North Carolina Quick Hitters

The top players in North Carolina are attracting interest from all over the country. Here is the latest on some of the state's best.

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Charlotte Phillip O. Berry linebacker Nick Dawson (6'3/230) has been focused on Clemson, North Carolina, and Louisville. Clemson is now his leader and he may not be far from making a decision. Recently, he said he would wait and make an announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, but do not be surprised if it happens before then.

Crest's Jonathan Bullard (6'4/250) will be taking his first official visit this weekend to Nebraska. He recently narrowed his list down Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Currently, I think it is a two- horse race between Florida and Clemson. However, getting him on campus is huge for the Huskers and a good visit could change everything. Bullard also has a very strong relationship with Nebraska's defensive line coach, Coach John Papuchis.

Chase High School defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (6'4/290) will not be making the trip to Lincoln this weekend with Bullard. The two are very close, but he told Scout that he is firmly committed to Clemson and is likely done visiting other schools.

2013 Southview defensive Greg Gilmore (6'4/275) is a member of the Scout 100 and is receiving interest from across the country. The Tigers' star already has offers from East Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech. Over the past few weeks schools such as Florida, Alabama, and Auburn have really started to recruit him hard. He will visit Tuscaloosa on November 5, when the Crimson Tide host LSU.

Butler Junior linebacker Peter Kalambayi (6'3/230) is also a member of the Scout 100 and has double-digit offers. The talented linebacker said that Alabama and Penn State are starting to show a lot of interest in him. He will visit Duke this weekend when they take on Virginia Tech.

N.C. State commit Joe Wright (6'7/240) is firmly committed to the Wolfpack, but East Carolina is still recruiting him. He will likely take his official visit to Raleigh on November 5 for the matchup with North Carolina.

Richmond County junior Tyrone Crowder (6'3/305) is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the state. He has early offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, East Carolina, Duke, and Clemson. Lately, Nebraska and Purdue are really beginning to come after the massive offensive guard. North Carolina and Clemson are recruiting him the hardest. He will visit South Carolina on November 26 for their game against Clemson.

2012 Garner defensive tackle/offensive guard Greg Millhouse (6'2/260) is a big reason why the Trojans are 10-0. He holds offers from Richmond, Western Carolina, Elon, and Gardner Webb. N.C. State and Wake Forest are also beginning to show interest in Millhouse. He will make his decision sometime in December with teammate Demetrius Fairley, who recently decommitted from Western Michigan. Fairley is hearing from Duke and Wake Forest.

2013 Mallard Creek cornerback Brian Walker (5'11/175) already has offers from N.C. State, Auburn, and South Carolina. He is also hearing from Purdue, Clemson, Florida, Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt. He will visit Duke this weekend.

Havelock High School in Havelock N.C. is 10-0 and is loaded with talent. Three players to keep an eye on are 2013 defensive tackle/offensive tackle Malcolm Ashley (6'4/255), 2013 wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (5'10/175), and 2014 running back Derrell Scott (5'11/180). Ashley has an early offer from East Carolina, but is also hearing from Alabama, Auburn, N.C. State, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Cooper has nearly 800 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He also has 27 tackles on defense and two interceptions. The junior playmaker is hearing from N.C. State, Duke, Notre Dame, East Carolina, Minnesota, and Clemson. Scott, a sophomore, may be the best prospect on the team. He is poised to be one of the top players in the state's 2014 class and recently picked up his first offer from East Carolina. He started on both sides of the ball as a freshman. This season he has 1,100 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Other than East Carolina, he is receiving interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Clemson.

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