Beast of the Hill Preview

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at North Carolina's annual 7-on-7 tournament set for Thursday.

North Carolina moved up its "Beast of the Hill" 7-on-7 team camp this summer. The change has paid dividends in the quality and diversity of the teams competing in the event. Schools representing five different states -- all in UNC's primary recruiting footprint -- will partake in the eighth edition of the camp.

Each of the seven prior editions of the "Beast of the Hill" were held in mid-July. However, the 2015 version will take place on Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. The finals, as always, will be held in Kenan Stadium later that evening.

The 2011 "Beast of the Hill" winner, Durham (N.C.) Hillside, returns to the camp after a three-year hiatus. As usual, the Hornets will bring several UNC targets, such as 2016 wide receiver Daeshawn Stephens and 2018 running back Jamal Currie-Elliott.

Other UNC targets expected include Tyriq Burris (DE, Durham (N.C.) Southern, '17), Jacobe Clement (CB, Charlotte (N.C.) South Meck, '17), Divine Deablo (WR, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor), Zack Gilbert (DL, Charlotte (N.C.) South Meck), Chance Kennedy (WR, Charlotte (N.C.) South Meck), Tennessee pledge Jordon Riley (DL, Durham (N.C.) Riverside, '17), Davondre Robinson (CB, Santee (S.C.) Lake Marion), '17), Shi Smith (WR, Union County (S.C.), '17), and Emmanuel Walker (DE, Santee (S.C.) Lake Marion).

Bluestone (Skipwith, Va.)
Coach: Waverly Jackson
2014 Record: 1-9 League: VHSL 2A

Glen Allen (Glen Allen, Va.)
Coach: Keylon Mayo
2014 Record: 1-9
League: VHSL 5A
Players to watch: Cole Blackman (WR, Sr.), Alex Faniel (QB, Jr.), and Justin Smith (WR, Sr.).

Greene Central (Snow Hill, N.C.)
Coach: Allen Wooten
2014 Record: 4-8
League: NCHSAA 2A
Players to watch: Montavias Battle (RB/DB, Sr.), Josh Brown (FB/LB, Sr.), Willie Edwards (RB/LB, So.), Brandon Hunt (ATH, Sr.), Brad Monroe (WR, Sr.), and Requan Wade (ATH, Sr.).

Hapeville Charter (Atlanta, Ga.)
Coach: Winston Gordon
2014 Record: 4-6
League: GHSA 2A
Players to watch: Brandon Banks (WR/LB, Sr.), Jaquez Ezzard (QB/WR, Sr.), William Poole (DB, Jr.), and Donovan Tucker (WR/SS, Sr.).

Hillside (Durham, N.C.)
Coach: Antonio King
2014 Record: 9-5 League: NCHSAA 4A
Players to watch: Chauncey Caldwell (QB, Jr.), Donte Edwards (TE, Sr.), Jamal Elliott (RB, So.), Traevon Hayes (LB, Sr.), Brian Hightower (WR, So.), Marcus Krah (ATH, Sr.), Najee Reams (DB, Sr.), Kobe Scotton (CB, Sr.), and Daeshawn Stephens (WR, Sr.).

Lake Marion (Santee, S.C.)
Coach: Chris Carter
2014 Record: 6-5 League: SCHSL 2A
Players to watch: James Davis (RB, Sr.), Steven Drayton (DB, Sr.), Eugene James (WR/CB, Sr.), Davondre Robinson (ATH, Jr.), and Emmanuel Walker (TE, Sr.).

Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.)
Coach: Dean Boyd
2014 Record: 8-6
League: SCHSL 3A

Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Coach: Laymarr Marshall
2014 Record: 8-5
League: NCHSAA 4A
Players to watch: Divine Deablo (WR, Sr.).

Murray (Greeleyville, S.C.)
Coach: Brian Smith
2014 Record: 3-8
League: SCHSL 1A
Players to watch: Tykeem Canty (WR/DB, Sr.), Latrell Johnson (FB/LB, Sr.), Isiah Odom (LB, Sr.), Darius Rush (ATH, So.), Detrel Rush (TE/LB, Sr.), and Andrey Smith (LB, Jr.).

Northeastern (Elizabeth City, N.C.)
Coach: Antonio Moore
2014 Record: 14-1
League: NCHSAA 2A
Players to watch: Clarence Jones (RB/LB, Sr.).

Northern (Durham, N.C.)
Coach: R.J. Wilson
2014 Record: 5-7
League: NCHSAA 4A
Players to watch: Griffin Baker (QB, Sr.) and Domineke McNeill (RB, Sr.).

Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton, Fla)
Coach: Willie Snead III
2014 Record: 3-7 League: SFC
Players to watch: Bradley Deanda (QB/FS, Jr.), Gannon Leen (LB, Sr.), Dominic Milanese (WR/DB, Sr.), Corey Pendergrass (RB/LB, Jr.), Logan Rinke (LB, Jr.), Ryan Rizk (QB/FS, Fr.), and James Taylor (WR/DB, Jr.).

Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.)
Coach: Ned Gonet
2014 Record: 6-4-1
League: NCISAA
Players to watch: D.J. Washington (LB, Sr.), Tyler Williams (WR, So.), and Jaedon Williams (DB, So.).

R.J. Reynolds (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Coach: Pat Crowley
2014 Record: 1-10
League: NCHSAA 4A

Riverside (Durham, N.C.)
Coach: Chris Howell
2014 Record: 4-9 League: NCHSAA 4A
Players to watch: Jordon Riley (TE, Jr.).

South Johnston (Four Oaks, N.C.)
Coach: Hunter Jenks
2014 Record: 5-7
League: NCHSAA 3A
Players to watch: Toronte Howard (LB, Sr.), Chandler Johnson (LB, Sr.), DeParis Patterson (QB, Jr.), Tyreekus Reddick (WR, Sr.), and Caeleb Robinson (LB, Jr.).

South Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.)
Coach: Rocky White
2014 Record: 8-5
League: NCHSAA 4A
Players to watch: Deangelo Blair-Young (LB, So.), John Brannon (WR/DB, Sr.), Jacobe Clemente (CB, Jr.), Zack Gilbert (LB, Sr.), Chance Kennedy (WR/DB, Sr.), and Antonio Wallace (QB, Jr.).

Southern (Durham, N.C.)
Coach: Darius Robinson
2014 Record: 13-1
League: NCHSAA 3A
Players to watch: Kaleb Barfield (WR/DB, Sr.), Tyriq Burris (TE, Jr.), and Jalen Green (QB, Jr.). [Note: Jordon Brown is out-of-town on family vacation.]

Spartanburg (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Coach: Chris Miller
2014 Record: 12-3
League: SCHSL 4A
Players to watch: Hezekah Byrd (LB, Sr.), Tavien Feaster (RB, Sr.), Ronnie Miller (LB, Sr.), Mike Murphy (WR/DB, Sr.), Louis Rogers (LB, Sr.), Tavaris Scott (WR, Sr.), and Austin Scott (QB, Sr.).

Triangle All-Stars (Raleigh, N.C.)
Coach: Bill Renner
2014 Record: N/A League: N/A
Note: A 7-on-7 team made up of local players.
Union County (Union, S.C.)
Coach: Steve Taneyhill
2014 Record: 4-6
League: SCHSL 3A
Players to watch: Demarcus Brown (WR, Sr.), Roscoe Johnson (WR, Sr.), Shi Smith (WR/DB, Jr.), and Ty Washington (LB, Jr.).

Wide Receiver University (Newport News, Va.)
Coach: David Porter
2014 Record: N/A League: N/A
Note: A 7-on-7 team made up of local players.

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