Thorpe Among UA Combine Standouts

CHARLOTTE --- North Carolina commitment T.J. Thorpe posted top five finishes in two events at the Under Armour Combine on Sunday.

Nearly 225 recruits participated in the combine, which was conducted at the Carolina Panthers' Practice Facility. The setting couldn't have been more ideal – a cloudless sky under the Charlotte skyline with a perfect spring temperature and a slight breeze.

The combine included the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, broad jump, L-Cone, medball, and 185-pound bench press. However, medball and bench press results weren't available. All events were conducted on the practice facilities' turf.

T.J. Thorpe
Durham (N.C.) Jordan

Thorpe finished in the combine's top five in the 20-yard shuttle (4.25 seconds) and L-Cone (7.11 seconds). His 40-yard dash time (4.67 seconds) at 5-foot-11 ½ and 175 pounds wasn't impressive, but proves he is more quick than fast and excels when changing direction.

"My forty I wasn't too happy about, but I'm still dealing with problems with my back," Thorpe said.

Between combine events, Thorpe doubled as a recruiter for UNC, the school he verbally committed to in early March.

"I've been talking to Drew Owens – trying to still work on him," Thorpe said. "I saw Nigel [King] out here – I talked to him a little bit."

Keith Marshall
Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook

Despite being a rising junior, Marshall more than held his own and had one of the more impressive all-around performances.

"I came out here to compete against some other people," Marshall said.

Marshall clocked the third best 40-yard dash time (4.43 seconds) at 5-foot-10 ¾ and 180 pounds. He also posted solid marks in the vertical jump (33 inches) and broad jump (114 inches).

Five schools have already verbally offered Marshall – Duke, Georgia, UNC, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech.

Marshall, who plans to visit every school that offers him at some point, has visited Georgia, UNC, and NC State.

Marshall says he's not favoring any schools.

Romar Morris
Salisbury (N.C.)

Once again, Morris flashed his speed by running the combine's fastest 40-yard dash time – 4.40 seconds.

"I didn't get out as good as I wanted to, but it's still a pretty solid time," Morris said. "I've ran on this [surface] before, but I don't really like it."

Morris measured in at 5-foot-8 3/4 and 173 pounds.

The last time he showed off his speed at a combine (4.32 seconds at the Nike Combine), Morris received his first scholarship offer approximately a week later. He's currently up to seven offers – Arkansas, East Carolina, Maryland, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

"It's been great calling coaches, coaches offering me – it's a great experience," Morris said.

Morris has visited ECU, UNC, and Wake Forest and plans to visit NC State soon.

Sometime during the summer, Morris, who plans to commit before the football season, will assemble a favorite schools list. He says UNC is the only lock to make that cut.

"I just like their coaches, the way their facilities are, and the offense they run," Morris said.

Doug Middleton
Winston-Salem (N.C.) Parkland

Middleton was among the standouts during one-on-one and seven-on-seven drills. He had a total of three interceptions on the day – one during one-on-ones and two during seven-on-sevens.

"I think I did pretty well today," Middleton said. "Most of the receivers I went up against are real good. I'm competing with the best, so I have to play my best."

At 5-foot-11 ¼ and 173 pounds, Middleton is bigger and longer than most defensive backs, which works in his favor.

"It's easier for me to stay with the receiver," Middleton said. "I can easily out-jump the receiver, because of my height and I have quick make-up speed."

In combine events, Middleton had a 4.69-second 40-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical jump.

Middleton is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but believes Duke, East Carolina, and UNC are close to offering.

Last Tuesday, Middleton, his mom, and his teammate Chris Hairston visited Duke and UNC. While in Chapel Hill, they spent time with Troy Douglas, UNC's defensive back coach.

"He showed me the facilities and told me what I need to do to get that offer," Middleton said. "They want me to come up in camp and do what I did today."

Middleton says the schools he likes the most are Duke, Illinois, UNC, and South Carolina.

Thompson Brown
Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher

Pound-for-pound, Brown had the day's top performance in combine events. Besides posting the combine's top broad jump of 121 inches, at 6-foot-3 ¾ and 221 pounds, he registered a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, a 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle, a 32.5-inch vertical jump, and 7.44-second L-Cone.

Other notes: Drew Owens has pushed his decision timetable back from the end of the summer to around Signing Day. The Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell tight end continues to list Clemson, UNC, NC State, and South Carolina as his favorite schools. He plans to take all five of his official visits… Nigel King was in attendance and had hoped to participate, but couldn't under doctor's orders. He was in a car accident Monday and suffered a concussion. He's prohibited from participating in any physical activity, including lifting and conditioning, for two weeks… One of the biggest surprises during one-on-one and seven-on-seven drills was Morgan Roberts. The Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day quarterback threw an accurate, catchable ball with impressive mechanics… DaMarcus Bell believes the Evaluation Period, which begins Monday, will be fruitful for him. Several schools plan to visit Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley High to see the defensive tackle in-person and pick up film, including Clemson, ECU, Georgia Tech, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest… A few Carolina Panthers stopped by the combine, including DeAngelo Williams, Tyrell Sutton, and former Matthews (N.C.) Butler and Wake Forest great Kenny Moore.

