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Offers are blowing up for Carolina DE

Offers are exploding for a defensive end in the state of North Carolina. Already four teams have put scholarships on the table in the past two weeks and more are likely coming very soon.
"Maryland, NC State, East Carolina and Duke have all offered," Asheville (N.C.) A.C. Reynolds head coach Brandon Laws said about defensive end Ben Councell. "Just about all of the ACC is showing interest along with Arkansas and South Carolina."
Maryland was the first team to pull the trigger two weeks ago.
"It's been a whirlwind," he said. "I've talked to Ben and he isn't leaning one way or another. He has no idea where he wants to go. He just wants to play Division I football."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has taken a few unofficial visits already.
"He's gone to North Carolina for junior day and then NC State last weekend too. He's also been to Duke and Clemson," he said. "I know he enjoyed all of the visits. They treated him really well and he got to see inside the locker rooms and weight rooms. He saw behind the scenes, but nothing big jumped out at him."
Clearly Councell is a massive prospect, what's caused him to slip under the radar so far.
"The biggest thing is that he was a home school kid and came to us as a sophomore in high school," he said. "He's still gaining football knowledge and how to play the game. There is a lot of teaching.
"He's legit though. He's strong, physical and you don't get guys like him a whole lot. He plays linebacker for us, but some people are looking at him as a defensive end that puts his hand down."
Laws went further about his star prospect.
"He played well last year and got better and better," he said. "He finished with 143 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He makes plays and showed the ability to run sideline to sideline. He plays well in space and is athletic.
"He's a great student too that is very intelligent. He's a 3.5 GPA student that will be able to get in everywhere."
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