2011 Intro: Nyjee Fleming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- To help keep star quarterback Anthony Carrouthers on the field, Nyjee Fleming took on a bigger role in Independence High's offense last season.

"We wanted to have Anthony healthy all year," Independence assistant coach Josh Kranish said. "So instead of Anthony tucking the ball and running all year long, we just gave teams a healthy dose of Nyjee."

Fleming, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, ended the season with 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground in Independence's pass-first offense.

"He's a strong ‘back for us," Kranish said. "Strong as in he can take 30 carries [in a game]. At the same time, he's one of our strongest kids in the weight room.

"He has good speed, good straight ahead moves. We want him to make his one move, hit the hole, and get to full speed – and that's what he does."

Fleming also runs track for Independence, in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 4x100 and 4x200 relays. His personal best time in the 100 is 10.7-seconds.

Tom Knotts, who served as head coach of Independence in nine of the past ten years including six that ended in state titles, left the program for Irmo (S.C.) Dutch Fork during the offseason. Longtime defensive coordinator Bill Geiler replaced Knotts. Aaron Brand will continue as offensive coordinator and will employ an offense similar to Knotts'.

Four schools have offered Fleming a scholarship – Clemson, East Carolina, NC State, and Virginia. He's also receiving interest from Boston College, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

Fleming hopes to make a verbal commitment before his senior season starts.

"If I can't decide before my senior season, [I'll commit] during my senior season," Fleming said.

Last football season, Fleming came close to committing to Virginia. But when Al Groh was fired Fleming reconsidered. Recently, though, Virginia regained its strong position with Fleming.

"I just visited Virginia and I think right now it's definitely on the top of my list," Fleming said. "I met the new coaches and really connected well with them.

"But I'm trying to take it slow, visit other schools, and see how I like them, too. I'm not just going to count the other teams out."

Besides Virginia, Fleming has recently visited NC State. He plans to visit Clemson and South Carolina in the near future and is considering trips to Georgia, North Carolina, and Notre Dame. During the summer, he's considering camping at Clemson, East Carolina, UNC, NC State, and South Carolina.

Fleming's teammate, Adrian Gamble, verbally committed to Virginia last July. Fleming says that will have a "big effect" on his collegiate decision.

"Adrian and I kind of grew up together," Fleming said. "We've visited a bunch of colleges together, until he committed. I feel like I have somebody I already know at college and I connect with."

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