Meet the East-West Football Teams

Bios of the members of the East-West Football Teams.

East

Samuel Battle
Sam…Southwest Edgecombe High…5-11, 240…linebacker…coached by Raymond Cobb…as senior, named All-State 3A, Wilson Daily Times Player of the Year, All-Area…selected to Shrine Bowl…as junior, named All-Area…128 tackles, 12 for loss, 1 sack…as sophomore, 147 tackles…undecided about where he will attend college…wants to major in criminal justice or business…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Percy Harvin…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I feel excited about playing in the all-star game. I expect to learn how to play with other players from different schools because that's what you are going to do in college."

Kendrick Best
Kendrick…Eastern Wayne High…6-0, 180…defensive back / wide receiver / running back…coached by Jeff Price…as senior, named All-Conference, team MVP…759 yards rushing…13 touchdowns, 2 punt return touchdowns…69 tackles, 7 interceptions…as junior, named All-Conference…500 yards rushing, 7 touchdowns…89 tackles, 4 interceptions…as sophomore, 320 receiving yards…75 tackles, 2 interceptions…also named All-Conference and team MVP in track and field…signed an athletic-grant-in-aid with Gardner Webb University where he plans to major in accounting…Blue Edwards is his role model…favorite college athlete is Percy Harvin…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Bush…says "I'm very excited that I get the chance to represent my football program. I want to gain knowledge of the game and use some of players in North Carolina to make me a better football player and individual. This is a chance of a lifetime."

Adrian Black
Adrian…Eastern Wayne High…6-0, 225…linebacker…coached by Jeff Price…as senior, named All-Conference, Goldsboro News-Argus All-Area…made 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery…as junior, named All-Conference, Goldsboro News-Argus All-Area…undecided about where he will attend college or what his major will be…his father is his role model…says "I'm very excited and thankful for this opportunity. I hope that it will open other doors of opportunity. I'm also proud to represent Eastern Wayne High School in this all-star game."

Andrew Bowden
Andrew…Wallace-Rose Hill High…5-11, 180…wide receiver / defensive back…coached by Jack Holley…as senior, (as quarterback) 1,173 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns…439 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns…(as defensive back) 64 tackles, 9 interceptions…as junior, (as QB) 1,327 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns…670 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns…(as DB) 41 tackles, 5 interceptions…as sophomore, (as QB) 890 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns…90 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns…(as DB) 17 tackles, 3 interceptions…also competed in basketball…undecided about where he will attend college or what his major will be…favorite college athlete is Acie Law…favorite pro athletes are Champ Bailey and Salim Staudamire…says "I am very excited about playing in the all-star game."

Antonio Broady
Antonio…Richmond Senior High…6-0, 273…defensive lineman / offensive lineman…coached by Ed Emory…as senior, named All-Conference, team MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, team MVP…most team sacks…as sophomore, named team MVP…undecided about where he will attend college or what his major will be…Antonio L. Broady is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Dwight Freeny…says "I feel honored to be playing in this game , and I expect this to be a high intensity and exciting game, and I hope to help my chances to play at the next level."

Austin Brown
Austin…Jack Britt High…5-11, 200…linebacker…coached by Richard Bailey…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Best Defensive Lineman, team Best Defensive Lineman…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Best Defensive Lineman, team Best Defensive Lineman…made 27 tackles for a loss…as sophomore, named team MVP…member of A/B Honor Roll… plans to attend East Carolina University where he will major in construction management…wants to pursue a career in construction…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says he is "excited to be playing in the all-star game. I hope to gain the experience of playing football with a group of athletic individuals in an all-star game."

Andrew Courman
Andrew…East Carteret High…5-5, 170…running back…coached by Donnie Kiefer…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Jacksonville Player of the Year, National Redzone Player of the Year, All-State, team MVP…2,399 rushing yards, 44 touchdowns…3rd all-time in state touchdowns…school record for rushing yards and touchdowns…as junior, named All-State…1,450 yards rushing, 25 touchdowns…as sophomore, 822 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns…also ran track where he placed 3rd in the state in the 100 meter run…MAST Leader, member of Reading Across America…plans to attend Lenoir-Rhyne where he plans to major in pharmaceuticals…wants to pursue a career in the NFL or as a pharmacist…his father is his role model…T.J. Courman is his favorite college athlete…favorite pro athlete is Tomlison…says "I am very excited to be a part of the all-star game. I expect to gain more friends and learn more about football."

