Mebane SBC Quick Hitters

Below are some news and notes on some of the top performers at last Saturday's Shrine Bowl Combine.

Deshaywn Middleton had a strong performance on Saturday. The Winston Salem (N.C.) Parkland defensive tackle measured 6-foot-1, 300 pounds. He also registered a 5.21-second 40-yard dash, 5.12-second shuttle and a 23-inch vertical jump. Middleton was also dominant in drills. He said Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the hardest. Middleton then went on to say that he plans to narrow his list of schools down before football season and that the four schools above will likely make that cut.

Johnathan Lloyd was arguably to top prospect in attendance. While FOX Sports Next projects the Graham (N.C.) Southern Alamance playmaker as a wide receiver, Lloyd worked out exclusively at quarterback on Saturday. Checking in at 5-10, 184 pounds, Lloyd is undersized for the position, but threw the ball very well. He did not run because of a sore hamstring, but did register a 30.9-inch vertical jump. After a recent visit to Duke in which he was told he would play quarterback if he chooses the Blue Devils, it appears that they are in good shape with Lloyd. I also think in-state schools North Carolina and N.C. State are high on his list. Lloyd said he will also visit Florida and Notre Dame this summer. He will narrow his list of schools down this spring and likely make his decision before the start of his senior season.

Perhaps no one performed better at Saturday's event than Elon (N.C.) Western Alamance safety Brock Deatherage. Deatherage checked in at 5-11, 167 pounds and turned in a blistering 4.35-second 40-yard dash. He also had a 4.5-second shuttle, 34-inch vertical jump, 9 repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench press, and looked very good in drills. Deatherage, who is committed to North Carolina to play baseball, made it clear that he would rather play football in college. He has a scholarship offer from UNC-Charlotte, but said Duke and Wake Forest are also recruiting him pretty hard. North Carolina and N.C. State are also showing interest in Deatherage. Although he does not have ideal size, Deatherage has the frame to easily add 20-30 pounds. He could also play slot receiver in college and definitely help out as a return man. Regardless, Deatherge is one of the top sleeper prospects in North Carolina.

Deatherage's teammate, Justin Wilson, also performed well. He worked out at both wide receiver and cornerback. Wilson checked in a 5-10, 160 pounds and turned in back-to-back 4.44-second 40 yard dashes. He also tallied a 4.34-second shuttle, 38-inch vertical jump and 13 repetitions on the bench press. The main schools recruiting him are Campbell, Davidson and Furman. Look for more schools to start to recruit him in the near future.

Jaylin Jefferies is a prospect to keep an eye on over the next several months. The Burlington (N.C.) Williams punted and played linebacker at the camp. Jefferies averaged over 40 yards per punt and also performed well in drills. Measuring in at 5-11, 205 pounds, Jefferson turned in a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, 4.65-second shuttle, 32.6-inch vertical jump, and 16 repetitions on the bench press. Jeffries has an early offer from Ball State, but is also attracting interest from Duke, East Carolina and North Carolina State.

Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County has produced countless big-time college prospects, and while this year's senior class does not have a big-name player, wide receiver Raheem Bowden is a sleeper to watch. Checking in at 6-foot, 189 pounds, Bowden registered a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 4.56-shuttle, 31.3-inch vertical jump, and nine repetitions on the bench press.

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