Pressley impressive at combine

JAMESTOWN – On a humid Saturday at Ragsdale High School, over 200 participants (including a number of Tar Heel targets) showcased their speed and strength at the combine.

There were 16 prospects currently listed on IC's Recruiting Board in attendance.

Greensboro Dudley defensive tackle Demario Pressley was on hand, along with his head coach Victor Floyd. Floyd said that Pressley was getting offers from "dream schools," but would give no indication of where he is leaning.

As would be expected, Pressley was by far the most athletic lineman in attendance. He ran a 4.96 40-yard dash, 4.53 shuttle, benched 225 pounds 14 times and recorded a 30-inch vertical leap.

Floyd went on to say that running back Jamaal Edwards really likes Florida State and that the Seminoles have made him their No. 1 running back target. And as for free safety Martel Thatch, Floyd said he still expects him to commit early.

The fastest 40-time of the day belonged to Mt. Airy running back John Penn – 4.39 seconds.

Here are notes on the rest of the Tar Heels' known 2004 prospects in attendance:

  • West Charlotte defensive back Rod Council, ailing from sore hamstrings, still ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, 4.23 in the shuttle, recorded a 31-inch vertical jump, and benched 205 pounds 11 times.
  • Booneville Starmount defensive back James Houston ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash, and a 4.5 shuttle. His vertical leap was 28 inches.
  • Fullback Matt Deese of NE Guilford ran a 4.77 in the 40-yard dash.
  • Winston-Salem Parkland's Tim Bess, the strongest prospect on the field, benched 225 pounds 21 times. Ragsdale's Jonathan Terry and Garner's Juan Williams both did 20 reps.
  • East Wake linebacker Andre Dunn ran a 4.85 in the 40-yard dash.
  • Mt. Airy offensive tackle Chris Becker was the most nimble of the offensive lineman prospects, running a 5.27 in the 40-yard dash, with a 4.96 shuttle time
  • Five other UNC offensive line prospects put up some hefty times in the 40-yard dash: Terry (5.62), Williams (5.59), Roxboro Person's Dan Lawrence (5.68), W. Alamance's Dustin Seamster (6.10) and East Wake's Taylor Hurst (5.60).
  • Other prospects in attendance were (40-time): Trinity running back RB John McEachin (4.75), Broughton wide receiver Andrew Evans (4.71), Davie Co. defensive back Billy Riddle (4.59), W. Charlotte wide receiver Antwan Strong (4.65) and Central Cabarrus quarterback Chip English (5.03).

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