Durham Hillside football coach Antonio King expects between 160 and 170 football candidates to attend the first of preseason workouts on Monday.
The Hornets averaged more than 130 players during voluntary workouts during the summer and in last week's three-day mini-camp had 152, 153 and 155 players on successive days.
"There is a lot of interest," King said. "We have a lot of kids back from last year. He had six seniors that played major contributing roles last year, but we've got back a lot of kids."
Hillside was 9-4 in 2009.
Among the veterans are major college recruiting targets quarterback Vad Lee; linebacker Treshawn Council, who is committed to East Carolina; linemen Zac Giles and Derek Vereen; wide receiver Jarrell Jones; and defensive back Meyer Krah.
"We should have a good team," King said. "But we have a lot of work ahead of us."