2009 Intro: Randy Pressley

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. --- Randy Pressley has been one of Western North Carolina's biggest secrets the past couple years.

"He's a fantastic leader that takes charge of a game," said North Buncombe head coach Carey Metts. "He's elusive and just does things that you just don't see normal kids do. It wows you. Just watching him on the field, he's fun to watch, because you don't know what's going to happen."
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Pressley, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, quarterbacks North Buncombe's spread option offense. As a junior, he rushed for 1,754 yards and 19 touchdowns on 251 carries. He also threw for 1,324 yards and eight touchdowns on 91-of-219 passing.

"He's not everything [to the offense], but without him we'll have a very hard time winning," Metts said.

Last season, Pressley played cornerback and free safety on third down passing situations. Metts expects to play Pressley a lot more on defense this coming season.

"He's a good enough athlete to do that," Metts said. "... We're probably going to play him as much as we can. This is our year coming up, we have everybody coming back."

Pressley started at North Buncombe as a freshman at cornerback. When Metts decided to install a spread option offense before the 2006 season, he moved Pressley, then a sophomore, to quarterback, an integral part of that style of offense.

"I just knew by watching him that there was something special there as he continues to grow and mature and understand the game," Metts said. "… I knew by just watching him out there that his skills were just starting to develop and that he had enough speed and enough elusiveness to [run the offense]… We were looking for that kid that can find the seam and take advantage of it and that was him."

Given his versatility, Pressley perfectly fits the classification of athlete as a recruit. However, Pressley says he's mostly being recruited as a quarterback.

"Randy is a very raw athlete in the sense of his skills," Metts said. "He picks up things very well and does well at them when he gets comfortable doing them. So he could play anywhere he wanted to.

"I think he could be a dynamite quarterback with a little more teaching than I'm giving him and more one-on-one that the colleges will give him. But he could be a great receiver, he could probably be a great defensive back – there are several positions that he could probably play in college."

Pressley just wants to get on the field.

"I have no preference at all," Pressley said. "If I could I would love to play quarterback, but I just want to play."

Auburn, Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina, and NC State have expressed strong interest in Pressley. According to Metts, ECU is recruiting Pressley the hardest and Maryland verbally offered a scholarship during a recent phone conversation.

In early February, Pressley received an invitation to UNC's Junior Day. He called up area recruiter John Lovett to accept.

"He just told me that he would love for me to come down there to view the campus," Pressley said. "I went down there and I liked it."

During the junior day, Pressley met with his position coach, had lunch, attended the basketball game, and then spoke with Butch Davis. Throughout the day, though, a great deal of Pressley's time was spent with Lovett.

"He talked about possibly offering and he said that they are going to change me from a quarterback to a running back," Pressley said. "They said they just want me to come down for the camp and send in a couple more game films so they can evaluate me more."

This summer, Pressley plans to camp at UNC, as well as Auburn and East Carolina.

Pressley, who has also attended East Carolina's Junior Day, will visit Maryland in the coming weeks.

The two schools Pressley has already visited currently sit atop his favorites list.

"So far I really like the two schools that I went to – both Carolina and East Carolina," Pressley said. "Both are up and coming programs, I like the head coaches, I like the assistant coaches, I love the weight room, and the campus for both of them are just beautiful."

Pressley said he hopes to make a verbal commitment by the end of his senior football season.

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