After a bad week for the North Carolina universities on the recruiting front, it appears the home state has been lost.
A total of 15 members of The Observer’s NC Top 25 Prospects list have made their commitments so far, and our five major in-state universities can claim only six of them. And North Carolina, normally dominant on its home turf, has just one of those. N.C. State has two, Duke has two--a good effort for the Blue Devils--and Wake Forest, one.
The loss of No.11 Chris McCain to Oregon only makes it worse, coming on the heels of No.4 Alfy Hill’s decision to pick Alabama over the Tar Heels.
And things don’t appear to be getting much better with the uncommitted ten. No.1 Gabe King and No.3 Keenan Allen, both remarkable athletes, have made it clear that they prefer out-of-state schools.
In comparison, Clemson and South Carolina are dominating their state, keeping the best players home. The Tigers have seven members of our SC Top 25, and the Gamecocks have collected four, with both in the running for more.
-- Stan Olson