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July 23, 2014

East/ West All Star Game Bios

East Team

Christopher Alston
Christopher…East Chapel Hill High…6-0, 328…defensive lineman…coached by John Sherman…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference…undecided about where he will attend college…wants to pursue a career in sports marketing…his mom is his role model…his favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I am honored to have the opportunity to play in the NCCA East-West All-Star game. I am expecting to gain some new friends as well as improve on what I have already learned."

Garrett Best
Garrett…Scotland High…6-5, 290…offensive lineman…coached by Richard Bailey…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region…member of the National Honor Society…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with William and Mary where he plans to major in kinesiology…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Steve Smith…says "I'm excited to be playing in the NCCA East-West All-Star game. It will be a nice challenge competing with other high caliber players in the state."

Radja Bobbitt
Radja…Tarboro High…5-7, 170…wingback…coached by Jeff Craddock…as senior, rushed for over 1,800 yards and 33 touchdowns…named All-Conference, All-Area, Telegram Area Offensive Player of the Year…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in criminal justice…his role model is Jamie Williams…favorite college athlete is Tre Mason…favorite pro athlete is Adrian Peterson…says "I am excited about participating in the NCCA East-West All-Star game. I expect to gain more knowledge about football."

Elijah Bulger
Elijah…Byrd High…5-10, 180…defensive back…coached by Russell Stone…as senior, had 10 tackles and 1 interception 5 pass deflections…as a quarterback, he passed for 1,613 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 392 yards and 12 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference…had 40 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 19 pass deflections…also played basketball…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wingate University where he will major in athletic training…favorite college athlete is Braxton Miller…favorite pro athlete is Patrick Peterson…says he is "excited to play in the all-star game. I plan to gain respect and more experience in football."

Troy Cain
Troy…South View High…6-4, 215…tight end…coached by Randy Ledford…as senior, named All-Region…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, started at quarterback…also a 3-time All-State 2-time Regional Champ in wrestling…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Catawba College where he will major in sports medicine…wants to pursue a career as a coach…his mom is his role model because of her work ethic…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Russell Wilson…says "I'm excited about playing in the all-star game, and I am looking forward to be competition and meeting some great athletes."

Nicklas Christiansen
Nicklas…Clayton High…6-3, 232…kicker…coached by Randy Pinkowski…as senior, named All-Conference, Special Teams MVP, Special Teams Player of the Year…as junior, named All-Conference, Special Teams MVP…as sophomore, named Special Teams MVP…also competed in soccer where he was 3-times named All-Conference…member of AP Honor Roll…plans to attend Miles College (AL) where he will major in biology…favorite college athlete is Roberto Aguyo…favorite pro athlete is David Akers… says "I am excited to play amongst other talented players. I hope to gain, exposure, competition, and a good time."

Travonte Class
Travonte…Pine Forest High…6-2, 240…defensive lineman…coached by Bill Sochovka…also competed in track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Livingstone College where he will major in history…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Vic Beasley…favorite pro athlete is Jadeveon Clowney…says "It's a blessing and honor to be playing in the all-star game. I expect to gain more knowledge and skill."

Diquon Cox
Diquon…Richmond Sr. High…5-10, 183…wingback…coached by Paul Hoggard…as senior, named All-Conference…rushed for 1,583 yards and 19 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference…also named All-Conference in track and field…member of FBLA, Spanish Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with West Hills College (CA) where he will major in psychology…wants to pursue a career in counseling/social work…his uncle, Ferrel Townsend, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Adrian Peterson…says "I feel great to be playing in the all-star game. It's going to be a good experience; it's going to be like playing at the college level; it will only make me better."

Jamaal Darden
Jamaal…Hoke County High…5-11, 190…outside linebacker…coached by Milton Butts…as a senior, made 97 tackles…on offense, rushed for456 yards and 6 touchdowns…as junior, made 101 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive touchdown…as sophomore, made 77 tackles…also competed in track and field…plans to attend North Carolina A&T State University where he will major in sports medicine…wants to pursue a career in football or as a personal trainer…favorite pro athlete is Richard Sherman…says "I feel honored that the coaches think I deserve to play in this all-star game, and I think I'll learn better and new techniques and what I have to work on."

