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Raleigh area football running backs get national recruiting attention

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Princeton High’s Johnny Frasier (22) gets by James Kenan High’s Marcelias Sutton (23) on his way to one of 4 first half touchdowns. The James Kenan Tigers defeated the Bulldogs of Princeton 43-36 in the second round of the 1AA NCHSAA football playoffs played in Warsaw N.C. on November 22, 2013.

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Football runningbacks Johnny Frasier of Princeton, Bryce Love of Wake Forest and Nyheim Hines of Garner are receiving college football scholarship offers from all over the country.

The trio combined or more than 8,000 rushing yards and 120 rushing touchdowns. Each averaged more than 10 yards per carry in 2013.

Love (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) holds offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Frasier (5-10, 200) has been offered by N.C. State, North Carolina, Penn State, Georgia, Michigan and Duke.

Hines, a 5-foot-9, 184-pound MaxPreps first-team junior all-America selection, has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, Akron, East Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Utah and Wake Forest.

All three players said Tuesday that their recruitment still is wide open and that they are considering every school that has made an offer.

White stars: Cary’s Layla White ran three of the fastest times in the country last Friday during an indoor track and field meet at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

The junior opened her night by winning the 500 meters run in 1:17.64, a time that is among the top 10 in the country this year by a high school runner.

Twenty minutes later, White won the 300 meters in 39.5 seconds, the sixth fastest time in the country this season.

She topped off her evening with a 56 second split in the Imps’ 4x400 relay. A stand-alone 56, not run in a relay, would be another of the top 10 times in the country.

“Within the span of 45 minutes, she had three of the fastest times in the country in three different races,” said Cary coach Jerry Dotson. “It was a remarkable performance. To think about her running those times in those three races that close together is stunning. I don’t know if I have ever seen anything like it.”

White finished third in the 300 in the national indoor championships last winter.

Kelly starts: Ravenscroft graduate Ryan Kelly, who played at Duke, has moved into the starting lineup of the Los Angeles Lakers. He made his first NBA start on Sunday in a 112-106 win at Toronto and had 17 point and 5 rebounds. He had 13 points and 7 rebounds in Monday’s 102-100 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Leslie to return?: The high school career of Holly Springs girls basketball standout Kiara Leslie may not be over. Leslie said earlier this year that she would sit out the rest of the season following hip surgery. She has signed with the University of Maryland.

But Holly Springs coach Richard Young said, “The question is when she's going to come back. We're not going to move her in too fast."

Unicorns swim: Durham Science and Math dominated the Northern Carolina 2A swimming and diving championships this week. The Unicorns won the boys title, 327 to 240 over runner-up Roanoke Rapids, and the girls title, 284 to 274 over Durham Arts.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

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