Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit has released his rankings of the top 50 prospects from this year's senior high school class in North Carolina, and Durham Hillside athlete Greg Little headlines the list. Little recently verbaled to Notre Dame.
Clemson verbal Marcus Gilchrist and Ahoskie Hertford County defensive tackle Tydreke Powell check in at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively while North Carolina verbal Dwight Jones (No. 4) and South Carolina commit Travian Robertson (No. 5) round out the top five.
The NC State Wolfpack clearly made recruiting North Carolina a priority this year and their emphasis is noticable right away as the Wolfpack has ten commitments listed in the top 50, the most of any program. East Carolina has seven commitments and North Carolina has verbals from six players in the top 50 while South Carolina has five.
The Wolfpack's highest-rated verbal commitment is Wilmington New Hanover stud tight end George Bryan. Bryan, who continued to garner new offers after committing to NC State and is considering a visit to Clemson, checks in at No. 17. Scout.com currently projects the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bryan as an offensive tackle.
Four other Wolfpack commitments reside in the top 30, including Charlotte Olympic wideout Steven Howard (No. 18), Pinetops Southwest Edgecombe defensive end Linwan Euwell (No. 22), Fuquay-Varina offensive tackle Sam Jones (No. 27), and Wendell East Wake defensive back Dominique Ellis (No. 28). North Carolina and South Carolina each have four commitments among the top 30 prospects, second only to the Wolfpack.
Gaston Northampton-West offensive lineman Desmond Roberts may have had the biggest drop, as Roberts was No. 22 in the preseason rankings but is now No. 34. A "soft verbal" to NC State, Roberts is considering official visits to Virginia Tech, Penn State, and North Carolina.
Other Wolfpack commitments who are ranked include: Taylorsville (NC) Alexander Central defensive tackle Kyle Linney (No. 36), Mooresville (NC) defensive end J.R. Sweezy (No. 38), Charlotte Vance cornerback Justin Byers (No. 47), and Charlotte Catholic offensive lineman Henry Lawson (No. 49).
Wilson Hunt lineman Justin Whaley, who previously checked in at No. 47, fell out of the top 50.
Not in recent memory has North Carolina produced the quality depth it appears to have this season, and Safrit agrees that this might be the deepest year ever for the Tar Heel state.
"This may be the deepest year ever for the state of North Carolina," Safrit said prior to th season. "The state has several quality players at the top, led by superb athlete Greg Little, but as many as eighty players could sign with a division 1-A program in February."