Apex High School was the site on Saturday for the final of three Shrine Bowl combines. Roughly 600 rising seniors were on hand with many of the state’s top college prospects displaying their talents with the hopes of earning one of 44 spots on the North Carolina squad later in the year. Pack Pride was on hand and recaps the standouts from Saturday’s event.
LB/DE Ricky Dowdy...Dowdy represented himself well, checking in at 6-0 ½ and 219 pounds. The NC State commit ran 40 yard dashes of 4.63 and 4.75 seconds and logged vertical jumps of 28 and 29 inches. Dowdy also 17 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.
DB Terry Shankle...Shankle measured in at 5-10 ½, 162 pounds. After an initial 40 time of 4.62-seconds, Shankle came back to run an impressive 4.44-second time on his second attempt. His vertical jumps of 32 and 33 inches were impressive. Shankle visited NC State last weekend for the spring game and is listing the Pack as one of his top five schools.
ATH Zach Greene...Greene is smallish at 5-9, 159 pounds but boasts blazing speed. He ran 4.43 and 4.35-second 40 yard dashes and impressive vertical jumps of 33.1 and 33.6-inches. Perhaps most impressive was Greene’s 12 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press- solid numbers given his size. Greene currently favors NC State
ATH Everett Proctor...Proctor is a very well-rounded athlete who put up solid numbers on Saturday. Measured at 6-1, 186 pounds, Proctor ran consecutive 40-yard dashes of 4.49-seconds. He also logged an impressive 4.28-second pro shuttle. Proctor put up 12 reps on the bench press. Proctor currently lists NC State as one of his top five schools.
Serious Wolfpack Interest
DT/OG Deylan Buntin...Buntin is a player who has seen interest in his talents ramp up recently, particularly from NC State. After seeing him on Saturday, we came away very impressed. At 6-2 ½ and 272 pounds, Buntin ran 40-yard dashes of 5.02 and 5.2-seconds. He logged vertical jumps of 22 and 23 inches and had 23 reps on the bench press. After seeing him in person, Buntin could play defensive tackle but may also be suited well for offensive guard. He showed good flexibility and ran fluidly. He is listing NC State in his top two along with East Carolina. A Wolfpack offer is a possibility down the road.
OC Taylor Hansen...Hansen measured at 6-3, 293 pounds and ran 40's of 5.1 and 5.2-seconds. If his dad is any indication, Hansen has the potential to add a couple of inches in height. He had a solid showing on the bench press with 26 reps and notched vertical jumps of 22 and 23 inches. Hansen currently has NC State out front.
RB Raymond Brown...It was not the best of combines for Southern Lee RB Raymond Brown. At 5-9, 182 pounds, he had 40 yard dashes of 4.63 and 4.7-seconds. While those numbers aren’t terrible, they paled in comparison to the other times recorded on Saturday. Brown currently lists the Pack in his top two.
RB Kevin Fogg...running on his home track, Fogg certainly helped his recruiting cause by running 40's of 4.37 and 4.43-seconds. He measured at 5-9, 168 pounds, had a 34-inch vertical and 14 reps on the bench press. Fogg has NC State as one of his top five schools.
ATH Damonte Terry...The Scotland County standout was one of the top performers at Saturday’s combine. At a solid 6-0, 189 pounds, Terry ran blazing 40's of 4.32 and 4.4-seconds. His 30-inch vertical and 16 reps on the bench press impressed as well. NC State is one of Terry’s top schools currently. It is unlikely State would take him as a running back with safety possibly being a likely destination.
TE Matt Milner...Milner is a player that we really like. He probably hasn’t received the notice he deserves because of his role at Cardinal Gibbons High School. However, Milner took a solid step forward with his showing on Saturday. At 6-3, 228 pounds Milner ran impressive 40's of 4.61 and 4.7-seconds. His vertical jumps of 29 inches and 23 reps on the bench press were solid as well. Size is likely going to be a concern for the tight end position in college but he does appear to have the frame to get up in the 250-260 range. Since he is closer to a Willie Wright-type tight end, his pass catching ability will likely be closely scrutinized during the camps over the summer. He currently lists NC State as one of his top five schools.
