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March 31, 2012

Rivals/VTO NC: Players to watch

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Sunday's Rivals.com/VTO Sports North Carolina Elite 100 in Charlotte at Mallard Creek High School boasts two Rivals100 athletes as well as numerous four- and three-star prospects looking to improve their stock. Rivals.com National Analyst Mike Farrell takes a look at a few of the top names on offense and defense.

Rivals/VTO Sports North Carolina Elite 100: Offensive players to watch
Marquez North, WR, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
At 6 feet 3 and 205 pounds, North already has the frame and natural abilities of a BCS-level wide receiver. He possesses impressive top-end speed and a nice burst, which make him extremely explosive in the open field. With recruiting, North holds upwards of 20 offers, but has remained rather quiet up to this point. A move to the SEC is possible, with Florida and Georgia both putting a full-court press on him. He could be limited at the camp due to a shoulder injury, but he will be the one to watch on offense regardless.


Uriah LeMay, WR, Matthews (N.C.) Butler
LeMay is a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball, and proved that during his junior season as he also became a threat in the running game. To this point LeMay has only taken visits to local ACC schools, but look for Georgia to be a major player for him during his recruiting process with his older brother, Christian LeMay playing for the Bulldogs. Christian was a standout at the VTO Camp in North Carolina back in 2010.


Tyrone Crowder, OG, Rockingham (N.C.) Richland County
Crowder is a powerfully built interior offensive lineman who uses his low center of gravity and balance to gain leverage on most defensive linemen. His abilities have caught the attention of several top national programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Georgia and he could be one of the best pure guards in the country.


Derrell Scott, RB, Havelock (N.C.) (2014)
The explosive sophomore has five early offers and has definitely become a name to watch over the last few months after rushing for 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns last fall. At 5-11 and 175 pounds, Scott has shown surprising power in his running style but also possesses explosive speed. South Carolina and East Carolina were the first two schools to offer the dynamic sophomore.


Johnathan Lloyd, ATH, Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance (2014)
Lloyd spent time at quarterback, running back, defensive back and even h-back during his sophomore season. His future position is still up in the air, but he has the skill set to play on either side of the ball. Lloyd has seven early offers and has claimed Ohio State as an early leader after camping there for several years as a youngster. He will be one to watch as he could work out at multiple positions.


Rivals/VTO Sports North Carolina Elite 100: Defensive players to watch
Peter Kalambayi, OLB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler
At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Kalambayi is very fluid with his movements and has little problem covering most running backs in space. He has also shown impressive natural instincts at the linebacker position. With almost 20 offers, Kalambayi will be one of the most sought after linebackers in the region.


LaChaston Smith, OLB, Statesville (N.C.) South Iredell
An injury may have shortened his junior season, but that has not stopped Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia and East Carolina from offering. A proven playmaker, look for Smith to make a final decision before his senior season.


Lewis Neal, WDE, Wilson (N.C.) Hunt
Neal is a prototypical speed rusher coming off the end, and he has become very efficient at it. His combination of speed and strength has given offensive tackles fits at the high school level, and he will look to do more of the same at the VTO Camp. With 10 offers, Neal does not seem to be in too much of a rush with his recruiting process, but will visit Ohio State, Clemson and Tennessee in April.


Desmond Lawrence, S, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian
Lawrence impressed at the U.S. Army Combine in January and will look to bring that same level of performance to the VTO Camp. While South Carolina seemed to be on top for Lawrence originally, he has opened everything back up recently and currently is up to eight offers.


Anthony Covington, CB, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
Covington has excellent size at 5-11 and 193 pounds, and has to skill set to move over to the safety position down the road. With eight offers now, Covington is currently thinking about staying in state, as his two leaders have been North Carolina and Wake Forest for the last couple of months.


If you are the coach or parent of a prospect with D-I offers or likely to receive D-I offers, or the prospect himself, contact Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell at mike@rivals.com, via Twitter at @rivalsmike or via Facebook.

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