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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.

Manning to Announce Next Week


Jul 25, 2007

Terrell Manning, Rivals.com

Terrell Manning, Rivals.com

Terrell Manning, a four star linebacker from Scotland Senior High School, is apparently nearing a decision. With football practice beginning next week, Manning is ready to get the recruiting process behind him.

Manning has narrowed his list down to three schools - Clemson, Virginia Tech, and NC State - but wouldn't say which one he was leaning towards. Manning did tell Rivals.com that he did have a slight favorite.

WRAL has learned that Manning spoke Eddie Whitley just hours before he committed to Virginia Tech, but Manning claimed that has no influence on his decision. Manning told Rivals.com that he likes Virginia Tech because they are "defense, defense, defense."

Manning will talk to his football coach and likely set up a press conference next week sometime.

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The 2007 WRAL High School Football Tour


Jul 22, 2007

Want another quick countdown?

  • 7 days until football practice starts.
  • 17 days until scrimmages and jamborees begin.
  • 25 days until endowment Friday.
  • 32 days until Football Friday '07 goes on the air with Tom Suiter.
  • 109 days until the First Round of the 2007 NCHSAA Playoffs.
  • 138 days until the NCHSAA State Championship.

Today I want to tell you about a new feature you will find right here on WRAL.com in a few weeks: The 2007 WRAL High School Football Tour.

Beginning on July 30th, the first day of football practice, WRAL will bring you previews of two featured teams each day. The previews will include everything from schedules, to a recap of last season, to returners this season. We may even throw in some interviews with players and coaches every now and then.

The 2007 WRAL High School Football Tour will also make

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Football Friday Preview: Two Rivers & Mid-SE


Jul 20, 2007

I received several e-mails over the last 24 hours asking if I was going to be updating the countdown. Well, here we go...

  • 10 days until football practice starts.
  • 20 days until scrimmages and jamborees begin.
  • 28 days until endowment Friday.
  • 35 days until Football Friday '07 goes on the air.
  • 112 days until the first round of the 2007 NCHSAA playoffs.
  • 141 days until the NCHSAA State Championship.

It seems like it's forever away, but it will be here and be over before you know it. Well, today we're going to take a look at the Two Rivers and Mid-Southeastern Conferences - or what I like to call the "Greater Fayetteville" area.

Conference Champions

Preseason Two Rivers Champion: South View

Preseason Mid-Southeastern Champion: Scotland

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Football Friday Preview: The Triangle


Jul 19, 2007

Correction: Desmond Scott is a Running Back that transfered to Hillside from Southern Durham this past January.

Let me just break some news to you:

  • We are 11 days away from the start of football practice.
  • There are only 21 days left until football teams can start scrimmaging.
  • 29 days until endowment Friday.
  • 36 days until Tom Suiter takes the air for the next season of Football Friday.
  • 113 days until the first round of the 2007 NCHSAA playoffs.
  • 142 days until the next NCHSAA State Champion is crowned.

WRAL is ready, are you?

I have some preseason predictions to make for the Triangle, so keep reading...

Conference Champions

Preseason PAC-6 Champion: Southern Durham Spartans

Preseason Tri-8 Champion: Athens Drive Jaguars

Preseason

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Two SER Players in Recruiting Spotlight


Jul 18, 2007

Two Southeast Raleigh football players are in the national recruiting spotlight this week. Demetrius Hartsfield, linebacker, and Mike Daniels, defensive back, have been working on the recruiting trail for the past few weeks, and Hartsfield has made a decision.

The 6-2, 215 pound linebacker choose to play for the Maryland Terrapins over Buffalo, NCA&T, and Elon.

What does Maryland see in Hartsfield?

"I think speed," said Bulldogs' head coach Daniel Finn, "That's the thing with college defenses now, is speed. They talked to him about playing middle linebacker and running sideline to sideline."

Does coach think he can live up to the Terrapin standards?

"[Hartsfield is] the most all around linebacker I've ever had the chance to coach," added Finn. "He's smart, he's football smart."

Daniels is a 5-11, 190 pound defensive back, and he is looking at Kent State and NCA&T right now, but which way is he leaning?

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