Amerson, Snead Impress at Combine

The North Carolina Shrine Bowl Combine tour concluded this past weekend in Burlington, and as always, was there. Get recruiting updates on David Amerson, Josh Snead, Tamari White, Kendall Moore and C.J. Frederick, as well as analysis and full results from all the top players of note.

BURLINGTON, N.C. --- David Amerson and Josh Snead were among the standouts at the final Shrine Bowl Combine of the season, which was held Saturday at Williams High School.

Like the other Shrine Bowl Combines this season, the 40-yard dash was conducted on a track and the 20-yard shuttle was timed on a gym surface.

David Amerson
Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley

Although he's primarily being recruited as a safety, during one-on-one passing drills Amerson displayed the man coverage skills of a cornerback. While he didn't come up with any interceptions, Amerson didn't allow a completion all day.

"I'm just trying to work on my all-around DB skills as a corner and safety so when I get to the collegiate level I'll be very versatile and able to play wherever they needed me to play," Amerson said.

When facing Amerson, most opposing receivers had a difficult time just getting off the line – Amerson even drove one completely out-of-bounds.

"Usually you jam to throw them off their route, but when I jam, I want to take them out of the play completely," Amerson said.

Amerson's impressive showing extended into the combine events. At 6-foot-1 and 177 pounds, he recorded a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, a 4.15-second 20-yard shuttle, and a 35.7-inch vertical jump.

"[From the Combine held last Sunday] I improved on my 40, I got a solid vertical jump, and I improved on my shuttle," Amerson said.

With the Evaluation Period in full swing, this past week Dudley High School has been visited by coaches throughout the nation.

"It's been crazy to see all these schools [visit my school]," Amerson said. "It's been at least two schools every day. And I actually picked up a new offer from West Virginia."

Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, was among the visiting coaches. He spoke to Amerson later that night.

"He was saying I looked good [and] he was trying to give me some pointers on my DB skills," Amerson said. "He said we'll be in touch more often."

Amerson, who is looking at a late summer verbal commitment, says his top-three schools list remains unchanged – NC State, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech. However, he readily admits "it could change" at any moment.

"UNC, they're in there," Amerson said. "They're starting to creep up a little bit now that I'm starting to know the coaches. My conversation with Coach Withers really helped a lot."

This summer, Amerson plans to visit all the schools that have offered him a scholarship.

Josh Snead
Smithfield (N.C.) Smithfield-Selma

Snead's all-around performance Saturday was equally as impressive as Amerson's.

Snead's most notable feat occurred in the 40-yard dash. He scored a 4.33-second time, which dwarfs his (on grass) time of 4.70 seconds last Sunday at the Combine. In his second run, he received a 4.44-second time.

"I had a track meet last Saturday and then the next day we had the [Combine] down in Charlotte and I didn't do too well – my legs were too tight and sore," Snead said. "So I came out today fresh and prepared, and ran a great 40."

Additionally, Snead, who checked in at 5-foot-8 and 169 pounds, vertically jumped 37.9 inches, completed 18 reps of 185 pounds, and clocked a 4.30-second 20-yard shuttle.

Working out at running back, he was uncoverable during one-on-one passing drills – until he began to run his mouth. After dominating several linebackers, he asked the linebacking group for its best player. Telvon Thacker (Durham (N.C.) Southern) stepped up and Snead made his lone mistake of the day.

"It was the one pass I dropped the whole day – the whole day the one pass I dropped," Snead said. "I planted and the ball was thrown behind me and I couldn't get around. It popped off my shoulder and right into [the linebacker's] hands.

"I feel like with my speed and my ability, there's not a linebacker in the state that can cover me one-on-one."

Snead, who is up to eight scholarship offers, has established a favorites list.

"My top five is pretty well set right now," Snead said. "Not in any specific order: UNC, Clemson, Wake Forest, Duke, and Vanderbilt. Those five right there, they run the spread [offense] a lot. I feel like the spread is best for me."

This summer, Snead plans to camp at all five aforementioned schools, plus NC State.

Tamari White
Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak

At a chiseled 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds, White ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds and 20-yard shuttle in 4.41 seconds. He also vertically jumped 37 inches and benched 185 pounds 25 times.

"I think I matched up pretty well with some of the best people here, but then again I think I could have done a little better," White said.

With that said, White's 40-yard dash time might have been faster. On his first actual attempt, everything went perfect, according to White – his takeoff, stride, etc. – except the timers never started their stopwatches.

"I think that was my fastest one," White said. "It just felt real good and everybody said it looked good. Having to [rerun it], it sort of knocked me off my game."

Shaken up and maybe slightly fatigued, White had to run both his 40-yard dashes nearly back-to-back. After registering his 4.50-second time, he ran a 4.51.

White is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. All of his interested schools have said they want to see him in camp. White is considering camping at Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and NC State this summer.

Kendall Moore
Raleigh (N.C.) Southeast

Moore, who was one of the most highly recruited prospects in attendance, spent most of the day watching.

"My hamstring is still a little tender from a combine I went to a couple weeks ago," Moore said. "I'm just trying to strengthen it back up. My doctor, he said to stay off it for about a week. So I'm just trying to take it easy.

