North Carolina Top Thirty
Albert Ashcraft just missed the top ten.
Albert Ashcraft just missed the top ten.

Posted Jun 11, 2003


After hours of reviewing and studying film, here is a pre-summer look at the top thirty players in the state of North Carolina.

After hours of reviewing and studying film, here is a pre-summer look at the top thirty players in the state of North Carolina.

 

1. Demario Pressley 6-4/290/4.97 DT  Dudley HS
 

Explosion and strength from snap of the ball to the tackling of the ball carrier sets Demario Pressley as the top player in the region regardless of position.  The upside of the mammoth defensive tackle is immeasurable while he will also present an immediate impact to whatever college team is fortunate enough to catch him.

Demario Pressley Film

 
2. Marque Hall 6-5/305/4.80 OL  Forest Hills HS
 

The ability of Marque Hall is evident on both sides of the ball.  He is a run stuffing defensive tackle, but his true talent is apparent on the offensive side as he could possibly block his size of the ball by himself.  Hall moves very well for his size and hits like a tons of bricks.

 
3. George Bell 5-11/225/4.43 RB  Jack Britt HS
 

The knee injury which took out George Bell in the third game of last season could have sidelined him for good.  That hurt his stature in the eye of college recruiters everywhere until they saw, and we saw that he was well on the way to recover.  Bell's speed, power, vision, and ability to follow blockers unquestionably leads to an excellent potential at the position.

George Bell Film

 
4. Andre Brown 6-2/211/4.48 WR  J.H. Rose HS
 

The first question asked is "why project him at a wide receiver?"  The answer is simple - that is what Brown wanted to play when he moved to the state from Maryland.  Without a quarterback to throw him the ball, Brown made the move to running back.  While a tremendous athlete, Brown is not a natural tailback.  His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and speed/acceleration combo makes him look like some of the great college wide receivers in the last five years.
 
5. Jamaal Edwards 6-0/200/4.40 RB  Dudley HS
 

Speed, agility, and toughness define running back Jamaal Edwards.  Certainly he looks like a college running back, and even TheInsiders national analyst Jamie Newberg likes Jamaal better than George Bell.  Edwards can reach full speed on his second step, hitting the hole with amazing force for his size.

Jamaal Edwards Film

6. Trimane Goddard 5-10/170/4.40 CB  Roanoke HS
 

The fact that teams are recruiting Goddard at four different positions show just how versatile he is on the field.  Goddard could play quarterback, running back,  or wide receiver, but pound for pound, Goddard could be the hardest hitting player in the state of North Carolina.

Trimane Goddard Film

7. Gerard Miller 6-4/255/4.70  DE  West Craven HS
 

Gerard Miller is a player one would term deceptively quick.  He does not seem to be that fast off the ball, but by his second step he has dismantled the opposing offensive line.  With a good combination of speed and strength at the position, Miller's film, late to arrive at some schools, has garnered him several nice offers.

 

8. Andrew Pearman 5-9/162/4.30 WR  Providence HS
 

Possibly the fastest player in the state, Pearman ran back-to-back sub-4.3 40s with several coaches clocking him at the same time.  Speed simply exudes from the young man who could also play other positions.  Though not an every-down back due to his size, with good hands out of the backfield, Pearman could very easily make the move to wide receiver. He is also a humble young man already having learned about the recruiting process from his father and brother who is currently at Virginia.
9. Rod Council 5-11/175/4.50 CB  West Charlotte HS
 

A month ago, Council was off the top-30 list in North Carolina.  Then came the Ragsdale Shrine Bowl combine and the Nike Camp in Blacksburg. Council was arguably the best cover corner at both of those, locking down receivers at the Nike camp and showing great agility at the Shrine Bowl combine.  Some major schools have Council as their number one player at his position in the country.

Rod Council Film

10. Lemarte McGhee 6-6/280/5.00 DE  Person HS
 

The key word for McGhee is potential.  Very athletic for his size, McGhee could play defensive tackle, but with his long arms and a good swim move, McGhee is best suited as a defensive end.  The best part for McGhee is that he has committed to NC State, where he can work on his footwork to let his immense potential blossom without needing to step in early from lack of depth.

 

Best of the Rest:
11. Jeremy Thompson 6-5/235/4.64 DE  Charlotte Christian HS
12. Albert Ashcraft 6-3/190/4.50 S  Monroe HS
13. Davon Drew 6-4/215/4.60 QB  New Bern HS
14. Martel Thatch 6-2/180/4.40  S  Dudley HS
15. Jamar Bryant 6-3/193/4.60 WR  Richmond Co. HS
16. Dennis Marsh 6-4/275/4.80 DT  NE Guilford HS
17. Quentin Cotton 6-4/215/4.75 LB  HP Andrews HS
18. Chase Rice 6-3/200/4.50 S  AC Reynolds HS
19. Paul Crews 6-0/172/4.43 CB  Northern Vance HS
20. Bryan Rogers 6-7/310/5.1 OL  Monroe HS
21. Chase Bullock 6-3/223/4.50 LB  Northern Durham HS
22. Antonio Miller 6-1/185/4.50 QB  Olympic HS
23. John McEachin 5-10/175/4.52 RB  Trinity HS
24. Jamar Adams 6-4/180/4.60 S  Butler HS
25. James Houston 6-2/190/4.5  CB  Starmount HS
26. Jerome Simpson 6-3/180/4.40 WR  Reidsville HS
27. Jon Terry 6-4/315/5.20 OL  Ragsdale HS
28. Michael Briggs 6-1/228/4.60 FB  Ashbrook HS
29. Jeff Bush 6-4/230/4.70 DE  Jack Britt HS
30. Dannell Ellerbe 6-2/190/4.40 S  Richmond Co. HS

Note: Kickers excluded from overall rankings.



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