Today we're start something different--a ranking of our Carolinas prospects by position. We'll do one a day:
We're starting with running backs, and this is a tough list because it's a weak year for the position, although Marcus Lattimore almost makes up for that all by himself.
1. MARCUS LATTIMORE, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes: The easiest pick on any of these lists. Many consider the 5—foot-11, 215-pound Lattimore is the No. 1 prospect at his position in the country. Dozens of offers, including virtually every national power and all the usual area suspects.
2. MUSTAFA GREENE, Irmo (S.C.): Greene, like Lattimore, can be a feature back at the highest collegiate level. He’s 6-1 and 195 pounds, and rushed for over 1,300 yards despite losing a third of his junior season to injury. Among the schools he’s interested in are Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Tennessee.
3. KEVIN PARKS, West Rowan: Although just 5-6, Parks (in AP photo below) packs a wallop in his 191 pounds and is tough to bring down, as he showed with 219 rushing yards in the state 3A title game. He has committed to Virginia.
4. JOSHUA SNEAD, Smithfield Selma: Speedy but not big at 5-9 and 170 pounds, Snead would make a fine Reggie Bush-style RB because of his ability to catch the ball and operate in space. He’s being recruited by Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others.
5. DAVID HIGHSMITH, Raleigh Enloe: A solid 6-0 and 195 pounds, Highsmith totaled 900 rushing yards and 9 TDs as a junior. He’s getting interest from Duke, ECU, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
TOMORROW: OFFENSIVE LINE
West Rowan's Kevin Parks runs by West Craven's Jamel Meadows in the Class 3A championship game in Winston-Salem Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)
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