Here's a rundown of what colleges have come in pursuit of athletes in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties.
Football camping season often delivers quite a few surprises for college coaches and high school players alike.
Stuart Cramer tight end Kendall Karr has proven to be one of the more welcome revelations this week, the rising junior scoring offers from North Carolina and UNC Charlotte in recent days.
“I got the (North Carolina) offer (Tuesday) after the camp,” he said. “My reaction was shock because when I was going into the camp I didn’t think I would get an offer from them. It was crazy that I got an offer, and very blessed to get one.”
Karr learned Thursday that Charlotte had extended him an offer to attend the school.
In his sophomore season, the Storm tight end had 21 catches for 438 yards - an average of 21 yards per catch - and six touchdowns.
He isn’t resting on his laurels, however. Karr plans to attend Duke’s football camp on Saturday, in addition to heading to Wake Forest on June 22 and the following day at N.C. State.
More importantly, he has a set list of goals to accomplish before reporting to Stuart Cramer later this summer for practice.
“This offseason, I have been working on my speed, agility, and catching the ball,” Karr said.
Davis, other Huss standouts continue raking in offers: Already with a number of suitors pursuing him, Hunter Huss football standout Tony Davis added another this week when Michigan extended an offer.
Davis, a top 20 recruit in North Carolina, has already committed to Duke. He isn’t the only Husky grabbing the attention of college football programs, though.
Rising sophomore Dontavius Nash’s stock continues to rise, particularly in recent weeks. Of late, he added an offer from Georgia to his stack, joining those already extended from Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina.
Last month, teammate Chase Williamson earned an offer from North Carolina A&T. The rising senior linebacker had 86 totals tackles and three sacks.
Recent transfer Jaheim Mullen also scored an offer from Fayetteville State. This comes after one he already possessed courtesy of Virginia-Lynchburg.
A dual threat at Newton-Conover a season ago, he caught 51 passes for 841 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 83 total tackles, four caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Another Hollifield making waves in recruiting: Already with offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina and N.C. State, Shelby defensive lineman Jack Hollifield added another last month with one from Maryland.
Last season as a freshman, he was in on 68 total tackles and had four sacks.
West Point bound: North Lincoln rising senior fullback Clayton Cribb committed last month to play football at Army. Cribb led the Knights a season ago with 1,120 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Booting his way to the next level: Crest’s rising senior kicker/punter Evan Davis was offered a preferred walk-on by Virginia Tech.
He made seven of his eight field goal attempts a season ago, his longest kick coming from 42 yards. Davis also was good on 47 of extra points.
The Chargers’ kicker also proved to be a weapon in field position, earning 14 touchbacks on kickoffs. Fourteen of his punts also were downed inside the 20 last season.