Friday, January 4, 2013
UA Combine notebook: North Carolina
By Kipp Adams
More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for the Under Armour All-America Combine. There is no shortage of talent set to come out of the Tar Heel State in the 2014 class, and it was well represented on Friday.
The AFCA coaches convention is in Nashville, Ten. Jan. 6-9, but for ESPN 2014 Watch List wide receiver Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside), it might as well have taken place at his school over the past few months.
“A ton of coaches have been by the school before the dead period,” Thompson said. “A bunch are coming when the contact period starts back.”
Double-digit offers are in for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wideout, including Clemson, Florida, and Ohio State. While some of those schools look to get Thompson on campus soon, he intends on seeking out new offers as well.
“My coach and I plan to get to as many nearby states as possible,” Thompson said. “I know I want to visit Florida, and Notre Dame this summer. I might visit Clemson again. I might go back to Georgia, back to Alabama, Ohio State and some schools that I have not been.”
One such program does not have proximity to home in its favor, but it does have appeal to the coveted receiver.
“I would like to get an offer from Oregon, even though they are really far away,” Thompson said. “I do not know much about them, but watching them in the past, how they are always a Top 10 team, and I like their uniforms. An offer from them would be something I would have to think about.”
Top three for 2014 RB Scott
As a junior, running back Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) had 181 carries 1,742 yards and 34 touchdowns, as well as 185 receiving yards and two touchdowns while helping his team to a 15-1 record and state 3A championship. For the most part, the 5-11, 175-pound tailback has put recruiting on the backburner so far.
“I am enjoying the process, but I am mostly just taking it easy and focusing on working out and school,” Scott said.
At the moment, three programs stand out to Scott.
“I like South Carolina, FSU and Ohio State,” Scott said. “They are big time programs with winning seasons every year. “
TE Jeb Blazevich continues to talk top six
Last month, Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) released a top six of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Notre Dame. The 6-5, 240-pound tight end has reeled in 62 catches for 892 yards and 10 touchdowns over the last two seasons, and at the UA Combine he spoke briefly once more about his top group of college options.
Alabama: "They are successful every season."
Clemson: "I like the feel at Clemson, and my brother goes there, so I have gotten to know them a lot. Their recent success and the bowl win over LSU put them up there a little bit more for me."
Ohio State: "The attention that coach Urban Meyer and Tim Hinton show me stands out because they are pretty much showing the most love in the sense that they want to get you there to coach you up to do great things."
UGA: "I just love the feel of it there. Coach Mark Richt and coach John Lilly, football aside, are just great Christian men. It is great to just be a part of it and to know them. I just love it there."
Ole Miss: "My entire mom’s side of the family went there, so I started getting to know them. I met coach Hugh Freeze and really just sort of fell in love with the coaching staff. A lot of players are starting to look there because it has a great feel."
Notre Dame: "The value of a degree from Notre Dame stands out, as does their great success this season. But more than that the alumni base and the opportunity Notre Dame provides to get a great job after school is what I like."
Blazevich is hopeful to check out every program, including Notre Dame, for spring practice and/or a junior day. Then he wants to trim his list a couple more times before a possible decision.
“God willing I want to make my decision before the end of the summer, but I know that might end up being too soon,” Blazevich said.
WR Braxton Berrios staying open
One of the top playmakers in the Tar Heel state, Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) rushed for 1,142 yards and 22 touchdowns, while adding 766 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns as well. The 5-10, 175-pound wideout has eight offers, including South Carolina, Virginia Tech and UNC. His recruitment has yet to take shape.
“I am wide open right now,” Berrios said. “I am trying to enjoy the process, enjoy the summer and fall and then decide before I graduate early. I want to get a head start on my college career.”
While no visits are planned yet, look for Berrios to try and hit schools this spring that have yet to offer him.