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Local juniors picking up offers


Sep 12, 2009

Wakefield's Nigel King returns a kickoff for the Wolverines against Leesville Road (October 10, 2008)

Wakefield's Nigel King returns a kickoff for the Wolverines against Leesville Road (October 10, 2008)

It's the time of the year when some of the top junior football players start getting their first offers, and they're coming in for Triangle players.

Jordan athlete T.J. Thorpe has already picked up written offers from Duke, East Carolina and North Carolina, according to Falcons' head coach . In an interview this summer, Thorpe told HighSchoolOT.com that he knows what he is looking for in a program.

"First, I want to be in an atmosphere that I enjoy, and also I want it to be an atmosphere that my family is comfortable with as well," said Thorpe. "I want to be at a place where I can immediately come in and have a huge impact on their team, as well as them having a huge impact on me."

Duke was first to offer Thorpe earlier in the summer.

Wakefield junior wide receiver Nigel King has also picked up his first offers.

LSU was the first tea to offer King last week, but days later he picked up offers from Louisville and Maryland.

King picked

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Wakefield's Evans gets full release from Western Carolina


Sep 10, 2009

Wakefield forward Kelsey Evans attempts a shot against Laney High School in Greenville, North Carolina during the Wolverines' regional semifinal game of the NCHSAA basketball tournament.

Wakefield forward Kelsey Evans attempts a shot against Laney High School in Greenville, North Carolina during the Wolverines' regional semifinal game of the NCHSAA basketball tournament.

Western Carolina has granted a full release to a Raleigh woman who had signed a basketball letter of intent with the school but decided to play at Elon instead, the school announced Wednesday.

Kelsey Evans, who played basketball at Wakefield High, signed with Western when she was 17, and thus a minor. Her attorney, Gus Gusler, said that after Catamounts coach Kellie Harper left for N.C. State, Evans immediately told Western she did not want to enroll there.

Western Carolina at first refused to grant Evans a full release so she could play at Elon as a freshman.

Gusler filed suit in Wake County Superior Court. He argued that under North Carolina law, Evans was a minor when she signed the letter of intent and the contract was never approved by a court.

On Wednesday, Western agreed to grant Evans a full release. Gusler told WRAL Evans is dropping the lawsuit and looks forward to playing at Elon as a freshman.

The suit could have significant implications on NCAA

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Hillside's Lee, Watkins get written offers


Sep 2, 2009

Hillside's Vad Lee, left, looks to avoid a tackle by Southeast Raleigh's Terrance Branch in the NCHSAA playoffs Friday, November 28, 2008 in Raleigh, NC. Hillside won 30-12.(Jeffrey A. Camarati/WRAL.com)

Hillside's Vad Lee, left, looks to avoid a tackle by Southeast Raleigh's Terrance Branch in the NCHSAA playoffs Friday, November 28, 2008 in Raleigh, NC. Hillside won 30-12.(Jeffrey A. Camarati/WRAL.com)

Hillside's Vad Lee and Brandon Watkins have received offers over the last few days from a number of different school.

Lee received written offers from Duke and East Carolina, while Watkins has received offers from Princeton and Dartmouth, according to Hillside head coach Antonio King.

"UNC, Florida and Auburn will be next to come [for Lee]," King said in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Lee is playing quarterback this season for the 1-1 Hornets. So far the junior has rushed for 148-yards and one touchdown, and has also completed 17-of-32 passes for 263-yards and a touchdown.

At the receiver position, Watkins has caught four passes for 21-yards.

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Duke commit Snead has unique story


Aug 31, 2009

SSS' athlete and Duke commit Snead talks football

SMITHFIELD — Before Josh Snead committed to Duke, he was a six-year-old beginning to play organized football for the first time in Durham.

Snead moved through the youth football ranks to Benson Middle School, and eventually got to the high school level.

The Smithfield-Selma senior didn't start his career with the Spartans, though. Snead went to South Johnston High School his freshman year where he was a starting defensive back on the varsity team. During his sophomore year, Snead was moved to the offensive side of the ball where he played slot receiver and running back.

The summer after his sophomore year is when things changed. The Snead family house burnt down, and they were forced to find a new place to live.

"We found a house in Smithfield... and I started going to Smithfield-Selma High School my 11th grade year," Snead said.

It's not always easy for a high school student to make a move from one school to another, but

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Ravens' Tanik accepts WVU tennis scholarship


Sep 4, 2009

Ravenscroft senior Melis Tanik has announced her commitment to attend West Virginia University on a tennis scholarship.

RALEIGH — Ravenscroft senior Melis Tanik has announced her commitment to attend West Virginia University on a tennis scholarship.

Tanik was a 2008 All-State and All-Conference selection after leading the Ravens’ Varsity Girls Tennis team to the NCISAA 3-A State Championship. She is ranked #2 in the state and #40 in the region.

Tanik will sign her National Letter of Intent when the early signing period begins on Nov. 11, 2009.

West Virginia is led by Head Coach Marc Walters, who is in his third season with the Mountaineers.

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