Johnathan Alston will pick either UNC or N.C. State.
During the past 48 hours, 247Sports national analyst Keith Niebuhr made stops in Raleigh, N.C., Bunn, N.C. and Durham, N.C. to get some insight into the recruitment of several touted players. Here is Niebuhr's report from the road.
Johnathan Alston, ATH/WR/OLB, Bunn (N.C.) (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- Alston apparently is torn between North Carolina and N.C. State, and both schools are putting in some major effort. Right now, it looks like it could go either way. He was expected to have a conference call with the North Carolina staff Wednesday night. Alston had offers from SEC schools to play outside linebacker, but would prefer being on offense in college, and that is a major reason why the Tar Heels and Wolfpack are at the top of his list.
Prospect Note- Because of his size (he's 6-feet-2, 200 pounds) and the fact he also sees time on defense, Alston not only is a prospect that can use his body on pass plays but likes the idea of being an asset to a team's running game as a blocker.
Braxton Berrios, WR, Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road (Class of 2014)[
Recruiting Update- Berrios recently was offered by South Carolina and right now the Gamecocks are sitting in a good spot. But Berrios doesn't seem to be in a rush to pick a school, and is hopeful more offers come his way. South Carolina stopped by his school recently, as did Clemson and Ohio State. Admittedly, Berrios would like offers from the Tigers and Buckeyes because he thinks highly of both programs. The feeling is either could become a factor should an offer be made. There is a decent chance Berrios will attend the Clemson-South Carolina game at Clemson later this month.
Prospect Note- In 11 games, Berrios has more than two dozen touchdowns this season for his undefeated team.
Khris Francis, RB, Durham (N.C.) Hillside (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- A North Carolina commit, Francis had a big season for Hillside, which lost in the first round of the playoffs last week. He's a small back, but is quick and shifty, and capable of making the big-gainer at any time. There was buzz Francis might check out other schools, but his coach tells 247Sports "he's done" and is "100 percent" to the Tar Heels.
Prospect Note- Francis plans to enroll at North Carolina in January.
Trevion Thompson, WR, Durham (N.C.) Hillside (Class of 2014)[
Recruiting Update- The nation's No. 2 receiver for 2014 likes Clemson, Florida and Ohio State a lot, but it's worth noting he has visited only North Carolina and N.C. State this season for games. Of those stops, he said the trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., stood out. Thompson plans to visit Clemson next weekend when the Tigers play host to N.C. State. According to Thompson, Clemson and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. The Tigers recently stopped by Hillside. So did Ohio State. Thompson is in no rush to pick a school. He said his recruitment is in the "early stages."
Prospect Note- Thompson, who also plays basketball, had 42 catches for 735 yards and five touchdowns this season. He missed two games with a heel injury.
Korrin Wiggins, S, Durham (N.C.) Hillside (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- A three-star prospect, Wiggins committed to North Carolina in April. However, his coach says he is "exploring all options." Look for Wiggins to take official visits to Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and possibly South Carolina. At this point, it is hard to say who the biggest threat to the Tar Heels would be.
Prospect Note- In his final game at Hillside, Wiggins recorded two interceptions. He recently was selected to compete in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Donte Thomas-Williams, RB, Durham (N.C.) Hillside (Class of 2014)[
Recruiting Update- Thomas-Williams, who claims 15 offers, has visited Duke and N.C. State this season, he said. This fall, he was the team's No. 2 ball-carrier behind Wiggins, but he is expected to step into the lead role in 2013. According to Thomas-Williams, he has been hearing a good bit from LSU of late and thinks the Tigers might offer at some point.
Prospect Note- Thomas-Williams rushed for 750 yards on 122 carries in 2012.