Charlotte (NC) Independence is home to one of the top prospects in the region for the class of 2011 in running back Nyjee Fleming
Fleming, who said he is now 5-10 and 195 pounds, recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. As a junior this past fall he rushed for 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he feels as though he is becoming a more well-rounded back.
"My junior year went great," Fleming told Pack Pride. "I was strictly a running back and I think I improved my shiftiness and elusiveness. During my sophomore year I was more of a power back. I think my speed has gotten better."
Independence finished 13-2 on the year, and Fleming predicted an even better year in 2010 due to a high number of returning starters.
Thus far Fleming has picked up offers from NC State, Virginia, Clemson and East Carolina. He broke down the recruiting process in great detail for Pack Pride.
"Two of the schools I visited this year were Virginia and Clemson," he said. "I've been to NC State, too. Out of all the schools I visited I would probably say Virginia was the best. I just like the campus and that it's close to home. The coaches showed me around the stadium, and they have good athletic facilities. They offered me and I guess they were waiting for me to verbally commit.
"The coaching change definitely changes things a little bit. Coach Groh showed me around the stadium. For a minute they were my top school. The coaching change hasn't changed it too much, because they're still one of my favorites. I've got to sit down and see if it would be the right choice."
Based on his later comments, if Fleming made his decision today Virginia would not be the choice, though they would definitely receive strong consideration.
"I met some of the Clemson coaches and I really love them, too. The visit there was probably right behind Virginia.
"With the coaching change at Virginia, though, I think NC State would be my top choice right now. It's right there in Raleigh. I visited there and it's real nice down there, too. Right now they're probably one of my top choices.
"I visited not too long ago. It was sort of during the summertime but not long before the season. They had me down for a practice-scrimmage kind of thing they were doing against each other. They showed me around the stadium and let me see what it would be like for me to go to NC State."
Fleming may be on the verge of becoming a nationally-recognized recruit. Schools such as Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina from the SEC have shown a lot of interest, but he has not had a chance to visit them yet. However, Fleming is looking forward to checking out more schools in the near future. He said Alabama's coaches have asked him to visit Tuscaloosa whenever he gets the chance.
While NC State may be Fleming's current favorite, that appears to be only among schools that have offered. He has a "dream school", so to speak, and if they offer Fleming would end the process.
"Right now the school I really want to go to is the University of Miami. They haven't offered yet. They've written me and told me they're looking at game film. If they offered I would probably commit, but it's not guaranteed.
"I feel like a lot of good running backs have gone through there and I just like the coaching staff. I think they hired a new running backs coach not long ago. They run the ball a lot, and when they started to recruit me I got really interested. It's made me like them even more."