Danny Dembry
Danny…Hertford County High…6-3, 190…quarterback / defensive back…coached by Gregory Watford…as senior, named All-Area, All-Area Offensive Player of the Year…1,284 yards rushing, 14 rushing touchdowns…804 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns…as junior, 820 yards rushing, 11 rushing TDs…600 passing yards, 7 passing TDs…as sophomore, 865 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs…899 passing yards, 7 passing TDs…also competed in basketball and track and field…member of Honor Roll…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wake Forest University…wants to pursue a career in business…Phillip Dickens is his role model…favorite college athlete is Troy Smith…favorite pro athlete is Michael Vick…says "I am very excited. I expect to gain a lot of recognition. I also look forward to meeting other players and playing against them."

Trevor Denning
Trevor…Triton High…5-10, 230…offensive lineman / defensive lineman…coached by Joe McCullen…as senior, named All-Conference, Academic All-Conference…Iron Man Award recipient…as junior, named Academic All-conference…as sophomore, named Academic All-Conference…also competed in wrestling and baseball…member of Beta Club, Leo Club, National Society of High School Scholars…N.C. Scholar…plans to attend Guilford College and major in chemistry or biology…wants to pursue a career as a pharmacist…his father is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Jerome Bettis…says "I am very honored to play in the game. I think it is a once in a lifetime chance, and I hope to get to know other players and possibly see what it might be like to play in college."

Colby Holloway
Colby…Garner High…6-2, 235…offensive lineman / defensive lineman…coached by Nelson Smith…as senior, played both offense and defense…named Academic All-Conference, Raleigh Sports Club Scholar Athlete of the Week…National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient…as junior, played both offense and defense…named Academic All-Conference…as sophomore, named Academic All-Conference…also competed in lacrosse and track and field…member of Beta Club…Outstanding Senior Award recipient…Junior Marshall, Student Council Treasurer…N. C. House of Representatives Page…selected for Jesse Helms Foundation Leadership Challenge at Campbell College…plans to attend Elon where he will major in business…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Pat Lowry…favorite pro athlete is Michael Kerney…says "I feel honored, to say the least, to be selected to play in the all-star game. I'm excited to play with and against some players I've never met. The team that meshes the best will come out on top."

Jerald Hunter
Jerald…Southern Vance High…6-3, 303…defensive lineman / offensive lineman…coached by David Jennings…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…52 tackles, 4 sacks…as junior and sophomore, named All-Conference…also competed in track and field where he was a state finalist in the shot put…plans to attend Methodist where he will major in computer engineering…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Adrian Peterson…favorite pro athlete is Walter Jones…says "I am excited to play and want to represent Southern Vance in a positive way."

Sean Jeffcoat
Sean…Jack Britt High…6-2, 195…wide receiver / defensive back…coached by Richard Bailey…as senior, named All-Region, All-Conference…52 receptions for 786 yards and 11 touchdowns…also competed in basketball and track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Elon where he plans to major in business…wants to pursue a career in the NFL and then work in real estate…his parents are his role models…favorite pro athlete is Chad Johnson…says "I feel real good about playing in the all-star game. I am expecting to gain a lot of experience."

Trase Jones
Trase…Roanoke Rapids High…6-0, 185…kicker / punter…coached by Tim Bennett…in four years, kicked 104 of 108 extra points, 19 of 24 field goals (longest: 49 yards), and had a punting average of 36 yards…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team captain and MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Area…also competed in basketball, where he was named All-Conference, and baseball…member of Key Club, Monogram Club…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in sports management…wants to pursue a career in coaching and in sports management…his parents and Coach Tim Bennett are his role models…favorite college athlete is Tim Tebow…favorite pro athlete is Philip Rivers…says "I feel honored and privileged to represent my school in this event . I expect to gain new experiences from playing with the top players in the state."

Nazir Levine
Nazir…Rocky Mount High…6-2, 280…offensive lineman / defensive lineman…coached by B.W. Holt…as senior, named All-Conference, All-State, team Offensive Lineman of the Year…Shrine Bowl selection…20 tackles, 6 sacks…as junior, named All-Conference…member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Winston-Salem State University where he plans to major in business administration…wants to own his own business…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Joe Thomas…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I expect to have a good time and make new friends, and meet some good football players while I'm at it."

Andre Lyles
Andre…Hertford County High…6-2, 190…outside linebacker / wide receiver…coached by Gregory Watford…as senior, 48 tackles, 4 blocked punts, 3 blocked kicks, 4 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown, 9 interceptions, 1 touchdown reception…also competed in basketball and baseball…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Fayetteville State University where he would like to study engineering…favorite college athlete is Calvin Johnson…favorite pro athlete is Champ Baily…says "I am very excited to play in this all-star game. I want to compete with better competition in different positions. I am looking forward to this."

