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 begin our look at the top 50 prospects in North Carolina with #31-40.
Outlook: Ellerbe rushed for better than 1,400 yards as a junior but projects at safety on the next level. Although he has good size, Ellerbe isn't overly fast and will likely need time to adjust to the talent level of division one football. Ellerbe is friends and teammates with all-american LB Stephone Anthony and some think that has played a role in his recruiting.
Outlook: Stanley is a fire hydrant of a defensive tackle in the mold of former Wolfpack DT Alan-Michael Cash. He ultimately landed scholarship offers from East Carolina, Arkansas, NC State and Duke. Although the Pack appeared to be a factor, the Pirates were one of the first to offer and recruited him harder than anyone else. Stanley committed to the Pirates in June.
Outlook: Rankin is a talented prospect with good cover skills that should grow into a productive safety in college. He earned early offers from Utah and Kent State but committed to UNC after earning an offer from the Heels at their summer camp. Rankin is teammates with Romar Morris, one of the better in-state prospects for the class of 2011.
Outlook: Webster is an above average athlete that has been a standout at quarterback for Havelock. Although somewhat smallish, Webster has natural cover skills and good hips for cornerback down the road. He grew up a huge UNC fan but when they wouldn't accept him commitment, Webster committed to East Carolina. NC State had also offered.
Outlook: Barber is a hard nosed player with a nose for the ball and appears best suited for middle linebacker in college. Although not as athletic as some of the other linebackers in the top 50, Barber is still a solid prospect and holds offers from Wake Forest and West Virginia. NC State had also offered early but it's unknown whether that is still valid.
Outlook: Pittman's stock took off after impressive workouts at several camps and combines. Although he may be limited size-wise, Pittman is aggressive, moves extremely well and has the versatility to play either linebacker or strong safety in college. NC State, Wake Forest and East Carolina have offered although Pittman also likes UNC and reportedly performed well at their camp.
Outlook: Because he committed to NC State so early and didn't attend any camps or combines this spring, Burris was virtually lost on the recruiting scene. However, he possesses the frame to add bulk and should fill into a solid safety for the Wolfpack down the road. Burris has above average athleticism and doesn't shy away from contact. In addition to NC State, Burris also landed an offer from Maryland.
Outlook: Fleming is a bowling ball of a running back and is reminiscent of West Rowan RB Kevin Parks who signed with Virginia this past February. He has very good running back skills but size and speed (to some degree) may hold him back a bit. Virginia, NC State, Duke and East Carolina have offered although the Pack's offer is now likely off the table. It is somewhat surprising that he hasn't committed to Virginia. He really likes Miami.
Outlook: Leak has decent size but it's his blistering speed that had colleges taking notice. He has the ability to play either wide receiver or defensive back in college. Maryland was his first offer and he wasted little time in committing to the Terps back in April. NC State and others were interested. However, grades may be a concern.
Outlook: In a year seemingly stacked with linebackers, you can add Bigger to the list. He is certainly one of the state's sleepers and probably under rated to some degree. He has decent size with quite a bit of upside. He boasted offers from South Carolina, East Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia and Maryland but committed to Duke earlier this month.