Area football standouts among rising juniors on watch list
North Rowan cornerback Darryl Jackson Jr., West Rowan defensive back Dominique Noble and Davie receiver Joe Watson are listed on Tharinger.com’s watch list for the top prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2011.Jackson was invited to participate in the Rivals Ultimate 100 Camp Southeast held in Atlanta this weekend.
“This is happening kind of overnight to us,” said Darryl Jackson Sr., who was twice Rowan County Offensive Player of the Year as a North running back. “Darryl Jr. used to be real laid-back, but it looks like he’s found his niche.”
According to National Underclassmen Combines president David Schuman, 50 percent of the athletes who are invited to the Ultimate 100 Camp have gone on to BCS or FCS schools.
The event includes the testing that takes place at standard combines, but it will also include a team challenge, with seven-on-seven and one-on-one competition.
Athletes will play on teams against other athletes from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. The top 15 athletes at each position in the Class of 2011 will be invited back to the Ultimate Top 100 Prospect camp to be held in Oklahoma on July 26.
Darryl’s brother, Desmond, who will be a freshman at North this fall, is also considered an excellent prospect.
West Rowan coach Scott Young said there is considerable interest already in two of his rising juniors ó Noble and quarterback B.J. Sherrill.