluating positions, one could make the argument that no one in North Carolina plays their position any better than Amerson. He is a natural, both physically and athletically at safety. Playing center field for Dudley, Amerson always seems to be in the right place at the right time. More impressive, however, is Amerson’s willingness to sacrifice his body while looking to blow up a ball-carrier. He has landed an impressive array of offers from schools like Notre Dame, UNC, Virginia Tech, NC State, Louisville and Texas Tech among others. Amerson visited NC State for junior day but there has been nothing up to now to suggest State has emerged as a major player for his commitment. For the record, he has not named any particular favorites but plans to visit several out of state schools over the summer.
LB Prince Shembo...6-2, 225 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Ardrey-Kell High School, Charlotte, NC
Notes...Physically, Shembo is impressive and he can be a handful from his defensive end position for Ardey Kell. However, he likely projects as a linebacker on the next level which makes scouting him for the position somewhat difficult. He plays with a high motor and seems to thrive on contact. To date he boasts offers from Illinois, Stanford, Virginia Tech, NC State, Duke and East Carolina and Notre Dame. While he has mentioned the desire to play close to home, it appears Virginia Tech and Notre Dame reside near the top of his list currently. The Pack is involved and still on Shembo’s radar but it doesn’t appear that they are a serious player for his commitment right now.
LB Kendall Moore...6-1, 225 pounds...Southeast Raleigh (NC) High School
Notes...The linebacker position is well represented in the class of 2010 and Moore is right up there among the best in the state. Boasting good size and speed, Moore has become the heart of Southeast’s defense whether it be at defensive end or linebacker. He shows good instincts and the ability to get out in space and make plays. On the recruiting front, Moore has landed scholarship offers from NC State, Clemson, Florida State, Duke, South Carolina and West Virginia among others. He has expressed an interest in the past of playing in the SEC. Some reports have him leaning to Florida State after the Noles’ recent offer. The Wolfpack has been on Moore for months but proximity doesn’t appear to be a factor in their favor. However, we believe State is a main player and may be the top choice of the in-state schools should he decide in that direction.
DE Alfy Hill...6-4, 245 pounds...West Brunswick High School, Shallotte, NC
Notes...It is not unusual to see players in high school the size of Hill. What is surprising, however, is the way Hill moves given that size. He will almost certainly play along the defensive line in college but has the speed, quickness and body control of a player much smaller. He is incredibly strong and able to blow up plays with regularity. It is hard to believe that just a month ago Hill didn’t boast a single offer. Since his film was distributed he has picked up scholarship pledges from NC State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Duke, New Mexico, South Carolina, Iowa State and Kentucky. Hill has indicated that he would like to play close to home although South Carolina and Virginia Tech look strong. Before all is said and done, don’t be surprised to see the Wolfpack as a major player in this fight.
CB A.J. Marshall...5-11, 170 pounds...Southern Durham (NC) High School
Notes...Marshall is an impressive play-maker on defense that can leave his mark on offense as well. He possesses a good frame for a corner and shows natural skills for the position. Marshall may not be the fastest cornerback on the market but knows how to get to the ball and make plays. He is also a standout in the classroom. On the recruiting side, Marshall boasts offers from Virginia Tech, Duke, Maryland, Wake Forest and East Carolina. UNC and NC State are also involved but neither is believed to have made a committable offer. Marshall has indicated a desire to stay close to home but grew up watching Virginia Tech. For now, we’d keep a close eye on Duke and the Hokies unless State and UNC firm up offers down the road.
LB Ty Linton...6-2, 205 pounds...Charlotte (NC) Christian
Notes...Linton is a very effective linebacker that really impresses with his ability to make plays out in space. Once he makes up his mind to get to the ball-carrier he shows a great burst to the ball and is a sound tackler. Linton has a solid frame that could carry more weight and presents quite a bit of upside for down the road. He currently has offers from North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois and Syracuse. NC State is recruiting Linton and is reportedly very high on him but will likely evaluate further at camp later this year if he has yet to make a commitment. Linton’s favorites are unclear at this point but he did seem to enjoy a recent unofficial visit to Virginia. He is also a very solid baseball player and may pursue playing two sports once in college.
DE Fre’Shad Hunter...6-4, 235 pounds...Cary (NC) High School
Notes...Hunter moved from linebacker to defensive end and it’s not out of the question that he could grow into a defensive tackle in college. He has an impressive frame and can dominate physically at times although he will need to become more consistent. There have been some questions regarding academics which may be limiting him on the recruiting front currently. NC State, ECU, and Purdue have extended early offers. Behind the scenes Hunter appears to be fairly high on NC State but is also considering Alabama, Wake Forest and East Carolina. For the record he says he will make a commitment after his senior season but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he ended up making his choice sooner.
LB/DE Christian McCain...6-6, 205 pounds...Northern Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC
Notes...McCain plays linebacker for Northern Guilford but will likely project as a defensive end on the next level. He is a long, razor-thin prospect, somewhat reminiscent of current Wolfpack defensive end Willie Young when he was in high school. Physically, it will take some time for McCain to fill out but one asset that he boasts now is incredible agility. He has surprisingly quick feet given his build and moves around the field extremely well. McCain shows good instincts and the ability to make plays consistently. Again, the challenge for college coaches will be to bulk him up enough to compete at the division one level. On the recruiting front, McCain boasts roughly a half dozen offers but favors UNC, Clemson, Penn State, California and Wake Forest. He grew up a UNC fan. For now, NC State doesn’t appear to be a major factor.