I'd have to say Toney Baker (The touchdown maker) from Ragsdale. He had the size and speed and held the state rushing title for a while. He played for NC State and was drafted I think by the Denver Broncos. He played very little in the pros. In my opinion, he got a little to big for the RB position (6'0" 245 lbs) and lost a step or two. .
Baker suffered a devastating knee injury which pretty much ended his career at NC State for two seasons although he did come back for a last one but was never the same. Signed as a free agent with the Broncos, but do not think he ever played in a regular season.
I personally think he was the best high school running back I have watched play prior to Hood. Could do a lot on the field and could play D. McLendon is right there in the mix. I give the Hood the nod due to better speed. McLendon may have had as much potential as he was just a natural but work ethic and bad decisions were a downer.