Wide receiver Maurice Trowell of Southern Durham, runner Nyheim Hines of Garner and kicker Freeman Jones of Bunn were named to the 2013 Associated Press all-state football team after a vote by 13 statewide media members.
The squad includes 14 offensive players, 12 defensive players and six specialists and athletes. The squad was expanded this year because of a three-way tie at running back and two-way ties for athlete, defensive back and kicker.
Trowell helped Southern Durham to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3AA state championship. The N.C. State recruit had 93 catches for 1,760 yards and 19 touchdowns. He shined in the Spartans 38-31 3AA title victory over Shelby Crest with eight catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
Charlotte Christian runner Elijah Hood was the leading vote getter with 12 of 13 votes. The University of North Carolina recruit rushed for 3,690 yards and scored 53 touchdowns.
Hines shared the other running back spot with Rocky Reid of Concord and Derrell Scott of Havelock. Each received four votes.
Hines rushed for 3,149 yards and 50 touchdowns and scored 60 total touchdowns. Reid ran for 3,355 yards and 39 touchdowns for a team that lost to Havelock, 21-13, in the 3A finals.
Scott rushed for 2,143 yards and 24 touchdowns and led Havelock to the title.
Jones, a UNC recruit, is ranked among the top place kickers in the country.
NCHSAA 4AA champion Mallard Creek had three players on the squad _ tight end Jaylen Samuels, offensive tackle Omar Todman and defensive lineman Ikeem Allen.
Quarterback Will Grier of Davidson Day, a University of Florida recruit, and offensive tackle Bentley Spain of Charlotte Providence each received 11 votes.