A running back from North Carolina has jumped onto the radar with his first offer in the past week. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder landed the scholarship from East Carolina.
"He went to East Carolina this past week and they offered him," Benson (N.C.) West Johnston head coach Bennett Jones said of running back C.J. Frederick. "Several other schools including North Carolina, NC State, Duke and others from the region are interested.
"The school is only seven years old so we're trying to get his name out there."
Jones believes Frederick is looking at everyone.
"Right now I think he's open to talk to anybody," he said. "He liked East Carolina, but wants to see what else is out there. I know he doesn't want to go too far from his mom. We've talked about other schools in the area including South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State. He's really open to the process."
Frederick earned conference offensive player of the year as a junior as he posted over, 1,700-yards of offense and 25 total touchdowns.
"C.J. is the real deal," he said. "He had a great year for us this past season and has great vision, is strong, quick and is the best player I had on the team. He can do everything, catch the ball, is a great pass blocker and can pick up the blitz. He also only fumbled twice on about 270 carries.
"Without a doubt, his elusiveness is the difference. The way he makes people miss, he's by far the most elusive player I've had and his ability to change direction and get back to full speed is great. He's also a talented baseball player and track athlete.
"Off the field, he's a great kid that works hard in the classroom."