HighSchoolOT On The Trail

Stout: Top 15 Triangle-area 2018 football recruits

Posted August 4
Updated August 16

Ricky Person (3) of Heritage. Heritage travels to Wake Forest High School on Friday, December 2nd in Wake Forest, N.C. Wake Forest continues their undefeated streak, beating Heritage with a final score of 35 - 20. (Photo By: Chris Baird / HighSchoolOt.com)

— The Triangle is loaded with high school football talent, and the Class of 2018 is further proof that the area is a hotbed for Division I prospects.

Three of the top five ranked players will keep their talents in the Triangle to attend either North Carolina or NC State. The only uncommitted of the top five, Sanderson's Alim McNeill, told HighSchoolOT that he is leaning toward NC State as well.

Hillside's Jamal Elliott is the only player among the top five not to stay in the state, choosing to further his football career at Oregon.

Elliott is one of three players in the HighSchoolOT Top 15 to commit out of state. Four players - Devon Lawrence (Wake Forest), Andrew Tuazama (Knightdale), Joseph Boletepeli (Heritage) and McNeill - are uncommitted.

Eight of the 15 players have committed to stay in North Carolina at either ECU, NC State or UNC.

Here are the top 15 football recruits from the Class of 2018:

1. Jordyn Adams, WR (Green Hope)

Committed: UNC
Green Hope vs. Southern Alamance (Aug. 9, 2017)

Jordyn Adams commits to UNC

2. Payton Wilson, ATH (Orange)

Committed: UNC
Football: Havelock vs. Orange (Nov 25,  2016)

Orange's Payton Wilson picks the Tar Heels

3. Alim McNeill, DL (Sanderson)

* Prediction: NC State

Cardinal Gibbons 7-on-7 (June 20, 2017)

NC State atop Alim McNeill's list

4. Ricky Person, ATH (Heritage)

Committed: NC State
Football: Holly Springs vs. Heritage (Nov 18,  2016)

Heritage's Ricky Person verbally commits to NC State

5. Jamal Elliott, RB (Hillside)

Committed: Oregon
Football: Hillside vs Northern Durham (Oct. 5, 2015)

Hillside four-star RB Jamal Elliott commits to Oregon

6. Devon Lawrence, RB (Wake Forest)

* Prediction: Clemson

Wake Forest High School vs Page High School - 4AA NCHSAA State F

7. Trent Pennix, RB (Sanderson)

Committed: NC State
Cardinal Gibbons 7-on-7 (June 20, 2017)

Sanderson senior RB Trent Pennix excited to run with the Pack

8. Bryce Wheaton, WR (Holly Springs)

Committed: West Virginia
Football: Wolfpack 7 on 7

Holly Springs' Wheaton commits to West Virginia

9. Devin Carter, WR (Clayton)

Committed: NC State
HSOT Jamboree: Cardinal Gibbons vs Clayton (Aug. 12, 2017)

Clayton WR Devin Carter commits to NC State

10. Andrew Tuazama, TE (Knightdale)

* Prediction: Florida State
Football: Garner vs. Knightdale (Oct. 21, 2016)

11. Joseph Boletepeli, DE (Heritage)

* Prediction: NC State

Joseph Boletepeli

12. Javon Terry, DB (Wake Forest)

Committed: UNC
Javon Terry: Wake Forest defense will be ready to go

Wake Forest senior OLB Javon Terry commits to UNC

13. Joe Kane, DL (Heritage)

Committed: Virginia Tech
Football: Holly Springs vs. Heritage (Nov 18,  2016)

Heritage DL Joe Kane commits to Virginia Tech

14. Peyton Winstead, OL (Leesville Road)

Committed: East Carolina
Wake Forest @ Leesville Road

Leesville OL Peyton Winstead commits to ECU

15. Tyler Williams, WR (Southeast Raleigh)

Committed: NC State
Football: Southeast Raleigh vs West Johnston (Sept. 23, 2016)

Southeast Raleigh senior Tyler Williams commits to NC State

Honorable Mentions

Gunnar Holmberg, QB (Heritage)
Committed: Duke

Vincent Thomas, DB (Sanderson)
Committed: Navy

Blake Watson, WR (Green Hope)
Committed: Old Dominion

Donovan Noel, OL (Millbrook)
Committed: East Carolina

Jack Biestek, ATH (Cardinal Gibbons)

Calvin Atkenson, OL (Ravenscroft)
Committed: Dartmouth


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