Carolinas Trip: Day Two
Jody Fuller
Jody Fuller
South Recruiting Manager
Posted Sep 27, 2010
Chad Simmons


Scout spent over three days in the Carolinas last week and we recap day two of the trip here. A five-star junior running back was the top prospect seen on this day.

Learning more about known underclassmen and finding new ones was the main focus on this trip, so the bulk of the talent talked about here will fall in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes. Starting early on day two, Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C. was the first stop. Three prospects at Grimsley were seen and highlighting that trio was D.J. Reader, a 2012 lineman that already has offers from Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest.

D.J. Reader
Reader could play OL or DL.
The 6-foot-4, 315 pound junior can play either side of the ball and he is also drawing attention from schools like Georgia, LSU, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, and Virginia Tech.

Joining Reader in the 2012 class at Grimsley is tight end Charlie Jones. He is a 6-foot-5, 240 pound junior that is a strong blocker. He likes East Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest early on.

One to watch down the road is a quarterback by the name of Jake Simpson. He came across as a very mature kid with good size at a young age. Simpson is a 6-foot-1, 160 pound signal caller and most talked about his arm as a ninth grader. He is one to keep an eye on.

Down the road from Grimsley is Western Guilford. They have their biggest recruit in recent years in Brock Stadnik. He is only a junior, but the 6-foot-5, 280 pound offensive lineman already has offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He is hearing from many other schools out of the ACC and SEC as well.

Joining Stadnik in the 2012 class is quarterback Josh Thompson, defensive tackle Jake Green, tight end/linebacker Mark Pettit, and Brock’s twin Clayton Stadnik.

Thompson is a quarterback with good size (6-3/190) and a nice arm. He is hearing from schools like Duke, Georgia Tech, LSU, and Nebraska already, but no offers are in yet. Green is a 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Pettit is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and Stadnik is 6-foot-2, 240 pounds. All three are receiving interest from schools.

Keith Marshall
Marshall's a five-star RB.
One year later, Ke’Desh Edwards and Dorion Anderson will be two to watch. Edwards is a 6-foot-2, 183 pound wide receiver and Anderson is a 5-foot-11, 176 pound athlete that plays both sides of the ball.

From Western Guilford, I headed out to Raleigh to Millbrook. That is home to 2012 five-star running back Keith Marshall.

The 5-foot-11, 185 pound junior running back picked up an offer from Alabama last week and he now has a dozen offers. He also has offers from the likes of Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Notre Dame among others.

Marshall is one of the top juniors I have had the chance to see yet. He is as good off the field as he is on it and that helps make him that special prospect. He has vision, speed, and the ability to take the ball the distance from anywhere on the field at any time in the game.

From Millbrook, the trip turned south as I got ready to head back into South Carolina. Before getting back into the Palmetto State, I stopped off at Sun Valley in Monroe, North Carolina. Coach Stein has some talented underclassmen to work with there.

Their top prospect at this time is 2012 wide receiver Jody Fuller. He is built like an Anquan Boldin type receiver. He is 6-feet tall and a solid 200 pounds with speed and soft hands. He is a wideout that has a chance to be among the best in his region next year.

Kevin Saxon
Saxon is a 2013 ATH to watch.
Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech have offered the talented junior and Coach Stein feels like Auburn, Florida, and Georgia are close.

Others to watch in that class are running back Jadarrius Williams, quarterback Ryan Smith, and center Jarred Barr. Williams is a scat-back type that is on the smaller side at 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, but he was conference player of the year in 2009. Smith is a 6-foot, 180 pound athlete that could play another position on the next level while Barr is a 6-foot-3, 240 pound center.

Coach Stein has a couple of sophomores that are on track to be top Division I recruits as well in Chris Duffey and Kevin Saxon. Duffey is an athlete that plays some running back, wide receiver, and defensive back at Sun Valley. He has very good quickness and is versatile. Saxon is a big athlete at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds and he plays some quarterback and wide receiver. He will likely be an outside receiver on the next level. Both are starting to get attention in recruiting.

From Sun Valley, it was to Chester. Coach Sterling has some talent in the 2011 class like Clemson commitment Tony McNeal and while I did spend some time with him while there, I was focused more on top underclassmen.

I saw some in each of the next three classes.

Heading the 2012 group is Tony Wright. He is a cornerback with great size at 6-feet, 180 pounds and he plays with aggression and physicality on the edge. He has good length and he has shown that he can make nice breaks on the ball as well. He is hearing from schools like Clemson, FSU, and LSU among others.

Tony Wright
Wright could be an elite corner.
Another junior that is picking up interest is K.J. Dixon. He is a 5-foot-10, 173 pound athlete that Coach Sterling said schools are starting to recognize.

Moving into the 2013 class, JaMarcus Moore is one to keep an eye on. He is small right now, but he is making big plays for Chester. At this time, he is a 5-foot-8, 155 pound athlete playing safety to keep him involved in the game. He is a prospect Coach Sterling raved about the minute I arrived.

It looks like a strong group of freshmen at Chester. DaKeavis Wilmore is already getting a lot of playing time on the varsity team as a freshman and he has the size of a senior. Wilmore is a 6-foot-4, 300 pound OL with a lot of potential.

C.J. Chisholm is a 5-foot-10, 160 pound corner and Daryl Foster is a 5-foot-11, 190 pound linebacker in that 2014 class to watch too.

That concluded day two in the Carolinas and if you missed the feature on day one, click HERE to read that. Day three was as good as day one and two, so look for that feature in the coming days as well.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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