The combine participants were tested in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, and 185-pound bench press, plus position drills. The 40-yard dash was hand-timed and ran on South Central's track, while the shuttle was conducted in its gym.
Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak
Heading into the combine, McNair had one wish: score a 40-yard dash time in the 4.5-4.6-second range. On his second try, the linebacker accomplished just that with a 4.55-second time.
"I was really focused on that," McNair said. "I worked with my track coach on it."
McNair, who checked in at 6 feet and 211 pounds, also benched 185 pounds 28 times and clocked a 4.49-second 20-yard shuttle.
A dozen schools have offered McNair a scholarship. Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee are the most recent schools to offer.
McNair, who plans to make a verbal commitment on his birthday (Nov. 12), is favoring five schools – Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina. He denies a leader.
"I like their programs and the coaches at those schools," McNair said of his five favorites.
During the summer, McNair plans on visiting each of his favorites.
New Bern (N.C.)
Armstrong continues to make a name for himself on the combine circuit. The cornerback had Saturday's fastest 40-yard dash time (4.23 seconds) and best vertical jump (36 inches). Also, only seven of the 277 participants had a faster 20-yard shuttle time than Armstrong (4.29 seconds).
"My times where the best I've done so far," Armstrong said. "[The 40-yard dash] is hand-timed, though. But it's still pretty good."
Furthermore, Armstrong's 18 bench reps of 185 pounds at 5-foot-8 and 156 pounds is relatively impressive.
Roughly a month ago, Armstrong broke onto the recruiting radar with his performance at the Under Armour Combine.
"A lot more schools are contacting me [since the Under Armour Combine]," Armstrong said. "ECU, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, South Carolina – all of them have visited my school and invited me to their individual one-day camps and invited me to visit the campus."
Armstrong plans to camp at East Carolina on June 6, UNC on June 12, and Duke on June 13. He also hopes to camp at Wake Forest at some point.
Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt
Without one-on-one drills, Brown wasn't able to truly display his abilities Saturday. He did, though, run a respectable 5.12-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 and 279 pounds.
"I felt like I had a good day," Brown said. "I see where I need to improve on, like my vertical [jump]."
The Evaluation Period has been good to Brown. Several schools have visited Britt High School and his offer count is quickly approaching two dozen.
In particular, UNC has put on the full court press. Two weeks ago, Sam Pittman visited Britt High School. The following week, John Blake dropped by. This coming week, Everett Withers is expected watch Brown practice.
"I see there's a lot of desire from UNC to go there," Brown said.
Brown plans on camping at UNC in June. His mother figures to make the trip with him. It would be her first recruiting trip.
"My mom is going to have a major influence on where I go to college," Brown said.
Brown and his mother also hope to visit Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Tennessee.
Brown, who will wait until the football season to make a verbal commitment, says he doesn't have a leader, but his top three schools are Clemson, UNC, and NC State.
Shallotte (N.C.) West Brunswick
The Shrine Bowl Combines always serve as a good platform for unknown recruits to jump onto the recruiting radar. Bates, an athlete that worked out at safety on Saturday, did just that.
At a sturdy 6 feet and 181 pounds, Bates clocked the combine's best 20-yard shuttle (4.19 seconds). He also ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and vertically jumped 32.4 inches.
Bates has received some preliminary interest from East Carolina and NC State.
- Montese Overton (LB, Winterville (N.C.) South Central) was on hand, but didn't participate since he worked out at the Shrine Bowl Combine in Boone. He received his first two official scholarship offers this week from Duke and South Carolina. Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach, will make an evaluation trip to South Central this week and decide whether to offer or not.
- Tre Robertson (OL, Roxboro (N.C.) Person County) has received very little media attention, but he says several schools have offered him a scholarship, including ECU, Kansas, and Ohio.
- Although he's still awaiting his first scholarship offer, Maurice Morgan (RB, La Grange (N.C.) North Lenoir) is another legit Division I-A prospect that the media has missed. Several schools, though, have expressed significant interest in him, including UNC.
- Terrell Stanley (DT, Southport (N.C.) South Brunswick) received his fourth scholarship offer this week – NC State. He also holds offers from Arkansas, Duke, and East Carolina.
- DaMarcus Bell (DT, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley) believes Duke is close to extending him his first scholarship offer. His primary recruiter is awaiting clearance from Marion Hobby, the Blue Devils' defensive line coach, before actually offering. Maryland and South Florida have also expressed significant interest.
- For the second consecutive Saturday, Nick Miles (LB, Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance) attended a Shrine Bowl Combine. This Saturday, though, he worked out at linebacker, instead of his high school position of defensive end. Duke remains his lone offer, but he plans to attend several camps this summer.
Full Results from Participants of Note
|Jerrell Armstrong||CB||New Bern||5-8||156||4.23||4.29||36.0||18|
|Quan Bates||S||West Brunswick||6-0||181||4.39||4.19||32.4||16|
|DaMarcus Bell||DT||Greensboro Dudley||6-1||304||5.26||5.27||21.6||28|
|Devonte Brown||DT||Fayetteville Britt||6-4||279||5.12||4.84||22.0||22|
|Alexander Dawson||S||Eastern Alamance||5-11||194||4.59||4.88||31.2||18|
|Jaylen Dillahunt||ILB||Jacksonville Northside||6-1||202||4.62||4.77||34.4||18|
|D.J. Epperson||WR||Roanoke Rapids||5-11||186||4.46||4.19||30.9||20|
|Justus Hoffmann||ILB||Raleigh Millbrook||6-1||249||4.83||4.83||28.1||24|
|Shaquille Hooper||S||Pender County||5-9||171||4.45||4.56||32.2||13|
|Julius Ingram||RB||Fayetteville Britt||5-9||218||4.60||4.49||N/A||18|
|Dylan Intemann||OL||Wake Forest-Rolesville||6-4||305||5.20||4.69||26.5||18|
|Michael Jenkins||OL||Farmville Central||6-8||323||5.78||5.42||20.8||13|
|Derrell Lamb||TE||Wallace-Rose Hill||6-6||247||5.08||4.81||24.2||16|
|Eric MacLain||TE||Fayetteville Britt||6-4||246||N/A||N/A||24.8||16|
|Ryan Magnum||S||Raleigh Leesville Road||5-11||193||4.60||4.57||25.2||9|
|Randell McNair||DE||New Bern||6-2||233||4.83||4.87||32.6||21|
|Tremayne McNair||OLB||Jacksonville White Oak||6-0||211||4.55||4.49||29.6||28|
|Nick Miles||OLB||Eastern Alamance||6-1||235||4.79||4.48||25.8||17|
|Maurice Morgan||RB||North Lenoir||6-2||212||4.38||4.28||28.1||10|
|Brandon Pittman||OLB||Raleigh Leesville Road||6-0||202||4.54||4.58||32.9||15|
|Levi Prince||OLB||South Brunswick||5-9||194||4.71||4.82||32.2||19|
|Brian Riggins||CB||South Columbus||5-9||197||4.70||4.66||34.6||14|
|Tre Robertson||OL||Person County||6-4||317||N/A||5.47||20.7||17|
|Nigel Ram||RB||Greenville Rose||5-7||191||4.47||4.82||29.9||27|
|Terrell Stanley||DT||South Brunswick||6-1||252||5.07||4.79||26.8||22|
|Dontez Tyler||DE||Hertford County||6-3||216||5.02||4.52||29.8||11|