NC High School Football Preview

With high school football kicking off this week, let’s take a glance at some of North Carolina’s best teams and players. To begin, here are the preseason polls from and

Max Preps
4A 3A 2A 1A
1 Wake Forest Charlotte Catholic Shelby Tarboro
2 West Forsyth Cape Fear South Point Murphy
3 Davie Dudley West Craven Holmes
4 East Forsyth Eastern Guilford Wallace-Rose Hill Mitchell
5 Page Monroe Northeastern West Montgomery
6 Heritage A.C. Reynolds East Duplin North Rowan
7 Scotland Southern Nash North Davidson Mount Airy
8 Sanderson Hillside Clinton Mountain Island Charter
9 Middle Creek Mount Tabor Reidsville Plymouth
10 Z.B. Vance Western Alamance Hibriten Swain County
11 D.W Butler SE Guilford Hendersonville North Stanly
12 Glenn Havelock East Lincoln East Carteret
13 Ardrey Kell Sun Valley Lincolnton Lakewood
14 NW Guilford Tuscola Franklin Cherokee
15 Mallard Creek Weddington Mountain Heritage Union
16 Harding University Rocky Mount South Columbus Polk County
17 Hough Huss Hertford County East Surry
18 W Mecklenburg SW Guilford Pisgah Pender
19 Leesville Road A.L. Brown Mount Pleasant T.J. Classical Academy
20 Hoggard West Rowan Brevard North Edgecombe
21 Pinecrest Orange Nash Central Robbinsvile
22 Porter Ridge D.H. Conley East Bladen East Wilkes
23 Olympic South Iredell South Granville Riverside
24 Garner Magnet Lee County Patton Bessemer City
25 Ragsdale J.M. Robinson Anson Princeton


NC Preps
4A 3A 2A 1A
1 Wake Forest Dudley Shelby Murphy
2 Scotland County Charlotte Catholic South Point Tarboro
3 Mallard Creek A.C. Reynolds North Davidson Holmes
4 Butler Havelock Reidsville Mount Airy
5 Vance Cape Fear Clinton North Rowan
6 W Mecklenburg Eastern Guilford West Craven Plymouth
7 Middle Creek Monroe Northeastern West Montgomery
8 Richmond County W Alamance Wallace Rose Hill Mountain Island Charter
9 West Forsyth Orange Hibriten Mitchell
10 Myers Park Weddington East Duplin Swain County


There are many discrepancies between the two polls, but Wake Forest High is clearly #1 in the state. Coming in at #138 nationally, the Cougars are looking to defend their 4AA state championship this season with 17 starters returning on both sides of the ball. Led by Head Coach Reggie Lucas and preseason all-state running back Devon Lawrence, the only thing that stands in the way of another title is a daunting schedule. Wake Forest opens the season August 18th against Millbrook who they beat 36-0 last season. However, the next Friday the schedule gets much more difficult when the Cougars take on #8 Richmond County. The going gets even tougher the next Friday when Middle Creek comes to town. Middle Creek, #9 and #7 in each poll respectively, will be out for a bit of revenge for last season’s 17-20 loss at the hands of Wake Forest in the Regional Final. Back-to-back trips to Leesville Road and Southern Nash the next two weeks will leave a good indication of how good this team really is. The Cougars regular-season comes to an end with a massive rivalry match-up with #6 Heritage at home.

The class of 2018 is stocked with talent that will have a big impact on Saturday’s and maybe Sunday’s in the future. According to here are the top 50 recruits in the Class of 2018:

