North Carolina's Top 50 Prospects: #41-50
Pack Pride breaks down the top 50 prospects in the state of North Carolina for the class of 2010.
Today we take a look at No’s 31-40.
40. CB Jamie Smith...5-9, 175 pounds...Weddington High School
Prospect Notes...Although somewhat smallish, Smith has good ball skills and solid cover ability.
As a junior he notched 60 tackles and four interceptions. He’s landed offers from Winston Salem
State, NC A&T and Duke. As things stand now, if his offer is solid, Duke would appear to be a
Wolfpack Connection...Smith camped at NC State and performed well. However, he doesn’t
appear to be a serious prospect for the Pack right now.
39. S Detric Allen...6-0, 177 pounds...South Stanly
Prospect Notes...South Stanly boasts several FBS-caliber prospects this year and Allen is one of
their best. Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Arkansas and Louisville have all reportedly offered
with the three in-state schools likely being the front runners. Allen has good size and decent speed
and could see his offer list expand with a solid senior season.
Wolfpack Connection....NC State does not appear to be heavily pursuing Allen at the current
time although he did camp at State back in June.
38. OL Corey Robinson...6-5, 285 pounds...Havelock High School
Prospect Notes...Robinson is raw as an offensive lineman but shows a lot of upside. Physically he
has what you’re looking for but is going to need time in a college strength and conditioning
program to increase his strength and improve his foot speed. It may take time for him to develop
but once he does, Robinson should be a contributor for the Gamecocks.
37. TE Trevor Sawyer...6-5, 220 pounds...Asheville High School
Prospect Notes..Sawyer is one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the class of 2010. He runs
very crisp routes and displays reliable hands. The knock on Sawyer is his lack of size and whether
he can mature physically to compete on the D-1 level in the run game. In the passing game, he’s
got what you’re looking for. He currently holds an offer from East Carolina.
Wolfpack Connection...Sawyer camped at NC State and performed well. However, it may be
later in the year before it is determined how hard the Pack will recruit him.
36. QB Gabe Henderson...6-1, 180 pounds...Southeast Raleigh
Prospect Notes...Henderson was one of the state’s most productive quarterbacks last year. He is
very effective running the Southeast offense and brings a nice touch of athleticism to the position.
Henderson throws a nice, catchable ball and is fairly consistent with his throws. The question will
be whether he has the arm strength to land the major D-1 offers he’s seeking. Currently he holds
offers from several lower division schools.
Wolfpack Connection...Henderson camped at State and has visited the Pack numerous times
with teammate Kendall Moore. At this point, it remains to be seen how the Wolfpack will proceed
with their recruiting of quarterbacks in general.
35. OL Tacoby Cofield...6-4, 310 pounds...Tarboro High School
Prospect Notes...Cofield is a stout offensive lineman that really held his own at the invitation-only
Shrine Bowl combine. He obviously will need to hone his technique and improve his foot speed
but he ash some tools with which to work. Cofield committed to Duke over offers from East
Carolina and Wake Forest. NC State was not heavily involved.
34. CB Quantrez Stevenson...6-0, 180 pounds...TW Andrews
Prospect Notes...Stevenson is a player that really stood out at NC State’s camp and Duke may
have gotten a steal when he committed to the Blue Devils a couple of weeks ago. Stevenson has
very good speed and while raw at defensive back, he flashes potential and upside and is a very
solid pickup for Duke.
33. RB Josh Snead...5-9, 170 pounds...Smithfield-Selma
Prospect Notes...Snead may be one of North Carolina’s fastest prospects for the class of 2010.
He was timed at 4.33-seconds at a Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year and while that number
may be a little fast, there’s no doubt Snead’s speed is legit. The question is going to be whether
Snead has peaked physically and can he take the next step once he gets to college. He is smallish
for running back and may ultimately be better suited for cornerback.
32. QB Anthony Boone...6-0, 210 pounds...Weddington High School
Prospect Notes...Boone looked solid at the Scout combine held in Charlotte earlier this year. He
showed good arm strength and was fairly consistent with his passes. At times his accuracy was off
and he doesn’t have great height but with time should develop into a contributor for Duke. Boone
also reported offers from Illinois, East Carolina and Louisville.
31. LB Darius Lipford...6-2, 205 pounds...Hibriten High School
Prospect Notes...Of all the Duke commits, Lipford may have been one of the best gets. Not many on
the recruiting trail had heard of him, most likely because he committed to the Blue Devils last
October. Lipford moves well, has a good frame and operated well out in space covering running
backs when we watched him at the invite only combine. In fact, he was as impressive as several of
the other linebackers in attendance that day who were rated much higher.
After attending several combines, watching sets of film and speaking with high school coaches across the state, we at Pack Pride are ready to release our in-state rankings. Today we continue our evaluation of the in-state class with the #31-40 prospects in the state of North Carolina.
Pack Pride takes a look at the top 50 prospects in North Carolina.