N.C. prospects looking West

August, 24, 2009
Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) is home to four of the top players in the East Coast region this year. All four could be deciding very shortly and there's a strong chance all four could be heading out West to play their college ball.

Otis Yelverton, or 'Coach O' as he's known, coached at Northern Guilford before recently taking a head coaching position at Oakridge Military School. Coach O took the players on a series of unofficial visits this past summer that included stops at Alabama, Maryland, Oregon, Oregon State and Cal to name a few.

The visits to Oregon and Cal made a strong impression and the two schools have a chance to score big when decision time rolls around.

The headliner of the group is defensive end Gabe King. King is one of the elite lineman nationally with offers from schools like Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, Cal, Miami, UCLA, Michigan and North Carolina.

"Cal leads Oregon and Alabama right now," Coach O said. "Tosh Lupoi is recruiting Gabe and he's the main reason Cal is in front. Gabe likes him a lot and he liked it at Cal when we visited. He felt very comfortable there and of all four of the players, he could be the closest one to commit. It could be later this week or in two weeks but I think he's close."

Chris McCain is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker and has offers from schools like Auburn, Cal, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Oregon.

"Chris likes Oregon, Cal and Maryland with Oregon leading right now," Coach O said. "He camped at Oregon and really liked it there. Oregon leads for James Scales right now too. James likes Oregon and Louisville but the Ducks are his favorite.

Scales is a cornerback who has also been offered by Kentucky and Duke in addition to the Ducks and Cardinals.

Keenan Allen, who will be leaving Northern Guilford to attend a still to be determined prep school in the fall, is down to Oregon and Alabama in a tight battle.

"I'm not sure about that one," Coach O said. "It's really close between the two schools and I think Chris is still thinking that one over. All the players are pretty close to making their decisions but there's no timetable or any planned announcements right now.

"I know some have talked about a package deal with these guys but that's not happening. All the players will be doing what they feel is best for them and if it works out they end up at the same school, that's fine but there really hasn't been talk about any package deal among the kids.

"This is a big decision and they're all going to do what they feel is best for them and not what one of their friends is doing. Sure they would love to play with one another but that won't factor much in to the decision at all for any of them."



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