Stars Shine in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Some of the region's top prospects performed at Sunday's Combine at West Charlotte High School. Get recruiting updates on Gabe King, Keenan Allen, David Amerson, A.J. Cann and Maurice Harris, as well as analysis and full results from all the top players of note.

Gabe King
Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford

With a fantastic overall performance, King walked away with the combine's Overall MVP.

"Gabe King did it all on Sunday - from his incredible nine-foot broad jump at 6-5/250 [pounds] to his 4.7 forty time to his domination of every offensive linemen in the one-on-one drills," National Editor Miller Safrit said. "King showed a combination of speed, power, and some pretty solid technique blowing by every offensive lineman he faced."

During one-on-one linemen drills, King put on a show. He took advantage of a relatively weak roster of offensive linemen with his uncanny combination of strength and speed.

"I came in confident," King said. "I was pretty assured of my speed and my talent that Jesus has blessed me with."

Originally, King had planned to only participate in one-on-ones. However, he was talked into the timing drills by a couple of the high school coaches on hand. Regardless, King didn't disappoint. At 6-foot-4 and 250.8 pounds, he ran a 4.70-second 40-yard dash, which was conducted on a grass field and timed electronically (thus resulting in higher times throughout the day than events run on a track and hand-timed).

King says California and North Carolina are his co-leaders.

"They're carrying ‘1A' [and] ‘1B,'" King said. "I wouldn't give them either ‘1' or ‘2.' They are in the same category."

Heading into the spring, Cal was alone at King's top. With the help of John Blake, the UNC assistant coach that handles King's recruitment, UNC has made the move to the top.

"Coach Blake is a really cool dude," King said. "He's down to earth, but real religious. He's stern and sound in his religion; and that's something you're not going to find in every coach. I like Coach Blake because I can talk about God with him and he understands that I'm young and immature and I may sin and he's not judgmental.

"Also, Coach Blake is full of wisdom, he knows a lot of people, and he knows his job."

King isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment. He says he's being advised to commit before his senior football season, but he would like to take a few official visits before making a decision.

The big question is which school will host King's senior football season. The NCHSAA ruled late last week that King was ineligible to play for any NCHSAA sponsored sport for a year. King, who recently transferred from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, said his family attorney has advised him not to comment on the situation.

Keenan Allen
Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford

Although he didn't walk away with an award, Allen's play on both offense and defense was the most impressive.

"Keenan Allen showed at the wide receiver position that he actually could play on offense in college, but in his first rep as a defensive back, Allen wowed the crowd with a leaping one-handed interception and really started the trend of defensive backs blanketing the offense," Safrit said. "Allen is a smooth safety and did very, very well in playing man coverage on the line of scrimmage against quicker wide receivers in one-on-ones by using his head and strength. He was not easily fooled by double moves and adjusted to the ball very well in the air on deeper routes, two things that a safety normally should not be able to do in that type of environment."

Allen spent most of the day with the wide receiver group, but switched between defensive back and receiver during one-on-one passing drills. On offense, he came up with every catchable pass, and, as previously mentioned, had an interception and a pass breakup while on defense.

"I just tried to stay confident and come out there and do my best," Allen said.

Allen also had a masterful day during combine drills, which he had initially elected not to participate in. He clocked the combine's top ten best in the 40-yard dash (4.57 seconds) and the second best 20-yard shuttle (4.23 seconds), after measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 194.2 pounds.

Between 20 and 30 schools have offered Allen a scholarship offer, with Miami and Michigan being the most recent additions.

Alabama and Clemson remain as Allen's top two. He says he's not ready to make a verbal commitment any time soon, but that he's "getting there."

Allen believes he's likely to take all of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

In addition to his top two schools, UNC is likely to get an official visit from Allen.

"I've been looking at [UNC] also," Allen said. "Gabe [King], Christian [McCain] and I are trying to go to Carolina together."

Allen says he and Everett Withers, UNC's area recruiter, communicate weekly.

