2007 Intro: Quan Warley

With its dominant rushing attack, Thomasville (N.C.) High School is known for tailbacks, but in the age of big city publicity overshadowing small towns, none of those ‘backs had captured the Associated Press State Player-of-the-Year. That is, until Quan Warley.

On his way to the highest honor a high school football player could receive in the state of North Carolina, Warley rushed for 3,304 yards and 43 touchdowns on 352 carries (9.4-yard average) this past season.

For his accomplishments, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has garnered the interest of a handful of regional schools.

"He's going through the process right now," said Thomasville head football coach Benji Brown. "He's visited several places. I don't think that he's been offered at this point and time, but there are a lot people interested in him."

Warley is receiving the most interest from Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. He has visited both Chapel Hill and Knoxville on "several occasions," while Clemson is trying to get him down to check out their campus.

Despite the early exposure to a few campuses, Brown believes Warley is looking at the recruiting process with an open mind.

"I don't think [he has any favorites]," said Brown. "I think he's keeping all of his options open and he'd be willing to go wherever he feels is the best fit and wherever the best opportunity is at."

According to Brown, most college coaching staffs plan to keep Warley in the backfield where they will take advantage of a smart, gifted player.

"He gets the most out of his ability," said Brown. "The two things that set him apart are that he's a student of the game. He really wants to understand what's going on in front of him; what's the guy doing in front of him; what's his role in the scheme. Every little intricacy he wants to know about.

"The other thing, aside from being a fast kid and a physical runner, he's got great vision."

With Warley in the backfield Thomasville posted a perfect 16-0 record and won the NCHSAA 1A State Title in 2005.

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