Speed was the name of the of the game at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Butler High School in Matthews, NC on Saturday. Running with the wind at their back on Butler's track and hand-timed by two spotters, several athletes turned in 40-yard dashes of 4.4-seconds or better. No school was better represented than the host school.
At 6-1, 174 pounds, DB Spencer Adams proved to be the quickest player on hand, ripping off 40-yard dashes of 4.27 and a combine-best of 4.21 seconds. Tall and lean, Adams also recorded a 35.5" vertical jump. While he boasts an NC State offer, the Pack doesn't appear to be a major player as the battle for his commitment may boil down to UNC and Michigan.
CB Robert Blanton from Butler was another standout. The rising senior measured in at 6-0 ½ and 173 pounds. While he only recorded five reps of 185 pounds on the bench press, he did notch an impressive 40-yard dash of 4.47-seconds. When Scout.com analyst Miller Safrit casually mentioned to Blanton that he knew he was going to Michigan, Blanton offhandedly remarked, "yep."
The news was quite a bit better for Wolfpack fans in regards to the third member of the Butler defensive backfield. Eddie Whitley holds around ten scholarship offers, including one from the Pack. He measured in at 6-0 ½, 169 pounds and ran 40-yard dashes of 4.4 and 4.46-seconds. Whitley told Pack Pride that NC State solidly holds the lead for his commitment as things stand today with Wolfpack coach Mike Reid making a great early impression. Whitley said he plans to visit NC State this week. He is the cousin of former Richmond County standout, RB Norman Whitley.
The Butler players weren't the only ones to display impressive speed as several others also recorded blistering 40-yard dashes.
WR Dylon May from West Charlotte High School ran a solid 4.48-second 40-yard dash.
The only schools contacting West Stanly CB Marquis Brown is Georgia Tech but that may change after he recorded a lightning-quick 40-yard dash of 4.39-seconds.
NC State has evaluated LB Lavadrick Farrar from Vance High School and he certainly impressed on Saturday. He notched a 4.35-second 40-yard dash. While we didn't get his official measurements, he is in the 6-1, 185 pound range.
Another player that certainly looked the part was S Brantley Vinson from Ardrey Kell High School. He measured in at 5-11, 179 pounds, recorded a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical jump.
RB Rod Chisholm made headlines earlier this year when he made the decision to transfer from West Charlotte High School to Independence. On Saturday he proved to be one of the most impressive running backs on hand. Chisholm, 5-8, 180 pounds, recorded a 4.36-second 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical jump. He is one of the Charlotte area's top athletes and he told Pack Pride he is hoping for a Wolfpack offer.
QB AJ Blue was a player that many in attendance were anxious to see for the first time and the rising senior from North Gaston High School didn't disappoint. Blue displayed a powerful arm in drills and recorded a 40-yard dash of 4.62-seconds. He told Pack Pride that he favors Virginia Tech currently because he believes his skill set best fits the Hokie's offensive scheme. He did mention NC State in his top five and said he thought the Pack was one of the teams closest to offering.
At 6-5, 277 pounds, OL Harrison Martin from East Mecklenburg High School was easily the most physically-imposing players in attendance. He ran a respectable 5.31-second 40-yard dash and says that NC State is in his current top three. Martin has yet to earn a scholarship offer.
The Shrine Bowl combine tour will take a week off next week because of Easter but will resume on April 14 at AC Reynolds High School in Asheville, NC.