Target 2004: Demario Pressley

Perhaps the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina for 2004 is Greensboro Dudley defensive tackle Demario Pressley. Pressley has all the tools: size (6-foot-4, 285 pounds), strength (Bench/Squat=350/500 pounds), and speed (4.8 40-yard dash).

And talk about production, last year Pressley accounted for 97 tackles and 14 sacks.

"He's one of the best defensive lineman that I have ever played against," said Isaiah Thomas, a 2003 UNC commitment. "He comes off the ball low and quick."

Thomas and Pressley camped together last summer at UNC. The two developed a friendship that continued during the football season as they competed against one another in the Piedmont Conference. Thomas said he is looking forward to talking to Pressley about the positive things Carolina has to offer.

Pressley said he has no clear-cut favorite at this point. He currently has offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Duke. Tech offered Pressley as a sophomore.

"I would say right now that North Carolina, State, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State are recruiting me the hardest," Pressley said. "I am pretty open at this point so I am looking at all schools. I did not have a favorite school while I was growing up."

The Panthers are poised to make a run at a state title with two other Division-I caliber juniors in running back Jamaal Edwards and safety Martel Thatch.

UNC assistant head coach James Webster keeps in contact with Dudley head coach Victor Floyd, as the Tar Heels have extended offers to all three. Floyd is keeping close tabs on his prize recruits during this year's recruiting process.

"Demario has a chance to be a very good college player," Floyd said. "He is a physically gifted big man and will be recruited on a national level."

Pressley said he wasn't sure if distance would be a factor in his decision. He is looking for a school that is offering quality academics and support to help him to graduate. And Pressley said he wants to go to a school where he feels comfortable being around the coaches and players. He also would like the opportunity to play early and go to a school that offers a good social environment.

"Definitely, Carolina will be one of the five places that I will visit."

Demario Pressley
1st Position: Defensive Tackle
Ht: 6-4
Wt: 285
40-Time: 4.8

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