Despite the relatively low number of participants, several Division I-A recruits
were in attendance.
Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell
Clyburn wasn't only one of the more heralded recruits on hand he had arguably the best all-around performance of the day.
After measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, he ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash on Reynolds High's track. He also vertically jumped 30.9 inches and benched 185 pounds 16 times.
"I felt like my 40 time was right where I wanted it to be," Clyburn said. "My shuttle wasn't where I wanted it to be. And [my] bench was pretty good."
Also, Clyburn excelled in the position-oriented drills, where he and four others (Darius Drummond, Jason Hill, and Chandler Wrightenberry) were singled out from the defensive back group by Coach Steve Shaughnessy.
During one-on-one passing drills, which are more geared toward cornerbacks, Clyburn struggled early on. However, he gradually adapted and had two pass breakups.
"It was tough at first, but I adjusted myself to it," Clyburn said.
Clyburn, who also starts at wide receiver for West Iredell, jumped to offense during one-on-ones for two reps. On his first attempt, he juked out the defender and made a one-handed circus catch on an overthrown pass.
"I just waited until [the defender] turned his hips," Clyburn said. "As soon as he turned his hips, I made my cut to the outside. I went up and snagged it with one hand."
Clyburn holds offers from East Carolina, Illinois, and NC State. He says he has started to receive letters from his new UNC recruiter, Allen Mogridge, and plans to attend the Tar Heels' spring game this coming Saturday.
Asheville (N.C.) Roberson
Wrightenberry opened some eyes Saturday – even his own.
"I was surprised; I was really happy with my performance," Wrightenberry said. "I did well with my times and benched more than I thought I would."
At 194 pounds, Wrightenberry recorded a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, a 4.44-second 20-yard shuttle – which was conducted in Reynolds High's gym - a 31.1-inch vertical jump, and 24 reps of 185 pounds. Wrightenberry's lone blemish: his 5-foot-10 height.
Wrightenberry, who has put on nearly 15 pounds since a year ago, was unsure what to expect for his 40-yard dash time.
"Last year, I was only 180 [pounds] and that's the last time I actually ran the forty," Wrightenberry said. "I knew I could run [a time in the 4.5 range] – it just depended on how I felt… I thought I could have gotten a 4.4 [time], but the last time I popped up."
Due to his versatility, Wrightenberry was uncertain what position group to work out with during the combine. He eventually settled on defensive back.
That decision paid off. Wrightenberry, who displayed how fluid and athletic he is, rivaled Drummond for best DB during one-on-one passing drills and was among the four defensive backs singled out by Shaughnessy.
"[Shaughnessy] said just get some film in and I have a good chance," Wrightenberry said.
Sawyer, who was one of two tight ends in attendance, was another prospect that made a name for himself Saturday.
"A couple of [the Shrine Bowl coaches] have my number and they said ‘We'll make sure to call you [regarding the invitation only combine],'" Sawyer said. "That's pretty reassuring."
Sawyer clocked a 4.78-second 40-yard dash and a 4.80-second 20-yard shuttle, after measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds. He also vertically jumped 27.8 inches and benched 185 pounds 17 times.
"I felt pretty good," Sawyer said. "I showed what I had. My 40 did surprise me a little bit. I was expecting a 4.8, but a 4.7 is a good time for me."
Additionally, Sawyer showed off his physicality and receiving ability during one-on-one line and one-on-one passing drills.
East Carolina has extended Sawyer a scholarship offer.
Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola
Combine timing events aren't exactly Brosius' forte. However, when it came time to put the ball in the air, Brosius easily separated himself as the best quarterback in attendance.
"There were a lot of good athletes out here, it made me look better," Brosius said.
Brosius, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and 234 pounds, showed amazing accuracy, and the ability to throw every pass asked of him. However, his slow feet is a glaring weakness.
"I was on today, but I'm not on the way I should be for the season," Brosius said. "… There were some things I did well and some things I did badly."
Several times during one-on-one passing drills, Brosius was purposely paired with one of the better wide receivers to go up against one of the better defensive backs.
Brosius, who holds a UCF scholarship offer, has a Wake Forest visit coming up and is considering a trip to Arkansas.
Drummond was another participant who stood out more during position-oriented drills. However, his combine times were solid.
During position-oriented drills, Drummond worked with the top group within the defensive backs, as decided by Shaughnessy. He went on to be one of the more impressive defensive back during one-on-one passing drills.
Drummond, who measured in at 5-foot-10 and 166 pounds, vertically jumped 32.5 inches and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.54 seconds.
Because of his long arms, Drummond plays a lot bigger than his height might suggest. He proved that during the one-on-ones when he laid out and made a difficult interception.
Full Results of Players of Note
|Josh Adams||RB||Waynesville Tuscola||5-9||164||4.44||4.41||34.0||10|
|Tyler Brosius||QB||Waynesville Tuscola||6-3||234||5.22||4.58||24.5||7|
|P.J. Clyburn||S||West Iredell||6-1||202||4.57||4.70||30.9||16|
|Josh Piurowski||LB||Canton Pisgah||5-10||197||4.91||4.83||26.3||12|
|Chandler Wrightenberry||S||Asheville Roberson||5-10||194||4.53||4.44||31.1||24|