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Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of HighSchoolOT.com. Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now HighSchoolOT.com. In his blog, Nick provides insight and analysis on area high school sports teams, players and topics. He also provides his opinion on numerous issues surrounding high school sports. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT. You can contact Nick by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to nstevens@wral.com.

Senior Spotlight: Brandon Barnes


Jul 6, 2007

Brandon Barnes

Brandon Barnes

How would you like to be a high school football player being recruited by more than 10 teams to the likes of Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Florida? Next time you see Brandon Barnes, ask him how it feels.

NC State should be giving Jason Swepson a pay raise because the top football recruit in North Carolina's Class of 2008 has made a solid verbal commitment to the Wolfpack. State got the good news on June 26th.

Barnes is a six foot, 185 pound athlete from Bunn High School. Last season, Barnes carried the ball 69 times for a total of 518 yards and five touchdowns - that averages out to 7.5 yards per carry. Barnes also caught the ball ten times for 259 yards and four touchdowns. Offense isn't the only thing Barnes plays, he also had 77 tackles and five interceptions.

In his junior season at Bunn, Barnes received all-league and all-area honors.

David Howle, head coach at Bunn High School, told Rivals.com, "He's a strong kid. He has powerful legs. From the waist

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NC State Could Get Their Own Manning


Jul 6, 2007

Terrell Manning, Rivals.com

Terrell Manning, Rivals.com

Tennessee knows how it feels to have a Manning on their football team, but NC State could find out how it feels in 2008.

Terrell Manning, a 6-2, 205 pound linebacker out of Scotland County in Laurinburg, N.C., has indicated that NC State is at the top of his list - but won't say it in those words. Who else is Manning looking at? None other than Tennessee.

Manning told Rivals.com that he is planning on going to visit the Volunteers sometime this month, and plans to announce a press conference in a week or two for the end of the month.

What am I hearing?

A student at Scotland High, who claimed to be one of Manning's friends, told me Manning will commit to NC State in late July or early August. Manning admits that he likes NC State because of its proximity and environment. He even went as far to say that NC State is one of North Carolina's top schools and that they will pull away from the rest before too long.

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Heels Playing Cards With Local Prep Stars


Jul 5, 2007

A.J. Blue Names Top Three
A.J. Blue, a 6-3 quarterback from North Gaston High in Dallas, N.C., has announced his top three schools. Blue has only received one official offer, Illinois, but has received interest from other schools. North Carolina tops Blue's list, with NC State and the Illini behind. Blue came very close to accepting his offer from Illinois a few weeks ago, but his mother told him to wait and see what other options arise. NC State and North Carolina are waiting to see how Blue's summer class goes before they determine whether or not they will give him an offer. According to Blue, Illinois is recruiting him the hardest, and he said he would like to go up to Champagne for an official visit soon.

Second Thoughts For Allen?
Dwayne Allen committed to Georgia in December of last year,  but the 6-4 tight end is having second thoughts. According to Allen, he wants to "make sure Georgia is right for him." Allen is

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Source: Indy Gets East Lincoln Transfer


Jul 4, 2007

Unconfirmed reports have stated that East Lincoln running back Adrian Forney has decided to leave East Lincoln to play at national powerhouse Charlotte Independence.

First off, let me emphasize the unconfirmed part of the opening sentence. This information is nothing more than a rumor, and no public statement has been made by Forney or either school involved.

One may wonder why Forney would leave East Lincoln, a 2A school, to play at Independence - including myself. Indy has their running back position solidified, and Forney would likely be in a supporting role. If Forney continues to play at East Lincoln, he would be more valued and would carry the ball several times over. No credible source has been able to give me a reason Forney would leave East Lincoln, but an anonymous poster wrote on an NCPreps.com message board that Forney's mother had an issue with something at East Lincoln.

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Vols, Blue Devils, and More Targeting NC Prep Stars


Jul 4, 2007

One thing we would like to improve on at WRAL.com is our coverage of high school recruiting. I have covered the competition side of things, but I am going to start covering the high school recruiting side as well. Eventually, we hope to make this a weekly recruiting post.

I have talked to some people who I consider "in-the-know" of high school football recruiting, and several rumors and bits of news have surfaced.

Duke Lands First '08 In-State Recruit, Looks For More
Jay Hollingsworth, a running back from Lee County Senior High School, became Duke's first in-state commit from the class of 2008. Hollingsworth, a 3-star recruit at 5-11, 180-pounds, is sure to pack a punch for the Blue Devil offense. Hollingsworth rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns on 126 attempts last season.

Hollingsworth isn't the only in-state player Duke is targeting, though. There has been growing buzz over Quan Jones in Durham. Jones is a senior

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