David Amerson
Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley

Before being sidelined by a collision, Amerson was among the few participants to excel in both combine events and one-on-one drills.

Amerson checked in at 6-foot-1 and 179.8 pounds, and recorded a 4.56-second 40-yard dash and a 4.54-second 20-yard shuttle.

"I feel like I can run faster," Amerson said. "I know I could at least get a 4.5."

Amerson has been offered a scholarship by 14 schools. Along with Kentucky, South Carolina, and Stanford, North Carolina's offer came within the past month.

"I talked to [UNC assistant Everett Withers] for the first time, I think, Wednesday," Amerson said. "He's going to be over to the school pretty soon. We're just trying to get to know each other a little bit better.

"He was asking me [if] they have a chance of getting me. I told him ‘Yeah, my options are still open.'"

Amerson says he has a soft top three – NC State, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech.

"[I like] just the connection with my position coach, the fan base, and how much interest they're showing in me," Amerson said.

Maurice Harris
Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford

Harris, who checked in at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, was among the top 2011 prospects in attendance. Clemson, Maryland, and UNC have already verbally offered him.

"I'm just glad I got those early so I can take time to make my decision," Harris said.

In addition to UNC's Junior Day, Harris has visited Clemson, Duke, and Maryland.

Although it's over a year and a half before his Signing Day, through his visits Harris has developed a favorite.

"Right now, I like Clemson," Harris said. "I like their coaches and their campus. I'm really feeling that one."

Harris is very close to cousin and teammate Keenan Allen. The school that signs Allen this February will therefore have an edge with Harris.

"I would really like to play with Keenan," Harris said. "He's a real good player. I'd liked to stay with him. We've been sticking together all our lives, but we'll just have to wait and see."

A.J. Cann
Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Cann was in attendance Sunday, but didn't work out. He did, though, update his recruitment.

"North Carolina and South Carolina are the two that are showing me the most love right now," Cann said. "But I have six [schools] that I'm interested in – North Carolina, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and Clemson.

"[North Carolina and South Carolina] are showing me the most love right now – sending me the most letters and talking to me the most – and they have good programs and good coaches."

Including all six favorites, Cann has collected 32 scholarship offers.

Outside of NC State and Virginia Tech, Cann is being recruited as an offensive lineman. The Wolfpack and Hokies are recruiting him for the defensive line.

"I just want to play," Cann said. "I'm going to go hard on either side of the ball, so [my position] really doesn't matter."

Specifically, UNC's offensive line coach Sam Pittman is recruiting Cann as a center.

"When I went up there for Junior Day, [Pittman] was talking to me and he was like ‘Yeah, man, we need a center,'" Cann said.

Although he hasn't begun to iron out his summer plans, Cann figures to return to UNC sometime before the fall.

