Shrine Bowl: Larry Raper Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- The N.C. coaching staff plans to fully utilize the speed and playmaking ability of Larry Raper during Saturday's Shrine Bowl.

"Mostly I'm at the running back position," Raper said. "But when we go into our passing sets, I'm in the slot. I'm also returning kickoffs and I'm on the kickoff team."

Raper is in the mix at tailback with UNC commitment Hunter Furr, East Carolina commitment Damonte Terry, and Kevin Fogg.

As a kick returner, Raper is on the "Green Team" (second string).

Raper, a 5-foot-10, 163-pounder, played wingback in Shelby's wing-t offense, where he rushed for 722 yards and ten touchdowns on 103 rushes and caught 13 passes for 316 yards and another score.

In college, most schools project Raper as a slot receiver type, as well as a return specialist.

Raper says NC State and South Carolina are recruiting him the hardest. He says he speaks to Steve Spurrier, Jr. (USC) and Andy McCollum (NC State) at least once a week.

In addition to the two aforementioned schools, Raper is considering Clemson and UNC. He says he doesn't have a leader.

With the exception of UNC, Raper has received a scholarship offer from each of his finalists. Duke has also offered.

"[UNC] is waiting to make sure I get cleared with the [NCAA] Clearinghouse, which I don't blame them for that," Raper said. "I'm waiting on that myself, really, before I even commit somewhere."

In January, Raper plans to take official visits to all four of final schools. However, he doesn't have any trips scheduled.

In the September of his junior year, Raper verbally committed to Clemson. After Tommy Bowden resigned, Raper de-committed and decided to explore his options.

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