Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell defensive end/linebacker Prince Shembo was widely believed to be one of the top junior prospects in the state as early as last fall when he was wreaking havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses.
Duke and NC State were obviously impressed with Shembo, as the two in-state schools extended scholarships to Shembo. He also picked up offers from Stanford and Virginia Tech as time went by.
He became firmly cemented as a recruit that will have a national spotlight when Notre Dame got involved, however.
"Notre Dame was the most recent offer. They're the biggest offer right now. Out of all my offers that's probably the biggest. Virginia Tech is probably my second biggest," he said.
Shembo emphasized in his interview with Pack Pride that location would not be a factor in his decision. That could be good news for Notre Dame or a couple of the other schools he has been hearing from lately that have not offered.
"I think I'm gonna start taking visits on (March) 21," he said. "I'm pretty sure that'll be the Georgia Junior Day, but I'm not sure yet. I've been hearing from a lot of other coaches, too. I'm communicating with Notre Dame and Florida a lot. Both of them want to see me up at their camps.
"As far as camps go, I don't make those decisions. That's all up to my father. He says there's no point in me going to a camp at a school that's already offered me."
That might not be good news for the Pack. Despite that, plus the interest from elite schools outside the state, NC State is a school Shembo wants to take a closer look at.
"I haven't spoken to them lately," Shembo said of NC State. "I do need to call them, though. I've been kind of busy. I like the way they've recruited me. They're hard on me. I like the coaches and I'd like to go over there sometime. They're still in my head. I forgot the name of the (coach) I talked to but I remember the face.
"The main thing they like about me is I can get to the quarterback."