Bennie Elliot
Bennie…Fike High…6-4, 270…offensive lineman…coached by Tom Nelson…also played basketball…undecided about which college he will attend and what his major will be…wants to pursue a career as a veterinarian…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Johhny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says he feels "great to be playing in the all-star game and to get a feel on how college football is going to be."

Dakwon Foreman
Dakwon…Currituck High…5-8, 155…defensive back…coached by John Wheeler…as senior, named All-Conference…had 10 interceptions…as a receiver on offense, he had 55 receptions for 975 yards and 12 touchdowns…holds North Carolina single game receiving yards with 360…as junior, had 34 tackles and 6 interceptions…on offense, had 27 receptions for 454 yards and 6 touchdowns…as sophomore, had 34 tackles and 3 interceptions…also played basketball and baseball…4 year member of A-B Honor Roll…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Fayetteville State University where he will major in business…wants to pursue a career in sports management…his mom is his role model…his favorite college athlete is Sammy Watkins…favorite pro athlete is Lebron James…says "I am very excited to be playing in the all-star game. I am expecting to gain a great experience with the coaches and players."

Laron Gilchrist
Laron…Western Harnett High…5-9, 280…fullback…coached by Larry Brock…as senior, rushed for 764 yards and 7 touchdowns…rushed for 1,226 career yards and 20 career touchdowns…also competed in basketball and track and field…undecided about where he will attend college…plans to major in sports medicine…says "I feel blessed and honored to play in the all-star game. I've never had something this special get thrown my way. I want to gain better leadership and football skills."

Blake Greene
Blake…Red Springs High…5-10, 170…quarterback…coached by George Coltharp…3rd all-time in NC for career total yards with 11,816 and career touchdowns with 151…as senior, 35 total touchdowns…as junior, named 1A State Player of the Year, All-Conference…4th all-time in NC for single season touchdowns with 63…as sophomore, named All-Conference…rushed for 1,090 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns…undecided about college destination and major…wants to pursue a career as a college football coach…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Steve Smith…says he is honored for this "opportunity to represent my school and community."

Malcolm Hitchcock
Malcolm…Leesville Road High…5-10, 180…defensive back…coached by Chad Smothers…as senior, name All-Conference, Offensive Player of the Year, team MVP…as junior, named All-Conference…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also played basketball…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Louisburg College where he will major in mathematics…wants to pursue a career as an insurance agent…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Odell Beckham, Jr…..favorite pro athlete is Cam Newton…says "It is an honor to be selected to play in the all-star game. I am hoping to meet other great athletes and possibly become the NCCA East-West game MVP!"

ShayRon Jones
ShayRon…St. Pauls High…6-2, 325…offensive lineman…coached by Trey Sasser…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County, Carolina Preps 2A All-State…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-County…plans to attend junior college and major in Health/PE…says he is "excited" to be playing in the all-star game and hopes to "get better going against other talent."

Dijon Kenan
Dijon…Wallace-Rose Hill High…5-11, 235…fullback…coached by Joey Price…as senior, named NCPreps 1A All-State, All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, WIIN Pepsi Player of the Week, WRH Bulldog MVP…as junior, named All-Conference, WRH Bulldog Head Hunter…as sophomore, named team Best Defensive Lineman…also competed in basketball, baseball, indoor track, and outdoor track…plans to attend North Carolina A&T State University where he will major in criminal justice…wants to pursue a career in law enforcement…his father, James Kenan, is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I'm excited to have this opportunity. I expect to gain the experience of playing with the best of the best on the high school level."

Deon Lavender
Deon…Southern Nash High…5-11, 185…quarterback…coached by Brian Foster…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team captain…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team captain…passed for 3,113 career yards and 26 touchdowns…rushed for 518 career yards and 18 touchdowns…also completed in basketball and track and field…member of FCA, Monogram Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Newport News Apprentice School…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Braxton Miller…favorite pro athlete is Troy Polamalu…says "I am honored and humbled to be playing in the East-West game. I look forward to representing Southern Nash and competing against great competition."

Joshua Leviner
Joshua…Richmond High…5-8, 260…offensive lineman…coached by Paul Hoggard…as senior, named All-Conference…plans to attend Fayetteville State University where he will major in history…wants to pursue a career as a college football coach…favorite college athlete is Colt McCoy…favorite pro athlete is Tom Brady…says "I feel very excited and very honored that I was chosen to play in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game. I expect to gain more knowledge about football."

