Will Grier plays for a state title this Friday.
Last Friday, 247Sports national analyst Keith Niebuhr made two stops in the greater Charlotte area of North Carolina to get some insight into the recruitment of a few touted players and a couple others flying under the radar. Here is Niebuhr's report from the road.
Will Grier, QB, Davidson (N.C.) Day (Class of 2014)
Recruiting Update- Grier hasn't officially named any leaders. But unofficially, this feels like a Florida-North Carolina battle. He has visited each school multiple times, and is impressed with both programs. Tennessee also is in the mix, and possibly N.C. State, too. Grier is watching the situation in Knoxville closely to see what happens to the coaching staff. With Florida, he loves that Gainesville is a college football town. In the Tar Heels, he sees an-up-and-coming program. According to Grier, both schools have said he is No. 1 on the QB board. At this time, it seems as though the Gators might have a slight edge, but the Tar Heels are right there and them being close to home could play a big role in this recruitment.
Prospect Note- With 837 yards passing Friday night, Grier broke the national single-game passing record of 764 yards, set by Pacific Palisades (Calif.) QB David Koral in 2000. His team plays for a private schools state title this week. Grier now has thrown 64 TD passes in 2012
MarQuez North, WR, Charlotte Mallard Creek (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- North loves Tennessee. He also loves North Carolina. In fact, he named them his co-leaders Friday. But with the Tennessee staff apparently on shaky ground, that means advantage Tar Heels. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora recently took a helicopter to one of North's games -- even though he's out with a season-ending injury. That move by the Tar Heels staff made a big impression on North and the Mallard Creek community. Teammate Brian Walker already is a North Carolina commit. North has visited the Tar Heels several times, and his dad also likes that program. Clemson and Florida would be the other teams to watch. North may visit Oregon, but because of the distance (something important to North and his family) that seems to be an unlikely destination.
Prospect Note- North will be presented his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey Tuesday. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum two weeks ago and will not be able to play in the game but will still make the trip.
Anthony Covington, CB/S, Charlotte Mallard Creek (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- Covington committed to Pittsburgh two months ago, but was recently dropped by the Panthers. Now, he's in a unique situation. Not only does he have to pick a new school, but he has to do it relatively soon because he plans to graduate in December. Minnesota could be a program to watch. The Gophers grabbed a player [receiver Jamel Harbison] from Mallard Creek for its 2012 class and apparently would like to get Covington to take an official. State schools such as Appalachian State, North Carolina and N.C. State are among the colleges also showing interest, he said.
Prospect Note- Covington has nine interceptions during the past two seasons, including one last week that he returned nearly 80 yards for a touchdown.
Tevin Lawshe, OL, Charlotte Mallard Creek (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- A two-star center/guard prospect, Lawshe is committed to football startup Charlotte. But as the trickle-down effect comes into play, it would not be a surprise if more FBS programs start taking a long look at the 6-feet-4, 276-pounder. He already has interest from Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State. Lawshe loves Charlotte and likes the idea of starting something from scratch, but that program could possibly get a push if ACC schools start to offer.
Prospect Note- Lawshe started the 2010 and 2011 seasons at guard, before moving to center this season to help shore up his team's line.
Stephan Askew, OLB, Charlotte Mallard Creek (Class of 2014)
Recruiting Update- Askew plays defensive end for Mallard Creek, but is projected as an outside linebacker because of his size (he's 6-feet, 215 pounds). Duke, Georgia Tech, LSU, Virginia and Pittsburgh are among the schools to show early interest, but Askew does not yet have any offers. A two-year starter, he has a knack for making plays off the edge, thanks to his solid combination of speed and strength.
Prospect Note-Askew recorded four sacks, six tackles and a fumble recovery in a second-round playoff win over Charlotte (N.C.) Vance last week.