North Carolina Recruiting Notebook

It has only been a few weeks since National Signing Day, but the recruiting trial remains red hot. North Carolina's junior class is already generating quite a buzz all over the country. Here is the latest on some of the state's best.

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Richmond County offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder has seen his stock rise rapidly over the past few weeks. Thursday he added offers from Florida and Wake Forest. Crowder now has 14 offers. He will be at Duke this weekend for the Blue Devils' junior day.

Peter Kalambayi added an offer from Oklahoma this week. The offer was No. 21 for the Butler High School star. He will visit Virginia this weekend for their junior day.

Lewis Neal is picking up offers in a hurry. Purdue offered the talented defensive prospect Thursday. In the past week, he has also added offers from South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Clemson, and Ohio State. North Carolina State, North Carolina, and East Carolina have also extended offers. Neal will be in Winston-Salem this weekend for Wake Forest's junior day and I expect him to pick up an offer from the Demon Deacons during his trip.

Connor Mitch continues to add scholarship offers. On Tuesday he was offered by Rutgers, and Tennessee followed suit on Thursday. The Wakefield quarterback has eight offers. Along with the two offers this week, Mitch's list includes North Carolina, North Carolina State, East Carolina, South Florida, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. Mitch will be in Greenville this weekend for East Carolina's junior day.

Corey Cooper is another prospect on the rise. The Millbrook wide receiver has picked up several offers over the past few weeks and now has a total of seven. North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Tulsa, Illinois, and Wake Forest have all offered. He will be at Duke to watch practice today and then head to Maryland on Saturday.

Josh McNeil recently decommitted from East Carolina and since that time his recruitment has exploded. The Durham Hillside tight end has picked up six offers in the past seven days, bringing his scholarship total to eight. His list includes East Carolina, Vanderbilt, N.C. State, Wake Forest, South Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Minnesota. He also thinks Alabama and Georgia could possibly be close to offering. He will attend Wake Forest's junior day on Saturday.

Brian Walker is one of the top cornerbacks in the state. The Mallard Creek product added an offer from Wake Forest on Wednesday. The Demon Deacons are the seventh school to offer Walker. He will likely attend their junior day on Saturday and then head to Tennessee in the near future. He also has offers from Auburn, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Minnesota, and South Carolina.

Walker's teammate Tevin Lawshe picked up his first offer from East Carolina last week. The offensive lineman will also visit Wake Forest on Saturday. He will visit Duke on March 17 and East Carolina on April 14. Lawshe is also hearing from N.C. State, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Auburn.

Keeon Johnson has seen his recruitment pick up. The A.L. Brown wide receiver recently added offers from Notre Dame and Virginia. Along with those two, he has offers from N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, and East Carolina. Johnson will either visit Wake Forest or Virginia this weekend.

Three stars from the Statesville High School football team will hit the road this weekend. Carlis Parker, Tristan Mumford, and Breon Borders will visit two schools on Saturday. They will be at Duke early on Saturday and then head to Wake Forest later that same day.

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