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6-1, 227 pounds, senior, linebacker
Bell has started for Butler since he was a freshman. Butler coach Mike Newsome said college coaches were asking about recruiting him then. Newsome told them they'd have to wait. Bell is strong, aggressive to the ball and will also play running back this year.
COLLEGES: “South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. It's wide open.”
FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: “Ray Lewis. I love the way he gets to the ball with his intensity. I watch his highlights on YouTube before every game to get ready to play. It gives me inspiration.”
DREAM RIDE: “I'm a Southern boy so probably a Chevy Caprice.”
BEST SPORTS MEMORY: “I was in middle school for Mint Hill and we played Albemarle Road. We did a reverse up the middle. I went up the middle and did my spin, juked two people and scored. That was the best moment of my life. I didn't know I could do that.”
WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I love to eat. I love to lift weights. I love football. Football's my life, but I like buying model cars and fixing them up. It gives me something to do. I get low riders and sports cars. I love sports cars.”
WHAT'S IN YOUR iPOD: “I don't have an iPod, but I listen to Pastor Troy, Gucci Mane.”
MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT: “My freshman year I came here and didn't know anybody. Coach asked me a question about (hash marks). In middle school they didn't teach us anything about hashes. I was looking at Coach stupid and all the seniors and juniors looking at me like I was kind of slow, so my first impression with the team was kind of embarrassing.”
SECRET ATHLETIC DREAM: “To play safety. I want to catch a wide receiver coming across the middle just one good time.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Family Guy” or “King of the Hill”
LAST MOVIE YOU SAW: “Waist Deep”
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “I'd bring the gas prices down.”
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE? My momma, my daddy, (Butler defensive coordinator Steve) Shaughnessy, (Butler head coach Mike) Newsome and one of my old linebacker coaches.”
CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC, Sr.
6-3, 218, senior, linebacker/tight end
Windle is ranked as the nation's No. 29 linebacker by Scout.com . He'll also play tight end for the Cougars. He Windle has made the state championship game in each of his high school seasons. so far. He wants a fourth shot this year – and another title ring.
COLLEGES: “Committed to Virginia.”
FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: “Chris Long. He's a UVa guy and he goes hard all the time.”
DREAM RIDE: “2005 Dodge Ram 1500. I'm driving it now.”
BEST SPORTS MEMORY: “Winning state championship my freshman year. Not many people in the nation get to win one.”
WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I'm a twin. My sister is Erin was born before me. My dad, Al, played for Virginia in the '70s.”
WHAT'S IN YOUR iPOD: “I listen to country – Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw.”
MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT: “I dropped a wide open touchdown pass on Myers Park's field. That was pretty embarrassing. “
SECRET ATHLETIC DREAM: “Be a professional NASCAR driver. I love Junior. My uncle, Butch Hamlett, does LeMans series. I love cars and love going fast.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Family Guy “
LAST MOVIE YOU SAW: “Stepbrothers “
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “I like Bush, so I wouldn't change a thing “
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE? “My mom, my brother, sister, dad and coach Kevin Christmas.”
MALLARD CREEK, Sr.
6-2, 175, senior, cornerback/receiver
Hunter is a late bloomer with legitimate 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. Some college coaches believe he's the best overall athletes in Mecklenburg County this season.
COLLEGES: “Miami, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Florida, Duke, Colorado, Marshall, East Carolina and N.C. State.”
FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: “I really like the way Champ Bailey plays.”
DREAM RIDE: “Pontiac GTO.”
BEST SPORTS MEMORY: “Winning a Pop Warner championship in Florida for Mallard Creek.”
WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I'm very shy. I like to read anything I can get my hands on.”
WHAT'S IN YOUR iPOD: “Rap, R&B, Gucci Mane, Lil' Wayne.”
MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT: “I tripped up the stairs at my family reunion and everybody saw it. I was 15. They didn't even ask I was alright before they started laughing.”
SECRET ATHLETIC DREAM: “To play in the NFL.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “American Dad”
LAST MOVIE YOU SAW: “The Dark Knight”
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “Lower gas prices.”
