Five of The Observers and The Raleigh News & Observers top 25 recruits in North Carolina are from Mecklenburg County, continuing a trend where Charlotte-area teams and players are dominating high school football in the state.
Marquez North of Mallard Creek, who was the No. 1 recruit in the newspapers preseason list, remains No. 1. He will announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next month.
Despite being injured late in the season and missing the playoffs, North was named offensive player of the year in the I-Meck 4A Conference, and he made the AP all-state team, which included 11 Mecklenburg County players.
Joining North in the top 10 of the states recruits are Butler linebacker Peter Kalambayi (No. 2), Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant (No. 4), Mallard Creek defensive back Brian Walker (No. 7) and Butler quarterback Riley Ferguson (No. 8).
Wake County placed two players in the top 20: record-setting quarterback Connor Mitch of Wakefield (No. 9) and his favorite target, receiver Jordan Fieulleteau (No. 12).