Total number of elite (Composite four-star or greater) expected Power 5 signees this cycle: 16
Number of players ranked within 247Sports Composite Top 150: 2
Primary talent-producers: William Amos Hough (Cornelius); Clayton (Clayton) — Hough and Clayton each produced two four-star FBS signees this cycle, tops in North Carolina. The Charlotte area continues to be the most fertile recruiting ground in the state for talent, however. Greater Charlotte (including Hough) churned out more than half of the state’s Top 15 players (per the Composite).
The Top 5 from North Carolina: Quavaris Crouch, ATH, Harding University, Charlotte (No. 61 overall, No. 3 at his position); Sam Howell, QB, Sun Valley, Monroe (No. 93 nationally, No. 3 at his position); Savion Jackson, SDE, Clayton (No. 168 nationally, No. 11 at his position); C.J. Clark, DT, North Stanly, New London (No. 191 overall, No. 16 at his position); Osita Ekwonu, ILB, Providence Day School, Charlotte (No. 212 nationally, No. 14 at his position).
Tracking the Top 50 who have signed and where: NC State (14); North Carolina (5); Duke (5); Tennessee (3); South Carolina (3); East Carolina (2); Wake Forest (2); Virginia Tech (2); Mississippi State (1); Ohio State (1); Notre Dame (1); Charlotte (1); Syracuse (1); West Virginia (1); Oklahoma (1); Clemson (1); Wisconsin (1)
The word: Tennessee reached into North Carolina this cycle and signed three of the state’s Top 8 players per the 247Sports Composite, including Quavaris Crouch, the top-ranked player in the state. Despite arriving late to the party in Chapel Hill, first-year coach Mack Brown secured five in-state players inside the Top 50, headlined by four-star quarterback Sam Howell, who he flipped from Florida State during the Early Signing Period. NC State’s Dave Doeren continues to make North Carolina a priority, signing 14 players statewide inside the Top 50.