North Carolina picked up a prized recruit from New Bern on Monday, as Mike Hughes committed to the Tar Heels.
Hughes is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and could play in the secondary or on offense at the next level. He spent most of this year as quarterback for the 16-0 Bears, who won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A title.
Hughes picked the Tar Heels over Florida and N.C. State.
The Wolfpack and Tar Heels have done well to keep the state’s class of 2015 talent inside the North Carolina border. Each team has four in-state, four-star recruits committed for next year.
Eighteen of the state’s top 20 players have committed for next year. The Tar Heels have six, the Wolfpack four, Wake Forest one and Duke none. The rest are committed to Tennessee (two), Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson (two) and Stanford.
Wake Forest High’s Bryce Love and Hough’s Mark Fields II are the two top-20 players who have yet to commit, but Fields is not expected to consider in-state offers.
Hughes’ New Bern teammate Sha’mond Squires, a linebacker, announced that he will walk on at UNC.
Carrboro has a 227.5-180 lead over N.C. Science and Math in 2A, Gibbons – which won six of seven possible 3A state championships – is well clear of second-place Weddington 335-225, and Broughton has a slim 190-187.5 lead over Green Hope in 4A.
Raleigh Charter (115 points) is tied for sixth and 60 points behind 1A leader Bishop McGuinness.
Also cracking the top 15 were: Panther Creek (sixth, 4A), Wakefield (T-13th, 4A), Chapel Hill (fourth, 3A), Lee County (T-7th, 3A), Union Pines (15th, 3A), South Granville (ninth, 2A), Durham School of the Arts (T13th, 2A), Princeton (seventh, 1A) and Franklin Academy (10th, 1A).
Coach Tommy Moore’s squad has won two of its past three after beating West Johnston 67-45 Thursday to move to 2-8 (2-1 Greater Neuse 4A).
Other schools across the area will host tournaments as well.
The Cleveland Classic will start Saturday and will welcome boys’ and girls’ teams from Fuquay-Varina, Clayton, West Johnston, Rolesville, North Raleigh Christian, Southern Nash and Nash Central.
The Holiday Hoopla is a girls-only tournament at Eastern Alamance that will start Friday and welcome Cary, East Chapel Hill, Sanderson, Northern Durham, Eastern Wayne, Southern Alamance and Saint Basil Academy (Pa.).
The Lee County Yellow Jacket Invitational will start Friday, and there will be an eight-team bracket each for girls’ and boys’ teams.
The reigning champion Apex girls will take on a field that has Union Pines, Northwood, Southern Lee, Lee County, Western Harnett, Chatham Central and Overhills. Lee County, the reigning boys’ champ, will welcome Cary, Northwood, Overhills, East Chapel Hill, Western Harnett, East Bladen and Carrboro.
The South Granville Holiday Invitational has two boys’ brackets, sponsored by Monard Bank & Mortgage and The Jim Allen Group. Hillside, Sanderson, Green Hope, Northern Durham, Enloe, Jordan, Athens Drive, Heritage and Northern Vance are included in the 16-team field.
Just up the road, Granville Central’s Holiday Shootout will start Monday.
The girls’ eight-team bracket has Ravenscroft, Orange, Roxboro Community, Northern Vance, Cedar Ridge, South Granville and an Australian club team. The boys’ bracket has Cedar Ridge, Neuse Charter, Louisburg, Roxboro Community, N.C. Science and Math, Woods Charter and an Australian club team.
Full schedules are available online at nando.com/preps.