Willie McDonald
Willie…Byrd High…6-0, 235…outside linebacker…coached by Russell Stone…as senior, named All-Region, All-Conference…had 111 tackles and 8 sacks…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wingate University where he will major in athletic training…his mother is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Julius Peppers…says "It's an honor playing in the all-star game. I expect to gain knowledge and friendships with the other players."

Tyler Newhouse
Tyler…Wake Forest High…6-1, 270…offensive lineman…coached by Reggie Lucas…as senior, named Academic All-Conference…team Dominator Award recipient for top rated offensive lineman...as junior, named Academic All-Conference…as sophomore, named Academic All-Conference…also competed in wrestling…member of Beta Club…FCA Leadership Board Member…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Lenior-Rhyne where he will major in physical education…wants to pursue a career as a college football coach…Jesus Christ is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jadeveon Clowney…favorite pro athlete is Jeff Saturday…says " I am excited about playing in the all-star game. I am expecting to prepare myself for my college football team and training."

David Onyiego
David…Southeast Raleigh High…5-11, 205…outside linebacker…coached by Marvin Burke…as senior, named All-Conference…as junior, had 84 tackles…also competed in wrestling and track and field...signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Catawba College where he will major in criminal justice…wants to pursue a career in the air force…his mother and father are his role models…favorite college athlete is Demetrius Hartsfield…favorite pro athlete is Peyton Manning…says "I find it to be a huge privilege to be representing my school. I am looking forward to seeing where I stack up to other great athletes in the state."

Chris Pendergraft
Chris…Leesville Road High…5-11, 315…offensive lineman…coached by Chad Smothers…as senior, named All-Conference, team captain…as junior, named All-Conference…also named All-Conference in wrestling…graduated with honors…plans to attend Randolph Macon College where he will study environmental science…wants to pursue a career as a park ranger…Donald Price and Harvey Tyson are his role models…Dwight Feeney is his favorite pro athlete…says "I feel very honored to be selected to play in the all-star game. I will work hard to represent my high school in a positive way. A better understanding of how to play my high school position is what I expect to gain."

LaQuest Peterkin
LaQuest…Hoke County High…5-10, 260…defensive lineman…coached by Milton Butts…also competed in wrestling where he was named All-Conference…undecided about college choice…plans to major in physical therapy…his grandfather, Ernest Perry, is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "It's an honor to have been chosen to play in the all-star game, especially when there are many talented players that could have been chosen as well! I expect to gain more recognition."

Christian Pleasant
Christian…Rose High…6-0, 245…defensive lineman…coached by David Wojtecki…as senior, named All-County, All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, team Defensive MVP…scored 3 touchdowns…as junior, named All-County, All-Conference, team captain…as sophomore, named All-County, All-Conference, team captain….4 forced fumbles…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Campbell University where he will major in business…wants to pursue a career in business or auto mechanics…Dwight Feeney and Ray Lewis are his favorite pro athletes…says "It feels good to be selected to play in the all-star game. I expect a good experience and to compete against top athletes."

Matt Powell
Matt…Panther Creek High…5-9, 220…inside linebacker…coached by Sean Crocker…as senior, named All-Conference, team Defensive MVP, Academic All-Conference…made 148 tackles - 36 for losses, 2 interceptions…as junior, named All-Conference, team MVP…made 113 tackles - 27 for losses…also competed in wrestling…favorite college athlete is C.J. Mosely…favorite pro athlete is Luke Kuechly…says he feels "blessed with another opportunity to play in the all-star game, and I will gain a chance to play against college level athletes before college."

Corey Schultz
Corey…Southern Nash High…6-3, 253…tight end…coached by Brian Foster…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, team captain…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Area…as sophomore, named All-Conference, All-Area…also competed in basketball and track and field…member of FCA, Key Club…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with UNC Pembroke…wants to pursue a career in sports management…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Sean Taylor…favorite pro athlete is Rob Gronkowski…says "It's a great honor to be chosen to play in the all-star game. Meeting new players and seeing how my skills rank with other players is something I look forward to."

