Lets face it, private school football in North Carolina has gotten very good, you could make the argument in Charlotte that two of the private powers in Charlotte Christian and Charlotte Latin are just as good, if not better than most of the traditional 4A powers.
These schools do have an advantage when it comes to their ability to spend major dollars to renovate or completely build new facilities, some on par with major D2 colleges, but others also strictly stick to their rigorous academic standards, as they should, which sometimes prevents them from landing those blue chip caliber recruits.
My question though is this, what North Carolina private school is the most ready to ascend to the ranks of a national player and go after schools like Don Bosco Prep, St. Thomas Aquinas, IMG Academy, and other national teams?
I think that with Jason Estep leading the program at Charlotte Christian, that they're certainly ready to step up their game and you have to wonder if Justin Hardin, once he takes over for Larry McNulty in 2018 will have those aspirations to take Latin to a national schedule.
However, I do think there is one team that has been lurking in the the woods that may be ready to jump national quicker than any Charlotte team, and in a big way, and that's Christ School in the Asheville area. I'm being told that they are spending millions to build a new stadium, football facilities, and from I'm told, an indoor facility. The Greenies are already one of the top shelf programs in North Carolina and since arriving in 2011, Mark Moroz has led them to an impressive 50-15 mark.
This is really just food for thought and may never play out, but it's worth the conversation. I know Tom Knotts had told me before that he would love to take a Charlotte private school and build a national program out of it, so I know the potential, and the fan interest is there.
On a side note, speaking of facilities, check out the setup at Providence Day, its better than most of the D2 and even some lower their FBS schools.