Travis Matagi
Travis…Hoke County High…6-2, 250…tight end / defensive lineman…coached by Greg Bryant…as senior, named All-Conference…SAMS Award recipient…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Western Carolina University where he will major in athletic training…his parents are his role models…favorite college athlete is Dwayne Jarrett…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Bush…says "It is an honor to play in the all-star game. I expect to have fun and be recognized as a top player in North Carolina."

O'Bryan McCleese
O'Bryan…Creswell High…5-7, 176…defensive lineman / offensive lineman…coached by Wayne Rodgers…as senior, named All-Conference…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference…member of JROTC…Carlo Howell is his role model…says "I am excited and joyful of the opportunity to play in the all-star game. I plan to experience a lot of self confidence from this game to see about the next level."

Carlos Merritt
Carlos...Enloe High...6-2, 178...defensive back...coached by Ron Clark...as senior, named All-Conference, team Most Outstanding Player...84 tackles...averaged 6 yards per carry...plans to attend Westhills College...his father and uncle are his role models...favorite pro athlete is Dion Sanders...says "I am really honored and excited to be playing in the all-star game. I plan on gaining friends and life-long memories."

Mike Montgomery
Mike…Bunn High…6-1, 210…tight end / defensive lineman…coached by David Howle…as senior, named All-Conference, All-State…120 tackles, 15 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries…200 yards receiving, 6 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference…115 tackles, 12 sacks…as sophomore, 105 tackles, 8 sacks…also competed in basketball and track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wingate where he plans to major in art…wants to pursue a career in art and business…his mother Carolyn Montgomery is his role model…favorite college athlete is Reggie Bush…favorite pro athlete is A. Staudomire…says "I am honored to represent my family and community. Without them and God I would be nothing."

Malcolm Moses
Malcolm…Southern Nash High…5-9, 170…defensive back / wide receiver…coached by Brian Foster…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team captain…81 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack…49 carries for 294 yards, 3 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area…89 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions…as sophomore, 28 tackles…also competed in basketball and track and field…member of Honor Roll, Project Heart…plans to attend Western Carolina University where he will major in business administration…wants to pursue a career in the NFL and own his own business…his mother and father are his role models…favorite pro athlete is Bob Sanders…says "I'm excited to be playing in the all-star game! It is a privilege. I look forward to playing with some of the best players in the state."

Kendall Noble
Kendall…Rocky Mount High…6-4, 275…offensive lineman / defensive lineman…coached by B.W. Holt…as senior, named All-Area, All-Conference, Co-Lineman of the Year…as junior, named All-Area, All-Conference…also competed in indoor and outdoor track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Norfolk State University where he plans to major in physical therapy…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…favorite pro athlete is Vince Young…says "I am very excited to have the honor to play in this all-star game. I expect to gain a lot of valuable information about everything dealing with football."

Desean Pearce
Desean…Hoggard High…5-8, 180…running back…coached by Scott Braswell…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region Star-News…1,490 all-purpose yards (as running back, wide receiver, kickoff returner)…also played cornerback…as junior, named All-Conference…also competed in track and field where he was named All-Conference in the 200 meters and the long jump…undecided about where he will attend college or what his major will be…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Bush…says he feels it is a "great honor to be selected to play in the all-star game."

James Pone
James…Hunt High…5-9, 190…running back…coached by Randy Raper…as senior, 189 rushes, 1,388 yards, 14 touchdowns…39 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries…as junior, 37 rushes, 367 yards, 5 touchdowns…75 tackles, 4 interceptions, 4 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries…as sophomore, 49 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries…also competed in track and field where he was named All-conference…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Lenoir-Rhyne where he plans to major in biology…his brother is his role model…favorite college athlete is DeSean Jackson…favorite pro athlete is Tiki Barber…says "I'm honored to be selected to play. By participating in the all-star game, I get to see different aspects of the game, and I hope to represent my school and family as best I can."

Matthew Shuster
Matt…Broughton High…6-2, 255…linebacker / defensive lineman…coached by Chris Martin…as senior, named All-Conference, team captain…117 tackles, 6 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries…as junior, named All-Conference…115 tackles, 2 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 5 fumble recoveries…as sophomore, 35 tackles, 1 sack, 8 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries…3 times named Academic All-Conference…also competed in lacrosse, wrestling, and track and field…member of Latin Club and French Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with UNC Pembroke where he plans to major in education and sports management…wants to pursue a career as a football coach…his brother and coach, Steve Shuster, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Tyler Hansbrough…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "The all-star game is a great way to honor North Carolina athletes, those that coached them, and the parents that raised them. I expect to play against great athletes and enjoy a great week of football."

