Riverside High School in Williamston was the site for the fourth and final Shrine Bowl Combine. While the previous three events didn't boast a large number of college prospects, Saturday's turnout had several of the state's top players and Pack Pride has a rundown on all of the action. (All numbers listed are from the combine)
RB Todd Gurley...Tarboro High School...6-1, 192 pounds, 4.45 and 4.33-40 yard dashes...4.09 and 4.06 shuttle...10'0 long jump...12 reps of 185 pounds
Notes...Gurley was clearly the class of the field at this combine. He has a great frame, explosion and speed. His thighs have the look of a big time athlete and you could see him developing into a monster physically down the road. UNC leads slightly but he is very interested in NC State and is also considering some of the national attention he has received of late.
OL Mark Harrell...Charlotte Catholic...6-5, 267 pounds, 5.67 and 5.71-40 yard dashes...4.72 and 4.81 shuttle...8'1" long jump...18 reps
Notes...Harrell didn't run particularly well but he is not stiff by any stretch and did a very good job during agility and lineman drills. He is a player that appears to have quite a bit of upside. He left shortly after the event so we were unable to speak to him about his college choices although Michigan, UNC, South Carolina and Notre Dame are believed to be some of the main contenders.
TE Dan Beilinson...Panther Creek High School...6-5, 230 pounds, 5.02 and 5.06-40 yard dashes, 4.4 and 4.5 shuttle, 9' long jump...12 reps
Notes...Beilinson is a guy that is just now beginning to grow into the player he'll become in college. He already looks much thicker than when we saw him just three months ago and you could see him growing into a George Bryan type tight end down the road. He has a brother at NC State currently and we feel the Pack is in great shape. Beilinson is enjoying the recruiting process right now so we don't know that a decision is necessarily imminent.
TE Anthony Rook...Rose High School...6-3, 221 pounds, 4.88 and 5.86-40 yard dashes...4.93 and 4.74 shuttle, 8'5" long jump...20 reps
Notes...Rook is more of an Asa Watson type tight end versus a George Bryan version. He is definitely a step down from Beilinson physically but is a solid prospect. Although he states that NC State has offered, we don't believe that to be the case. In fact, he is extremely interested in Wake Forest and we think he could pull the trigger on a commitment to the Deacs in the very near future.
S Josh Sessoms...Southern Nash High School...6-2, 181 pounds, 4.97 and 4.88-40 yard dashes...4.53 and 4.56 shuttle...9' long jump...6 reps
Notes...In all honesty, Sessoms didn't post the best 40 times although he was very fluid in drills and you can see the potential that NC State likes. He's a very long, rangy player so it's unlikely he'll ever be a 4.5-type runner but he has a nice skill set and will be prove to be a solid get for the Pack down the road. He told Pack Pride that he's been doing some recruiting of his own to try to get some of the other in-state players to Raleigh.
DE/LB Keilen Rayner...North Brunswick...6-3, 220 pounds, 4.68 and 4.66-40 yard dashes...4.53 and 4.55 shuttle...8'2" long jump...28 reps
Notes...Behind Todd Gurley, Rayner was probably the player that impressed us most. He is a physical specimen and runs like a linebacker in a defensive end's frame. For now the two main players are his favorite, Duke, and Clemson. State hasn't shown a lot of attention up to this point but Rayner is a player we could see take off over the summer.
DT K'Hadree Hooker...South Lenoir...6-1, 295 pounds...5.18 and 5.11-40 yard dashes...4.73 and 4.67 shuttle...7'10" jump...30 reps
Notes...This was our first time seeing Hooker work out in person and we came away very impressed. The thing that jumps out is Hooker's quick feet. It's unusual to see a player built the way he is, move the way he does. As he develops his lower body strength and matures physically, Hooker has all the tools to develop into a dominant defensive tackle. Although he shies away from naming particular favorites, Pack Pride feels like State is the team to beat currently.
OL Matthew Degraffenreid...Millbroook High School...6-2, 298 pounds...4.95 and 5.36-40 yard dashes...5.12 and 5.17 shuttle...7'5" jump...15 reps
Notes...Degraffenreid was a player that we were on the lookout for and he certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, one could argue that he had the best overall numbers of any offensive lineman at the event. He will need some time in the weight room and needs to work on developing his lower body specifically but Degraffenreid presents a ton of upside and has a tremendous work ethic. Clemson is most interested currently but Degraffenreid will be hitting some camps this summer and could definitely emerge as a player to watch in the coming months.
Note- there will be an invitation-only Shrine Bowl Combine held sometime this summer. Roughly 100 of the state's top players will be invited so stay tuned to Pack Pride for the latest.
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