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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.

Enos Names UT as Favorite, Doesn't Rule Out Heels


Jul 13, 2007

Chris Enos, a defensive end from Hope Mill's Gray's Creek, has been attending camps all summer long at Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and South Carolina, and he still has one more camp to attend at Virginia Tech. As it stands now, though, Tennessee is Enos' favorite.

Enos isn't a prime target for any particular school, but he wants to play football in college, and get a degree in Physical Therapy - ruling out some of the schools on his list, including NC State.

Enos said he wants to go to a school with strong academics and find a good football team to play on, too. The only problem with Tennessee is their relatively low graduation rate compared to a school such as North Carolina.

One source I spoke with this morning told me that he expects Enos to pick North Carolina over Tennessee because of that exact reason. Butch Davis is a highly respected coach who is almost certainly going to build a successful program in Chapel Hill, and North Carolina is

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Whitley to Announce Decision Next Week: VT or NC State?


Jul 13, 2007

Correction: Dwayne Maddox committed to NC State.

Eddie Whitley, a 6-1, 185 pound safety from Matthews Butler, will announce where he is going to college sometime next week.

Whitley has narrowed his list down to two schools: Virginia Tech and NC State. Sources have told WRAL that Whitley has been in contact with NC State commit Dwayne Maddox and target Terrell Manning. According to a report published on Rivals.com, Whitley and Manning have a close relationship, and some speculate that could have an impact on where they end up playing football.

Whitley will take one last visit to Blacksburg with his parents before making his decision. Whitley said that his parents haven't been to Tech, and he wants them to see it and talk to the coaches before he makes his decision.

So, what does Whitley see in both schools?

Whitley told Rivals.com that he liked the Hokies because it was a true football school - something we already know. He also liked

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Prep Basketball Coaching Update


Jul 12, 2007

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We've been following coaching changes for football, but now it's time we shift our focus to coaching changes in basketball. Recently, two Raleigh schools named their new coaches.

Wakefield High School Wolverines
In early June, Rob Partin announced he would not be returning to Wakefield High School to coach men's basketball next season. Partin, who coached the Wolverines to the 2006 State Championship and a 27-4 record, told the News and Observer last month that he wanted explore new options in the business world.

At the time, Dexter Cooley, the athletic director at Wakefield, said he wanted to start the interviews immediately and wanted to continue the summer programs Partin had put into place. Well, the search has ended. Paul Dooling, an assistant under Partin, has been named the new head coach for the Wolverines.

Cooley is originally from Syracuse, N.Y., but he has taught middle school in Wake County for 16 years. Currently, Cooley is

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Grimsley Faces Major Problems


Jul 12, 2007

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Greensboro's Grimsley High School is undergoing major scrutiny these days after at least 18 returning football players were deemed academically ineligible for the upcoming football season.

This is one factor that contributed to Todd Shuping's resignation.

The Greensboro News & Record broke this story on Tuesday morning. The newspaper said three anonymous sources in the athletic department at Grimsley said many of the players were enrolled in summer school and could still play football this year. According to the newspaper, "The sources requested anonymity because of potential privacy issues involving the students.

Grimsley's interim head coach, Mark Saunders, told the News & Record that "a high number" of returning players were ineligible.

Here's what's concerning to me:

Several of the ineligible players are participating in summer workouts with the team. Saunders told the newspaper, "I know the

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Hokies Taking Westover Senior For Visit


Jul 11, 2007

The Virginia Tech Hokies will be the last visit for Lorenzo Williams of Westover High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Williams, who is the No. 28 prospect in North Carolina, already claims offers from Duke, Virginia, and Wake Forest, and several sources have said that Wake Forest is his favorite. Williams stands at 6-2 and 179 pounds, and he told Rivals.com that he is expecting possible offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, NC State, and North Carolina in the near future.

Williams said he likes the Hokie defense and their coaches, and he also said they have a great program - something we all know.

Williams' favorite, though, appears to be the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem. The Deacs won the ACC title last year and represented the ACC in the BCS Orange Bowl. Williams said he has a good relationship with the coaches at Wake Forest and he likes the way their program is going.

Here's the million dollar question... How much does family matter? Williams has a

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