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 11-20.
20. ATH Tehvyn Brantley...5-7, 165 pounds...Mt Zion Academy
Prospect Notes...No one in the state of North Carolina has worked harder for a division one offer than Brantley. If you were going to rate prospects solely on heart and effort, he’d be at or near the top. In one on one situations Brantley is virtually uncoverable while at wideout. He makes lightning quick cuts that instantly create separation. What has limited Brantley’s FBS offers is his lack of size and blazing straight ahead speed. He will likely play slot receiver in college and recently landed an offer from UNC.
Wolfpack Connection...NC State has not been heavily involved up to this point
19. WR Matt James...6-4, 200 pounds...Sanderson High School
Prospect Notes...When James is on he is one of the state’s very best wide receivers. He has very good size and is deceptively fast given his frame. James has the ability to go up and over smaller defensive backs and can be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. However, he was very inconsistent catching the ball during the spring and at times, really struggled making plays. Once he becomes more consistent, James has the potential to grow into a very talented wideout. James currently holds close to a dozen offers and favors Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Wolfpack Connection...NC State was very active with James early on and he’s made a ton of trip to Raleigh. However, the Pack’s scholarship crunch will likely prevent them from pursuing James very hard.
18. QB Tyler Brosius...6-3, 210 pounds...Tuscola High School
Prospect Notes...Brosius is a big, strong-armed quarterback and is the state’s best at this position in our opinion. He can make a variety of throws and has good placement on his passes. At the invite-only combine held earlier this year, every receiver commented on just how solid Brosius was during the workout. NC State had hoped he would attend their camp to compete for an offer but he committed to Virginia over Pittsburgh, Maryland and Central Florida among others prior to working out for the Wolfpack coaches.
17. CB/WR Reggie Wilkins...5-11, 180 pounds...Crest High School
Prospect Notes...Wilkins is a very fluid, versatile athlete although he doesn’t boast great size. He is extremely quick, runs good routes and overall, is just a very solid football player. Wilkins’ best position may be cornerback in college although his recruiting has been limited somewhat, likely due to questions about his academics.
Wolfpack Connection...Wilkins earned an offer from State earlier in the year and he solidified that pledge with an impressive workout at the Wolfpack’s camp. He likely projects at corner for the Pack.
16. S P.J. Clyburn...6-1, 200 pounds...West Iredell
Prospect Notes..Like Wilkins, Clyburn would probably have quite a few more offers were it not for his academic standing. As a prospect, Clyburn is one of the top defensive back prospects in the state. He has tremendous instincts for being at the right place at the right time and brings a linebacker’s mentality to the defensive backfield. Clyburn reports offers from NC State, East Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas and Kentucky although UNC could emerge as the team to beat should they offer.
Wolfpack Connection...Clyburn is somewhat of a question mark. The Pack offered him early but with the numbers being what they are, we’re not sure how big of a target he is currently.
15. CB A.J. Marshall...5-10, 175 pounds...Southern Durham
Prospect Notes...Marshall is a very fluid, athletic corner with tremendous hips. He has great recovery speed and ball skills. Marshall probably needs to become a better player in the run game but in coverage, he’s as good as any corner in the state. Physically, he presents quite a bit of upside. He boasts several offers but Wake Forest is the team to beat as things stand now.
Wolfpack Connection...In a different year, Marshall would have been a major target for State but a scholarship crunch has prevented them from pursuing him heavily up to this point.
14. DE Kareem Martin...6-6, 230 pounds...Roanoke Rapids High School
Prospect Notes...Martin is a very talented defensive end who shows solid quickness off the edge while possessing a very impressive frame. He’s not as explosive as Alfy Hill but is still a handful for opposing offensive tackles. He owns around a dozen scholarship offers but the conventional wisdom at this point is that he’ll stay in-state. It would appear that UNC, Duke and Virginia Tech may be the main players although he’s not set a solid top five just yet.
Wolfpack Connection...The Pack has offered and hosted Martin on an unofficial visit a few weeks ago. However, it doesn’t appear that State is in his lead group of schools at this point.
13. LB Prince Shembo...6-2, 210 pounds...Ardrey-Kell
Prospect Notes...Shembo is somewhat of a ‘tweener in that he’s big for a high school linebacker and a little small for defensive end. However, he has shown the ability to move well out in space but will need to refine his linebacker skills if that’s where he ultimately ends up in college. Notre Dame, UNC, NC State, Tennessee and Wake Forest have offered and those skills top his list currently. A recent visit to South Bend may have established the Irish as the team to beat.
Wolfpack Connection...The Pack has offered and is recruiting Shembo but it’s difficult to discern if they’ve shown the same interest level as with some other prospects. At this point the Pack would appear to be a longshot.
12. LB David Durham...6-2, 225 pounds...Charlotte Christian
Prospect Notes...Few people have talked about Durham because he just transferred in to North Carolina back in June. However, there’s a reason Ohio State took an early commitment from the rising senior. First off, he impresses at defensive and with his build, could project there in college. But it’s at linebacker where Durham really shines. He is relentless in his pursuit to the ballcarrier and is a textbook tackler. When all is said and done, Durham may actually be one of the more under-rated players in the state.
11. CB Victor Hampton....5-9, 170 pounds...Charlotte Independence
Prospect Notes...Hampton isn’t the biggest cornerback around but he has tremendous cover skills, recovery speed and swagger. He had several monster matchups with NC State commit Tony Creecy during the spring combine tour. Hampton committed to Florida back in February over reported offers from Georgia, UNC, South Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson. NC State did not offer.