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE? “Mom, Dad, my cousin Spencer, my boy Jason and my friend Allen.”
CHARLOTTE LATIN, Sr.
6-1, 170, senior, cornerback
Cockrell has gotten a lot bigger in the offseason. He's also an accomplished wide receiver and a regular on Latin's boys basketball team.
COLLEGES: “Committed to Duke.”
FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: “Marvin Harrison. He goes about his business and doesn't talk a lot, but he gets the job done..”
DREAM RIDE: “Lamborghini Diablo .”
BEST SPORTS MEMORY: “We were down in 20 at Charlotte Christian in basketball and came back in the third quarter and won in overtime.”
WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I like Saturday morning cartoons.”
WHAT'S IN YOUR iPOD: “T-Pain, R-Kelly, Avril Lavigne. I've got everything.”
MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT: “At team camp in eighth grade, I scored on the wrong goal in basketball.”
SECRET ATHLETIC DREAM: “Make it to the pros.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “SportsCenter”
LAST MOVIE YOU SAW: “The Dark Knight”
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “Stop the war in Iraq.”
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE? “My dad, my house phone, my girlfriend Rachel, my friend Justin and other friend Kendall.”
ARDREY KELL, Sr.
6-3, 235, senior, tight end/linebacker
Major college recruited Tight end and linebacker recruited by major colleges has great size and good speed. He's helped Charlotte's newest high school become a player fast.
COLLEGES: “West Virginia, Virginia Tech and ECU.”
FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: “Steve Smith.”
DREAM RIDE: “Lamborghini.”
BEST SPORTS MEMORY: “Game-winning catch against Myers Park at home. It was 54-yard catch last year. It was homecoming and we were up and they came back and everybody was getting down. It came out of nowhere.”
WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I didn't start playing football until eighth grade. Day before tryouts I decided to try. I had injured my knee before that. I have played baseball since I was 3.”
WHAT'S IN YOUR iPOD: “Rap, R&B like Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne and all of them.”
MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT: “Against Butler, same play we won against Myers Park. I was wide open and dropped the ball. I started running before I got it. I made up for it in the Myers Park game.”
SECRET ATHLETIC DREAM: “Making it to the NFL and playing with the Panthers. I want to be one of the best.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Family Guy”
LAST MOVIE YOU SAW: “Stepbrothers”
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “I would get rid of the speed limit sign on the way here (laughs). I'd finish this war in Iraq.”
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE? “My girlfriend, Kristin, my mom, couple of my friends like Dennis, Dillon and Dillon.”
WEST CHARLOTTE, So.
5-9, 180, sophomore, running back
Other than his baby face, Simmons looks like a senior college prospect. His coach, Aaron Brand, says Simmons has all the skills to be great.
COLLEGES: Not being recruited yet because of due to his age.
FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE: “Adrian Peterson. He runs like I like to run. He's a powerful back and I consider myself a powerful back, too.”
DREAM RIDE: “Any kind of Porsche, but I'm not driving yet.”
BEST SPORTS MEMORY: “When I was 5, in Pee Wee league, I ran somebody over in the end zone to score for the first time. I ran to my daddy and gave him a big hug.”
WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU: “I love my offensive line. I'm a caring person and when I was a kid, I would scoot around on the floor all the time, so my dad started calling me ‘Scoot.'“
WHAT'S IN YOUR iPOD: “Lil' Wayne and gospel for my grandma.”
MOST EMBARRASING MOMENT: “I scored against Mallard Creek last year and slipped in the end zone.”
SECRET ATHLETIC DREAM: “I always wanted to play hockey. I like the ice. I can't ice skate, but I like it.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Classic games on ESPNU”
LAST MOVIE YOU SAW: “Incredible Hulk”
IF YOU COULD BE PRESIDENT FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “Bring our troops back from Iraq.”
WHO'S IN YOUR FIVE? “Mom, Dad, Grandma, brother and my brother's girlfriend.”