"The Prince" Talks Recruiting

CHARLOTTE - You've heard the name now get the update on super sophomore Prince Shembo, one of the top linebackers in the south for the class of 2010.

LB Prince Shembo Profile

It was Sept. 2007 when CUTigers.com first introduced one of the up-and-coming athletes in the Tar Heel state in Ardrey Kell High School's Prince Shembo.

Shembo, who is widely regarded as one of the top linebacker prospects in the south for the class of 2010, was one of 160+ prospects on hand for Saturday's Scout.com/Under-Armour Combine held in Charlotte.

He recorded a 4.72 in the 40-yard dash and a 33.5 inch vertical jump despite having a knee injury that limited his mobility.

Shembo has also been a regular at Clemson in the last year, visiting the Tigers multiple times unofficially during the 2007 season and he also on hand for the Orange & White game last month.

"I got to talk with coach Napier, coach Blackwell, coach West and coach Bowden," Shembo told CUTigers.com after his visit. "They all said how big I had gotten since last year. They asked me about my weight. I am between 215 and 220 right now. Coach Bowden told me to just keep working hard.

"I am going down [to Clemson] for camp again this summer. My teammate Troy Elkin is coming with me to camp. I am also trying to talk Anthony Boone into coming down to camp with me as well. We played together in the seventh grade. He reminds me of a college Jamarcus Russell."

Last year, playing as a defensive end, Shembo was one of the main reasons for Ardrey Kell's turnaround from a 1-9 season in 2006 after he recorded 13 sacks playing as a defensive end.

CUTigers.com caught up with Shembo during his trip to the Queen City and a transcription of that interview is posted below. Video highlights of that interview are also available by clicking the link on the right.

Prince what do you hope to get out of the combine today?
Shembo: I just want to show the coaches what I am capable of doing today. I am going to try to give it 100 percent. It depends on how my knee holds up. I am just going to try to have fun basically.

What is the status of your knee injury?
Shembo: It is probably either strained or hyper-extended. It is in the hamstring so it affects the whole area and my knee.

How did you do that?
Shembo: I did it doing the triple jump in track. I am going to try to work out and see if they knew holds up.

What are your plans for the summer?
Shembo: I am going back to Clemson camp and some other camps as well. My dad has to decide because of the money budget.

Who are some of the other schools you are thinking about visiting this summer?
Shembo: Florida, Virginia and Wake. Those are the only three.

You are pushing hard to try to go down to Florida?
Shembo: Yeah, I am trying to check it out.

Would you prefer to play linebacker or defensive end?
Shembo: I would like to be kind of like both like Vernon Goldston or Shawne Merriman. I would like to be able to play defensive end or or linebacker, but I prefer linebacker.

What will be important when you make your decision about where you plan to attend college?
Shembo: Education, history of the program. The defense and how good their defensive scheme is and the coaches.

Tell us about your relationship with Anthony Boone? He was talking to us earlier about how you guys have faced each other a good bit over the years.
Shembo: We played together in the 7th grade. He was the quarterback and I was the running back.

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