Demetri Sheridan
Demetri…Lumberton High…5-11, 220…inside linebacker…coached by Mike Setzer…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region, All-County, Robeson County Defensive Player of the Year…finished 4th in the sate with 187 tackles…as junior, had 55 tackles…also twice named All-Conference and All-County in basketball…member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Academic Booster Club…plans to attend Guilford College…wants to pursue a career in law…his pastor, Bishop H.B. Drake, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jabari Parker…favorite pro athlete is Kobe Bryant…says "It is really an honor to play in the all-star game. To be among the great players of North Carolina is great. I expect to gain a relationship with the players in this game."

Marcelias Sutton
Marcelias…Kenan High…5-8, 190…wingback…coached by Ken Avent…as senior, named NCPreps 1A All-State, Star News All-Area Player of the Year, Duplin County "Mr. Football"…Shrine Bowl participant…rushed for 1,343 yards and 19 touchdowns…as junior, named Pepsi Player of the Week, Duplin County "Mr. Football," All-State…rushed for 1,800 yards…as sophomore, rushed for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns…also competed in track and baseball…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with N.C. State University…favorite college athlete is Deanthony Thomas…favorite pro athlete is Adrian Peterson…says "I feel that this will be another great learning experience for me. I want to gain knowledge from different coaches and see where I stack."

Tasheem Tyson
Tasheem…Scotland High…5-11, 158…defensive back…coached by Richard Bailey…as senior, named All-Conference…made 34 tackles, 2 interceptions, 16 passes broken up…plans to attend UNC Pembroke where he will major in music…Coach Bailey is his role model…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Derrell Revis…says "It's a great honor to be selected to play in the all-star game, and I'm proud to be representing Scotland County."

Jeremy Vick
Jeremy…Fike High…5-11, 240…linebacker…coached by Tom Nelson…as senior, named All-Conference…plans to attend East Carolina University…wants to pursue a career in professional football…his cousin, Ramone Vick, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Tajh Boyd…favorite pro athlete is Ray Lewis…says "I feel like a celebrity, almost on top of the world. I hope to improve my skills and make me a better athlete."

Malik Williams
Malik…Hunt High…6-2, 195…defensive back…coached by Steve Hinnant…as senior, had 70 tackles, 1 sack, 5 interceptions, 15 pass deflections…on offense, had 22 receptions for 602 yards and 5 touchdowns…also competed in wrestling and track and field…undecided where he will attend college…plans to major in sports medicine…his dad, a firefighter, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Mike Evans…favorite pro athlete is Steve Smith…says he is "excited to play in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game."

Tyler Williams
Tyler…Fuquay-Varina High…6-0, 170…athlete…coached by Jeb Hall…as senior, rushed for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns…had 1 receiving touchdown…as junior, passed for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns…also competed in basketball and track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Lenoir-Rhyne where he will major in psychology…wants to pursue a career that allows him to help people…favorite college athlete is Braxton Miller…favorite pro athlete is Cam Newton…says "I am very excited about playing in the all-star game and can't wait to play. I am expecting to meet new people and make new friends and have a great experience."


West Team

Cullen Ashley
Cullen…Ashe County High…6-2, 200…tight end…coached by Brian Hampton…as senior, named All-Conference on defense with 76 tackles - 16 for losses, 3 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles…also played basketball…undecided about college choice and major…wants to pursue a career in business management or be a PE teacher / coach…his father is his role model…favorite pro athlete is J.J. Watt…says "I am very excited and look for to playing with the other all-stars. By participating, I hope to make new friends and maybe be recognized by some colleges."

James Brace
James…Butler High…6-3, 295…offensive lineman…coached by Brian Hales…as senior, named All-Conference, Charlotte Observer All-Region, All-County, team Offensive Lineman of the Year…also competed in golf and track and field…served as basketball manager/trainer…member of ROTC…member of band…Fire Fighter I and II participant…plans to attend the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff where he will major in environmental science (aquaculture)…wants to pursue a career as a USDA aquaculture specialist or an aquaculture farmer…his grandparents and great grandparents are his role models…favorite college athlete is Charles Brace…favorite pro athlete is Dr. Charlie Sifford…says "I am deeply honored to participate in the all-star game. I am truly humbled to have my athletic accomplishment be recognized among the best in the state."

