Vereen Continues to Show Speed

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Even the untimely rain couldn't stop Darryl Vereen from running the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-second range for the second straight combine.

While the inclement weather postponed another combine across town, the Shrine Bowl Combine ran all events in the gym of Butler High School, with the exception of the 40-yard dash.

Darryl Vereen, a Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg product, ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds. He also recorded a 4.26-second 20-yard shuttle, 28.4-inch vertical, and 12 repetitions of 185 pounds.

Despite hosting the combine, Ryan Houston skipped out on every combine event with the exception of the bench press where the big tailback ripped off 23 repetitions of 185 pounds. Citing a pulled hamstring as the reason, Houston is considering attending a future Shrine Bowl Combine to make up for the missed timings.

With scholarship offers from just about every program in the nation – including last week's offers from Southern Cal and Ohio State, Trinton Sturdivant could have joined Houston on the sidelines. However, the Wadesboro Anson lineman participated in every event yielding respectable numbers.

After checking in at 6-foot-4 ½ and 275 pounds, Sturdivant ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.89 seconds and 40-yard dash in 5.46 seconds. He also vertically jumped 26.4 inches and benched 185 pounds 18 times.

Sturdivant's teammates Barquell Rivers and Michael Bowman also produced solid days.

Rivers, a 5-foot-11 204-pound linebacker, clocked a 4.67-second 40-yard dash and a 4.85-second 20-yard shuttle. He also recorded a 31.5-inch vertical jump and pushed 185 pounds 14 times.

After measuring a light 5-foot-10 and 156 pounds, Bowman ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and 20-yard shuttle in 4.43 seconds, and vertically jump 32.9 inches.

Another group of teammates who put on a solid showing were Charlotte Catholic's Ben Herlocker and Henry Lawson.

Herlocker owned one of the more impressive combine performances. After measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 203 pounds, the running back posted a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, 4.23-second 20-yard shuttle, 32.3-inch vertical and 16 repetitions of 185 pounds.

At 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, Lawson's numbers good respectable – 5.77-second 40-yard dash, 5.17-second 20-yard shuttle, 19.9-inch vertical, and 21 reps of 185 pounds.

With the weather keeping things inside, passing drills were limited to a five-minute passing session in the Butler High School gym.

Despite the limited tosses, Quan Sturdivant showed a nice zip on the ball as he threw ropes to receivers.

The Oakboro West Stanly dual-threat quarterback also posted a solid combine day measuring in at 6-foot-1 ½ and 220 pounds and recording a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, a 4.72-second 20-yard dash, 30.2-inch vertical, and 20 reps of 185 pounds.

Charlotte natives Corey Darrington, a tailback from Providence, and Justin Byers, a cornerback from Vance, were other notable prospects on hand.

Darrington ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds and 20-yard shuttle in 4.56 seconds. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder also vertically jumped 34.1 inches and benched 185 pounds 19 times.

Byers clocked a somewhat disappointing, but improved, 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds. He followed that up with a 4.44-second 20-yard shuttle, 30.5-inch vertical, and 9 reps of 185 pounds.

Jacob Lowder, a 6-foot-1 259-pound center from Monroe Weddington, and Ben Henson, a 5-foot-11 220-pound inside linebacker from Monroe Piedmont, tied for the most bench reps of 185 with 29.

While Vereen's 40-yard dash time was impressive, it wasn't the day's fastest – that title belongs to Shelby Crest's Brandon Carter. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound tailback darted for a 4.33-second time.

The Shrine Bowl Combine Tour will take a break next weekend for Easter, but will resume the following weekend at Methodist College in Fayetteville (N.C.).

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