15. Naim Bellamy, Fairmont, 5-11, 250, Jr., DL: Bellamy went from an unknown lineman to Fairmont’s top run-stopper as a sophomore and collected 2.5 sacks during the Golden Tornadoes’ overtime win over Red Springs. Late in the season, Bellamy transformed into an immovable force at the line of scrimmage with a knack for stopping players in the backfield.
14. Quinn Lowery, Red Springs, 6-2, 200, Sr., FS: Unafraid of contact, Lowery’s a banger on the hardwood for the Red Devils and a head hunter on the gridiron. He’ll lead a defense that hopes to improve against the pass if Red Springs has its sights set on a Three Rivers Conference championship. His ball skills are still developing, but his upside is tremendous.
13. Luke Hunt, Fairmont, 6-2, 225, Sr., TE/DE: After Lumberton’s Darius Lesane, Hunt was one of the area’s top pass-rushers in 2011 with eight sacks. In the red zone, he’s equally as gifted as Fairmont’s tight end and a big target for quarterback Jarrod Neal. Hunt carries his weight well at 225 and has a quick burst off the edge.
12. Mike Graham, Red Springs, 5-8, 250, Sr., DE: It isn’t hard to pick out Red Springs’ best defender on film, a 250-pound behemoth who eats opposing ballcarriers for lunch. Teams will likely run the other way this fall when they notice Graham’s dominance against the run. Graham uses a bull rush — a la former Richmond Raider Melvin Ingram — to overpower opposing linemen.
11. Joe Locklear, Purnell Swett, 5-10, 230, Sr., OL: Locklear enters his third season along an offensive front expected to give plenty of room for Juan Ellerbe to operate. Locklear’s a two-time all-Southeastern Conference selection and one of the top blockers in a talent-rich league.