PJ Dean, Aiden Harris among NC's biggest risers in updated Rivals 2026 rankings

PJ Dean, Aiden Harris among NC’s biggest risers in updated Rivals 2026 rankings

On Tuesday, Rivals released an updated Rivals250 football prospect rankings for the class of 2026. The last update was in March of this year.

Five of the 11 players from North Carolina on the updated rankings were risers from the previous edition.

West Forsyth High School’s 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman Pierre Dean, a.k.a. PJ, shot up 72 spots to No. 13 in the new rankings. Dean is the brother of current University of Georgia offensive lineman Jared Wilson.

Reidsville High tight end Kendre Harrison rose up a spot to No. 17.

Aiden Harris from Weddington High School made his Rivals250 debut at No. 57. Harris is listed at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds. His twin brother Andrew did not crack the top 250, although the pair share all but one scholarship offer.

After being ranked as the No. 1 overall class of 2026 prospect by 247Sports, Grimsley High School quarterback Faizon Brandon rose up 87 spots to No. 134 on Rivals. The Rivals250 is still be far the lowest on Brandon, who is also ranked at No. 42 in the country by ESPN and at No. 11 overall by On3. According to On3’s industry consensus rankings, Brandon is the No. 9 overall prospect in 2026.

Myers Park High School edge defender Rodney Dunham elevated 43 spots up to No. 147 in the newest Rivals250. Dunham is ranked as high as No. 32 in the country by 247Sports.

Zavion Griffin-Haynes, an edge rusher from Rolesville High School, made his Rivals debut at No. 223.

A handful of prospects from North Carolina slid down some spots:

  • Hough CB Samari Matthews dropped seven spots to No. 24
  • South Garner OT Ekene Ogboko dropped four spots to No. 45
  • Myers Park WR Brody Keefe dropped five spots to No. 97
  • Weddington LB Thomas Davis Jr. dropped 38 spots to No. 113
  • Providence Day OT Leo Delaney dropped 12 spots to No. 142

Source: highschoolot.com