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High School Football Recruiting: Class of 2015 won’t lack for quality, but might not be as deep

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com
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Pictured in this file photo is Bluffton (S.C.) High School’s Shameik Blackshear lifting weights during his sophomore year. Blackshear is the 46th-ranked recruit nationally for the Class of 2015.

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The class of 2014 produced a strong crop of Carolinas college football recruits. The area produced two players selected as national players of the year – Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood and Davidson Day’s Will Grier – and a bevy of major-college players.

As the 2015 class begins to take center stage after Wednesday’s 2014 signing day, there are again high-major prospects, but the class – as a whole – doesn’t appear to be as deep.

There are three Carolinas juniors ranked among ESPN’s top 60. There were four Carolinians in the top 60 among current seniors.

There are 17 juniors from the Carolinas in the class of 2015 ranked in ESPN’s top 300. While North Carolina does not boast any five-star recruits in the class of 2015, there are 11 players ranked as four-star recruits. The class of 2014 in North Carolina had 15 four-star recruits.

In South Carolina, there are no five-star recruits, but there are five recruits rated as four-star. The class of 2015 had 13 four-star recruits.

The highest ranking player from North or South Carolina is Lexington (N.C.) High’s Shy Tuttle, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle. Tuttle is ranked No. 12 overall by ESPN and has offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and Ohio State. He’s ranked No. 3 at his position nationally and is North Carolina’s top recruit.

The top recruit in South Carolina is 6-4, 235-pound defensive end Shameik Blackshear, who has committed to South Carolina. Blackshear is ranked No. 5 nationally at his position.

• In North Carolina, four of the top 12 recruits are from Mecklenburg County: No. 2 Carl Tucker (Hough, 6-1, 210, TE); No. 8 Mark Fields (Hough, 5-11, 183, DB); No. 11 Mason Veal (Ardrey Kell, 6-5, 288, OL); Van Smith (West Meck, 6-1, 180 RB, committed to Clemson).

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