One of the nation's top cornerback prospects is Terry Shankle. Shankle, 5-11 and 172 pounds, plays for Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly High School. He had a big junior campaign, recording 72 tackles and 15 interceptions. Offensively as a receiver Shankle caught 47 passes for 980 yards. In all, he scored a total of 19 touchdowns.
"It was a pretty good year for me and my teammates," Shankle said. "We lost in the third round of the playoffs and finished 9-4."
Despite those lofty numbers Shankle knows there was work to be done during his off-season in terms of fundamentals and spending time in the weight room.
"It went well. I worked hard on the weights and worked on my speed. I also worked on coverages and just every aspect of my game.
"I think as a corner I tackle well and support the run. I also play well in man coverage."
According to Shankle he has a dozen scholarship offers. His first was from N.C. State and just this past Monday he received one from Maryland.
"I would say right now that I have a top six. I like North Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Alabama, N.C. State, Tennessee and Clemson.
"I really like the coaches at UNC. I know some of the players there and going to North Carolina would be good for my family because it's close to home.
"I have been to Clemson a few times. I love the atmosphere there and the players make me feel at home.
"I like the coaches at Florida. They believe in me. They like ballers and I am baller.
"The state of Alabama loves their football. It's just a football state. I have followed coach (Nick) Saban and he's been very successful. And Alabama has been a very successful program.
"N.C. State was the first team to offer me so I will always keep them in mind. I like those guys.
"Tennessee coach (Dan) Brooks coached my uncle (Orrin Colson) Western Carolina and I like him and that program.
"I will be looking at all the (defensive) schemes and looking for a place where I fit in. I also have to like the people. Of course I am also looking for early playing time."
Shankle has taken unofficial visits to Clemson, UNC, NC State, and Alabama. He hopes to check out Virginia Tech for an unofficial visit this summer.