Several Impress at Shrine Bowl Combine

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Despite three spring games taking place throughout the state, over 250 players -- including some of the state's top recruits -- participated in the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Butler High School Saturday.

Several of the participants impressed in combine events and/or one-on-one drills.

Chris Smith
West Rowan

Although he worked out with the defensive line Saturday, by measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds Smith's future is probably going to be at linebacker.

For the Shrine Bowl, though, Smith would fit perfectly at the stand-up defensive end position in the 50 defense that is required for each Shrine Bowl team to run.

"I like to stand up, but it doesn't matter to me," Smith said. "But I think standing up shows my versatility."

Smith's day was highlighted by a 4.64-second 40-yard dash run and 34.8-inch vertical jump.

"I've practiced [the 40-yard dash] a lot over the last couple of weeks and during last summer," Smith said. "Last weekend, I ran a 4.63, so I knew I could [run a good time today]. I just try to go out there and not think about it and just run."

In Butler's gym, Smith clocked relatively good 20-yard shuttle time of 4.65 seconds. He also benched 185 pounds 18 times.

Smith holds scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, and Virginia, and says Clemson is close to offering.

Smith doesn't have a leader but is favoring Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina.

"That's my top four and I'm going to go from there," Smith said.

"I haven't been to North Carolina, but I've been to Clemson, ECU, and Georgia and I've enjoyed my time at all those places. North Carolina, I just like them because I watch them on TV – I like the way they play."

Smith plans to camp at UNC.

A. J. Marshall
Southern Durham

Marshall, who checked in at 5-foot-11 and 169 pounds, impressed with a 40-yard dash times of 4.45 and 4.47 seconds.

"It was surprising since I haven't worked out," Marshall said. "At home I've been doing what I can, working on my starts in my room – I have a pretty big room, I live in the bonus room. I really shocked myself [with my time], honestly."

During the one-on-one passing drills, Marshall, a cornerback, was at his best allowing only a couple of receptions. For his performance, Steven Davis, who will be coaching the defensive backs, singled Marshall out first when the coaches were calling out specific match-ups.

"I really liked the one-on-ones," Marshall said. "They're very competitive."

With the recent additions of Syracuse and Tennessee, Marshall is up to ten scholarship offers.

Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest make up Marshall's top five. He denies a single favorite and isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"I'm really focusing it down on those schools," Marshall said. "I'm getting the education aspect of those schools, meeting the coaching staff, seeing how I fit into the defensive scheme, and things like that."

Despite being in his top five, UNC hasn't been mentioned in several recent reports on Marshall.

"I really love UNC – I went to almost all of their games last year," Marshall said. "But I heard they signed like four or five DBs last year; that's what's really turning me off. They'll always be in my top five being that they're in North Carolina, they show me a lot of love, and I like the whole ‘Rude Boys' tradition."

Detric Allen
South Stanly

Allen had one of the better all-around performances of the day. At 6-foot and 174 pounds, he clocked a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and a 4.36-second 20-yard shuttle, vertically jumping 32.1 inches, and benched 185 pounds 12 times.

Although one-on-one passing drills aren't typically the best event for safeties, Allen was among the defensive backs singled out by Davis.

Allen, who has been offered by Duke, East Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest, says he has been in contact with UNC assistant coach John Blake.

"We talked last week," Allen said. "He talked about me coming up and visiting, and he said he really liked me."

Allen plans to camp at UNC.

Tony Creecy
Southern Durham

Creecy was arguably the most impressive wide receiver during one-on-one passing drills, while Florida pledge Victor Hampton (Charlotte Independence) was arguably the most impressive defensive back. Thus, it was only natural for the two to collide in a few epic battles.

"I know he's a good DB and I just wanted to make sure he knew I was a good receiver," Creecy said. "So yea, we were going at it. It's just a respect thing out here."

In combine drills, at 6-feet and 200 pounds, Creecy ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash and a 4.67-second 20-yard shuttle.

"I put up some pretty good numbers," Creecy said.

Creecy, who says NC State is still his leader, will probably wait until Signing Day to announce his collegiate destination. In the meantime, new scholarship offers continue to arrive – West Virginia is the most recent.

Reggie Wilkins
Shelby Crest

Despite not preparing for the combine, Wilkins, who measured in at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash.

"I haven't run it since the ninth grade," Wilkins said. "It felt good to run it again. It feels like it's coming back to me.

"I didn't really stretch out either. My groin tighten up on me, that's why I didn't do too much during one-on-one drills."

Wilkins also vertically jumped 30.5 inches, did 18 bench reps of 185 pounds, and registered a 4.56-second 20-yard shuttle.

NC State remains the only school to offer, but Wilkins says he's hearing from more schools, including Duke, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Tennessee.

Full Results of Players of Note

Participant Pos High School Ht Wt Fty Sh VJ Reps
Detric Allen DB South Stanly 6-0 174 4.52 4.36 32.1 12
Nick Beaver OL R-S Central 6-4 315 6.05 5.40 19.2 13
Issac Blakeney WR Monroe 6-5 194 4.51 4.95 33.6 10
Anthony Boone QB Mattews Weddington 6-0 225 4.89 4.83 25.6 20
Vernon Brandon WR Hoke County 5-10 172 4.69 4.58 28.8 16
Desi Brown QB South Stanly 6-1 189 4.61 4.55 31.6 15
Justin Clock DB East Gaston 5-10 171 4.42 5.42 29.9 3
Tony Creecy WR Southern Durham 6-0 200 4.55 4.67 27.6 15
Aaron Crumbley RB Belmont South Point 5-11 192 4.71 4.73 24.7 14
Kameron Davis ILB Fayetteville Byrd 5-11 232 4.79 5.33 23.1 15
Troy Elkins DB Charlotte Ardrey Kell 6-1 193 4.48 4.78 33.2 15
Kevin Friel OL Northwest Cabarrus 6-2 304 5.67 5.60 21.6 16
Victor Hampton CB Charlotte Independence 5-9 173 4.63 4.60 30.0 18
Cameron Hughes DB Huntersville Hopewell 6-0 161 4.49 4.77 32.3 DNP
Nigel Johnson RB West Charlotte 5-8 182 4.36 4.59 36.2 18
Darius Kilgo DT Matthews Weddington 6-3 305 5.45 5.39 20.2 28
Kendall Lammb OL Matthews Butler 6-5 249 5.25 4.97 24.2 18
Alan Lea QB Southern Durham 5-9 153 4.51 4.38 32.4 6
Darius Lipford OLB Lenoir Hibriten 6-3 200 4.71 4.40 32.6 11
Quinton Lloyd WR Southern Durham 6-1 162 4.66 4.87 32.8 5
Nygee Lockhart DB West Forsyth 5-7 139 4.40 4.92 36.1 11
A.J. Marshall DB Southern Durham 5-11 169 4.45 4.60 29.3 1
Kevin Parks RB West Rowan 5-6 191 4.65 4.70 30.3 20
Prince Shembo OLB Charlotte Ardrey Kell 6-1 222 4.68 5.00 31.0 20
Chris Smith DE West Rowan 6-2 202 4.64 4.65 34.8 18
Tra Thomas DT Anson County 6-0 266 5.23 5.48 24.9 17
Ryan Thompson OL Charlotte Independence 5-11 222 5.02 4.87 26.0 19
Deshean Townsend QB Hope Mills South View 6-3 209 4.94 5.47 27.8 11
James Virgil RB Fayetteville Cape Fear 5-9 170 4.39 4.72 34.6 14
Reggie Wilkins WR Shelby Crest 5-9 165 4.45 4.56 30.5 18

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