Logan Bradley
Logan…Forestview High…6-4, 205…quarterback…coached by Chris Medlin…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, Gaston Gazette Co-Offensive Player of the Year…passed for 3,190 yards and 39 touchdowns…rushed for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference, team MVP…passed for 2,176 yards and 28 touchdowns…He is the county's all-time passer with 6,008 career yards and single season yards with 3,190…member of Beta Club and National Honor Society…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Wingate University where he will study criminal justice…wants to pursue a career in the FBI…his dad is his role model because "he has taught me hard work and dedication)…favorite college athlete is Jameis Winston…favorite pro athlete is Peyton Manning…says "It is an honor to be a part of this all-star game, and I am very excited about the opportunity. I am excited to get to compete against other top athletes in North Carolina, and I am ready to get to meet the guys I will be playing against at the next level."

Tyler Bray
Tyler…South Point High…6-0, 190…running back…coached by Mickey Lineberger…is Gaston County's all-time rusher with 5,684 career yards and single season record holder with 2,556 yards…as senior, named team MVP…rushed for 1,790 yards and 30 touchdowns…as junior, named team MVP…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Lenoir-Rhyne University where he will major in exercise science… his dad is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Tom Brady…says "I am very happy that I get to play with all of the great players."

Quintin Brinkley
Quintin…West Forsyth High…5-10, 205…defensive end…coached by Adrian Snow…as senior, named AP All-State, NCPreps All-State, All-Conference, All-Northwest, Conference Defensive Player of the Year…had 112 tackles - 42 for losses, a school record 30 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 touchdowns…as junior, named school's Athlete of the Year…had 56 tackles…also competed in wrestling, where he was 3-times named All-Conference and was a 2-time state qualifier, and lacrosse, where he was named All-Conference and team MVP…member of National Honor Society, Crosby Scholars, Youth and Government…undecided about college choice…plans to major in business…Kevin Brinkley is his role model…favorite college athlete is Johnny Manziel…favorite pro athlete is Luke Kuechly…says "I am honored to have been selected to participate in the all-star game."

McKinley Brown
McKinley…Pisgah High…6-0, 205…quarterback…coached by Brett Chappell…as senior, named All-Conference, All-WNC, Conference Offensive Player of the Year…passed for 3,068 yards and 36 touchdowns…set school record for total yards in a game with 469…set WNC record for passing touchdowns in a single game with 8…tied state record for most touchdowns in a game…member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Diversity Club, Student Council…plans to attend Clemson University where he will major in business…wants to attend law school…favorite college athlete is Tajh Boyd…favorite pro athlete is Matt Ryan…says "I'm honored to be invited to play in the all-star game, and I expect to represent my school and the western part of the state with pride and respect. I hope it has a good impact on the younger athletes."

SaDarius Byers
SaDarius…Burns High…6-3, 320…defensive lineman…coached by Matthew Beam…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County…as junior, named All-Conference…also competed in track and field…undecided about college choice and major…favorite college athlete is Jadeveon Clowney…favorite pro athlete is Kevin Durant…says "It's a great opportunity to be selected to play in a game like this. I feel like I will gain confidence learning to play with other teammates that I have never played with."

Johnny Delahoussaey
Johnny…A.L.Brown High…5-10, 177…defensive back…coached by Mike Newsome…as senior, named All-Conference as wide receiver, Player of the Week…had 38 receptions for 600 yards and 8 touchdowns…as junior, named Hitman of the Week… had 5 touchdowns as a kick returner…also competed in basketball and track and field…member of Beta Club…Levi A. Reid Community Service Scholarship recipient…Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Award recipient…Perseverance Award recipient…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with University of Charleston (WVA) where he will major in sports management…wants to pursue a career in the NFL or as a coach…his uncle, Haskell Stanback, is his role model…favorite college athlete is De'Anthony Thomas…favorite pro athlete is Calvin Johnson…says "I'm lost for words. I'm so happy to play in this game. I'm ready to play with top players and show coaches and fans that I have the talent to play at the next level with the best football players."

