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Who's the best high football player you ever seen play?


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#26 btango

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 08:06 PM

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.



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Posted 05 July 2017 - 08:39 PM

Havent seen as many or some as good as some of you all but,
Heath Shuler-Swain
Leon Johnson- Freedom
Brad Johnson- Owen (can't remember much, just that he was very good)

Sam and Eric Gash were from that era, but how could you forget about Joey Robinson! Lol I'm just kidding with ya

#28 Wrigley

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 10:47 PM

Best RB was Robert Smith of Euclid Ohio. I would put Kijana Carter and Elijah Hood pretty close. That may change after I see Zamir.

 

QB would be Chris Leak. Really never saw anything close.

 

Defense would be Andy Katzenmoyer of Westerville South, Mr. Ohio in the mid nineties

 

DJ Humphries of Mallard Creek would be the best Oline

 

Probably Javadeon Clowney the best DL of RH Southpointe



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 05:34 PM

Sam and Eric Gash were from that era, but how could you forget about Joey Robinson! Lol I'm just kidding with ya[/quote]

While Joey was pretty good if I were to rank Robinson's I think Trey is better unfortunately.

Had forgotten about the Gash brothers, they were tough as nails.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 03:10 PM

Michael Angram was one hell of a HS RB. Best vision I have ever seen on a HS football field.

 

Crezdon Butler and Manny Deshauteurs were outstanding as well. 



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 04:47 PM

Crezdon Butler was the best all around HS player. I've ever seen, started RB/CB as a freshman. Became QB/CB/FS rest of his career. Played 3yr starter at CB at Clemson. Bounced around NFL for about 7years. He packed the house on Friday nights

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:56 PM

In terms of skill players Crezdon Butler from Asheville with AJ Blue from North Gaston and Johnny White from Asheville honorable mentions. I'm not old enough to remember some of the other WNC greats like Pickens, Gash, Shuler, Little, etc. Overall though I'd probably have to go with Clint Boling from Chattahoochee High in Alpharetta, he was man among boys. Boling went on to star at UGA and is going on his sixth season as a starter for the Bengals.



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Posted 09 July 2017 - 06:37 PM

Best I've ever seen in person would be Todd Gurley. He made the Mountain Heritage defense look foolish (I was rooting for the cougars!) In the state championship game. Also, someone that never got attention was Alex Villanueva. QB at Avery back in 09-11. Kid could've gone d-1 if he had the exposure, that 2010 Avery team was the only 1aa with the ponies to beat Albemarle, and Mitchell beat them in 3rd round only to fall to Albemarle in the western final.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:43 AM

Here's a couple many have forgotten; Stevie and Jimmy Streeter from the old Sylva Webster High. they were the best players on the field at whatever position they lined up. They made Babe Howell a legend, not the other way around. Stevie was national baseball player of the year as well.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:46 AM

Gotta go with Norris Hopper, QB from Shelby in 1997 and it's not because I was snapping the ball to him.  Unbelievable athleticism.  He made the Shrine Bowl and was moved to WR and KR.  He was the MVP of the shrine bowl with 2 or 3 tds. At lease one KR for a TD and one TD from the receiver position.  He was drafted straight out of high school by the Kansas City Royals and played a season with the Cincinnati Reds where he batted around .300 with around 15 stolen bases and a home run.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:31 AM

Michael Angram was one hell of a HS RB. Best vision I have ever seen on a HS football field.

 

Crezdon Butler and Manny Deshauteurs were outstanding as well. 

 

I tackled Deshauters once.  He was out of bounds on our sideline, but it was the one time I got a good wrap up on him.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 12:37 PM

Here's a couple many have forgotten; Stevie and Jimmy Streeter from the old Sylva Webster High. they were the best players on the field at whatever position they lined up. They made Babe Howell a legend, not the other way around. Stevie was national baseball player of the year as well.

I remember when Steve Streeter was paralyzed in that car wreck when he went to sign to play for the Redskins, then the next season when Kelvin Bryant scored six touchdowns against ECU he took the ball to him in his wheelchair in the end zone after every score..


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:16 PM

Jonathan Crompton was no slouch for Tuscola.. Certainly Leon Johnson was dynamite for Freedom, Jagar Gardner was pretty explosive for Owen, but Terrance "buggy" Kincaid may have been the best athlete of any of them. He single handedly made McDowell watchable during some lean years. Just couldnt get his head on straight



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 03:02 PM

Several come to mind.  Josh Ladowski at Lake Norman was just amazing.  It's a crying shame the guy wasn't 6'2 because he was something special.  AJ Blue at North Gaston took a game over, he so so talented.  The player that I might have more respect than any other is Eric Brietenstien at Watauga.  He was a beast that just kept going.   



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:23 AM

Elijah Hood of Charlotte Catholic and Nick Maddox from A.L. Brown still give me nightmares as a Statesville fan so I'll go with those two.



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:41 PM

Several come to mind.  Josh Ladowski at Lake Norman was just amazing.  It's a crying shame the guy wasn't 6'2 because he was something special.  AJ Blue at North Gaston took a game over, he so so talented.  The player that I might have more respect than any other is Eric Brietenstien at Watauga.  He was a beast that just kept going.   

 

 

Brietenstein was some player 



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Posted 13 July 2017 - 01:49 PM

Ladowski is a better baseball player than football. Very good in both sports. But better in baseball

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 03:28 PM

Ladowski is a better baseball player than football. Very good in both sports. But better in baseball

I really don't think so and I saw him play both.  He likely made a good decision sticking with baseball but I'll go back to what I said before.  If he was a little taller, he'd be a premier college QB.  Too many programs just couldn't look past the fact he was about 5'9.  I saw him play baseball and he used that cannon to his advantage but I'm not sure he has the bat to make it work in a big way. 



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 06:40 PM

Keenan Allen, N. Guilford. Man among boys most Fridays.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 03:59 PM

Over the years I have seen some really good ones in no particular order...

 

Rico Dowdle

Heath Shuler

Carl Pickens

Brad Johnson

Johnny White

Crezdon Butler

William Collins (not many know of him.  played at ACR and went on to Uof Minnesota)

Sam Gash

Oscar Sturgis

Mike Thomas



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:12 PM

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:36 PM

I've seen tons of the players listed in this thread. So many had special talents. Tyler Shatley did it all. Shotput, discus, linebacker, tailback, fullback, and finished second to the same state champion twice. Man among boys. Ladowiski had a cannon arm with a presence on the field that made him special. Antwon Icard ran like deer. Rico was a one year legend with special moves. Johnny White was explosive. Hood powered his way over and around people with that stiff arm. Saw Leak play one game in person. Leon Johnson was a pure athlete in multiple sports. I've seen a bunch listed.

One that really did not impress me in person became one of the most successful of all these- Ethan Horton. QB turned running back turned NFL tightend. From Wonders to Carolina to Oakland Raiders.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:10 PM

Here are some worthy players that I've seen and surprised that any of these hasn't been mentioned.
Chris Smith, BJ Sherrill, and Jon Crucitti all of West Rowan. Of course I've already mention Kevin Parks. All part of State Championship games. Also who helped build a dynasty for W. Rowan which had one of the longest winning streaks in the nation at one time.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:05 PM

I think Raheem Ledbetter was the best all around athlete I've seen. He would knock your head off on defense and run over you on offense. Fun to watch him play the game. He left it all on the field.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:14 PM

Brian Knuckles out of West Charlotte was a beast to watch play.




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