Blake Smith
Blake…Grays Creek High…6-2, 210…quarterback…coached by David Lovette…as senior, named All-Conference…passed for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns…as junior, passed for 1,417 yards and 26 touchdowns…also competed in baseball and basketball…member of Ursa Major…plans to attend UNC Pembroke where he will major in social studies education…wants to pursue a career as a high school football coach…his mother Janet Smith is his role model…favorite college athlete is Darren McFadden…favorite pro athlete is Alex Smith…says "It's a great honor to be the first player selected from Grays Creek. I hope to gain a few good friendships and a further knowledge of the game. And to win!"

T.J. Smith
T.J. …Triton High…6-2, 250…offensive lineman / defensive lineman…coached by Joe McCullen…as senior, named All-Conference, team Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, Academic All-Conference…as junior, named Academic All-Conference…as sophomore, named Academic All-Conference…Junior Marshall, Boy's State Delegate…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Campbell University where he will major in trust management pre-law…his mother Cathy Smith is his role model…favorite college athlete is Tank Tyler…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "It is a true honor, and I am very pleased to be selected to play in the all-star game. I'm expecting to gain a feel for college football because I will be playing college caliber players."

Kevin Snelling
Kevin…Harnett Central High…6-1, 190…running back…coached by Marc Morris…as senior, rushed for 1,710 yards and 21 touchdowns…as junior, rushed for 1,629 yards and 14 touchdowns…also competed in track and field and weightlifting…plans to attend Louisburg.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon…Green Central High…6-3, 230…defensive lineman…coached by Jim Bob Bryant…as senior, named All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Kinston Free Press All-Area Player of the Year, Wilson Daily All-Area Player of the Year…138 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks…as junior, named All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Kinston Free Press All-Area Player of the Year, Wilson Daily All-Area Player of the Year…123 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, 10.5 sacks…as sophomore, 49 tackles, 1fumble recovery, 2 sacks…also competed in basketball, where he was named All-Conference, and track and field…signed an athletic-grant-in-aid with Catawba…Coach Jim Bob Bryant is his role model…favorite college athlete is Troy Smith…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "It is an outstanding honor to be selected with so many other players. I expect to help the East squad win the game, and I look forward to the fellowship with other players and coaches."

Dontay Taylor
Dontay…C.B. Aycock High…5-9, 188…linebacker …coached by Randy Pinkowski…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, Area Player of the Year, Wilson Daily Times All-Area, C.B. Aycock's Male Athlete of the Year, team MVP…as junior, named team Offensive MVP…also competed in track and field where he was the Coaches Award recipient…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Elon University…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Ricky Williams…favorite pro athlete is Bo Jackson…says "I'm very excited about playing around a bunch of great athletes. I expect to gain friendships the most. I just want to meet new people and see how good I really am!"

Nick Williams
Nick…Southern Nash High…6-4, 290…offensive lineman / defensive lineman…coached by Brian Foster…as senior, named NCPreps All-State, All-Conference, All-Area…Shrine Bowl participant…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area…also competed in track and field…member of Honor Roll, FBLA, Ducks Unlimited…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Western Carolina where he plans to major in finance…wants to own his own business…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jason Grey…favorite pro athlete is Brian Urlocher…says "I feel honored to be selected to play in the all-star game. I expect to better myself and have a good time meeting other players and coaches."

Joshua Wright
Joshua…Hoke County High…5-10, 205…running back…coached by Greg Bryant…as senior, named All-Conference, team Offensive Player of the Year…1,600 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference…1,253 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns…as sophomore, 890 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns…Wendy's Hiesman Award recipient…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Western Carolina where he plans to major in computer engineering…Martin Luther King, Jr. is his role model…favorite college athlete is Adrian Peterson…favorite pro athlete is Ladonian Tomlinson…says "I feel really excited and anxious to get out and show everyone what I can do. I feel that no one really noticed what I am really capable of, and I expect to rush over 100 yards and score twice."

Jack Zeigler III
Jack…Terry Sanford High…5-10, 185…running back…coached by Wayne Inman…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Offensive Player of the Year, All-Cape Fear Region, team MVP and captain…1,188 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns…74 tackles…as junior, All-Conference, team captain and Offensive Player of the Year…as sophomore, named All-Conference, team captain…Coaches Award recipient…also competed in baseball where he was named All-Conference his junior year…member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes –Advisory Board, Sophomore Representative…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in sports management / business…wants to pursue a career as a college coach…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Adrian Peterson…favorite pro athlete is Brett Favre…says "I am excited and thankful for being selected to play in the East-West All-Star game. I expect to meet and compete with and against some of the best players in North Carolina and have a good time."