OL Will Simmons...Simmons has worked hard to trim some weight and it showed at the combine. He measured in at 6-5, 326 pounds. Simmons skipped the 40-yard dash but had vertical jumps of 23 and 26 inches. His 25 reps on the bench press was one of the day’s best. Although he’s avoiding naming favorites, NC State is a team high on Simmon’s list.
DB Caleb Lucas...Lucas is from South Johnston High School and has visited NC State several times. While we didn’t get all the numbers on Lucas, he certainly impressed with his blistering 4.39-second 40-yard dash on his first attempt.
RB JR Rhodes...Out of Jordan High School, Rhodes is one of the state’s top running backs and on Saturday, had 40-yard dashes of 4.48 and 4.55-seconds. He measured at 5-9, 192 pounds and logged an impressive 4.38-second pro shuttle. His 40-inch vertical jumps was one of the day’s best. In our opinion, Rhodes was one of the top athletes in attendance Saturday. Once his academic situation becomes clearer, Rhodes’ recruiting could take off.
RB Kevin Howell...Howell, out of SE Raleigh High School had a solid showing. Measured at 5-9 ½, 187 pounds, Howell logged 40's of 4.53 and 4.50-seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and 22 reps on the bench press.
LB Steve Moore...Moore is a Chapel Hill High School standout that State is evaluating. He has attended two Wolfpack junior days and the spring game. While we didn’t get all of his measurements, Moore ran 40's of 4.74 and 4.71-seconds. He has played defensive end at Chapel Hill and currently lists the Pack as his top school.
S Tyree Simpson...Simpson is teammates with fellow NC State recruit Brian Johnson from Myers Park High School in Charlotte. This kid may be a sleeper in the state this year and really helped his stock on Saturday. At 6-0, 202 pounds, Simpson ran 40's of 4.47 and 4.49-seconds. His 32.8-inch vertical and 16 reps on the bench press impressed as well. Physically, this kid looked like a player.
UNC commits look good
Have to give credit where it’s due and three of UNC’s commits really performed well on Saturday. DE Donte Moss ran impressive 40's of 4.58 and 4.63-seconds. LB Justin Dixon was one of the combine’s most impressive, logging 4.48 and 4.45-second 40-yard dashes at 6-0 ½ and 228 pounds. His 32 reps on the bench press may go down as the state’s best effort this combine season and vertical jumps of 31 and 32-inches were equally impressive. DT Jared McAdoo measured at 6-2, 287 pounds and ran 4.96 and 5.0-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also did 26 reps on the bench press.
OL Xavier Nixon and OL Travis Bond skipped the Shrine Bowl combines this spring. Both chose to attend an AAU basketball event Saturday over the combine. Hillside standouts Desmond Scott and Nick Stone were at the combine Saturday but just observed and didn’t participate.
Two players we had never heard of before really jumped out at us with their solid builds and impressive showings on Saturday.
Lamar McLendon is a linebacker at 71st high school and was an all-conference performer as a junior. We didn’t get all of his numbers on Saturday but his 40's of 4.58 and 4.68-seconds were impressive.
Hakeem Vinson was another prospect that really jumped out at us. He measured at 6-3, 233 pounds and logged 40's of 4.53 and 4.54-seconds. Vinson backed that up with vertical jumps of 30 and 32 inches. He also did 15 reps on the bench press. Vinson plays at South Johnston High School. He lists NC State as his dream college.
Torrance Hunt from Jordan High School...on his first attempt at the 40, ran a time of 4.23-seconds. With six Shrine Bowl coaches timing him on his last run, Hunt logged a 4.22-second time. I personally timed him at 4.26-seconds. Suffice it to say Hunt is fast but also small. He didn’t get measured but appeared to be in the 140-150 pound range. However, his jets had everyone talking on Saturday.