Full Results of Players of Note

Participant Pos High School Class Ht Wt Fty Sh VJ BJ LC
Jerrell Armstrong DB New Bern (N.C.) 2011 5-8 158 4.45 4.59 34.5 119 7.47
Brandon Banks DL High Point (N.C.) SW Guilford 2012 6-1 ½ 213 4.97 4.66 29.0 105 8.03
DaMarcus Bell DT Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley 2011 6-0 ½ 303 5.43 4.91 24.0 87 8.50
Mike Brown DB Pickerington (Ohio) Central 2011 5-9 ¼ 175 4.67 4.20 30.0 114 6.97
Thompson Brown DL Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher 2011 6-3 ¾ 221 4.59 4.29 32.5 121 7.44
Dominique Cooper RB Darlington (S.C.) 2011 6-0 ½ 183 4.57 4.62 29.5 109 7.59
Ralph Cooper DL Winnsboro (S.C.) Fairfield Central 2011 N/A N/A 4.77 4.47 32.0 104 7.62
Joshua Covington RB Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 2011 5-6 176 4.70 4.47 31.0 106 7.56
Nick Dawson LB Charlotte (N.C.) Berry 2012 6-1 ¾ 216 5.06 5.06 25.0 103 8.19
Desmond Floyd DL Union (S.C.) 2011 6-4 235 5.00 4.63 23.0 104 7.80
Jody Fuller WR Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley 2012 5-11 178 4.64 4.78 35.5 119 7.53
Christopher Hall QB Dinwiddie (Va.) 2011 6-3 ½ 228 4.79 4.50 30.5 105 7.53
Tyjuan Hill DB Huntersville (N.C.) Hopewell 2011 5-9 153 4.76 4.42 25.5 101 7.75
Thomas Jackson DL Decatur (Ga.) SW Dekalb 2012 5-8 ¾ 286 5.36 5.06 17.5 78 8.81
Devin Joint WR Darlington (S.C.) 2011 6-1 165 4.80 4.34 30.5 119 7.37
Benjamin LeMay RB Matthews (N.C.) Butler 2016 5-5 ¾ 170 4.91 5.09 21.0 91 8.03
Christian LeMay QB Matthews (N.C.) Butler 2011 6-1 ¾ 190 5.07 N/A 30.0 112 7.22
Uriah LeMay WR Matthews (N.C.) Butler 2013 6-0 ½ 190 4.83 4.50 25.5 104 N/A
Price Litton QB Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day 2011 6-1 ¾ 208 5.10 4.69 28.0 104 7.56
Xander Maddox DB Charlotte (N.C.) Latin 2012 5-9 ¼ 165 4.47 4.53 28.5 105 7.31
Keith Marshall RB Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook 2012 5-10 ¾ 180 4.43 4.84 33.0 114 N/A
Doug Middleton CB Winston-Salem (N.C.) Parkland 2011 5-11 ¼ 173 4.69 4.78 32.0 104 7.53
Maurice Morgan RB LaGrange (N.C.) North Lenoir 2011 6-1 212 4.46 4.44 30.0 112 7.41
Romar Morris RB Salisbury (N.C.) 2011 5-8 ¾ 173 4.40 4.75 25.0 107 8.22
Devin Oliver RB Mount Olive (N.C.) North Duplin 2012 5-7 ¼ 159 4.49 4.18 32.5 113 7.50
Drew Owens TE Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 2011 6-4 ¾ 226 N/A N/A 31.5 112 7.87
Kenny Patterson QB Charlotte (N.C.) Berry 2011 6-5 ¼ 192 4.86 4.56 26.5 99 7.94
Jarran Reed DT Goldsboro (N.C.) 2011 6-2 ¾ 291 5.23 4.94 22.0 91 8.34
Jason Rexroad OG Myrtle Beach (S.C.) 2011 6-2 ½ 273 5.25 5.00 21.0 88 8.22
Morgan Roberts QB Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day 2011 6-2 ½ 201 5.00 N/A 27.5 106 7.93
Austin Stewart DB Charlotte (N.C.) East Meck 2011 6-0 192 4.67 4.25 32.0 112 7.19
Kris Strange WR Pickerington (Ohio) Central 2011 5-10 ½ N/A 4.80 4.47 28.0 107 7.50
T.J. Thorpe WR Durham (N.C.) Jordan 2011 5-11 ½ 175 4.67 4.25 31.0 107 7.11
Brandon Wilds RB Blythewood (S.C.) 2011 6-0 ¾ 224 4.64 4.31 34.0 115 7.15
Darius Wilkins DE Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek 2012 6-2 ½ 202 4.77 4.63 28.0 118 7.97
JaDarrius Williams RB Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley 2012 5-6 ½ 155 4.63 4.50 33.5 115 8.69
Jarrett Williams SS Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines 2011 6-0 163 4.55 4.40 29.0 106 7.56

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