Monday, March 25, 2013
Finding the Future: Charlotte NFTC
By Kipp Adams
Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event. It does not reflect where each will land when the class is ranked by ESPN.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There might have been as many BCS conference-caliber recruits in the 2015 and 2016 classes present at the NFTC Sunday than there were in the 2014 class. It looks like the next couple of classes in the Carolinas will be stocked with top-tier talent, and a few of them stood out on Sunday in the rain.
1. 2015 DT Albert Huggins
6-foot-2, 279 pounds
Orangeburg (S.C.) Orangeburg Wilkinson
Considering: Offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU and South Carolina. Huggins is hoping UGA offers as well.
What we learned: Huggins gave the offensive linemen fits on Sunday, and physically might have been the most impressive prospect in attendance at the Charlotte NFTC.
“Huggins is already making a name for himself and is proving to be a guy to watch in the defensive trenches for 2015,” ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said. “From his size now to his physical upside, to the big man’s ability to move and be active and physical, Huggins, from what we have seen thus far, is certainly a name to know for next year’s class."
2. 2015 QB Tyler Queen
6-2, 235 pounds
Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb
Considering: Offers from Buffalo and Middle Tennessee; interest from Alabama and Georgia.
What we learned: Queen showcased one of the strongest arms on the NFTC circuit so far and is built like a bruising fullback. Although it was a tough environment to compare quarterbacks, Queen definitely stood out among the group.
“Queen is a big-armed underclassman that can really hum it,” ESPN National Director of Recruiting Tom Luginbill said. “Has natural arm power to drive the ball, even in poor weather conditions. He is a guy that we hope will add another inch or so, but that also needs to be conscious of his body contour and conditioning. Queen is carrying more weight now that he probably should, given his height. His arm alone should be garnering attention early on in the process.”
3. 2015 OL Noah Green
6-4, 270 pounds
Boiling Springs (S.C.) Boiling Springs
Considering: No interest known at this time.
What we learned: An unknown in the recruiting world coming into Saturday, Green turned heads by posting a 100+ SPARQ rating at the Nike Combine, earning an invite to Sunday’s NFTC. He followed it up with an impressive performance that is sure to put him on the radar with colleges throughout the Atlantic Coast.
“Heading into the weekend, we didn’t know much about Green but by the end of it the 2015 prospect had done enough to make us want to find out more about him,” Haubert said. “He needs to keep developing his frame and add more good mass, but the big man displayed good athleticism, posting an impressive SPARQ score the day before and showed some flashes at the NFTC. He demonstrated some of those good natural tools with good knee bend and active feet during one-on-ones. Green is someone we still need to learn more about, but he certainly showed he is someone who deserves a closer look.”
4. 2016 RB Benjamin LeMay
5-10, 200 pounds
Matthews (N.C.) Butler
Considering: Early interest from Florida, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
What we learned: On a loaded state championship team last season, LeMay became the first at his school to start at running back as a freshman, rushing for 500 yards and eight touchdowns. His oldest brother, Christian LeMay, is a sophomore quarterback at the University of Georgia and his other brother, Uriah LeMay, is a 2013 signee for the Bulldogs.
“May be the most gifted of the three brothers,” Luginbill said. “For just a freshman, he is quite advanced in talent level overall. Part workhorse, part big-play threat, LeMay has very good balance, body control and lateral agility for a young guy.”
5. 2015 RB Bryce Love
5-9, 175 pounds
Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest Rolesville
Considering: Early offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
What we learned: One of the quickest athletes in the state, Love says he was the 2009 USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year, with three national records set in one year. Love says he has double-digit national, regional and state track records, and even on wet turf he showcased very high-level speed.
“Love was explosive and very sudden in relation to the other backs in attendance,” Luginbill said. “He and Benjamin LeMay have very bright futures.”