Plenty of Speed in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- In the first Shrine Bowl Combine college coaches were permitted to attend inclement weather once again forced all but the 40-yard dash to be ran in the gym.

With a downpour of rain early on, their existed a fear that the 40-yard dash – the main event of most combines – would not be held. However, the skies over the Methodist College campus cleared up just enough later on to squeeze in one run for each participant.

Tyrell Worthington got the show going by posting the first attention grabbing 40-yard dash time of 4.36 seconds. The Winterville (N.C.) South Central tailback also had one of the better 20-yard shuttle times in the uncooperative Methodist College gym – 4.36 seconds. He rounded out the day with a 29.3-inch vertical jump and 10 repetitions of 185 pounds, while measuring in at 5-foot-10 ½ and 184 pounds.

Workout warrior Greg Little continued his dominance of combines with a well-rounded performance. After checking in at 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, the Durham (N.C.) Hillside athlete yielded a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 4.44-second 20-yard dash, 32.1-inch vertical jump, and 26 bench reps of 185 pounds.

The true showstopper of the afternoon, however, was N.C. State commit Chris Culliver. In Babe Ruth fashion, Culliver predicted a 40-yard dash time in the 4.2-second range despite staring at a wet track. With four watches on him, the Garner (N.C.) cornerback delivered with a 4.28-second run.

Culliver, who checked in at 6-foot and 190 pounds, also recorded a 4.55-second 20-yard shuttle, 36.9-inch vertical jump, and 22 repetitions of 185 pounds.

About a month ago Culliver busted onto many recruiting radars with his performance during's All-American Combine. Miguel Chavis, a jumbo athlete from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford, did the same Saturday in Fayetteville with his showing.

After passing the "look" test –6-foot-4 and 243 pounds – Chavis then went on to post relatively solid times in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle – 4.83 seconds and 4.72 seconds, respectively. He also pushed 185 pounds 23 times and vertically jumped 29.3-inches.

Another sleeper prospect having a coming-out party was Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Senior's Melvin Ingram. The 6-foot ½, 217-pound linebacker recorded a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, 4.43-second 20-yard shuttle, 35.8-inch vertical jump, and 16 repetitions of 185 pounds.

After checking in at 6-foot-5 and 269 pounds, Wesley Saunders clocked respectively fast times in both the 40-yard dash (4.83 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.49 seconds).

Other notables on hand include:

Name Pos High School Ht Wt Forty Shuttle Vert. Bench
Rodney Cox QB Angier (N.C.) Harnett Central 6'5"½ 214 4.69 4.56 30.8 12
Dominique Ellis DB Wendell (N.C.) East Wake 5'11" 186 4.57 4.30 31 15
Jonathan Smith S Durham (N.C.) Hillside 6'2" 187 4.64 4.35 35.2 16
Shaun Jeffcoat WR Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt 6'1" 185 4.52 4.48 34 10

The Shrine Bowl Combine tour continues next weekend at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown.

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