Each day this week, The Observer will rank the top five prospects in the Carolinas by position as we track their recruiting. Today brings us to the players everyone’s watching, the quarterbacks. It’s not a great year in the Carolinas for QBs, but there are some solid players, all of whom are members of their state’s Observer Top 25 prospects list. If you have a question or think of a player we’ve missed, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1/ANTHONY BOONE, Weddington: Our No.12 prospect in N.C., Boone is a muscular 6-foot-1, 226-pound QB who has shown off a strong and accurate arm at several combines. He’s already committed to Duke. As a junior, he threw for about 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns, and ran for 500 more yards. He can scramble; he has 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard dash.
2/TYLER BROSIUS, Waynesville Tuscola: A big bodied (6-3, 230 pounds), pro-style QB who is drawing interest from a number of schools, including East Carolina, Central Florida, N.C. State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and Western Carolina. He threw for 2,356 yards as a junior, with 27 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.
3/GABE HENDERSON, Southeast Raleigh: Henderson passed for 2,301 yards and 20 TDs as a junior, both school records. But he’s a dual-threat QB, and ran for 900 yards and nine scores. Measured at 6-1 and 181 pounds, Henderson runs a 4.8 40 and has a 32.5-inch vertical jump. Schools interested include Duke, Kent State, N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake.
4/EllIOTT ALFORD, Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County: Likely the best QB in S.C., Alford is drawing interest from Georgia, Illinois, LSU, North Carolina, Oregon and South Carolina. While he is a pro-style player, he can also scramble with his 4.8 speed. Threw for more than 2,500 yards as a junior.
5/STEPHEN CURTIS, Sumter (S.C.): Last season Curtis, a pro-style QB, passed for 2,372 yards and 23 TDs with 11 picks. He also used his 6-3, 205-pound size efficiently on the ground, rushing for 418 yards 10 scores. Among the schools paying close attention to him are Duke, Furman, LSU, Maryland, UNC, N.C. State, Oregon, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
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