Boone Shrine Bowl Combine Report

BOONE, N.C. --- The torrential rain kept all of Saturday's Shrine Bowl Combine's combine events inside, including the 40-yard dash which was timed in a hallway in Watauga High School. The rain did dissipate in time, though, for the wide receivers and quarterbacks to run routes-on-air.

The inclement weather didn't keep the prospects away. Over 150 rising seniors made the trek to Watauga High School to participate in the third of four Shrine Bowl Combines, which was more than the previously Saturday's combine in Mint Hill.

In addition to the 40-yard dash, the combine events included the 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, and bench reps of 185 pounds.

Tysean Holloway
Asheville (N.C.)

Holloway had one of the combine's fastest 40-yard dash times (4.55 seconds). What was his secret to compensate for running in the hallway? To run in his bare feet.

"I was kind of disappointed that we couldn't be outside running the forty," Holloway said. "But, you've got to make the best of the situation. The hallway is hard – it doesn't give. And you're always taught not to run in the hallways. I didn't have any good shoes to run in, so I just ran in my [bare] feet. It was kind of a challenge and I had fun with it."

For the 20-yard shuttle, Holloway, who checked in at 5-foot-11 and 181 pounds, went for a less primitive approach by running in sneakers and clocked a 4.46-second time.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina are still the only schools to have offered Holloway, but he says the amount of schools he's hearing from has increased.

"A lot of schools are saying I should have an offer by the end of the summer, if not before," Holloway said. "A lot of schools want me to come to camp."

Holloway, who hasn't been able to make any visits this spring, plans on camping at Florida State, Illinois, and Maryland this summer.

UNC originally recruited Holloway for safety. He says the talk now from UNC, and every other school, is about offense.

"The Carolina coaches actually had an argument about it," Holloway said. "Every school now wants me on offense either as a slot or running back, depending on the offense that they run.

"That's what I want – I love offense. I feel like I can make plays on offense."

A surprising leader for Holloway is Illinois.

"Illinois sticks out the most," Holloway said. "They send me a lot of personal letters. I like Illinois, I like Florida State, I really like Carolina, and I like Oregon because of their jerseys."

Phillip Williamson
Durham (N.C.) Jordan

There's no doubt that Williamson has the size (6-foot-2 and 210 pounds) and ability, but many have questioned if he has the required speed. Running the 40-yard dash in a hallway wasn't going to help his case.

"Outside would have been way better, because of traction," Williamson said. "Inside, I was slipping on the floor."

Williamson ran a 4.84-second 40-yard dash, 4.43-second 20-yard shuttle, and benched 185 pounds 27 times.

Williamson, who participated in the combine as a wide receiver, starts at safety for Jordan. Most schools are recruiting him as both a safety and linebacker.

"In Jordan's defense, I am basically am an outside linebacker, because I'm in the box a lot," Williamson said. "So playing it in college won't be any different. I love defense and I love to hit."

A week ago, Williamson was in Chapel Hill for UNC's Spring Game.

"It was great," Williamson said. "They said you come to camp, run the forty and the shuttle and I'll walk away with a scholarship."

Williamson plans to camp at Clemson, Duke (the only school to have offered), UNC, Wake Forest this summer.

Michael Cunningham
Lincolnton (N.C.)

A week ago, Cunningham received his first scholarship offer from East Carolina.

"It feels lovely [to get that first offer]," Cunningham said. "I'm just going to wait until my senior year is over and if I don't have another offer, ECU is a great choice."

Cunningham says he's still hearing from Ball State, UNC, and NC State.

At 5-foot-10 and 196 pounds, he ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash, 4.31-second 20-yard shuttle, vertically jumped 30.5 inches, and benched 185 pounds 19 times.

"I think I did pretty well," Cunningham said. "There are some things I can improve on, like my bench. But overall, I think I'm the best linebacker."

Matt Johnson
Maiden (N.C.)

After checking in at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Johnson registered a 4.89-second 40-yard dash, 4.43-second 20-yard shuttle, and did 12 reps of 185 pounds.

"Overall, I think I did well," Johnson said. "I think I definitely redeemed myself from testing with throwing."

Johnson is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but he's receiving significant interest from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, UNC, and Wake Forest. He has visited all five aforementioned schools twice.

"No favorites," Johnson said. "Hopefully I can get a D1 offer – that's my main goal right now."

Johnson has attended a football game and a junior day at UNC.

"I really love Carolina," Johnson said. "[Allen Mogridge] said they are looking at me for defense. I'm fine with that – whatever the coach asks me to play, I'm going to play. But I've been practicing quarterback my entire life. I want to be recruited as a quarterback."

Johnson plans to attend as many college camps as possible this summer.

Brandon Littlejohn
Lawndale (N.C.) Burns

Littlejohn was arguably the most impressive quarterback during routes-on-air. He throws with a lot of velocity and was able to make all the throws asked of him. However, at 5-foot-10 and160 pounds, it will be hard for him to get a look at the Division I-A level.

Full Results of Players of Note

Participant Pos High School Ht Wt Fty Sh VJ Reps
Raymond Beam WR Morganton Freedom 6-0 204 4.85 4.70 27.2 12
Matt Cincotta OLB Charlotte Catholic 5-11 186 4.80 4.52 32.8 11
Ryan Corbening TB West Caldwell 5-8 163 4.51 4.50 32.0 9
Michael Cunningham OLB Lincolton 5-10 196 4.66 4.31 30.5 19
Vincent Davidson WR West Iredell 5-11 200 4.79 4.43 26.9 14
David Duckworth WR Morganton Freedom 6-2 177 4.82 4.75 34.1 12
Austin Fleming QB West Stokes 6-3 206 4.78 4.40 27.9 DNP
Julius Gaines DB Lenoir Hibriten 6-0 175 4.76 4.52 35.0 4
Michael Helms QB Morganton Freedom 6-1 186 4.84 4.20 32.4 18
Tysean Holloway RB Asheville 5-11 181 4.55 4.46 28.7 20
Matt Johnson QB Maiden 6-2 207 4.89 4.43 27.9 27
Marcus Kincaid S Morganton Freedom 5-11 185 4.62 4.22 32.4 23
Hunter Lee TE Mooresville 6-3 203 4.74 4.70 32.4 12
Brandon Littlejohn QB Lawndale Burns 5-10 160 4.81 4.21 27.1 3
Keith McAfee ILB Charlotte Olympic 5-11 236 4.94 4.70 26.7 21
Alex McCallister DE West Forsyth 6-5 203 4.90 4.28 32.3 0
Matt Pridette OL Marshville Forest Hills 6-4 273 5.23 5.00 24.5 27
Jonathan Sherrill DB Lincolonton 6-2 174 4.70 4.26 32.4 0
Kamron Summers S West Iredell 5-10 178 4.68 4.41 21.0 DNP
Brandon Williams OLB Asheville 5-7 182 4.73 4.38 30.0 10
Phillip Williamson WR Durham Jordan 6-2 210 4.84 4.43 28.9 27
Josh Wineburg DE Ashe County 6-4 218 4.96 4.66 24.9 14
Albert Wright OLB W-S Carver 5-11 217 4.81 4.49 26.3 16

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