West

Alex Andrews
Alex…Mount Tabor High…6-1, 225…defensive lineman…coached by Barry Stewart…as senior, named All-Conference…90 tackles (64 unassisted), 12 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles…as junior, 76 tackles (40 unassisted), 11 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception…also played baseball…member of National Honor Society, Senior Representative, AP Scholar, NCHSAA Scholar Athlete…plans to attend the University of Florida where he will study health science…favorite college athlete is Percy Harvin…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Nelson…says "I am honored to be playing against great competition in this setting. I hope to have a good time and get a win in my last football game."

Rodney Austin II
Rodney…East Mecklenburg High…6-4, 310…offensive lineman…coached by Greg Hill…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, team captain, Chevron…56 knockdown blocks, 12 pancake blocks, 0 sacks allowed…as junior, named honorary team captain, Chevron…also competed in weightlifting where he was named team Lifter of the Year and where he holds the all-time clean record holder with 325 lbs….Chamber Choir Vice President…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Elon University where he will study math / music theater…plans to pursue a career as a high school teacher and football coach…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Ted Ginn, Jr. …favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "I feel honored to be selected to play in the all-star game. I expect a challenge. This game is the best of North Carolina's best. I don't expect any less than a spectacular game and great fun!"

Jay Bostick
Jay…Northwest Cabarrus High…5-10, 235…defensive lineman…coached by Mike Helms…as senior, named All-Area, All-Conference, All-Region, All-State, County Defensive Player of the Year…159 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss…as junior, named All-Area…team Defensive Line Award recipient…91 tackles, 15.5 sacks…as sophomore, started at nose guard on state championship team…also competed in track and field…named Mr. Northwest Cabarrus 2006…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in computer science…wants to pursue a career in the NFL…his grandmother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Troy Smith…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "I feel great because I worked hard all summer and all season long to earn this."

Lance Camp
Lance…Burns High…5-10, 171…defensive back…coached by Ron Greene…as senior, named Old Spice National Top 50 Player of the Year, AP All-State, North Carolina 3A Player of the Year, All-Piedmont Charlotte Observer Player of the Year, All-Piedmont Charlotte Observer Quarterback, All-Conference, Cleveland County Co-MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County, Cleveland County Co-MVP…as sophomore, named All-Conference…3,850 career rushing yards and 50 career rushing TDs…7,303 passing career passing yards and 57 career passing TDs…also competed in track and field…member of DECA Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Elon where he will major in computer engineering…wants to pursue a career as a computer engineer…his father Howard J. Camp is his role model…favorite college athlete is Chris Leak…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Bush…says "I feel joy and am excited to play with and against people who have established themselves as the best of the best in North Carolina. I am expecting to have a great week."

Cameron Franklin
Cameron…Myers Park High…6-3, 205…outside linebacker…coached by James Ruark…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, All-Observer 1st Defensive Team…116 tackles, 11 sacks, 16 hurries, 1 fumble recovery…as junior, 109 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9 hurries…also competed in basketball and track and field…Excellence in E-Commerce…member of Manhood Club, DECA Club…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in marketing / business…wants to pursue a career in sports marketing…his father Benjamin E. Franklin, Jr. is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I think it is a privilege and honor to be recognized by various coaches to play in the all-star game. I expect to gain exposure for the future and enjoy the game."

Tyrone Goldston
Tyrone…Asheboro High…6-0, 245…running back…coached by Samuel Whitley…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, All-Area…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-County…also competed in basketball and track and field…plans to attend Appalachian State or Winston-Salem State where he will major in business…wants to own his own business…Miles is his role model…favorite college athlete is Chris Leak…favorite pro athlete is Ladieman Thomason…says "I feel great about playing in the all-star game."

Daniel Griffith III
Daniel…North Rowan High…6-2, 205…quarterback…coached by Avery Cutshaw…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, All-County Offensive Player of the Year…2,810 passing yards (county record), 24 passing touchdowns…465 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns…as junior, Sportsmanship Award recipient…also played basketball where he was named All-County and All-Conference…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Catawba College where he will study pre-law…would like to pursue a career in the NFL and as a lawyer…favorite college athlete is Chris Leak…favorite pro athlete is Chad Johnson…says "I feel that it is an honor to be in this game. I expect to experience a faster game similar to the Division II level. I expect to bond with teammates and coaches."

