“He’s very special for his age,” West Craven head coach Matt Riggsbee said. “He has an incredible arm. He often times can out-throw the speed of our receivers. And he’s getting a lot better with his accuracy.
“As far as a runner, he looks like a dangerous between-the-tackles runner just by his build, but he’s actually a perimeter runner for us. And he’s very hard to tackle when he gets out on the perimeter. DBs and even some linebackers have a difficult time bringing him down.”
Abrams backed up West Craven’s senior varsity quarterback as a freshman. However, he received significant reps at wide receiver, outside linebacker, and on special teams that season.
“Even at 14 [years old], he was head and shoulders a better athlete than many 18-year olds,” Riggsbee said. “We we just had to get him on the field one way or another.”
The following season, Abrams was handed the keys to West Craven’s balanced spread option offense, which is based out of the veer.
“Just like in our running game, our passing game is one read and then make a decision,” Riggsbee said.
Abrams finished the 2014 season with 30 total touchdowns and accumulated over 1,600 yards through the air and over 1,200 yards on the ground.
NC State has offered Abrams, while fellow in-state programs Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and Wake Forest have inquired.
Last summer, Abrams camped at both UNC and NC State.
“It was eye-opening,” Abrams said of UNC’s camp. “When I went I thought it was going to be a mediocre camp, but when I actually got there and started running [and] doing drills, I realized that I had a lot of things that I needed to work on that I could get better at.”
While at UNC, Abrams worked out under the guidance of quarterback coach Keith Heckendorf.
“It was a great experience,” Abrams said. “He had told me that I need to get a little bit faster and I need to get my grades up. Right now, I’m in the process of getting my grades up so that I can get an offer from them.”
Abrams plans to return to both UNC’s and NC State’s camps this summer, while also camping at Duke, East Carolina, and Oregon.
After concluding his summer travels, Abrams believes he’ll be prepared to name favorite schools.
Abrams is a cousin of two Tar Heels – former wide receiver Erik Highsmith and current women’s basketball player Jamie Cherry. Both are West Craven graduates… Rigsbee was an assistant coach at Northern Guilford when UNC running back T.J. Logan was the main attraction… Abrams grew up an Oregon fan, because former Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was the first quarterback that grabbed his attention… Abrams also plays basketball and baseball at West Craven. He considers himself a “base running specialist” for the baseball team.
2017 Target: Darious Abrams
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