from Stan Olson at www.charlotteobserver.com. Click on the Observer link to see the entire list…..
Gabe King ranked top player in the state of North Carolina, Keenan Allen #3, Chris McCain #11 and David Amerson is ranked #13.
1 Gabe King
Alabama, California, Oregon, Tenn.
Comment: Not sure where he will play because of some legal issues, but everyone is sure that he can PLAY. King has been almost unstoppable coming off the edge at combines across the country. He is likely to wind up at a private school â€“ and then at a big-time college program.
2 Robert Crisp
Hillsborough Cedar Ridge
Comment: The best offensive tackle in the state, he seems likely to play in the NFL. Has an ornery on-field attitude. Switching from Chapel Hill High to Cedar Ridge this season.
3 Keenan Allen
Clemson, S. Carolina, Alabama,
UNC, California, Penn State, Tenn.
Comment: The finest (and smoothest) athlete in the state. As a junior, he had nine interceptions, passed for 11 touchdowns and rushed for eight more. Two dozen scholarship offers.
4 Alfy Hill
W. Brunswick Shallotte
North Carolina, Alabama, others
Comment: Hill shined after missing his sophomore year with a broken wrist. Last season, though, 112 tackles, 12 sacks and some remarkable athleticism (4.6 speed) caught the attention of just about everyone.
5 Fre’Shad Hunter
N.C. State, E. Carolina, S. Carolina, Florida St., LSU, Purdue, Tenn.
Comment: His 4.8 speed and excellent burst off the edge have made him a target of most area schools. Last season he had 60 tackles with six sacks and two recovered fumbles as teams ran away from him.
6 Tony Creecy
Comment: The state’s best receiver (if Allen plays defense in college), Creecy has 4.45 speed. Soon to be a four-year starter, he had 48 catches for 863 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.
7 T.J. Leifheit
N. Carolina, N.C. State, S. Carolina,
Florida, Florida St., LSU, Tenn.
Comment: Not quite as talented as Crisp, but a beast with a nonstop motor, a guy who loves dominating opponents while run-blocking. Helped Hoggard to the state title as a sophomore.
8 Kendall Moore
9 Prince Shembo
Comment: With Prince Shembo and Kendall Moore, the Irish have two of N.C.’s best linebacker/defensive ends. As a junior Shembo used 4.62 speed to make 90 tackles, with eight sacks and two interceptions.
10 Ethan Farmer
Tabor City South Columbus
Comment: Farmer seemed to be discovered all at once in late April after giving notice of his abilities at a combine. Without ideal tight end height, he could settle at defensive tackle in college. As a junior, had 55 tackles, with 15 receptions and three touchdowns.
11 Chris McCain
N.C. State, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, W. Forest, Louisville, LSU, Maryland
Comment: They were calling him â€˜stretch’ at a recent combine, and he is expected to grow into that body. As a junior, he had 97 tackles with four sacks and caught three touchdown passes. He has 4.65 speed.
12 Ty Linton
Comment: Versatile with 4.49 speed, Linton is a standout in baseball and football. He had 74 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a junior. He could wind up at safety in Chapel Hill, but more likely at outside linebacker.
13 David Amerson
Clemson, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech
Comment: Amerson had nine interceptions last season and is determined to get 10 this fall. Good 4.5 speed, which helped him roam the secondary on the way to 60 tackles.