Patrick Hall
Patrick…Ashbrook High…5-11, 200…running back…coached by Mike Briggs…as senior, named All-Conference, team Offensive Player of the Year…Gridiron Great Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also competed in track and field…member of Who's Who…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Gardner-Webb…wants to pursue a career in the NFL or engineering…his father is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Barry Sanders…says "I'm really happy I was picked to play with the best. I just hope to have fun and get to know new players."

Jeremiah Honeycutt
Jeremy…Alexander Central High…6-4, 260…offensive lineman…coached by Chris Deal…as senior, named All-Conference…Team-Before-Self Award recipient…as junior, named All-Unifour…Team-Before-Self Award recipient…as sophomore, Team-Before-Self Award recipient…plans to attend Catawba College where he will major in business…Coach Chris Deal is his role model…favorite college athlete is Ted Ginn, Jr. …favorite pro athlete is Jeremiah Trotter…says "I'm jacked out my gourd to be playing in the all-star game. I expect to gain friends and memories that will last a lifetime."

Zachary Jaynes
Zach…Pisgah High…6-0, 195…quarterback…coached by David Pressley…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-WNC Player of the year, NCPREPS 2A Player of the Year…passed for 3,189 yards, 34 touchdowns…594 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-WNC…2,119 passing yards, 15 passing TDs…220 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs…as sophomore, named All-Conference…2,284 passing yards, 14 passing TDs…396 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs…2nd all-time passer in western N.C…9th all-time passer in N.C….also competed in basketball, where he was named All-Conference, and track…member of National Honor Society, Leo Club, Key Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Western Carolina where he will major in business…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Troy Smith…favorite pro athlete is Brett Favre…says "I feel very honored, and I believe it will be a great experience to see what college football might be like and to meet new people. "

Lamar Keaton
Lamar…Butler High…6-2, 245…defensive lineman…coached by Mike Newsome…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Observer…75 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 fumble recovery…also competed on the basketball team…plans to attend Catawba College where he will major in business management…wants to own his own business…his father Lionel Keaton is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "I feel that the all-star game will be a great experience for me. I expect to gain a feel for the competition I will face in college."

Lance Lewis
Lance…Concord High…6-2, 190…wide receiver…coached by E.Z. Smith…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…played on 3A state championship team…81 receptions for 1,151 yards, 228 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns…scored 140 points…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…54 receptions for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns…as sophomore, named All-Conference…played on 3A state championship team…41 receptions, 722 yards, 10 touchdowns…also competed in track and field where he was 3 times named All-Conference…undecided about where he will attend college…will major in engineering…wants to pursue a career in the NFL…favorite college athlete is Calvin Johnson…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Wayne…says it is a "great honor to be selected to play in the all-star game and to represent my family, high school, and the city of Concord. I expect to gain experience playing at the highest level of competition in North Carolina."

Austin Lowe
Austin…West Rowan High…6-4, 255…offensive line…coached by Scott Young…as senior, named All-County…Coaches Award for Achievement recipient…member of National Honor Society, Latin Club, Chess Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wingate University where he will major in mathematics…would like to pursue a career in an engineering related job…his father is his role model…says he is "extremely excited to be selected to be playing in the all-star game. I expect to gain valuable experience I can use in college."

Michael McDowell
Michael…East Gaston High…5-11, 185…wide receiver…coached by Greg Lloyd…as senior, named All-Conference, Gaston Gazette Player of the Year…1,240 yards receiving, 23 touchdowns (3rd all-time in N.C.)…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Gaston Gazette…952 yards receiving…also competed in track and field…plans to major in business…his cousin Tra Tribble is his role model…favorite college athlete is Ted Ginn, Jr….favorite pro athlete is Michael Irvin…says he feels "very excited about playing in the all-star game. I'm looking forward to doing my best."

Justin McFadden
Justin…Independence High…5-10, 205…inside linebacker…coached by Tom Knotts…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, state championship MVP…147 tackles, 1 interception, 5.5 sacks…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County…70 tackles, 3 sacks…member Honor Roll…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wingate University…wants to pursue a career in the NFL or as a dentist…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Patrick Willis…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I feel blessed to have an opportunity to play with the best athletes in North Carolina. It makes me feel like I'm an elite athlete. I expect to gain memories, leadership, and new friends."

