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The Carolinas Top 50 high school football recruits: The best players from two states

Scotland County’s Zamir White, a Georgia commit, is the No. 1 college football recruit in North Carolina.
Scotland County’s Zamir White, a Georgia commit, is the No. 1 college football recruit in North Carolina.

North Carolina

Rank, Name, School, Pos., Size, College

1. Zamir White, Scotland County, RB, 6-1, 220, Georgia

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West Forsyth defensive end KJ Henry is still deciding where he’ll go to college. Dwayne McLemore dmclemore@thestate.com

2. KJ Henry, West Forsyth, DE, 6-6, 235, undecided

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Shelby High All-American linebacker Dax Hollifield hopes to lead his team to a fifth straight state championship. Diedra Laird dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

3. Dax Hollifield, Shelby, LB, 6-2, 235, undecided

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Hillsborough Orange’s Payton Wilson (11) stiff-arms Webb’s RJ Crews. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com

4. Payton Wilson, Hillsborough Orange, OLB, 6-4, 225, North Carolina

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Cary Green Hope’s Jordyn Adams is a North Carolina commit. Dwayne McLemore dmclemore@thestate.com

5. Jordyn Adams, Cary Green Hope, WR, 6-2, 175, North Carolina

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Concord defensive lineman Rick Sandidge remains undecided on his college choice. Dwayne McLemore dmclemore@thestate.com

6. Rick Sandidge, Concord, DE, 6-5, 290, undecided

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Heritage running back Ricky Person makes a Rolesville football player miss. Liz Condo newsobserver.com

7. Ricky Person, Wake Forest Heritage, RB, 6-2, 202, N.C. State

8. Tre Turner, Northwest Guilford, WR, 6-5, 175, Virginia Tech

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West Meck's Dyami Brown (2, left) is a North Carolina commit. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

9. Dyami Brown, West Mecklenburg, WR/ATH, 6-2, 180, North Carolina

10. Avery Jones, Havelock, OT, 6-5, 275, North Carolina

11. Alim McNeill, Raleigh Sanderson, DT, 6-2, 272, undecided

12. Jordan Davis, Mallard Creek, 6-6, 300, undecided

13. Jamal Elliott, Durham Hillside, RB, 5-10, 180, Oregon

14. Alan Tisdale, Greensboro Page, OLB, 6-3, 208, Virginia Tech

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Harding High lineman Jovaughn Gwyn is tracking as a top national recruit. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

15. Jovaughn Gwyn, Harding, OG, 6-3, 290, undecided

16. Devon Lawrence, Wake Forest, RB, 5-11, 195, undecided

17. DJ Crossen, Greensboro Dudley, DB, 6-2, 180, Virginia Tech

18. Nate Thompson, Sanford Southern Lee, DB, 6-2, 180, Duke

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Charlotte Christian's Justus Woods, right, fights for extra yardage as Charlotte Catholic's Jim Hurney, left, tries to make the tackle. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

19. Justus Woods, Charlotte Christian, RB, 6-1, 190, Stanford

20. Holton Ahlers, Greenville Conley, QB, 6-4, 235, East Carolina

21. Jahmir Smith, Sanford Lee County, RB, 6-0, 200, Notre Dame

22. Nadir Thompson, Southern Nash, ATH, 5-11, 170, Virginia Tech

23. Andrew Leota, Asheville, DE, 6-3, 220, Northwestern

24. Andrew Tuazama, Knightdale, TE, 6-6, 235, undecided

25. Trent Pennix, Raleigh Sanderson, RB, 6-2, 200, N.C. State

South Carolina

Rank, Name, School, Pos., Size, College

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South Pointe High standout Derion Kendrick, a Clemson commit, is the top recruit in South Carolina. Dwayne McLemore dmclemore@thestate.com

1. Derion Kendrick, Rock Hill South Pointe, WR, 6-1, 195, Clemson

2. Channing Tindall, Columbia Spring Valley, LB, 6-2, 213, undecided

3. Josh Belk, Richburg Lewisville, DT, 6-3, 285, Clemson

4. Dakereon Joyner, Fort Dorchester, QB, 6-2, 200, South Carolina

5. Demarcus Gregory, Duncan Byrnes, WR, 6-3, 200, Ole Miss

6. Jake Venables, Central Daniel, LB, 6-2, 222, Clemson

7. Bryce Thompson, Dutch Fork, ATH, 6-0, 180, undecided

8. Khalid Jones II, Duncan Byrnes, ILB, 6-1, 225, Northwestern

9. Kavesz Sherard, Anderson Hanna, OT, 6-4, 310, undecided

10. Dennis Smith, Gaffney, WR, 6-2, 185, Duke

11. Hank Manos, Chapin, OL, 6-4, 275, South Carolina

12. Kelijiha Brown, Saluda, DT, 6-3, 305, Wake Forest

13. Braden Galloway, Seneca, TE, 6-6, 220, Clemson

14. Justin Williams, Fort Dorchester, ATH, 6-1, 190, undecided

15. Wyatt Campbell, Lugoff Elgin, OT, 6-7, 290, South Carolina

16. Eli Adams, Rock Hill South Pointe, DE, 5-11, 230, Virginia Tech

17. Jordan McFadden, Roebuck Dorman, OT, 6-5, 280, Virginia Tech

18. Kyle Wright, Columbia Ben Lippin, LB, 6-1, 220, undecided

19. Steven Gilmore, Rock Hill South Pointe, 5-9, 152, undecided

20. Trad Beatty, Columbia Ben Lippen, QB, 6-5, 220, Temple

21. Sam Hartman, Oceanside Collegiate, QB, 6-1, 170, Wake Forest

22. Raiqwon O’Neal, Conway, OT, 6-5, 265, undecided

23. RJ Roderick, Summerville Cane Bay, 6-0, 207, South Carolina

24. Sam Pinckney, Greenwood, WR, 6-3, 205, undecided

25. Darius Rush, CE Murray, WR, 6-2, 275, South Carolina

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