Hill, Martin Star at Combine

HAVELOCK, N.C. --- Both in combine events and one-on-one drills, defensive ends Alfy Hill and Kareem Martin stole the show Saturday at the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Havelock High School.

Surprising considering its location, Saturday's combine attracted 197 participants, including some of the state's best prospects.

Alfy Hill
Shallotte (N.C.) West Brunswick

If it were possible, Hill's recruiting stock would see a significant boost after Saturday's combine performance. But with nearly 30 scholarship offers from schools throughout the nation, there's not much room for improvement the the defensive end.

The highlight of Hill's day was the 40-yard dash time, which was conducted on Havelock's track. After measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 222 pounds, he clocked times of 4.52 and 4.58 seconds.

"When I was coming up here, a buddy back home, he said his forty is better than mine," Hill said. "So I made a bet with him. I told myself I would have a 4.52 to beat him – so I called my shot. He was shocked. That's the best I've ever done in the forty."

Hill went on to register a 33.6-inch vertical jump.

Hill's remarkable day didn't stop with the combine events. During one-on-one linemen drills, he was unstoppable, beating everyone that lined up across from him. Hill was too quick and agile for his opponents, and showed off unrivaled swim and rip moves.

Clemson, Maryland, and Michigan are the latest schools to offer Hill. In less than three months, he has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the region's top recruits.

"It's very exciting to me," Hill said. "The spotlight has been thrashed onto me – I don't know what to expect certain times. My momma, she's living it, right now."

Hill plans to establish a list of favorites in the next couple of weeks and then make a verbal commitment before the end of the summer.

Kareem Martin
Roanoke Rapids (N.C.)

Like Hill, none of the offensive linemen had an answer for Martin during one-on-one drills. The defensive end, who checked in a 6-foot-6 and 229 pounds, utilized his massive wing span and strong hands.

"I just tried to be quick off the ball and strong," Martin said. "I felt confident coming into the day because of how well I did in Greensboro against some of the best, so I knew I could come in and do the same."

Martin's combine numbers weren't too shabby, either. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle, which was conducted on Havelock's gym floor, in 4.46 seconds. He also vertically jumped 33.7 inches.

"I've been working hard in the weight room trying to get my numbers down and it's finally starting to pay off," Martin said.

Martin is up to eight scholarship offers – Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, NC State, Stanford, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Ideally, Martin would like to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season kicks off.

"I don't have any favorites, but I do like Duke and the Virginia schools," Martin said. "But I still want to give everybody else a look, because a lot of those offers have just come in the last two or three weeks."

William Griffith
Havelock (N.C.)

Of the participants, Griffith, a cornerback, is likely to see the greatest rise in recruiting stock.

"I thought I did excellent today," Griffith said. "It's not top notch, because you can always improve. But I felt like I did pretty good."

Griffith, who checked in at 5-foot-11 and 166 pounds, registered 40-yard dash times of 4.43 and 4.47 seconds. He also scored the day's best 20-yard shuttle time – 4.22 seconds – and vertically jumped 32.1 inches.

In a relatively weak crop of skilled position players, Griffith was arguably the most impressive during one-on-one passing drills. He had a couple pass deflections and allowed just two catches.

"I surprised myself during one-on-ones, because last year was my first year playing DB," Griffith said.

Griffith is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but is fielding interest from schools throughout the region and has attended junior days at Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and NC State.

"Mainly, [recruiters] are saying they want me to come to their summer camps to see what I got," Griffith said.

Griffith is considering camping at Duke, East Carolina, UNC and NC State.

Duke is recruiting Griffith the heaviest. Thus, in return, he is favoring the Blue Devils.

Takoby Cofield
Tarboro (N.C.)

On the flipside of Hill and Martin, Cofield, who plays offensive tackle in a run-dominated straight-T offense, struggled during one-on-one linemen drills.

"I played against some pretty good guys today," Cofield said. "Kareem [Martin] and I matched up a lot. I'm still having problems going up against him, but he's one of the best in the state. He had to do something different [each time we went up against each other], so that let's me know I'm improving."