Matthew Mitchell
Matthew…South Point High…6-0, 195…kicker / punter…coached by John Devine…as senior, named All-County, All-Conference, All-Gaston Gazette, All-Charlotte Observer…Gaston/Lincoln 1st team place kicker…broke county record with 53 yard field goal…as junior, named All-Gaston Gazette…member of French Club, Environmental Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Winston-Salem State University where he will major in animation…wants to pursue a career in the animation field…favorite college athlete is Brady Quinn…favorite pro athlete is Jeremy Shockley…says "I feel great; I'm glad I was chosen to play in the all-star game. I am trying to gain more friendship and more experience."

Darryl Montgomery
Darryl…Shelby High…5-11, 175…defensive back…coached by Chris Norman…as senior, named All-Conference, state championship MVP, team Offensive MVP and captain…C.C. Horn Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference…state championship Offensive MVP…Big Play Award recipient…as sophomore, named All-Conference…Big Play Award recipient…also played basketball, where he was named Conference Player of the Year, and baseball, where he was named All-Conference…named Best Athlete…favorite college athlete is Reggie Nelson…favorite pro athletes are Lebron James and Reggie Bush…says "I'm happy to get to play football anytime. I expect to make people proud and happy for me, and I hope to gain more respect."

Shane Moore
Shane…Northeast Guilford High…6-2, 300…defensive tackle…coached by Tommy Pursley…as senior, named All-Conference, team captain…also competed in track and field where he was twice conference champion in the shot put…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Marshall University where he will major in mass communications…wants to pursue a career as a sports analyst or restaurateur…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Demario Presley…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "I feel elated to be selected to play in the all-star game. I'm expecting to see the culmination of all my hard work in action and to represent western North Carolina."

Josh Morgan
Josh…T.W.Andrews High…6-1, 215…inside linebacker…coached by Derek Anderson…as senior, named All-Area, All-County, Friday Night Player of the Week, team Most Outstanding Linebacker…Coke-Cola Golden Helmet Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference…also competed in indoor and outdoor track and field…member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, FCA President…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in sports medicine…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…his father is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Dan Morgan…says "It feels really good to play in the all-star game. I feel it will give me a chance to see how it is to play with other players in the state."

Jonathan Owen
Jonathan…Brevard High…6-0, 205…inside linebacker…coached by Dan Essenberg…as senior, named All-Conference, All-WNC, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, NCPreps All-State, Times-News Defensive Player of the Year, team captain…163 tackles…as junior, named All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, All-WNC, Times-News Defensive Player of the Year, team captain…198 tackles…as sophomore, team Defensive Player of the Year…also competed in basketball where he was named Conference Tournament MVP and was a 2007 Blue-White All-Star selection…Brevard High School Hall of Fame…plans to attend Western Carolina where he will major in physical therapy…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…his grandfather Parker Pace is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Brian Urlacher…says he is "honored to be playing in the all-star game. I expect to measure my ability with other future college athletes."

Dustin Reckert
Dustin…Western Alamance High…6-3, 185…outside linebacker…coached by Hal Capps…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region, All-Area, state championship game Defensive MVP…148 tackles, 10 sacks, 5 blocked passes, 9 blocked kicks…undecided where he will attend college…plans to major in sports medicine…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…Coach Hal Capps and his father are his role models…says "It's a great honor to play in this game with some of the best athletes in North Carolina. I expect to meet new friends and have fun."

Matt Ruff
Matt…Providence High…6-4, 258…offensive line…coached by Randy Long…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, team Offensive Line MVP…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Appalachian State University where he will major in criminal justice…his father is his role model…favorite athlete is Jordan Gross…says "I am very excited about playing and learning from all my teammates. I am going to be playing with some great players."

Lionel Shoffner II
Lionel…Grimsley High…6-0, 230…running back…coached by Todd Shuping…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area…22 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also competed in track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Elon University where he will majoring in sports management…wants to pursue involving sports or cars…his parents / family are his role models….says "I am excited about playing in the all-star game. I am just trying to have fun."

Jarvis Siler
Jarvis...Ragsdale High...6-0, 180...defensive back...coached by Tommy Norwood...as senior, named All-Conference...as junior, named All-Conference, All-County...80 career receptions for 1,148 career yards and career 11 touchdowns...also competed in track and field where he was 4 times named All-Conference...signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Lenior Rhyne where he plans to major in accounting...his father is his role model...favorite pro athlete is Reggie Bush...says "It is an honor to be selected to play in the all-star game."

