Blue Devils wide receiver ranked among best in the nation
By CHRIS HOBBS
MAIDEN — Maiden High star wide receiver Chris Culliver, who unofficially needs five catches to reach 100 for his career, celebrated July 4 by announcing he plans to sign with North Carolina.
Culliver (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) posted his decision, as did Tar Heel Illustrated, on social media on Monday.
He had trimmed his list of possible schools to N.C. State, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Appalachian State.
Culliver is preparing for this third and final season at Maiden. He has 93 catches for 1,808 yards receiving with 26 touchdowns and 12 carries for 81 yards and one score in two seasons at Maiden.
As a sophomore, he had 33 catches for 593 yards and three TDs and ran five times for 13 yards. Last season, he made 60 catches for 1,215 yards and 24 TDs.
Culliver played at Bandys as a freshman with two catches for 20 yards and no TDs and 35 carries for 473 yards and three TDs rushing.
He averages 55.3 yards per game receiving, 16.7 yards rushing and 72.1 yards of total offense.
Culliver has played 33 prep games – 21 at Maiden (6-1, 13-1) and 12 at Bandys in 2019 (5-7).
His career totals are 24-9 record with 95 catches for 1,898 yards and 26 TDs, 47 rushes for 553 yards and four TDs, and 2,382 yards of total offense.
Maiden opens the season on Aug. 19 at Fred T. Foard, following an Aug 10 home scrimmage against Hickory (time TD) and facing West Forsyth on Aug. 12 (at Mooresville, 6 p.m.) in scrimmages.