Full Results of Players of Note

Participant Pos High School Class Ht Wt Fty Sh LC
Detric Allen S South Stanly 2010 6-0 176.8 4.66 4.56 7.53
Keenan Allen WR Northern Guilford 2010 6-2 194.2 4.57 4.23 DNP
David Amerson S Greensboro Dudley 2010 6-1 179.8 4.56 4.54 DNP
Anthony Boone QB Monroe Weddington 2010 6-1 225.8 DNP DNP DNP
Jonathan Bowie DT Hendersonville 2011 6-2 301.8 595 5.72 DNP
Tehvyn Brantley WR Durham Mt. Zion 2010 5-7 163.6 4.62 4.67 DNP
Mark Bridges S Matthews Butler 2011 6-0 192.4 4.87 4.40 7.34
Desmond Brown QB South Stanly 2010 6-1 186.8 4.87 4.79 7.03
Kyler Brown DE Charlotte Christian 2011 6-4 198.4 5.08 4.53 7.64
P.J. Clyburn WR West Iredell 2010 6-1 205 4.88 DNP DNP
Vincent Davidson WR West Iredell 2012 5-11 178.8 DNP DNP 7.82
Gerald Dixon DT Rock Hill Northwestern 2011 6-1 270.4 5.15 5.14 8.28
Lawrence Dixon OT Fayetteville Byrd 2010 DNP DNP 5.59 5.32 8.70
Ethan Farmer DT South Columbus 2010 6-2 256.6 4.98 5.41 8.06
Will Ferrell OG Blythewood 2010 6-3 267.4 5.26 5.09 8.49
Kris Frost WR Matthews Butler 2011 6-2 204.2 4.86 4.48 7.56
Johnavon Fulton CB Manning 2010 6-0 175.4 4.43 4.40 7.06
D.J. Goodman RB Greenwood 2011 5-11 175.6 4.84 4.76 7.54
William Griffith CB Havelock 2010 5-10 166.6 4.62 4.72 7.70
Victor Hampton CB Charlotte Independence 2010 5-9 167.6 DNP DNP 7.10
Maurice Harris WR Northern Guilford 2011 6-2 191 4.97 DNP DNP
Fre'Shad Hunter DL Cary 2010 6-4 245 4.93 4.74 8.11
Matt James WR Raleigh Sanderson 2010 6-4 203 DNP 4.69 7.79
Mykell Jones RB Spartanburg 2010 5-10 175.8 4.54 4.15 6.94
Darius Kilgo DT Monroe Weddington 2010 6-3 303.4 5.68 DNP 8.54
Marcus Kincaid QB Morganton Freedom 2012 5-10 167.8 4.83 4.47 7.35
Gabe King DE Northern Guilford 2010 6-4 250.8 4.70 5.06 DNP
Jazz King WR Duncan Byrnes 2010 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Nigel King WR Raleigh Wakefield 2011 6-2 190 4.70 4.75 4.34
Kendal Lamm OT Matthews Butler 2010 6-5 246.8 DNP 5.29 8.31
Vad Lee QB Durham Hillside 2011 6-1 194 4.54 4.44 7.73
Christian Lemay QB Matthews Butler 2011 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Kirk Lincoln DT Raleigh Leesville 2010 6-1 260.2 5.36 5.11 8.23
Price Litton QB Charlotte Providence Day 2011 6-2 203 DNP DNP DNP
Eric MacLain TE Fayetteville Britt 2011 6-4 267.6 DNP DNP DNP
Ryan Mangum S Raleigh Leesville 2011 5-11 166.8 4.85 4.42 7.30
Jeremiah McKie WR Mauldin 2011 5-11 168.8 4.83 4.62 7.49
Corey Miller DE Duncan Byrnes 2010 6-3 230.8 DNP DNP DNP
Rashad Murphy S Kingstree 2011 6-1 172 5.00 4.59 DNP
Dominique Noble CB West Rowan 2011 6-0 177.6 4.88 4.65 7.24
Kevin Parks RB West Rowan 2010 5-6 191.0 DNP DNP 7.38
Corey Robinson OT Havelock 2010 6-5 282.6 5.59 DNP DNP
James Scales CB Northern Guilford 2010 DNP DNP 4.93 4.44 DNP
B.J. Sherrill QB West Rowan 2011 5-11 228.6 4.97 4.65 7.51
Jaylen Simmons RB West Charlotte 2011 5-8 188.6 4.80 DNP 7.3
Chris Smith DE West Rowan 2010 6-1 219.2 4.52 4.71 7.29
Joshua Snead RB Smithfield-Selma 2010 5-9 170.6 4.65 4.50 DNP
Jonothan Spain LB Greensboro Page 2010 6-2 224 4.95 4.70 7.99
T.J. Thorpe WR Durham Jordan 2011 5-11 166.4 4.60 4.48 7.00
Darius Wallace LB Crestwood 2010 6-0 191.8 4.44 4.51 7.98
Tamari White RB Jacksonville White Oak 2010 5-8 169.6 4.75 4.28 7.22

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