Bruce Smith
Bruce…Crest High…5-7, 160…defensive back…coached by Roy Kirby…as senior, named All-Conference, team Offensive MVP, Teamline Sports Co-Offensive Player of the Year, WOHS Offensive Player of the Year…4 times named Player of the Week……46 receptions for 950 yards and 12 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference…team's Best Receiver Award recipient…as sophomore, named All-Conference…school's 2nd all-time leading receiver with 1,631 yards…also played basketball where he was named team MVP and was the recipient of the Ed Peeler Award…member of Who's Who, National Honor Society…Distinguished Image Award recipient…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Presbyterian where he will major in business or accounting or engineering…wants to a pursue a career as a pro ball player or start his own business…his father, Rev. Bruce E. Smith is his role model…favorite college athlete is Ty Lawson…favorite pro athlete is Michael Jordan…says "It is an honor to play in the all-star game. I expect it to be a real competition that will make be a better player. I hope to meet new players and to play with and against other great talent."

Scott Stallings
Scott…A.L.Brown High…6-0, 245…offensive line…coached by Ron Massey…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County…undecided about where he will attend college…wants to pursue a career in construction…favorite college athlete is Buster Davis…says "I feel honored to be able to participate in this all-star game."

Brian Sullivan
Brian…Newton-Conover High…6-1, 185…outside linebacker…coached by Nick Bazzle…as senior, named All-Conference…Red Devil Award recipient…as junior, named All-Conference, WHKY Player of the Week, team Offensive Player of the Year…also competed in track and field where he was named All-Conference…member of National Honor Society, FBLA, HOSA…Junior Marshall…plans to attend Lenoir-Rhyne where he will major in biology…wants to attend medical school and pursue a career as a doctor…says "To me, playing in this game is quite an honor. My aspirations for this game would be to have fun, be the best I can , and represent my home town well."

Antonio Trollinger
Tony…Williams High…5-10, 175…defensive back…coached by Samuel Story…as senior, 60+ tackles, 7 interceptions, 4 blocked field goals…200+ yards rushing, 9 touchdowns…as junior, 70+ tackles, 1 blocked punt, 11 interceptions, 4 touchdowns…as sophomore, 80+ tackles, 8 interceptions…also competed in track and field where he was 3 times named All-Conference…undecided about where he will attend college…wants to play professional ball and get his barber license…favorite college athlete is Troy Smith…favorite pro athlete is Steve Smith…says he feels "excited. I expect to play and to do what I can and have to do to help the team win."

Quandarius Warley
Quan…Thomasville High…5-11, 185…running back…coached by Benji Brown…as senior, named AP North Carolina Player of the Year, All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, All-County, state championship MVP…2,869 yards, 39 touchdowns…as junior, named AP North Carolina Player of the Year, All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year…3,304 yards, 43 touchdowns…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-County, state championship Offensive MVP…1,999 yards, 17 touchdowns…also competed in track and field…member of Honor Roll, SAVE Club…as sophomore, invited to legislative school…plans to attend Western Carolina University where he will major in construction management…his father Franklin Warley is his role model…favorite college athlete is Darryl McFadden…favorite pro athlete is Reggie Bush…says "I am excited to get to play another high school game. I expect to gain a higher level of play to better prepare me for college."

Keith Whitman
Keith…Elkin High…6-1, 235…tight end…coached by Richard Grissom…as senior, named All-Conference Offense and Defense, 1A All-State Defense…as junior, named All-Conference…also played baseball where he was twice named All-Conference and once named All-State…member of National Honor Society, JROTC, student council…signed an athletic grant-in-aid to play baseball with UNC Pembroke where he will study zoology…wants to pursue a career in zoology…his father and his brother, currently serving in Afghanistan, are his role models…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I look forward to playing in the all-star game.. I hope to show that 1A athletes can play with 4A players."

Daylen Williamson
Daylen…Eastern Alamance High…6-0, 178…wide receiver…coached by John Kirby…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, Area Offensive Player of the Year…52 receptions (school record) for 1,1061 yards and 18 touchdowns…school record 9 interceptions…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region, All-Area…47 receptions for 961 yards…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Hines Community College…says "it is a big honor to play in the all-star game. I hope to make everyone proud."

Gordon Witte
Gordon…Salisbury High…6-5, 285…offensive line…coached by Joe Pinyan…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, team captain…as junior, named team captain…also competed in wrestling, where he was twice named All-County and state champion and 4 times named All-Conference, track and field, where he was named All-Conference, and basketball…Salisbury High Representative for Rowan County Board of Commissioners…Dutch Meyer Wrestling Award recipient…City of Salisbury Gordon Witte Day…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Appalachian State University where he will major in mathematics…Abe Washington, Jr. is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "I feel excited and honored to represent my school in the all-star game. I expect to gain the chance to experience a higher level of competition."


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