Dylan Dula
Dylan…Wilkes Central High…6-2, 165…defensive back…coached by Jeremy Funderburk…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, team defensive captain…Iron Eagle Award recipient…had 69 tackles, 3 interceptions…also competed in golf…honors graduate…plans to attend Wilkes Community College where he will major in architectural technology and construction management…wants to one day open his own construction business…his mom and dad and the late Coach Barry Williams are his role models…favorite college athlete is Malcolm Brown…favorite pro athlete is Stephen Curry…says "I am humbled to have this opportunity to play in the all-star game, and I am honored to be able to represent my family, my school, and also my community. I am hoping to obtain lifelong friends, with a lifelong memory and hopefully leave a mark for young kids in my community to strive for."

Jalyn Folston
Jalyn…Asheville Hilgh…5-8, 165…defensive back…coached by Danny Wilkins…as senior, named All-Conference, All-WNC…had 42 tackles, 2 interceptions…as a wide receiver on offense, had 13 receptions for 291 yards…also competed in indoor and outdoor track and field…member of Prime, City of Asheville Youth Leadership academy…plans to attend East Carolina University where he will major in sports management/athletic training…wants to pursue a career as a sports and conditioning coach…Martin Luther King, Jr. is his role model…favorite college athlete is De'Anthony Thomas…favorite pro athlete is Dez Bryant…says "I'm honored to be playing in the all-star game, and I would like to learn more about the game, and get better on and off the field as well."

Joshua Fox
Joshua…Ledford High…6-2, 270…offensive lineman…coached by Chris Adams…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, team Offensive Lineman MVP…selected to National Blue-Grey East-West All-Star Team in Dallas, TX…also competed in track and field…member of FFA, FCS, Beta Club, National Honor Society…plans to attend Campbell University where he will major in exercise science and psychology…says "I am very honored to play with the top-level athletes across North Carolina. I hope to improve 'my game' by playing with these athletes as I transition to college football."

T.J. Harris
T.J….Western Alamance High…6-0, 220…defensive end…coached by Jeff Snuffer…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region, Region Defensive Player of the year…had 130 tackles, 9 sacks, 17 hurries…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region…had 85 tackles, 8 sacks…as sophomore, had 40 tackles, 5 sacks…also played basketball where he was twice named All-Conference…plans to play for Winston-Salem State University…undecided about major…his Uncle J is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jadeveon Clowney…favorite pro athlete is Kobe Bryant.

Chris Hassard
Chris…West Rowan High…6-2, 265…offensive lineman…coached by Scott Young…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County…as junior, named All-Conference…also played basketball and golf…member of National Honor Society…school's Most Athletic Male Award recipient…U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete of the Year…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with UNC Pembroke…undecided about major…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jabari Parker…favorite pro athlete is Luke Keuchly…says "I am excited about participating in the all-star game. I expect this experience to make me a better football player."

Luke Hayek
Luke…Shelby High…5-8, 163…kicker…coached by Lance Ware…as senior, named All-County…made 65/70 points after touchdowns and 10/16 field goals, with a longest of 51 yards, and averaged 38 yards per punt…as junior, made 12/12 points after touchdowns and 1/1 field goal…also played soccer and was named All-Conference in golf…member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Beta Club, YoungLife…Junior Marshall… Presbyterian Scholar…plans to attend and play football for Penn State University where he will major in exercise science or psychology…plans to pursue a career as a sports psychologist or physical therapist…favorite college athlete is Doug McDermott…favorite pro athlete is Matt Kuchar…says "Having the opportunity to play in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game is a great honor, and I hope to gain more football and personal experiences as I begin a new chapter of my life."

Joe Hurney
Joe…Charlotte Catholic High…6-0, 270…offensive lineman…coached by Jim Oddo…as senior, named All-Conference, All-South Charlotte…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County…as sophomore, named All-Conference…also completed in wrestling and track and field…undecided about college choice…wants to pursue a career in engineering…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Vinnie Sunseri…favorite pro athlete is Ryan Kalil…says "I am expecting to meet new people, shake some rust off to prepare for college, and just have fun playing the game I love."

