Pack Pride breaks down the top 50 prospects in the state of North Carolina for the class of 2010. Today we take a look at No’s 31-40.
40. CB Jamie Smith...5-9, 175 pounds...Weddington High School
Prospect Notes...Although somewhat smallish, Smith has good ball skills and solid cover ability. As a junior he notched 60 tackles and four interceptions. He’s landed offers from Winston Salem State, NC A&T and Duke. As things stand now, if his offer is solid, Duke would appear to be a likely destination.
Wolfpack Connection...Smith camped at NC State and performed well. However, he doesn’t appear to be a serious prospect for the Pack right now.
39. S Detric Allen...6-0, 177 pounds...South Stanly
Prospect Notes...South Stanly boasts several FBS-caliber prospects this year and Allen is one of their best. Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Arkansas and Louisville have all reportedly offered with the three in-state schools likely being the front runners. Allen has good size and decent speed and could see his offer list expand with a solid senior season.
Wolfpack Connection....NC State does not appear to be heavily pursuing Allen at the current time although he did camp at State back in June.
38. OL Corey Robinson...6-5, 285 pounds...Havelock High School
Prospect Notes...Robinson is raw as an offensive lineman but shows a lot of upside. Physically he has what you’re looking for but is going to need time in a college strength and conditioning program to increase his strength and improve his foot speed. It may take time for him to develop but once he does, Robinson should be a contributor for the Gamecocks.
37. TE Trevor Sawyer...6-5, 220 pounds...Asheville High School
Prospect Notes..Sawyer is one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the class of 2010. He runs very crisp routes and displays reliable hands. The knock on Sawyer is his lack of size and whether he can mature physically to compete on the D-1 level in the run game. In the passing game, he’s got what you’re looking for. He currently holds an offer from East Carolina.
Wolfpack Connection...Sawyer camped at NC State and performed well. However, it may be later in the year before it is determined how hard the Pack will recruit him.
36. QB Gabe Henderson...6-1, 180 pounds...Southeast Raleigh
Prospect Notes...Henderson was one of the state’s most productive quarterbacks last year. He is very effective running the Southeast offense and brings a nice touch of athleticism to the position. Henderson throws a nice, catchable ball and is fairly consistent with his throws. The question will be whether he has the arm strength to land the major D-1 offers he’s seeking. Currently he holds offers from several lower division schools.
Wolfpack Connection...Henderson camped at State and has visited the Pack numerous times with teammate Kendall Moore. At this point, it remains to be seen how the Wolfpack will proceed with their recruiting of quarterbacks in general.
35. OL Tacoby Cofield...6-4, 310 pounds...Tarboro High School
Prospect Notes...Cofield is a stout offensive lineman that really held his own at the invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine. He obviously will need to hone his technique and improve his foot speed but he ash some tools with which to work. Cofield committed to Duke over offers from East Carolina and Wake Forest. NC State was not heavily involved.
34. CB Quantrez Stevenson...6-0, 180 pounds...TW Andrews
Prospect Notes...Stevenson is a player that really stood out at NC State’s camp and Duke may have gotten a steal when he committed to the Blue Devils a couple of weeks ago. Stevenson has very good speed and while raw at defensive back, he flashes potential and upside and is a very solid pickup for Duke.
33. RB Josh Snead...5-9, 170 pounds...Smithfield-Selma
Prospect Notes...Snead may be one of North Carolina’s fastest prospects for the class of 2010. He was timed at 4.33-seconds at a Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year and while that number may be a little fast, there’s no doubt Snead’s speed is legit. The question is going to be whether Snead has peaked physically and can he take the next step once he gets to college. He is smallish for running back and may ultimately be better suited for cornerback.
32. QB Anthony Boone...6-0, 210 pounds...Weddington High School
Prospect Notes...Boone looked solid at the Scout combine held in Charlotte earlier this year. He showed good arm strength and was fairly consistent with his passes. At times his accuracy was off and he doesn’t have great height but with time should develop into a contributor for Duke. Boone also reported offers from Illinois, East Carolina and Louisville.
31. LB Darius Lipford...6-2, 205 pounds...Hibriten High School
Prospect Notes...Of all the Duke commits, Lipford may have been one of the best gets. Not many on the recruiting trail had heard of him, most likely because he committed to the Blue Devils last October. Lipford moves well, has a good frame and operated well out in space covering running backs when we watched him at the invite only combine. In fact, he was as impressive as several of the other linebackers in attendance that day who were rated much higher.