2007 Battle of North Carolina -- Updated

For its sixth straight season, the NC Prep Report Staff has compiled its Battle of North Carolina rating. For the first time in the rating's history, East Carolina sits atop the list with a comfortable lead ten days before Signing Day.

First compiled for the 2002 recruiting class, the Battle of North Carolina (BONC) is a rating system that helps determine which in-state school wins the battle for in-state talent. The rating is based on a formula that takes into account not only the amount of in-state talent signed, but also the quality of that talent.

Barring some drastic occurrences, the Pirates will win the 2007 BONC and break BONC's record for most in-state recruits signed in a season. Currently, ECU has 18 NC verbal commitments – two more than the record set by North Carolina last season.

However, ECU's 132.22 rating is still more than four points shy of UNC's rating record, which was also set last season.

Previously, the Pirates highest rating occurred with the 2005 class when newly hired Skip Holtz brought in 12 NC natives with an average Scout.com star rating of 1.83 for a BONC rating of 96.67.

Speaking of the Tar Heels, their current standing of third is their lowest in BONC history. UNC has won four of the five BONCs and barely took second place with the 2004 class.

However, North Carolina's 3.14-average star rating is the highest this season and no one can match its three commitments from four-star prospects.

Just like ECU, N.C. State breaks the 100-rating barrier for the first time and holds verbal commitments from 11 in-state recruits – a personal best.

With just as many in-state verbal commits as UNC, Wake Forest, a private school, is posting their best BONC score yet of 80.71.

As is usually the case, Duke is pulling up the rear with ratings of 59.

In the Out-of-State standings, South Carolina currently holds as many NC pledges as UNC and WFU more than Duke. Barring any loses, the Gamecocks will break the BONC Out-of-State record for highest score and nearly double record for most NC commits.

The 2007 standings could still see a drastic change in the next couple of days.

Three members of Scout.com's North Carolina Top 50 have yet to make a commitment (Kourtnei Brown, Dwight Jones, and Weslye Saunders).

Derek Bucknell, and Rodney Cox are both committed to ECU, but are exploring their options.

Amazingly, 82 natives of the Tar Heel State have made verbal commitments to Division I-A schools – a record. The second highest came in 2005 and 2002 when 64 prospects signed National Letters of Intent with DIA schools.


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