High School: East Wake
Parents: Katrina Silver and Dwayne Silver
Position: Running Back
Also Considered: N.C. State, James Madison, St. Augustine’s, Fayetteville State
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Why Pembroke? “It was the opportunity that was given to me,” Rhem said. He said UNC-P gave him a chance to stay in his top position at running back and the opportunity to play in his freshman year. “They took me very serious in the recruiting process, constantly contacting me,” he said. “They were interested in me as a person and my family, not just me as an athlete and what I could do for them. They financially put me in the best position I could possibly be.”
Most memorable from his time at East Wake: “Every Friday night, running out with my teammates and leading the charge holding the (East Wake) sword. My senior year as a whole ended up on a great note.”
Notable: Rhem, a 5-foot-10, 208-pound power back, played four years of varsity football at East Wake, lettering every year. He was a three-time all-Greater Neuse River 4A Conference selection in football and three-time all-academic choice, all coming his sophomore through senior seasons. Rhem was feared by defenses as the center of East Wake’s no-surprises running attack, often carrying the ball straight up the middle and fighting his way out of tackles before hitting the gas for big yardage. He rushed for 1,254 yards and 15 touchdowns his junior season and followed that up with 1,394 yards and 14 scores as a senior. He also saw time as a linebacker as a junior and played the position full time as a senior.
East Wake coach John Poulnott: “For East Wake, there’s going to be big holes on both sides of the ball to fill with him graduating. He was a great runner and a very polished receiver as a running back. He also led the team in tackling (123), tackles for a loss (21) and forced fumbles (8) as a senior. I think he’s going to impress some people that didn’t take a shot at him. There’s going to be some people in North Carolina that are going to regret not pulling the trigger on him. Pembroke is going to get a good football player and a good character kid.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody.