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," Scout.com 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.
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.
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.
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."
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
|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|
|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|
|Kris Frost||WR||Matthews Butler||2011||6-2||204.2||4.86||4.48||7.56|
|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|
|Matt James||WR||Raleigh Sanderson||2010||6-4||203||DNP||4.69||7.79|
|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|
|Corey Miller||DE||Duncan Byrnes||2010||6-3||230.8||DNP||DNP||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|
|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|
|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|
|Tamari White||RB||Jacksonville White Oak||2010||5-8||169.6||4.75||4.28||7.22|