Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.) defensive end/linebacker Prince Shembo told TechSideline.com this evening that he “probably” will visit Virginia Tech on Friday. Barring a change of heart, this will be the final visit before the 6-2, 235-pound rising senior makes a college commitment.
“I’m considering Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Vanderbilt and N.C. State,” said Shembo, who has visited all of these schools except for Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. “The first four are the main ones I’m considering.
“I am going to make my decision before my season starts [on August 28th].”
Ardrey Kell head coach Marty Woolbright says he’ll return a “strong nucleus” from last season. Shembo, who racked up 86 tackles including nine sacks last season as a junior, is one of those important pieces and is coming off a successful off-season.
“This has probably been his best summer yet,” said Woolbright, who’ll be entering his fourth year as Ardrey Kell head coach. “He has worked extremely hard. He has done a great job in a leadership role as captain. The first two years he played three sports, so he was kind of tired in the off-season. Last summer, he also pulled a hamstring at a football camp and missed most of the summer running stuff. This year, he hasn’t missed a day.
“We’re going to probably play him up and down this year. Most schools like him as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. He has worked real well standing up. He played up all summer in 7-on-7.”
Shembo, who has been offered by each of the schools he mentioned, is one of the top defensive recruits in the Tar Heel state’s 2010 class.
“I think the big thing college coaches see is that he has a big motor,” Woolbright said. “He keeps running and doesn’t ever quit. At 6-2, 235 pounds, he is very good with his hand down as a pass rusher. He is also a good enough athlete to play linebacker.”
If Shembo were to pick Virginia Tech, Coach Woolbright believes he would play defensive end.
“He is a typical Virginia Tech defensive end,” Woolbright said. “He is not real tall, but he is explosive off the corner. He is the mold of the defensive end they have had there.”