Who are the top remaining uncommitted players in the Carolinas, and which schools have the best chances of landing them? A strong point to consider is that when a Carolinas school is a finalist for an instate player, that program usually has an edge because of proximity. Our top 10 list of still-availables follows.
Possibly the best running back in the country.
Considering: Auburn, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina.
He'll choose: South Carolina. The home state tug will be the deciding factor.
Northern Guilford, S/WR
The smoothest athlete in N.C., Allen could play anywhere.
Considering: Alabama, Clemson, Oregon.
He'll choose: Clemson, although Alabama has a shot. Oregon is too far away for family and friends.
Expect him to be a shutdown corner wherever he winds up.
Considering: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Virginia Tech.
He'll choose: South Carolina in a tight squeeze over Alabama.
ETHAN FARMER, Tabor City S. Columbus, TE/DT:
A likely defensive tackle in college, with excellent quickness.
Considering: Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn St.
He'll choose: North Carolina in a close one over Clemson.
Irmo RB: The Carolinas' second-best running back is sorting through his suitors. Considering: Clemson, N.C. State, South Carolina, Rutgers, Tennessee, West Virginia. He'll choose: Rutgers. Sometimes they just want to see the world.
JUSTIN PARKER, Beaufort MLB: A tackling machine with great sideline to sideline speed and 17 offers. Considering: Clemson, Nebraska, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, others. He'll choose: Clemson - his leader all along. Unless the Gamecocks' late push pulls him to Columbia.
DAVID AMERSON, Greensboro Dudley, S: Smooth and polished, with a nose for the ball. Considering: Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame. He'll choose: Notre Dame over the Wolfpack; his visit to South Bend blew him away.
KAREEM MARTIN, Roanoke Rapids, DE: Good speed and quickness for his 6-foot-6, 229-pound size. Considering: Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech. He'll choose: North Carolina. They are all close right now, so expect his state university to win this one.
P.J. CLYBURN, West Iredell, S/WR: A tremendous return man who will likely handle that job and play safety at the next level. Considering: Arkansas, East Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina. He'll choose: East Carolina. The Pirates steal a good one.
NICK JONES, Byrnes, WR/KR: Good 4.4-second speed and shiftiness; a slot receiver or return man in college. Considering: Auburn, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina. He'll choose: Auburn. The Tigers play the same style of spread offense as Byrnes, and he will be a good fit.