Crompton's big finish

Tennessee commitment Jonathan Crompton (Waynesville, N.C.) passed for 121 of his 146 total yards in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough as the North Carolina all-stars fell 35-21 to their South Carolina counterparts in the annual Shrine Bowl.

Playing in Spartanburg, the South Carolina stars built a 35-7 lead before Crompton engineered a fourth-quarter rally. Though splitting time at quarterback, he finished with 10 completions in 22 attempts, while directing all three of North Carolina's scoring drives. He threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Mohamad Massaquoi for his team's final score. Crompton lost a fumble and an interception earlier in the game.

Jamestown Ragsdale's Toney Baker, a tailback Tennessee is recruiting heavily, rushed 14 times for 52 yards. Miller Safrit of Scout.com, writing for Packpride, noted that Baker ''made people miss with subtle, though deadly moves, and broke at least two tackles on each of his (two longest) runs. He also was the best player on either team throughout the practices.''

New Bern's Monterio Hardesty, yet another prospect being wooed by the Vols, had a seven-yard touchdown run for the North Carolina all-stars.


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