O-D Spotlight: Jamal Womble

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --- One of the most impressive performers of the all-star week has been North Carolina pledge Jamal Womble. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound tailback has impressed nearly every observer of the Offense-Defense All-American practices.

"I got off to a somewhat slow start [Tuesday]," Womble said. "I mean it wasn't bad, but it wasn't like I usually am.

"And then [Wednesday], I kicked it into gear. I think I had six carries and scored like four times."

The usual practice is two hours long and concludes with 20-30 minutes of 11-on-11 action – albeit with limited contact.

Womble, a Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena product, is one of three running backs on the West squad. During the Offense-Defense All-American Game Friday night (8 p.m. Fox College Sports TV), the entire trio expects to see a lot of reps as all three will play both tailback and fullback.

"It's a balanced, pro-style offense," Womble said. "There's no set type. We've got all kinds of formations – power I, shotgun."

When he isn't turning heads on the practice field, Womble is recruiting his fellow Offense-Defense teammates to UNC.

"I got a couple of people thinking about taking a visit out [to UNC]," Womble said.

Womble didn't want to reveal any names, but says his recruiting efforts have been primarily focused on the West team.

"A lot of guys are interested," Womble said. "I got about eight or nine guys thinking about going [to UNC] on an official."

UNC coaches have not provided Womble with any recruiting guidance.

"I'm just trying to get players," Womble said. "You know you practice with these guys and you know they can help. So I just started talking to some guys to see if I can get them [to UNC]."

With his early-December verbal commitment to UNC, most schools have all but ceased their recruitment of Womble.

UNC, though, is in contact with Womble "often." He said he mostly communicates with Charlie Williams.


Here are a few of the the rave reviews Womble has received this week ...

* "Jamal Womble established himself as the West's top running back on Wednesday. The prospect from Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena changes direction better than anyone on the team and has earned praise from coach Terry Kirby for his ability to run between the tackles. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound Womble explodes through the hole and then looks to make his move. He consistently finds his way into the secondary. His mix of power, speed and agility has often proved too much for the defensive line and linebackers to handle." -- USA Today

"With Carolina Blue bands on his lower legs, Jamal stated his case today. Womble was hitting the hole well and turning up field once he found an opening. He showed some very nice vision today and continued to eat up real estate after first contact. ... He is expected to start at RB for the West Team." -- SuperPrep

"Womble has been the best back for either team this week showing a good blend of power and quickness with his running style. He is able to run between the tackles, keeping a low center of gravity to make quick cuts, and has the speed to turn the corner as well." -- Miller Safrit, Scout.com

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