Around the State: Players Perform Well in Durham

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OL William Alvarez, Jamestown standouts Brandon and Byron Clear, QB Peter Lalich, OL Khalil Latif, WR Jay Smith, OLB/DE Aaron Taliaferro and QB Tyrod Taylor were among the participants in last weekend’s combine held in Durham, North Carolina. It was a good turnout and a good showing from the in-state prospects.

Here are the notes and latest updates on the above mentioned prospects and more….


Jay Smith dominates, tests well…

Kempsville wide receiver Jay Smith showed just why his recruitment is skyrocketing right now.

“Jay just blew it up,” Kempsville head coach Jeff McGowan said. “He beat any kid they put on him, then he caught every ball. A lot of people who hadn’t seen him in person before were very impressed. He measured in at 6-2, 185 pounds, and he ran a 4.47 in the 40.”

Smith has official offers from a number of schools, including Georgia, LSU, N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech among others. N.C. State may be the team to beat right now, but Smith plans on checking out many more schools (including UVa and VT for spring games) throughout the spring and summer before a planned late summer decision.

Kempsville running back Trenton Hughes also performed well.

“Simmons caught every ball in one-on-one drills,” McGowan said. “He measured in at 5-9, 179 pounds. Lester measured in at 5-11, 165 pounds, and Trenton measured in at 5-10 ½ and a solid 173 pounds. Both Lester and Trenton ran in the 4.5s in the 40. I know they are faster than that, but it seemed like a lot of kids had trouble adjusting to the field.”

Akron has officially offered both Bell, who is a cornerback, and Hughes, who is more of an athlete but will play cornerback in his senior season. Bell is receiving interest from Virginia Tech, while Hughes is hearing more and more from Maryland and N.C. State and has received interest from UVa.

“I feel it was a good showing for all of my kids,” McGowan said.


Quarterbacks shine…

Neither West Springfield’s Peter Lalich nor Hampton’s Tyrod Taylor participated in testing, but both