As usual, some of the best prospects in North Carolina and South Carolina will be on hand at the VTO Sports Elite 100 to be held in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, April 3. Last year, stars such as John Fulton, Victor Hampton and Quinton Spain, who all went on to play in major All-American games, tested their abilities against top competition at the event. This year the crop of talent looks even better, led by quarterback Christian Lemay from Matthews (N.C.) Butler and a slew of other heavily recruited prospects.
Lemay, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, has narrowed his list down to 10 schools - Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Texas A&M, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn and Tennessee. As a junior he completed 170 passes for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Lemay will be joined by four other big-time quarterbacks from the area. Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek signal-caller Marquise Williams, a 6-foot-4, 218-pounder with offers from Florida, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame and others, will be throwing darts as will Chester, S.C., quarterback Tony McNeal, a Clemson commitment, and Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern gunslinger Justin Worley who has offers from the Gators, LSU, North Carolina, Tennessee, Stanford and others. Durham (N.C.) Hillside athlete Vad Lee, who is also being recruited as a dual-threat quarterback, will also be on hand. He has numerous offers and lists North Carolina and Georgia Tech as his leaders.
The talented group of quarterbacks will have plenty of top targets to throw to as well. Charlotte (N.C.) Independence wideout Adrian Gamble, an early Virginia commitment, will be on hand as will Waxhaw (N.C.) Marvin Ridge standout K.J. Brent who has offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and many others. Monroe, N.C. wide receiver Jamison Crowder and Charlotte (N.C.) Christian receiver Matthias Farley will also be participating.
The tight end crop is equally impressive. Greensboro (N.C.) Ben L. Smith tight end Eric Ebron, a North Carolina commitment, will be joined by former Tennessee commitment Eric MacLain from Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt and Drew Owens from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell.
The defensive backs charged with covering this talented group are led by Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson athlete Brandon Ellerbe, a Clemson commitment, and Matthews (N.C.) Butler safety Mark Bridges who has offers from East Carolina and Central Michigan.
At running back, Owens' teammate, Justus Pickett leads a strong group that also includes Charlotte (N.C.) Independence speedster Nyjee Fleming and Charlotte (N.C.) West Charlotte back Jalen Simmons, an early Duke commitment. Linebackers like Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson stud Stephone Anthony and Matthews (N.C.) Butler athlete Kris Frost will be attempting to cover the backs. Anthony, one of the nation's top prospects with offers from more than 30 programs, was an underclassmen standout at last year's event.
Finally, the trenches should be owned by a stellar group of defensive linemen. Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt defensive tackle Devonte Brown, who has offers from North Carolina, NC State, West Virginia, Clemson, Maryland and others, leads the group along with Fuquay-Varina, N.C. defensive tackle Shaun Underwood, Winston Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor defensive tackle Chris Manns, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian defensive end Kyler Brown and Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern defensive end Roderick Byers. Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, one of the nation's top prospects, is also considering attending.