Shrine Highlights: Barnes and Maddox

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- NC State commitments Brandon Barnes and Dwayne Maddox both started for North Carolina in the 2007 Shrine Bowl. Here are exclusive highlights of the talented prospects in action.

Name: Brandon Barnes
Hometown: Bunn, North Carolina
High School: Bunn High School
Position: Safety
Vitals: 6'0/185/4.4

Notes: Brandon Barnes is considered by some as the top prospect in the state of North Carolina. Capable of playing tailback, wide receiver, or safety on the next level, the four-star athlete can impact the game in a variety of ways. Recruited to play tailback at NC State, he started for North Carolina at safety in the 2007 Shrine Bowl.

Barnes chose the Wolfpack over offers from Southern Cal, Florida, North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Auburn among others.

Scouting Report #1: "Brandon Barnes is one of the top all around prospects I have seen so far among the Class of 2008. Barnes, 6-0 and 180 pounds, plays defensive back, running back and returns kicks for Bunn (N.C.) High School.

"Overall he looks like
an outstanding talent."

"So what side of the ball will he play on at the next level? It's hard to say because he is good enough to play running back or safety in college. Barnes is a tough runner that hits the hole hard. He runs with power and finishes runs with power and authority. Barnes has good speed and looks to have excellent balance, vision and instincts.

"Defensively, he has a nose for the ball. Barnes plays in coverage well and has a sense about where the ball is going to go. He breaks on the ball well too. Barnes is also good in run support. He is aggressive and can find the ball carrier in a hurry. Barnes is also good tackler that can make the big hit and the big play on defense.

"Overall he looks like an outstanding talent." -- Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg

Scouting Report No. 2: "Excellent eye-hand coordination, runs with power, and explodes through holes. Tremendous vision as a running back, seems to have great overall sense of the game. Expected to be recruited as an athlete, but there is no question in my mind that he is a running back all the way. Appears to be right at the listed 6-foot range, and plays with great leverage for his size. Not a cautious runner, but still feels his way behind his offensive line well and then finds daylight into the next level. Good hands out of the backfield. Impact player." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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Name: Dwayne Maddox
Hometown: Shelby, North Carolina
High School: Crest High School
Position: Linebacker
Vitals: 6'2/220/4.58

Notes: Maddox was one of NC State's earliest commitments and has the versatility to play all three linebacker positions.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect committed to the Wolfpack over offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, East Carolina, and South Carolina among others.

"He's a player."

Projected to play middle linebacker at NC State, Maddox played outside linebacker for North Carolina in the 2007 Shrine Bowl and finished with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss.

Scouting Report: "Maddox plays in the middle and is at his best when things come to him. Maddox defeats blocks and goes and gets the ball. He fills the hole tremendously well and super quick in getting through the gap to get to the ball carrier. Maddox is a big hitter that plays until the whistle blows. He plays well laterally and will chase the play no matter where on the field. Maddox is big, physical and very aggressive."

Coach Quote: "What separates him is the speed deal – he can fly. He runs a 4.6 [40-yard dash time] every time you clock him. He's probably going to get even faster this year, because he's running track.

"He doesn't weigh as much as [former Crest prep All-Americans Shamar Finney and Brandon Spikes] right now -- probably when he graduates he'll weigh 230 -- but he still has somewhere between nine and ten solo [tackles] every game. He's a player." -- Crest head coach Roy Kirby

LB #46 Dwayne Maddox - Shrine Bowl Video:

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