Renner Ready for All-Star Game

North Carolina verbal commitment Bryn Renner has been in Hawaii this week preparing to compete in the All-Star Football Classic Friday night.

"The week is going great," Renner said Wednesday night. "We've gotten in two days of practice. It's a great experience to play with the best players in high school. The speed here is very different, like it will be in college, so it's good to get a taste of that."

Renner, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Springfield (Va.) West, will be quarterbacking the Mainland Team, which is compromised of top recruits throughout the nation including Ohio State pledge Dorian Bell, Southern Cal pledge Randall Carroll, and Morgan Moses.

"There's a lot of talent out here," Renner said. "Everyone here is very talented. There's a lot good players out here.

"It's a good experience – once in a lifetime. It's a lot of fun being around so many guys from around the nation."

The Mainland Team's opponent Friday night is the Hawaii/Polynesia Team, which is led by Scout.com five-star prospect Manti Te'o.

Renner will alternate at quarterback with Zach Mettenberger, a Georgia verbal commitment from Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County.

"I'm not even sure how we're going to do it," Renner said. "I think we're going to go I'll play the first [quarter], he'll play the second [quarter] – and just go like that."

Bill Renner, Bryn's father and high school coach, will coach the Mainland Team and has brought his pass-heavy spread offense with him.

"It's basically the same [offense that I ran in high school], but with some extra wrinkles," Renner said. "[There will be] maybe a little more running, because we have David Wilson and the kid that's going to LSU [Michael Ford]."

Renner is excited to be playing in the same offense he ran the past two years at West Springfield with upgraded talent.

"It's just amazing how many people I can get the ball to out here," Renner said. "You have six wide receivers that are the best in the nation. I'm really looking forward to throwing them the ball and letting them make the play."

Throughout the practice week heading into the game, Renner has been sure to assist in UNC's recruiting efforts. His primary target is Moses, who holds a UNC scholarship offer.

"We're both from Virginia, so we know it each other and can relate to each other," Renner said. "We just talk. I tell him that UNC is on the up and Coach [Butch] Davis is building things down there."

The Hawaii All-Star Football Classic will be held in Aloha Stadium located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kickoff is set for Friday at 8 p.m. local time (1 a.m. EST). Fox Sports Pacific will carry the game live on cable affiliates. On DirecTV the game will be broadcast live on FSN Prime Ticket (channel 694) replayed at 2 p.m. EST Saturday.

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