The four regional Shrine Bowl combines concluded on Saturday at Williams High School in Burlington, NC with several of North Carolina’s best for the class of 2010 in attendance.
One of the headliners of the event was Dudley’s David Amerson. A week after a solid showing at Scout’s combine in Charlotte, Amerson measured in at 6-1, 177 pounds and recorded a 40-yard dash of 4.48-seconds. He also logged an impressive 4.15-second pro shuttle and 35.7-inch vertical jump.
In one on one drills, Amerson proved to be one of the event’s most polished. He was able to consistently jam his man at the line and stay step for step with virtually every receiver he faced. Amerson has tremendous fundamentals for the safety position and has emerged as one of the real sleepers in the class of 2010. He currently favors NC State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
The most impressive tester of the day may have been White Oak’s Tamari White. Although short by college standards at 5-8, White weighed in at rock solid 172 pounds. He ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash on his second attempt after a timing issue on his first try. Just a few minutes later and with little rest, White logged a time of 4.51-seconds. He also posted a very solid 4.41-second pro shuttle, 37-inch vertical jump and his 25 reps on the bench press was one of the best showings of all the position groups.
On the recruiting side, White has yet to land his first offer but NC State is keeping tabs on his progress.
The North Carolina squad will likely run the wing-T in this year’s Shrine Bowl and Southeast Raleigh’s QB Gabe Henderson may be a perfect fit for that offense. Measuring in at 5-11, 182 pounds, Henderson chose not to run the 40-yard dash but ran a 4.75-second shuttle and had a 27.7-inch vertical jump. He also posted a respectable 12 reps on the bench press.
In one on ones, Henderson showed the best arm and made several very nice throws although admittedly, there weren’t many, if any, college-caliber QB’s in attendance. However, Henderson has quick feet, the ability to run while also presenting the threat to throw the ball effectively.
Smithfield-Selma’s Josh Snead certainly helped his cause on Saturday by recording one of the fastest 40-times of the event. He notched a blistering 4.31 on his first attempt and then came back with a 4.44 on his second try. Snead also had a 4.3-second pro shuttle and 37.9-inch vertical jump. At 5-8, 169 pounds, size is going to be an issue for college recruiters but Snead will certainly get a long look for inclusion on the Shrine Bowl squad. The Pack is not seriously involved with Snead at this point.
A name to remember: T.J. Ross from Southern Durham has been on NC State’s radar and he was one of the surprises on Saturday. Measuring in at 5-11, 194 pounds, Ross was one of the smoothest players in attendance. He is extremely athletic and fluid, and ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and 4.56-second pro shuttle while also recording a 30.9-inch vertical jump and 12 reps on the bench press. Ross didn’t appear completely comfortable in one on one drills but the potential is there. Although he lines up at linebacker for Southern, physically, he looks more like a safety. He could be a name to remember down the line. Wake Forest appears very close to offering at this point.
Cary’s Fre’Shad Hunter was in attendance on Saturday and ran a very respectable 4.79-second 40-yard dash. However, he skipped one on ones and left after testing.
Southeast Raleigh’s LB Kendall Moore also made an appearance and was measured at 6-2, 234 pounds. However, he only tested in the bench press (25 reps) and skipped one on one drills.
Sanderson’s Matt James has received quite a bit of attention on the recruiting circuit but struggled catching the ball on Saturday. He did run a very impressive 4.55-second 40-yard dash after measuring in at 6-5, 195 pounds.
Although a date and location have yet to be set, there will very likely be an invitation-only combine held in the near future.