2014 Target: Kentavius Street

2014 Target: Kentavius Street

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Kentavius Street, a 6-foot-4, 260-pounder from J.H. Rose High School, has seen a meteoric rise in his recruiting stock in the past couple of months.

Scouting Report

"He's one of those high motor guys," Rose interim head coach David Wojktecki said. "He's always all over the field. Even if he's on the backside of a play, he's always running it down in case it cuts back. He's very explosive young man. He's a very intimidating young man when you see him – he's only 16 years old and he's pure muscle."

Prep Career

Street began his prep career at Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County and started at defensive end as a sophomore. Following that football season, Street's mother took a job in Greenville, thus he transferred to Rose.

Immediately, Street became a starter at defensive end and concluded his junior campaign with 93 tackles, including 19 for a loss and 4.5 sacks.

"We use him as a defensive end now, but we're thinking about dropping him into coverage and doing some zone blitzes off of him," Wojktecki said. "So we're going to try to utilize his athleticism as much as possible."

Recruitment

Street was somewhat of an unknown a few months ago. That all changed after he participated in the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January.

"Once people saw him move around his stock shot up and he was virtually unblockable when they started doing one-on-ones with the offensive linemen there," Wojktecki said. "We've been really working hard on using his hands and it finally showed when he went to Texas for that weekend."

Street recorded a 35.5-inch vertical, ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.8-second range, and took home the combine's overall MVP.

"I got one offer the week after I came back – I want to say it was Ohio State that offered me," Street said. "Ever since then it's been blowing up. I've acquired [offers] from Florida State and Notre Dame. I'm hoping that Alabama and Georgia will join that, too."

Street's scholarship count stands at 17. In addition to the three aforementioned schools, Street has collected offers from Clemson, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

Street is being recruited as either a defensive end or outside linebacker, depending on the school's scheme. One of the outliers is UNC. During Street's communication with Tar Heel assistant coach Dan Disch, he was informed that UNC projects him as a Bandit, a hybrid end/linebacker, in its 4-2-5 defense.

"[Disch] said I'd be doing both," Street said. "He said I'd be down in my stance sometimes. Sometimes, standing up and dropping back.

"I just love it, because in the future if I make it to the pros, I want to be like Terrell Suggs and be able to stand up or be in my [three-point] stance."

Street has only made two recruiting trips thus far – Duke for a football game and East Carolina's Junior Day. He'll make his third recruiting visit in about a week when he attends the UNC-NC State basketball game in Chapel Hill.

Despite the lack of visits, Street has already assembled a favorite schools list.

"My top five are Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame," Street said. "The technical schools, that would just be great for my career because I want to study to be a chemical engineer. Clemson, their athletics are amazing, they had a great season this year, and I met most of their coaches and they're great people. With Florida State, I just grew up wanting to be a Nole."

Florida State is the leader of the pack.

"My dad, he's a big fan of the Noles and that just influenced me to be a big fan of the Noles," Street said. "I learned about their traditions and how they play."

Street is eyeing a Signing Day decision, but says he's not dead set on those plans.

"The environment of the school is going to be important," Street said. "Am I comfortable there? Because I know if I'm not happy with the school, I won't be happy playing football.

"Second [important factor] would be athletics, because I want to be with a great team, great coaching staff where it's not just a team, it's a family. And three would probably be academics."

Extra Notes

Street is a part of Rose's track-and-field team, running the 400-meter dash and throwing the discus.

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