Stars Come Out For Third Shrine Bowl Combine

Although the numbers may have been down on Saturday due to SAT testing, there was plenty of star power on hand for third of five Shrine Bowl combines being held this spring. Pack Pride was on hand and has the lowdown on all the day's top participants.

Although the numbers may have been down on Saturday due to SAT testing, there was plenty of star power on hand for third of five Shrine Bowl combines being held this spring. Pack Pride was on hand and has the lowdown on all the day's top participants.

Although listed as a linebacker by Scout.com, Butler's Kris Frost didn't look shabby at wide receiver on Saturday. In fact, he may have been the most impressive prospect on hand. Measuring in at a solid 6-2, 216 pounds, Frost recorded a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and backed that up with an equally impressive 4.29-second pro shuttle. In one on one drills, he was fluid, smooth and athletic- using his size to dominate smaller defensive backs while showing the ability to make some tough catches. On the recruiting front, Frost appears to be leaning out of state with Michigan, California, Maryland and Auburn, along with UNC being the teams out front.

Christian LeMay, also from Butler High School, is rated the No. 2 quarterback in the nation currently by Scout.com. He measured at 6-2, 189 pounds on Saturday but decided against doing any individual testing. Lemay looks thin and it's clear he'll need to add some bulk over the coming years but considering he's still a junior- there's plenty of time for that to happen. His strong suit is mechanics and has the prototype "over the top" delivery that's hard to coach. Lemay is eerily reminiscent of former Independence QB Chris Leak in the way he delivers the ball. On Saturday, he was the most consistent in delivering nice, tight spirals and his accuracy was solid. He doesn't appear to have a cannon but his arm strength is adequate.

Three other quarterbacks worked out with two taking the same route as LeMay and deciding to skip the individual testing portion of the combine. Mallard Creek's Marquise Williams measured in at 6-2, 215 pounds. Williams has a strong arm but otherwise, is extremely raw. He does have a compact throwing motion which is a plus but needs quite a bit of polishing with footwork and simply throwing the ball consistently.

Hillside's Vad Lee was 6-1, 190 pounds and decided against testing although it would have been nice to see how he would've stacked up numbers-wise. Perhaps Lee could be a quarterback in a Georgia Tech-type system but otherwise, he's going to need to make a huge jump to compete in a more traditional college offense. His athleticism is a plus but nearly everything else will require quite a bit of work and polishing before he becomes a bona fide D-1 quarterback.

Harnett Central's Brian Taylor was the only signal-caller that decided to test and he didn't disappoint. At 6-2, 197 pounds, Taylor ran an impressive 4.63-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 32.7-inch vertical jump. In workouts, he seemed to struggle with his throws. Taylor delivered quite a few wobbly passes and his accuracy was inconsistent. He very well could have had just a bad day and will still be a player to watch over the coming months.

The most impressive big man in attendance was easily Fuquay-Varina's Shaun Underwood. At 6-0, 318 pounds, he ran a 4.97-second 40-yard dash and showed that he can flat out move for a player in excess of 300 pounds. Underwood is massive in his upper body and put up 29 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press. He didn't particularly stand out in one on one drills but projecting as a defensive tackle, that's not a big deal. What's apparent is his tremendous natural strength and upside. Recruiting-wise, UNC, Wake Forest and Penn State appear to lead the way although NC State is certainly still in the race.

West Rowan's Dominique Noble showed why his stock has taken off in the last month after proving to be arguably the top defensive back on the field. He measured at 6-1, 184 pounds but has the long arms and frame of a safety. However, he prefers cornerback for college. On the very first one on one, Noble made a beautiful break on the ball, positioning himself between the QB and the receiver and came away with a nice interception. He showed great recovery speed and makes good use of his hands during the route. Noble was timed at 4.73 in the 40 although some improvements in technique could certainly help that number. He also recorded a 4.27-second pro shuttle and had a 27.3-inch vertical jump. NC State currently leads for Noble as he was sporting a couple of Wolfpack wristbands for the event.

Random Notes...UNC commits T.J. Thorpe, Eric Ebron and Travis Riley were all in attendance and each had solid showings. Thorpe ran a blistering 4.39-second 40-yard dash and looks like he could be a nice slot receiver in college. Ebron arrived late and missed testing but looks the part physically and showed potential catching the ball. Riley may have been the surprise of the trio. He looks impressive at 5-11, 208 pounds and his 4.41-second 40-yard dash was one of the day's best.

Jacksonville Northside's Monte Golden was probably a notch below Shaun Underwood as far as defensive tackles go but he did a solid job in one on ones. He measured in at 6-0, 288 pounds and ran a 5.33-second 40-yard dash. Golden is being recruited by NC State who also happens to offer his major while UNC was his childhood favorite. He has yet to land any offers.

Nick Miles is an Eastern Alamance standout that has earned an early offer from Duke. He is smallish for a defensive lineman at 6-2, 230 pounds but his 4.79 40-yard dash was solid. Miles was quick off the line in one on one drills and proved to be a handful at times. NC State is not currently recruiting him.



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