The fifth and final Shrine Bowl combine was held Saturday at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC. The event welcomed nearly 500 participants and a host of college coaches including schools like Virginia, Tennessee, James Madison, Coastal Carolina, Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne. While it was impossible to track all of the players in attendance, there were several that caught the eye of the staff at Pack Pride.
One local player that turned quite a few heads was WR Marshall Williams from Riverside High School. Although razor-thin, Williams has jaw-dropping acceleration and blistered the soft Ragsdale track with a 40-yard dash time of 4.34-seconds. The rising senior is currently listing NC State in his top five and already has an offer from Wake Forest. However, Williams told Pack Pride that he's always been a UNC fan so an offer from the Heels could be tough to overcome.
If you were looking for a sleeper at the combine then RB Dion McNair from Randleman (NC) High School may have been your man. McNair rushed for nearly 500 yards last year after transferring in from Asheboro High School. McNair's rushing exploits came despite playing in only three games due to a broken ankle. At Saturday's event, McNair ran impressive 40-yard dashes of 4.59 and 4.34-seconds. Although heights and weights weren't immediately available, McNair looks to be in the 6-0, 185 pound range. The talented prospect told Pack Pride that NC State and UNC currently head up his list of favorites.
It seems that Davie County High School has become somewhat of a regular when it comes to producing division one talent. DB Raeshon McNeil has already garnered several scholarship offers but it was another Davie product that caught our eye. LB Logan Buchanan was a ripped 6-1, 195 pounds and came away with an impressive 4.6-second 40-yard dash. Buchanan told us he is currently favoring UNC, Wake Forest and ECU.
Plenty of scouts have to be thinking that there must be something in the water in Onslow County. With speedy Kendric Burney already committed to UNC and all-everything WR/S Deunta Williams basically having his choice of college destination, the latest Onslow-product to raise eyebrows was 5-10, 190 pound RB Anthony Williams from Jacksonville (NC) High School. Williams blazed back to back 40-yard dashes of 4.41 and 4.31-seconds.
WR Ryan Taylor was another player that really made a name for himself. At 6-4, 207 pounds (as measured at the Scout.com Combine) Taylor is likely to project as a TE on the next level. During Saturday's event, Taylor ran impressive 40-yard dashes of 4.59 and 4.67-seconds. He is reportedly favoring UNC, Vandy, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Virginia.
Be sure to check in at NCPrepReport.com later in the week for complete results from Saturday's combine.