Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons has released his rankings of the top 30 prospects from this year's rising senior high school class in North Carolina.
Simmons believes that the state of North Carolina is impressive with the depth of talent, though the number one spot in the state is very much under fire as the current number one in the North Carolina Top 30 could end up in another state this fall.
"At the top of the list for now is Gabe King," said Simmons. "He is a defensive lineman with a lot of athleticism and potential. He has a great burst, he showed a nice punch at the Scout Combine in Charlotte earlier this spring, and his ceiling on the defensive line is very high. He could be a big strong-side defensive end or grow into a taller defensive tackle. His athleticism is his biggest strength, but he has a nice variety of moves at DE as well. We now just have to wait and see where he ends up playing this fall and it could be at a prep school."
King is currently ineligible to play public high school football in North Carolina. Rumors suggest he could end up at a prep school like Chatham (VA) Hargrave this fall or play at a private school in North Carolina, possibly Victory Christian or Durham Mt. Zion.
Chapel Hill (NC) offensive lineman Robert Crisp is currently ranked No. 2 in the state. The talented four-star offensive lineman has committed to NC State.
"Robert Crisp is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and he will play early at North Carolina State," said Simmons. "He needs to show more signs of aggressiveness and improve his knee bend a little, but he has all the tools you look from in an elite tackle from feet, to length, to size, to intelligence."
NC State is in good shape early with several other prospects ranked highly in the class. Wide receiver/safety Keenan Allen (No. 3) is considering NC State, and the Wolfpack leads for Cary defensive end Fre'Shad Hunter (No. 4).
The Pack also leads for Southern Durham wide receiver Tony Creecy (No. 8) and is among the top five colleges for West Brunswick defensive end Alfy Hill (No. 6), Southeast Raleigh linebacker Kendall Moore (No. 9), and Greensboro Dudley defensive back David Amerson (No. 10).
Rankings will be updated throughout the year!