Large Turnout at Final SB Combine

WINTERVILLE, N.C. --- Saturday's Shrine Bowl Combine at South Central High School resulted in the largest turnout of all the stops on the combine tour. Over 275 recruits participated in the combine, which is 50 more than the second most turnout.

The massive attendance created some problems. The combine events took much longer than usual, which ultimately forced the cancellation of one-on-one drills.

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.

Tremayne McNair
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.

Jerrell Armstrong
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.

Devonte Brown
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.

Quan Bates
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.

Other Notes:

  • 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

Participant Pos High School Ht Wt Fty Sh VJ Reps
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
Michael Cherry OL Smithfield-Selma 6-3 299 5.30 5.10 22.0 18
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
Jarran Reed DT Goldsboro 6-3 286 5.20 4.82 23.1 18
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
Danny Webster S Havelock 5-9 162 4.43 4.24 26.9 N/A

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