Pos. Player School Commit
1 RB Zamir White Scotland County Georgia
2 DE K.J. Henry West Forsyth
3 OLB Payton Wilson Orange UNC
4 WR Jordyn Adams Green Hope UNC
5 ILB Dax Hollifield Shelby
6 DT Rick Sandidge Concord
7 RB Ricky Person Heritage NC State
8 WR Tre Turner Northwest Guilford VT
9 ATH Dyami Brown West Mecklenburg UNC
10 DT Alim McNeill Sanderson
11 OT Avery Jones Havelock UNC
12 RB Jamal Elliot Hillside Oregon
13 DT Jordan Davis Mallard Creek
14 OLB Alan Tisdale Page VT
15 OG Jovaughn Gwyn Harding
16 RB Devon Lawrence Wake Forest
17 CB D.J. Crossen Dudley VT
18 S Nate Thompson Southern Lee Duke
19 QB Holton Ahlers DH Conley ECU
20 RB Jahmir Smith Lee County ND
21 ATH Nadir Thompson Southern Nash VT
22 DE Andrew Leota Asheville NW
23 QB Sam Hartman Davidson Day WF
24 RB Justus Woods Charlotte Christian Stanford
25 TE Andrew Tuazama Knightdale
26 QB Gunnar Holmberg Heritage Duke
27 RB Trent Pennix Sanderson NC State
28 TE Zamari Ellis Southern Vance Duke
29 DE Joe Kane Heritage VT
30 WR Bryce Wheaton Holly Springs WV
31 RB Marcus Caldwell West Forsyth
32 WR Jarett Garner Hickory Ridge Duke
33 OT Mike Edwards South View Wake
34 OT Gabriel Gonzalez Eastern Alamance NC State
35 QB Christian Daniels Western Alamance Miami (OH)
36 DE Joesph Boletepeli Millbrook
37 OT Jawan Tate Mallard Creek
38 DE Damir Faison Vance Army
39 RB DeMarkes Stradford Charlotte Latin Harvard
40 S Javon Terry Wake Forest UNC
41 DT Elijah Brown Providence Day
42 CB Nolan Johnson SW Guilford ECU
43 WR Jadakis Bonds Riverside ECU
44 WR Tyler Williams SE Raleigh NC State
45 OG Maruice McIntyre Northside Duke
46 OLB Caleb Deveaux Marvin Ridge
47 ILB Gerald Nathan Jr. Vance
48 OG Donovan Noel Millbrook ECU
49 QB Stephon Brown Glenn APP
50 S Myles Berry Dudley ECU


University of Georgia commit Zamir White seems to be the consensus #1 player in the state of North Carolina. In fact, the Scotland County High running back is also the top ball carrier in the nation according to many polls. After examining White’s recruiting tape it’s easy to see why. This guy is a monster. His combination of power and elusiveness to go with his 6’1”, 220-pound frame draw comparisons to Darren McFadden in his heyday at Arkansas. He has run for 5,000 yards and 85 touchdowns through his first three seasons in high school. Scotland County is ranked #2 in the state by and #7 by, but if this team is going to make any noise in November, it starts and ends with Zamir White.

With such depth in talent this season, 2017 is packed with some big Friday Night match-ups the fall. Here’s some to circle on the calendar:

Date Away Conference Home Conference
18-Aug Page Metro 4A Davie Piedmont 4A
25-Aug Butler Southwestern 4A Mallard Creek I-Meck 4A
1-Sep Middle Creek South Wake 4A Wake 4A Northern
8-Sep Butler Southwestern 4A Richmond Sandhills 4A
15-Sep Scotland Sandhills 4A West Mecklenburg So Meck 7 4A
22-Sep Mallard Creek I-Meck 4A Vance I-Meck 4A
22-Sep Monroe Southern Carolina 3A Charlotte Catholic Southern Carolina 3A
29-Sep Page Metro 4A East Forsyth Piedmont 4A
6-Oct Butler Southwestern 4A Myers Park Southwestern 4A
6-Oct West Forsyth Piedmont 4A East Forsyth Piedmont 4A
13-Oct Davie Piedmont 4A West Forsyth Piedmont 4A
20-Oct Charlotte Latin CHAR IDP Charlotte Christian CHAR IDP
27-Oct Davie Piedmont 4A East Forsyth Piedmont 4A
3-Nov Heritage 4A Northern Wake 4A Northern
3-Nov Shelby 2A Southwestern South Point 2A Southwestern


The great part about high school football, these preseason rankings are useless. We really won’t know who has what until the games begin. Here’s to another great high school football season. Stay tuned for updated rankings and recruiting news throughout the season and look for QMS at tailgate near you.


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