As football recruiting for 2010 comes down the home stretch and National Signing Day (Feb. 3) approaches, schools in North Carolina and elsewhere are scrambling to try and wrap up commitments from those recruits still trying to make decisions.
Sammy Batten, from the ACC Sports Journal, broke down recruiting in the state Wednesday and declared NC State the ‘winner’ overall.
Batten also looked at how well both schools from North Carolina and schools from the ACC performed in-state. According to Scout.com, 17 of the Top 30 recruits in the state have committed to in-state schools. 20 of those 30 will end up in the ACC.
Here’s a list of current NC commitments.
N.C. State (19)
|Name||Pos.||Ht./Wt.||Stars^||High School/Junior College|
|David Amerson||DB||6-2/180||4/3||Greensboro (NC) Dudley|
|Torian Box||OL||6-3/295||3/3||College Park (GA) North Clayton|
|Tyler Brosius||QB||6-3/230||3/3||Wayneseville (NC) Tuscola|
|Tyson Chandler%||OL||6-6/340||4/3||Fork Union (VA) Military|
|Anthony Creecy||WR||6-0/195||4/4||Durham (NC) Southern|
|Robert Crisp||OL||6-7/300||5/5||Hillsborough (NC) Cedar Ridge|
|A.J. Ferguson%-S||DE||6-2/250||3/3||Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military|
|D.J. Green||S||6-4/200||3/3||Macon (GA) Westside|
|Fre’Shad Hunter||DE||6-5/245||4/4||Cary (NC) High|
|Dontae Johnson||DB||6-3/180||3/3||Pennington (NJ) School|
|Andy Jomantas||OL||6-7/255||2/3||Dayton (OH) Chaminade-Julienne|
|Art Norman||DE||6-1225||2/-||Chamblee (GA) High|
|Mikel Overgaard-S||OL||6-7/270||3/2||Ephraim (UT) Snow Collegee|
|Tobais Palmer#||RB/WR||5-10/165||3/3||Milledgeville (GA) Georgia Military|
|Raynard Randolph%||DT||6-2/325||2/3||Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military|
|Theodore Rich||DE||6-3/225||2/2||Portal (GA) High|
|Peter Singer||DB||5-11/175||2/2||Hillsborough (NC) Cedar Ridge|
|Thomas Teal||DT||6-2/330||3/3||Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County|
|Logan Winkles||FB||6-0/240||3/2||Thomaston (GA) Upson Lee|
After breaking down top players like Robert Crisp and David Amerson, both committed to NC State, Batten discussed just how well teams did in the annual scramble to get commitments.
By landing four of the top 11 prospects and the state’s top quarterback, you have to give the edge to N.C. State. Offensive tackle Robert Crisp, safety David Amerson and wide receiver Anthony Creecy will make an immediate impact for the Wolfpack next fall, while defensive lineman Fre’Shad Hunter has the potential to excel if he can get back on track after being suspended for most of his final high school season. Quarterback Tyler Brosius was a real bonus pickup for N.C. State after first committing to Virginia.
North Carolina only snared one top 10 prospect in offensive tackle, T.J. Leifheit, but the Tar Heels also picked up some big-time athletes in safety P.J. Clyburn, linebackers Ty Linton and Darius Lipford, defensive end Kareem Martin and wide receiver Reggie Wilkins. Wilkins defected from N.C. State just a week before signing day.
Perhaps the biggest surprise among the ACC teams working the state was Duke. The Blue Devils have nine in-state players committed, one of its biggest hauls from North Carolina. Traditionally, the school hasn’t mined much of its roster from the state, but that has changed dramatically under David Cutcliffe.