Kyle Jones
Kyle…Rockingham County High…6-4, 190…tight end…coached by Lin Stadler…as senior, Cougar Award recipient…had 13 receptions for 169 yards and 1 touchdown and on defense had 44 tackles…as junior, named All-Conference…had 12 receptions for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns and on defense had 46 tackles…also competed in basketball and track and field…Scholar Athlete…undecided about college choice…plans to major in engineering…wants to pursue a career in mechanical engineering…his parents are his role models…favorite pro athlete is T.J. Logan…favorite pro athlete is Russell Wilson…says "It is a great honor to be selected to the all-star game. I hope to gain more experience and am happy to have another chance to compete in high school athletics."

Raquan Jones
Raquan…Eastern Guilford High…6-2, 170…wide receiver…coached by Doug Robertson…as senior, named All-Conference, team Offensive MVP…. had 281 yards and 1 touchdown receiving…had over 100 tackles on defense…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Fayetteville State University where he will major in criminal justice…plans to pursue a career in the NFL, becoming the 3rd member from his family to do so…Coach Tinsley is his role model…favorite college athlete is Sammy Watkins…favorite pro athlete is Richard Sherman…says "I feel great about playing in the all-star game. There is no one else from my school participating in this game. I am expecting to learn some great techniques."

Albert McLean III
Albert…Dudley High…6-0, 308…defensive lineman…coached by Steven Davis…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year…had 86 tackles and 13 sacks…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Winston-Salem State University…wants to pursue a career in engineering…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Nikita Whitlock…favorite pro athlete is Warren Sapp…says "I feel great about playing in the all-star game. I want to gain new friends and gain more things that will help me in college."

Jonathan Minton
Jonathan…Hibriten High…6-4, 285…offensive lineman…coached by Clay Lewis…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, All-Greater Hickory…as junior, named All-County…also competed in wrestling…undecided about college choice and major…wants to pursue a career in law enforcement…Josh Woodruff is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jameis Winston…favorite pro athlete is Luke Kuechly…says "I am very excited and honored to be chosen to play in the all-star game. I hope to make new friends and meet new people."

Logan Morgan
Logan…Eastern Alamance High…5-11, 210…linebacker…coached by John Kirby…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Region...set school record for most tackles in a game with 24 and most tackles in a season with 210…as junior, named All-Conference, All-Region…also competed 2 years in lacrosse and was twice named All-Conference in track and field…undecided about college choice…plans to major in physical education…wants to pursue a career in the military…his mom and Paw Paw are his role models…favorite college athlete is Marcus Crowder…favorite pro athlete is Jordan Campbell…says "I feel honored to have been chosen to play against some of the best football players in North Carolina. I am expecting to gain knowledge from the coaches and players."

Jack Nimmons
Jack…Reidsville High…6-3, 245…defensive lineman…coached by Jimmy Teague…as senior, named All-Conference, All-Area, All-County, Conference Defensive Player of the Year team Defensive MVP…had 106 tackles - 31 for losses, 11.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries…as junior, named All-Conference, All-County, team Defensive Player of the Year…as sophomore, named All-County…also named All-Conference in track and field…undecided about college choice and major…wants to pursue a career as a physical therapist…his dad is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jadeveon Clowney…favorite pro athlete is Lesean McCoy…says "I feel honored and blessed to be in the all-star game, and I feel like it's going to be a great experience for me."

Ryan Nunn
Ryan…North Davidson High…6-2, 210…defensive lineman/offensive lineman…coached by Mark Holcomb…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County…as junior, named All-Conference…also competed in baseball and golf…AP Scholar…Academic Letter recipient...finished top 20 in class…plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he will major in biology (pre-dental)…wants to pursue a career in dentistry…his father is his role model…favorite college athlete is Armanti Edwards…favorite pro athlete is Tim Tebow…says he is "incredibly honored that I was chosen from the entire state to play in the game I love one more time. I hope to gain new friends who have the same passion as I do."

Kenneth Page
Kenneth…North Davidson High…6-5, 320…offensive lineman…coached by Mark Holcomb…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, team captain…also competed in wrestling and track and field…plans to attend Jireh Prep…wants to pursue a career in business…his mother is his role model…favorite college athlete is Julius Peppers…says "I am looking forward to playing against great competition and representing my family, school, and community."

Kenneth Purvis
Kenneth…Central Cabarrus High…6-0, 185…tailback…coached by Donnie Kiefer…as senior, named All-Conference, