Saturday’s N.C. state championship games will feature some of the state’s top high school football recruits, particularly in the 4AA and 4A finals.
The two large-class finals, both in Winston-Salem, will feature nine of the state’s top 60 high school football recruits.
Here are some key players to watch this weekend:
Quavaris Crouch, RB, Harding, 6-2, 230, Jr.: The nation’s No. 15 overall recruit in the class of 2019 and No. 3 overall at his position. Crouch, who has rushed for more than 3,000 yards this season, is uncommitted for college.
Jordan Davis, DL, Mallard Creek, 6-6, 330, Sr.: Georgia recruit is ranked No. 10 among N.C. seniors. He anchors a defense that has allowed opponents seven points or less in six of its last nine games.
Jovaughn Gwyn, OL, Harding, 6-3, 290, Sr.: The top-ranked offensive lineman in the state has nearly 20 scholarship offers, many from Power 5 schools. Gwyn has helped the Rams average 35 points per game this season, the most at the school since 1988.
Devon Lawrence, RB, Wake Forest, 5-11, 195, Sr.: Ranked No. 13 in the state, Lawrence has committed to North Carolina. He has rushed for 1,350 yards and 29 touchdowns.
CJ Johnson, Mallard Creek, DL, 6-3, 307, Sr.: Ranked No. 18 in the state, Johnson and Davis help form a massive defensive line. Johnson has interest from UNC, N.C. State and East Carolina.
Others To Watch
Others to watch: Avery Jones, Havelock, OL, 6-3, 274, Sr. (UNC); Javon Terry, Wake Forest, DB, 6-2, 185, Sr (UNC); Malik Dunlap, Harding, DB, 6-4, 190, Sr (N.C. State); Tylyon Johnson, Havelock, LB, 6-3, 205, Sr (uncommitted); Knowledge Gainey, Mallard Creek, WR, 6-1, 185, Sr. (uncommitted); Parker Moorer, Mallard Creek, DE, 6-5, 265, Jr. (uncommitted); Syheam McQueen, Scotland High, RB, 6-1, 200, Jr (uncommitted)
Note: Recruiting rankings from Rivals.com
NCHSAA State Finals Update
NC 4A and 4AA at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem
Wake Forest vs. Mallard Creek, 4AA finals, noon*
Scotland High vs. Harding, 4A finals, 4 p.m.*
NC 3A and 3AA at Duke
Havelock vs. Charlotte Catholic, 3A finals, 3 p.m.**
Wilmington New Hanover vs. Asheville Reynolds, 3AA finals, 7 p.m.*
NC 2A and 2AA at UNC-Chapel Hill
East Duplin vs. Lenoir Hibriten, 2AA finals, 3 p.m.**
Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Reidsville, 2A finals, 7 p.m.**
NC 1A and 1AA at Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh
North Duplin vs. Cherokee, 1A finals, noon***
Tarboro vs. Mount Airy, 1AA finals, 4 p.m.***
Notes: *-airing live on WCCB, Channel 18; **-airing live on WCCB, Channel 18 sub-channel; ***-streaming on wccbcharlotte.com
Tickets are $10 and parking is $10 at all four venues. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at this link.