Shrine Bowl Combine Circuit Begins

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. --- Due in part to SAT testing and anticipated bad weather, the quality and quantity of rising seniors on hand for the first Shrine Bowl Combine of the season was surprisingly low.

Fewer than 100 players made the trek to Alexander Central High School on Saturday afternoon to partake in the combine, which is one of three being held throughout the state. Of the participants, only two claim Division I-A scholarship offers – none have been offered by North Carolina.

The biggest UNC target on hand – both figuratively and literally - was Charles Goodwin (pictured below right), a lineman from High Point (N.C.) Andrews, who worked out with the defensive ends.

After checking in at 6-foot-5 ½ and 243 pounds, Goodwin clocked a 5.16-second 40-yard dash on Alexander Central's track and benched 185 pounds 17 times.

"There are a couple of areas I need to improve on like the forty and bench," Goodwin said. "I just want to run a 4.8-4.9 [40-yard dash]. But, I can get to a 4.9 by the next combine – I know I can. We've been doing more lifting now and not so much conditioning. Normally I can bench [185 pounds] 20-21 times, but not today."

Additionally, Goodwin registered a 4.91-second 20-yard shuttle, which was conducted inside Alexander Central's gym, and a 28.7-inch vertical jump.

Another UNC target, Rudy Cabral, a linebacker from Asheville (N.C.) Reynolds, had a mediocre outing – especially by his standards.

"Overall, I don't feel confident in my performance today," Cabral said. "I don't really like to make excuses, but everyone's times were slow today. So it might not just be me."

Checking in at 5-foot-11 ½ and 226.4 pounds, Cabral benched 185 pounds 24 times, but ran times of 4.89 and 5.07 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle, respectfully. He also vertically jumped 23.8 inches.

Clemson pledge Larry Raper had one of the better performances of the day. The Shelby (N.C.) tailback lived up to his speedy reputation by running 40-yard dash times of 4.35 and 4.38 seconds. He measured in at 5-foot-10 and 162.8 pounds, clocked a 4.49-second 20-yard shuttle, vertically jumped 33.7 inches, and benched 185 pounds 13 times.

The other participant holding D-IA offers, Quan Rucker, didn't fair as well, but had an above average day. At 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds, Rucker recorded a 4.65-second 40-yard dash, a 4.53-second 20-yard shuttle, 28.8-inch vertically jump.

"It's surprising [how I performed]," Rucker said. "I just didn't produce today. I wish it was better, but [I'll] just hope for the best and stay positive."

On the bench press, Rucker, an athlete from Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell, pushed 185 pounds 14 times.

Rucker holds scholarship offers from Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

"My favorite schools, probably right now, would be Clemson, Virginia, and Wake," Rucker said. "Wake has been my dream school always – I've always wanted to go to Wake since I was a little kid. Virginia, [I like its] education [reputation]. And Clemson has always been one of my schools, too."

Steve DeBush, an offensive line from South Caldwell who is receiving early interest from UNC, also had a not-so-impressive day. At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds he recorded a 5.84-second 40-yard dash, 5.17-second 20-yard shuttle, 18-inch vertical jump, and eight reps of 185 pounds

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