Washington Shrine Bowl Combine Notebook

WASHINGTON, N.C. -- Last Saturday, the final Shrine Bowl Combine was held at Washington High School. Several of the best prospects in the state participated and did not disappoint.

New Bern (N.C.) cornerback Mike Hughes had a huge day. Checking in at 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds, he posted a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, 4.27-second 20-yard shuttle, 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump and 25 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press. Hughes has yet to name a leader, but said Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina will be some of the schools that make the cut when he narrows his list later this summer.

North Carolina commit and Cornelius (N.C.) Hough cornerback Corey Bell continued his strong spring. Bell, who was 5-9 and 164 pounds, ran a blazing 4.33 40, which was the fastest time of the day. He also had a 4.24 shuttle, 9-6 broad jump and 13 reps of 185 pounds.

Carl Tucker, who is also committed to North Carolina and high school teammates with Bell, was also extremely impressive. At 6-2, 214 pounds, the tight end showed great athleticism, clocking a 4.56 40, 4.3 shuttle and had 14 reps of 185 pounds.

East Carolina commit and Ayden (N.C.) Ayden-Grifton defensive tackle Justin Brown checked in at 6-2 and 343 pounds. He clocked a 4.9 shuttle and benched 185 pounds a combine-best 32 times.

Kendall Hinton checked in at 5-11 and 184 pounds. He had a 4.6 40, 4.46 shuttle, 9-10 broad jump and 13 reps of 185 pounds. The Southern Durham (N.C.) signal-caller has always had a good arm, but it looked to be even stronger than last year. He made all the throws with ease and showed good accuracy. He will decide between Duke, NC State and Wake Forest in a few weeks.

Shawn Furlow (pictured above), who is one of the most underrated players in the state, performed very well. The Winterville (N.C.) South Central running back was 5-10 and 182 pounds. He registered a 4.39 40, 4.26 shuttle, 9-6 broad jump and 16 reps of 185 on the bench press. He holds offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina and Vanderbilt among others. He claims no favorites, but said East Carolina is recruiting him the hardest.

Houshun Gaines turned in a strong performance. Gaines, who had already been to a previous Shrine Bowl Combine as a defensive end, was back, but as an outside linebacker. He looked comfortable in space and fluid in drills. At 6-3 and 219 pounds, Gaines registered a 4.78 40, 4.62 shuttle and 19 reps of 185 pounds. He will visit Miami June 21 and Florida June 22. Those two schools along with Virginia Tech are the favorites for him in my opinion.

Reggie Gallaspy, who worked out at linebacker, has trimmed down since the season. Gallaspy checked in at 5-10 and 212 pounds and turned in a 4.36 40, 4.26 shuttle, 9-8 broad jump and 16 reps of 185 pounds.

West Virginia commit and Southern Durham running William Cameron had a strong showing. Cameron checked in at 5-10 and 163 pounds. He showed good speed and quickness with a 4.37 40 and 4.39 shuttle.

Emanuel McGirt did not participate due to a minor injury, but said Georgia, North Carolina and NC State – in no particular order – are his top schools. The Durham (N.C.) Hillside offensive tackle is also considering LSU and South Carolina. He will make his decision at the end of the month.

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