FAYETTEVILLE — Even on a soggy field that turned to mush by noon, Bryan Carpenter enjoyed his final opportunity to perform in front of college coaching staffs Saturday morning at Jack Britt High School during Brian Rimpf’s Big Show Combine.
Carpenter’s acrobatic grab during 1-on-1 drills was one of the day’s best catches as assistants from Methodist, Fayetteville State and North Carolina Wesleyan looked on.
“It’s football, so it’s always a good experience for me to get out here and play,” Carpenter said.
Lumberton’s leading receiver, along with linebacker Demetri Sheridan and defensive back Terry Singleton, were three locals of 74 graduating seniors from across the state hoping to land on a school’s radar as late commits or walk-ons.
Despite registering nearly 200 tackles and being awarded Robeson County’s Defensive Player of the Year honor this season, Sheridan’s size — 5-foot-10, 205 pounds — is still a hang-up for college coaches.
“Sometimes you recruit a player based on ability and not measurables,” said Lumberton interim coach Ron Cook. “He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached. He finds the football. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be playing college football next season.”
During individual drills, there was lots of slipping, stumbles and falls.
Carpenter’s 4.74 hand time in the 40-yard dash was above-average for wideouts on a day no player finished sub-4.5 due to wet conditions.
“It was tough to run routes, difficult to plant and dig,” Carpenter said. “But I did the best I could.”
Individually, Tarboro’s Radja Bobbit recorded the fastest 40 with a time of 4.61 seconds. Trinity Christian’s Ryan Hinton reached 35.5 inches on the high jump and teammate Brian Scarborough was named the combine’s defensive most valuable player.
West Charlotte’s Jordan Terry, who caught five passes during 7-on-7 drills, was the top player on offense.
Several Robeson County athletes are expected to sign football scholarships next month including Purnell Swett’s Tyler Maynor along with Fairmont’s Jarrod Neal and Da’Shawn Fields.
National Signing Day’s set for Feb. 5.
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