Mallard Creek receiver Marquez North is No. 1 on list

lwertz@charlotteobserver.comDecember 24, 2012 

North Carolina Top 25

Rk. Name High School Pos. Ht/Wt College
1.Marquez NorthMallard CreekWR6-3, 215Clem, Fla., UNC, Ohio St, Ore., Tenn.
2. Peter KalambayiButlerLB6-4, 240Stanford
3.Greg GilmoreHope Mills South ViewDT6-4, 285LSU
4.Larenz BryantVanceLB6-1, 215South Carolina
5.Tyrone CrowderRichmond Sr.OL6-3, 340Clem, Ga., Ala., Aub., Fla., Fla. St. Miami (Fla), Neb., UNC, NCSU, So Car, Stan., Tenn.
6.T.J. LoganNo. GuilfordRB5-9, 175North Carolina
7.Brian WalkerMallard CreekDB5-11, 180North Carolina
8.Riley FergusonButlerQB6-2, 190Tennessee
9.Connor MitchRaleigh WakefieldQB6-4, 213South Carolina
10.Josh McNeilMilford Academy (NY)TE6-5, 226Alabama
11.Uriah LeMayButlerWR6-3, 200Georgia
12.Jordan FieulleteauRaleigh WakefieldWR6-3, 205North Carolina
13.Carlis ParkerStatesvilleATH6-3, 177Virginia Tech
14.Khris FrancisDurham HillsideRB5-9, 195North Carolina
15.Dane RogersCrestDE6-2, 230Clemson
16.LaChaston SmithSouth IredellLB6-0, 215Virginia
17.R.J. PrinceAlbemarleOL6-8, 310North Carolina
18.Nazair JonesRoanoke RapidsDE6-5, 250North Carolina
19.B.J. BeecherConcordQB6-7, 190Duke, N.C. State
20.Lewis NealWilson HuntDE6-1, 230LSU
21.Devante CovingtonRichmond Sr.DE6-3, 215South Carolina
22.Tyquan LewisTarboroDE6-3, 225Ohio State
23.Tristan MumfordStatesvilleATH6-1, 232East Carolina
24.Matt WoganPorter RidgeK/P6-2, 195Oregon
25.Korrin WigginsDurham HillsideDB6-0, 190North Carolina

Five of the Observer’s and The Raleigh News & Observer’s top 25 recruits in North Carolina are from Mecklenburg County, continuing a trend where Charlotte-area football teams and players are dominating high school football in the state.

Marquez North of Mallard Creek, who was the No. 1 recruit in the newspapers’ preseason list, remains No. 1. He will announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All America game in San Antonio next month.

Despite being injured late in the regular-season and missing the playoffs, North was still named offensive player of the year in the I-Meck 4A conference, and he made Associated Press all-state team, which included 11 Mecklenburg County players.

Joining North in the top 10 of the final top 25 ranking of the state’s recruits are Butler linebacker Peter Kalambayi (No. 2), Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant (No. 4), Mallard Creek defensive back Brian Walker (No. 7) and Butler quarterback Riley Ferguson (No. 8).

Wake County placed two players in the top 20: record-setting quarterback Connor Mitch of Wakefield (No. 9) and his favorite target, receiver Jordan Fieulleteau (No. 12).

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