"It was a little tight during warm-ups, so I decided not to go."

Moore was measured (6-foot-2 and 234 pounds) and he took part in the bench press (25 reps of 185 pounds).

With Kentucky and Louisville coming through this week, Moore is up to 15 scholarship offers.

Moore says he is in the preliminary stages of establishing a list of favorite schools. By the end of the month, he figures to name a top six or seven.

Earlier this week, John Shoop, UNC's area recruiter, visited Southeast Raleigh High School and contacted Moore afterwards.

"He said they were looking at me to play DE," Moore said. "I think [the position I'm being recruited for] is going to play a part when I decide."

Moore believes he fits best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

C.J. Frederick
Benson (N.C.) West Johnston

While solid, Frederick's performance was less than ideal.

"I'm pretty upset about my 40," Frederick said. "I'm not excited about my day, but I didn't do horribly.

"I haven't been practicing. Baseball is killing me. I haven't been able to get on the track. I've got to get flexible in my takeoff [in the 40-yard dash]."

After measuring in at 5-foot-8 and 188 pounds, Frederick recorded a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, a 4.44-second 20-yard shuttle, and a 34-inch vertical jump.

While East Carolina is the only school to extend Frederick a scholarship offer, several schools appear on the verge.

"Virginia Tech said they're close, I'm hoping [North] Carolina, and [NC] State has been recruiting me pretty hard," Frederick said.

John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator, has told Barrett Jones, West Johnston's head football coach, that Frederick is high on UNC's recruiting board. Shoop also invited Frederick to visit the campus a few weeks back, which he accepted

Upon his arrival at UNC, Frederick was given an in-depth tour of the campus by John Blake, UNC's recruiting coordinator, and Marcus Berry, UNC's director of playing personnel.

"I just fell in love with it," Frederick said. "Just the way [Berry] presented everything. Everything was all organized."

If UNC were to offer Frederick, he says he would probably accept it.

Frederick plans to camp at UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest this summer.

Matt James
Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson

Physically and athletically, James is an impressive athlete and that shows in his combine numbers – 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, 4.55-second 40-yard dash, and 4.44-second 20-yard shuttle.

However, wide receiver, which is where he worked out Saturday, might not be James's best collegiate position.

During one-on-one drills, James utilized his long reach to get off the jam and he ran solid routes. But he had a difficult time coming up with most passes. He appeared to be fighting the ball and looked awkward when reaching out.

Full Results of Players of Note

Participant Pos High School Ht Wt Fty Sh VJ Reps
David Amerson S Greensboro Dudley 6-1 177 4.48 4.15 35.7 10
Gary Baldwin LB Burlington Williams 5-11 187 4.62 4.56 35.2 13
Josh Barbour LB South Johnston 6-0 222 4.58 4.50 32.4 19
Matt Bennett S West Stokes 6-0 194 4.59 4.44 29.2 20
Major Bryant LB Greensboro Dudley 5-10 206 4.72 4.62 28.8 19
Jon Crucitti WR West Rowan 5-10 185 4.69 4.47 30.6 16
Lavence Desmond S Southern Durham 5-10 179 4.39 4.56 34.5 18
Dion Elliott S Harnett Central 6-0 175 4.60 4.60 31.5 9
Matt Farris LB Northern Guilford 5-11 211 5.16 4.69 31.4 14
C.J. Frederick RB West Johnston 5-8 188 4.61 4.44 34.0 15
Gabe Henderson QB Southeast Raleigh 5-11 182 DNP 4.75 27.7 12
David Highsmith RB Raleigh Enloe 5-11 185 4.57 4.75 33.1 9
Fre'Shad Hunter DE Cary DNP DNP 4.79 4.84 27.0 17
Lamar Ivey DB Eastern Alamance 6-0 177 4.50 4.56 35.1 7
Matt James WR Raleigh Sanderson 6-5 195 4.55 4.44 31.5 13
Jeff Lynch DT Burlington Williams 6-0 279 5.58 5.03 20.2 16
Kendall Moore LB Southeast Raleigh 6-2 234 DNP DNP DNP 25
Timmy Pangburn OG West Rowan 6-0 305 5.97 5.31 19.2 17
Shane Peppers RB Pittsboro Northwood 5-11 192 4.70 4.47 31.9 18
Michael Pitts DE Richmond Co. 6-3 287 5.06 5.53 26.0 26
Quan Ray S South Brunswick 5-7 156 4.43 4.78 31.6 10
T.J. Ross LB Southern Durham 5-11 194 5.53 4.56 30.9 12
Joshua Snead RB Smithfield-Selma 5-8 169 4.33 4.30 37.9 18
Jon Spain LB Greensboro Page 6-2 219 4.74 4.28 30.3 19
Quan Stevenson DB High Point Andrews 5-11 187 4.38 4.44 30.1 11
DeShean Townsend QB Hope Mills South View 6-2 213 4.85 4.50 28.9 11
Kenneth White RB South Brunswick 5-10 197 4.49 4.40 31.5 17
Tamari White RB Jacksonville White Oak 5-8 172 4.50 4.41 37.0 25

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