More importantly, though, Cofield, whose height has come inro question, measured in at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds.

Cofield's scholarship offers list remains unchanged – Duke, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech – but schools like Boston College, Penn State, and Tennessee have began to show significant interest.

Cofield is still favoring the schools that have offered him a scholarship.

"The schools that haven't [offered] are low on my list, but I'm still listening to what they have to say," Cofield said. "My target date [for my verbal commitment] is still going to be August 14 at our jamboree."

This summer, Cofield plans to camp at Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Ethan Farmer
Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus

At 6-foot-2 and 257 pounds, Farmers recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.96 seconds and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.91 seconds.

"I'm pretty satisfied with my shuttle time and my forty," Farmer said. "But I plan on still working on my speed a little bit more.

On the bench press, Farmers did 21 reps of 185 pounds.

Somewhat of a late bloomer, Farmer has collected scholarship offers from Clemson, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech in the last few weeks. He believes Duke and North Carolina are close to offering.

For UNC, Farmer, who attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day in February, keeps in contact with John Blake.

"He says he likes my film," Farmer said. "I'm just trying to get to know him, right now."

In addition to UNC, Farmers has attended junior days at Clemson and Duke. He plans to camp at Duke, UNC, and NC State this summer.

Outside of NC State, every school is recruiting Farmer as a defensive end, the position he worked out at Saturday. The Wolfpack project him as a tight end.

Farmer's top five schools are Clemson, Florida, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"That's my top five ever – since I was a little boy," Farmer said.

Kewitt Koonce
Kinston (N.C.)

Kewitt Koonce, an Associated Press All-State cornerback that has flown under the radar, answered questions about his speed Saturday by clocking a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and a 4.38-second 20-yard shuttle.

Koonce, who weighed in at 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, also benched 185 pounds 12 times and looked solid during one-on-one passing drills.

Full Results of Players of Note

Participant Pos High School Ht Wt Fty Sh VJ Reps
Vince Allen DE New Hanover 6-1 246 4.93 4.93 27.0 29
Jonathan Buffkin LB South Columbus 6-0 184 4.87 5.08 30.9 24
Tyler Cline DE Kinston 6-2 189 4.59 4.95 30.7 10
Takoby Cofield OL Tarboro 6-5 290 5.46 5.03 22.6 14
Travis Crosby S West Charlotte 5-9 172 4.59 4.80 39.8 13
Phillip Dobbins OL Southern Nash 6-3 248 5.22 5.02 21.4 20
Brandon Ellington TE Wilmington Laney 6-4 211 4.94 4.67 23.7 6
Ethan Farmer DE South Columbus 6-2 257 4.96 4.91 27.1 21
William Griffith CB Havelock 5-11 166 4.43 4.22 32.1 11
Damarius Harper RB Tarboro 5-6 172 4.51 4.77 30.9 16
Alfy Hill DE West Brunswick 6-4 222 4.52 4.58 33.6 DNP
Kewitt Koonce CB Kinston 5-10 176 4.46 4.38 28.6 12
Kareem Martin DE Roanke Rapids 6-6 229 4.69 4.46 33.7 16
Chris Person WR West Craven 5-10 167 4.46 4.61 34.5 15
Devin Roberts S New Hanover 6-1 192 4.67 4.54 29.7 21
Corey Robinson OL Havelock 6-7 280 5.26 5.31 21.4 16
Kevin Staton RB Tarboro 5-11 205 4.49 4.86 30.2 14
Antony Thomas OL New Hanover 6-2 286 5.28 4.98 26.9 27
Nathaniel Waddell LB North Brunswick 5-11 199 4.42 4.50 38.2 11
Jerome Vaughn S Kinston 5-7 174 4.50 4.54 32.3 31
Justin Whitaker RB Ayden-Grifton 5-10 175 4.47 4.20 35.1 11
Tyrece Wooten TE New Hanover 6-2 216 4.90 4.67 30.4 19

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