North Carolina Quick Hitters

It is the most exciting time in college football recruiting. National Signing Day is less than 48 hours away. Here is the latest on some of Tar Heel State's top players.

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D.J. Reader (6'4/306) is the top uncommitted prospect in North Carolina and will make his decision on Wednesday at 12 p.m. He is down to Clemson and Maryland. I believe he will choose the Tigers. Scout will be live at his press conference on Signing Day.

Jela Duncan (5'9/190) is the top uncommitted high school running back in the county. Duncan is still considering Purdue, East Carolina, Wake Forest, and Duke. The Pirates had a slight lead last week, but he really enjoyed his trip to Wake Forest this past weekend. On Monday night, he told me that Wake Forest had made up ground, and that they are now tied at the top of his list with East Carolina. I expect him to choose one of those schools when he makes his decision at 9 a.m. on National Signing Day.

Jamal Marcus (6'2/225) is down to two schools and will also make his decision on National Signing Day. He will announce his decision at 10:30 a.m., between East Carolina and Ohio State. Scout will be live at his press conference.

Keilin Rayner (6'3/220) is down to two schools. The three-star linebacker will choose between Duke and East Carolina at 11 a.m. on Signing Day.

Garner defensive tackle Gregory Milhouse (6'2/270) committed to Appalachian State on Sunday. He had a big senior year and I expect him to contribute early in Boone.

Shrine Bowl selection and Independence wide receiver Austin Duke (5'9/160) decommitted from North Carolina Central on Monday night. He will stay home and play for UNC-Charlotte.

The junior class in North Carolina is extremely strong. One of the top prospects in the class, Richmond County's Tyrone Crowder (6'3/305), picked up two offers last week. He was offered by Tennessee last Tuesday. Crowder also made the trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Crimson Tide's junior day. While visiting the National Champions, he picked up a scholarship offer. He also has offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Albemarle Offensive Tackle R.J. Prince (6'6/285) has been committed to Clemson since October. However, several schools are still pursuing him, and he recently picked up an offer from Duke. Although he is committed to the Tigers, he recently told me that he was really looking forward to visiting North Carolina. Prince said he could not wait to visit, and was really looking forward to getting to know Coach Fedora and Coach (Chris) Kapilovic. Besides Duke and Clemson, he has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, East Carolina and South Carolina.

Mallard Creek will be loaded with talent again this fall. Anthony Covington (5'11/195) and Brian Walker (5'11/180) give the Mavericks arguably the top cornerback duo in North Carolina. Covington has been one of the hottest junior prospects in the state, picking up seven offers since the January 1. He recently added offers from Virginia and Ball State, which gives him a total of eight. Covington's offer list also includes North Carolina, Oklahoma, East Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and Mississippi State. Walker was recently offered by Virginia. He also has offers from South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina State, and Minnesota. Both guys are big-time prospects and will be a nightmare for quarterbacks this fall.

Statesville's Tristan Mumford (6'/228) is another guy whose stock is rising. He recently picked up an offer from N.C. State. While some schools are recruiting him to play linebacker, the Wolfpack offered him as a running back. Mumford also has offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, and East Carolina.

South Iredell linebacker LaChaston Smith (6'1/215) has picked up four offers in the past few weeks. His offer list includes Florida, Virginia, Wake Forest, and East Carolina. Sources close to Smith believe that N.C. State and Clemson will be the next schools to offer.

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