North Carolina Quick Hitters

The state of North Carolina is loaded with talent. This Quick Hitters edition has the latest on some of the Tar Heel State's best.

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D.J. Reader (6'4/306) is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state, and he is now down to five schools. "My final five are North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, and Appalachian State," he said. North Carolina is the only school recruiting him as an offensive lineman, while the other four are recruiting him to play defensive tackle. Reader, a two-sport star, also plans to play baseball in college. The three-star prospect will take his first official visit to Maryland on November 5. He will unofficially visit Clemson this weekend. Reader has yet to schedule his official visit, but said he will be back in Clemson sometime in December. After he takes officials to all five schools, he will wait and make his decision on signing day. Reader was selected to represent North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

• Five-star running back Keith Marshall (5'11/190) is on a tear. In his last three games, he is averaging over 250 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. The nation's top running back will take his third official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

• Scout's No. 31 middle linebacker Keilin Rayner (6'3/220) is having a strong season. North Brunswick is 6-3 this season and he has 117 tackles. He will play in the Shrine Bowl on December 17. He recently took his first official to North Carolina and enjoyed the trip. Other than North Carolina, Rayner is considering Duke, Clemson, and South Carolina. The Scorpions' star said he does not have a leader at this point. He plans to line up his last three official visits in the next few weeks and make a decision sometime in December.

• South View's Dahman McKinnon (6'2/205) is firmly committed to Virginia Tech, but said North Carolina is still recruiting him very hard. He was scheduled to take his official visit to Blacksburg on December 10, but was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl. McKinnon will now take his trip in January. He missed one game with an ankle injury and has played through pain most of the year. In eight games, McKinnon has 117 tackles, four sacks, and seven forced fumbles. The Tigers' star is one of the best players I have seen on the road this year.

• South Lenoir's K'Hadree Hooker (6'2/290) is 100 percent committed to the North Carolina State; however Georgia Tech is still trying to get him to take an official visit. He has terrorized offenses this season. Hooker has 60 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, six forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. The defensive tackle will take his official visit to Raleigh after the season. Hooker was selected to the Shrine Bowl.

• 2013 Kannapolis A.L. Brown wide receiver Keeon Johnson (6'3/195) has been offered by N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke, and East Carolina.

• Shelby Crest 2013 defensive end Dane Rogers (6'4/230) has been invited to both the Under Armour and U.S. Army Combines. He currently has no offers, but I expect that to change. Rogers is hearing regularly from Florida, Clemson, Alabama, Oregon, and Texas Tech. Rogers said Clemson is recruiting him the hardest.

• Wakefield High School is putting up huge offensive numbers this season. 2013 quarterback Connor Mitch (6'3/210) has over 3,000 yards passing. His top target, junior Jordan Fieulleteau (6'3/200) has nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns. Fieulleteau has an offer from North Carolina, and is receiving interest from North Carolina State, Rutgers, Duke, East Carolina and Florida. The Tar Heels lead for the talented receiver. He will visit Rutgers next weekend.

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