Monday, February 11, 2008


By By Billy Tucker/

No ESPN 150 prospects - Running back Josh Haden (Fort Washington, Md./Friendly Senior) comes from good lineage -- recruiting fans may remember his brother Joe in 2007's class who played as a true freshman for the Florida Gators. Quarterback Justin Tuggle (Duluth, Ga./Northview) is perhaps a better athlete at this time than a pure quarterback, but the powerful arm is present and he could develop into a playmaker with more reps and polish. BC upgraded in speed and athleticism by continuing to move south in its recruiting efforts.
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Two ESPN 150 prospects - Kenny Tate (Forestville, Md/Dematha) is a top-20 receiver, but if prospects were rated on pure upside, wide receiver Kerry Boykins (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith) might be rated ahead of him in the ESPN 150. Boykins has playmaker written all over him; he has great hands and a supreme blend of size and athleticism. Boykins and the top half of this Maryland class, comprised of four top-20 positional prospects, are solid. Defensive tackle Masengo Kabongo (Fairfield, Conn.) can be explosive off the ball and disruptive down the line of scrimmage, and he possesses the tools to blossom at the next level. Stacking behind him at inside linebacker is Demetrius Hartsfield (Raleigh, N.C./Southeast), a potential sleeper if he can fill out his frame and retain his quickness and fast-twitched athleticism between the tackles.

One ESPN 150 prospect - This recruiting class was a disappointment for Butch Davis and the Tar Heels after landing the No. 11 class a year ago. UNC did land some good prospects to complement the large group of freshmen employed by Davis this past fall while also addressing some needs. Zach Brown (Columbia, Md./Hargrave Military Academy) committed to the Tar Heels while prepping at Hargrave, and the extra year only enhanced the physical tools we were impressed with last year. Braden Hanson is one of two quarterback commits in UNC's class.
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