National foootball recruiting coordinator Mike Farrell recently listed the top 10 N.C. high school football recruits of the rivals era. Farrell’s selections date back to 2002, and former Mallard Creek offensive lineman D.J. Humphries lands at No. 2.
Humphries is the only Mecklenburg County selected.
Only Wake Forest grad Dexter Lawrence -- whose team lost back-to-back N.C. 4AA finals to Humphries’ Mallard Creek teammates -- ranks higher. Lawrence, who graduated in 2016, is ranked No. 1. He’ll play at Clemson this fall.
Humphries was 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds when he graduated from Mallard Creek in December 2011. He signed with Florida, choosing the Gators over Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson. He enrolled early, going to Gainesville in January, 2012
Farrell said of Humphries: “He’s one of the most athletic tackles I’ve ever scouted.”
Humphries was selected No. 24 in the 2015 NFL draft by Arizona. No Gator offensive lineman had been drafted higher since Mike Pouncey went 15th to Miami in 2011.
The Carolina Panthers, who were said to be targeting Humphries, drafted one spot later in 2015, taking Washington outside linebacker Shaq Thompson.
▪ Rounding out the rivals.com N.C. top 10: No. 3 Keenan Allen (Safety, Northern Guilford, 2010); 4. Jonathan Bullard (DE, Boiling Springs Crest, 2012); 5. DeMario Pressley (DT, Greensboro Dudley, 2004); 6. Brandon Spikes (LB, Boiling Springs Crest 2006); 7. Robert Crisp (OT, Raleigh Athens Drive, 2010); 8. Donte Moss (DE Jacksonville Northside, 2009); 9. Chris Culliver (WR Garner 2007); 10. Brandon Jeffries (OG Boiling Springs Crest, 2002)