North Carolina's Top 50 Prospects: #21-30

After attending several combines, watching sets of film and speaking with high school coaches across the state, we at Pack Pride are ready to release our in-state rankings. Today we continue our evaluation of the in-state class with the #21-30 prospects in the state of North Carolina.

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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 21-30.

30. WR Braxton Deaver...6-5, 190 pounds..Charlotte Providence

Prospect Notes...Deaver is another prospect that quietly surprised some folks with his athleticism, size and ability to get open at the invite-only combine. Although he may not have elite speed, he’s able to use his size to gain separation and his hands are solid. He chose the Blue Devils over offers from Wake Forest, East Carolina and Marshall among others.


29. LB Kelby Brown...6-2, 185 pounds...Charlotte Christian

Prospect Notes...Brown is part of a talented trio of linebackers from Charlotte Christian and boasted an impressive assortment of offers that included Syracuse, Arkansas, UCLA, Indiana and Boston College among others. However, he’ll stay in state as he’s committed to Duke. Although undersized now, Brown is very active and moves well with good instincts and solid tackling ability.


28. DE Chris Smith...6-2, 220 pounds...West Rowan

Prospect Notes...Smith is a player that really impressed in the spring. Although he doesn’t have prototypical size for a defensive end, Smith is blistering quick off the edge and is a handful to stop one on one. It’s not impossible that he could potentially play linebacker on the next level depending on how he develops. He chose Arkansas over offers from Duke, Virginia and East Carolina.


27. DE Justin Taylor...6-4, 220 pounds...South Stanly

Prospect Notes...Taylor is one of those players who is nowhere near being a finished product. However, he has the intangibles that can’t be coached. Most impressive is Taylor’s non-stop motor. He is relentless on defense and makes up for his lack of experience by simply being aggressive. Taylor will need to get bigger and refine his game. He chose Virginia Tech over NC State earlier this year.

Commitment...Virginia Tech

26. LB Chris McCain...6-6, 195 pounds...Northern Guilford

Prospect Notes...McCain is a player that created quite a bit of buzz earlier in the year. On film he impresses with his ability to get to the ball and proves to be fearless when delivering the hit. His frame and size may be a concern as he’s extremely tall and thin which may leave some college coaches wondering exactly where he’ll project in college. McCain currently reports offers from Syracuse, East Carolina, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Maryland and Kentucky among others. He appears to favor Oregon or California currently.

Wolfpack Connection...NC State made an offer early in the process but we’re not sure that still stands currently. It doesn’t appear that the Pack is after him particularly hard at this point.

25. RB Kevin Parks...5-7, 190 pounds...West Rowan

Prospect Notes...As far as pure running backs go, Parks is as good as any in the state for the class of 2010. He has tremendous vision and natural running back skills and is somewhat reminiscent of a smaller version of NC State RB Toney Baker at the same point. The drawbacks with Parks are his lack of size, questionable upside and average speed. Despite this, he still has the tools to be a productive college back.


24. WR Brandon Braxton...6-2, 190 pounds...Charlotte Providence

Prospect Notes...Braxton was another solid pickup for Duke and gives the Blue Devils another solid receiver for the future. While he doesn’t boast blazing speed, Braxton does everything else right. He does a very good job of catching the ball away from his body, shows the ability to go up and consistently catch the ball at it’s highest point and simply has a knack for getting open. Braxton should be a reliable possession type receiver for Duke down the road. He selected the Blue Devils over offers from Maryland and East Carolina.


23. DT Eric Young...6-3, 360 pounds...Hillside High School

Prospect Notes...Since Young didn’t participate in any combines during the spring, he’s not generated much buzz on the recruiting circuit. However, it’s easy to see his vast potential when watching him on film. It’s easy to forget you’re viewing a 330+ pound lineman with the way he moves around the field. Young is able to clog the interior while also displaying the ability to get upfield and disrupt plays in the backfield. He currently has an offer from and favors NC State. Academics may potentially be limiting his recruiting at the current time.

Wolfpack Connection...Young is a prospect State offered fairly early and continues to pursue. He nearly committed a couple of weeks ago but balked so it’s unknown when a decision may come. Young appears to be the Pack’s to lose at this point.

22. DT Darius Kilgo...6-3, 300 pounds..Weddington High School

Prospect Notes...Kilgo is a player that certainly turned a few heads during the spring. Although not particularly quick, he’s fast enough and is extremely powerful and overpowering in his lower body. Kilgo currently reports offers from South Carolina, East Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Illinois among others. He favors UNC although the Heels haven’t offered.

Wolfpack Connection...State has recruited him and Kilgo was due to come to camp although that never materialized. At this point, he doesn’t appear to be a major target for the Pack.

21. LB Ty Linton...6-2, 215 pounds...Charlotte Christian

Prospect Notes...Linton is the second of the Charlotte Christian trio on this list. He boasts better size than Kelby Brown and flashes a lot of upside. He is a fearless and fundamentally sound linebacker that is very knowledgeable of the position. Linton will only get better with time and competing with two other D-1 linebackers day in and day out will only help him get better.


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