Hillside offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt decided to reopen the recruiting process after committing to North Carolina on June 17. The Tar Heels are not out of the running for the 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior, but the field just got a little more crowded.
McGirt said the finalists are UNC, N.C. State, Georgia and Louisiana State.
“I think I rushed into it and I just want to take my time and make sure I make the right decision,” he said.
McGirt said all four schools have the qualities he’s looking for: good coaching, good academics and give him a chance to play and contribute.
After what some scouts called a “slow recruiting process,” the offers picked up during over the summer. McGirt reportedly received 15 Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers, including Florida, Duke, East Carolina, Miami and Tennessee.
The Hornets are 0-2 after losses to 4A power New Bern and reigning 3A state champion Southern. But the four-time PAC-6 champions are still the favorite to win a fifth straight title.
“I know we’ll be playing (in the playoffs) in December,” he said. “We can’t let two games define our season. It’s not over.”
Northern’s Barkley chooses East Carolina
Northern High basketball standout Kentrell Barkley, who gained national attention after an altercation in July with former North Carolina guard and current Charlotte Hornet P.J. Hairston during a pickup game in Durham, has committed to East Carolina.
Barkley, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior, helped Northern Durham post a 26-3 record during the 2013-14 season. The Knights reached the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Apex 64-63 on a last-second shot.
Barkley is the No. 3- ranked senior basketball player in North Carolina and the No. 97 player in the country by Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report.
“He is one of the hardest-working players I have ever seen,” Lewis said.
Judd now at Ole Miss
Former Southern running back Akeem Judd has joined the Ole Miss varsity after two successful years at Georgia Military College, which won the junior college national championship last year. He was rated as the nation’s No. 1 juco running back by Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
He ran for 1,324 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year at Southern.
He’s joined at Mississippi by former East Chapel Hill quarterback Drew Davis.