Posted On: 03/15/21 6:00 AM

I would like to recognize the players who have caught my attention with impressive performances on the field.  Some of the players are continuing their high level of play from the 2019 season.  One of the players is making an impact after moving up to varsity football as a starter.

Byrum Brown Byrum Brown 6'3" | QB Rolesville | 2022 State NC , QB, 6’4″ 185, Rolesville HS.  He has impressed with accurate mid-range passes, long balls, and running to avoid a sack and gaining yardage.  He has continued his high-level of play from the 2019 season, with an improvement as a passer and decision-making on the field.

Josh Benton, QB, 6’1″ 178, Jacksonville HS.  He has some impressive performances with accurate mid-range passes and running when needed to gain yardage, scoring often.  Josh has made his varsity debut as a starter and as a dual-threat QB.

Darius Kane Darius Kane 6'2" | WR Eastern Alamance | 2022 State NC , WR, 6’1″ 170, Eastern Alamance HS.  He displays the ability to separate from the defender quickly to make the catch and sprint to the end zone. Darius is continuing his high-level of play from the 2019 season and continues to confirm that he is one of the best wide receivers in the state.

William Hawkins IV William Hawkins IV 6'4" | WR Heritage | 2022 State NC , WR, 6’4″ 210, Heritage HS.  He displays the ability to separate from the defender quickly to make the catch in traffic, often double-teamed.  William runs precision pass routes and is difficult to defend in man coverage as a long ball threat.  He is continuing his high-level of play from the 2019 season, with an improvement in making catches in traffic and one of the best long ball threats in the state.

Jesiah Henderson Jesiah Henderson 6'4" | OL Rolesville | 2022 State NC , OT, 6’5″ 300, Rolesville HS.  A dominant force on the offensive line of a high-scoring offense.  A combination of technique and strength to overpower the defender, resulting in a high number of pancake blocks.  Jesiah is continuing his high-level of play from the 2019 season with an improvement in blocking skills.

CJ Mims CJ Mims 6'3" | DL West Craven | 2022 State NC , DT, 6’2″ 260, West Craven HS.  A dominant force on the defensive line.  He is quick out of his stance, often unblocked to make tackles for losses.  Displays good speed in the open field to close in on the ball carrier to make the stop.

KJ Sampson KJ Sampson 6'4" | DL New Bern | 2023 State NC , DT, 6’4″ 285, New Bern HS.  A dominant force on the defensive line who is making tackles for losses, despite being double-teamed, impressive performance.  KJ is continuing his high-level of play from the 2019 season with an improvement in explosiveness out of his stance.  KJ is difficult to block in an one-on-one situation.