More than 50 prospects in North Carolina signed with FBS programs in the 2012 class, and more than 60 already claim offers in the 2013 class. In this feature, RecruitingNation takes a look at the top five remaining uncommitted prospects in North Carolina.
Tyrone Crowder, OL, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond, 6-foot-2, 325 pounds
No. 1 prospect in Nouth Carolina
Schools also in the mix: North Carolina, Stanford
The Latest: Crowder has yet to set any officials, but figures to take at least four of them, to Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and Stanford. He has ties to Clemson and family living nearby, so expect the Tigers to be in his recruitment until the end. He could be the only interior offensive lineman with a spot saved for him in Athens, so the Bulldogs have let him know he is a priority for them. North Carolina is the in-state program, and Crowder is intrigued by the unique combination of academics and athletics that Stanford offers. His recruitment is likely to continue until signing day.
Greg Gilmore, DT, Hope Mills (N.C.), South View, 6-4, 285 pounds
No. 2 prospect in North Carolina
Also in the mix: Oklahoma
The latest: Gilmore's phone has been ringing non-stop since Sept. 1 as college coaches try to get in touch with the ESPN 150 prospect. It appears to be a two-team race right now between two SEC programs in LSU and Florida. The Gators will get a chance to host Gilmore next weekend for his first official visit. The Tigers could bring him in a week later. Although Gilmore would like to get his commitment out of the way before the end of October, his announcement could be postponed if he is not sure of his decision.
Marquez North, WR, Charlotte (N.C.), Mallard Creek, 6-3, 210 pounds
No. 5 prospect in North Carolina
Leader: North Carolina
Also in the mix: UGA, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State
The Latest: North is focused on his senior season and as such, the ESPN 150 prospect has expressed little interest in recruiting. He visited nearby North Carolina earlier this month, and North will be in Knoxville this weekend on an unofficial visit to Tennessee. The Tar Heels are nearby and have been the most consistent in its recruitment of North. Georgia was his favorite school growing up. Florida signed one of his teammates out of Mallard Creek last year in five-star offensive lineman D.J. Humphries. Clemson has also made a push for North, and he and his father feel the offense could be a good fit for him. His father said last month that because his son will be graduating early, North would have his top five by the fifth game of the season, which would be Sept. 21.
B.J. Beecher, QB, Concord (N.C.), 6-5, 190 pounds
No. 20 prospect in North Carolina
Latest: It is hard to believe that Beecher, who threw for 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns last season, and 6,660 yards and 77 touchdowns in his career, is still waiting for his first offer. Clemson, Duke and N.C. State are showing interest. With another standout season, Beecher could reel in several scholarships by the end of the year.
Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro (N.C.), 6-3, 225 pounds
No. 22 prospect in North Carolina
Frontrunner: Ohio State
Also in the mix: UNC
The Latest: After camping at Ohio State and having his mom on campus, Lewis said he had made up his mind and would announce his commitment Sept. 20. Lewis said his favorite trip was to check out the Buckeyes and that Ohio State was recruiting him the hardest. They appear to be the clear team to beat.