Lots of Options for N.C. LB Prospect

Linebacker Barquell Rivers will be one of North Carolina's most heavily recruited players in the Class of 2007. Get the latest update on the schools he's keeping a close eye on.

It's not often that a high school junior could have his pick of just about any school in the country, but that is the reality for linebacker Barquell Rivers.

The 6-foot-1, 220 pound linebacker from Anson High School in Wadesboro, North Carolina is sure to be rated among the top prospects not only in North Carolina, but the entire nation.

During his junior season Rivers was a man on a mission, recording 157 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 10 pass break-ups. He has the speed and strength to play several positions in college, but most schools are recruiting him as a linebacker. Who has he heard from thus far?

"I've heard from a whole bunch of schools and have offers from just about all of them," said Rivers. "Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC, Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest and a lot more. It's too early for me to start to narrow things down. I don't have any favorites right now."

Rivers plans on camping at Clemson this summer, and he will also be attending a NIKE Camp in Athens, Georgia.

"I've already been to NC State for their Junior Day," he said. "I had a good time. It's a school I'll be looking at for a long time. I went to the junior days at Wake Forest and South Carolina too."

Last year Rivers was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year. As one of the top linebackers to come out of North Carolina in recent years, his recruitment will be monitored closely by schools across the nation.


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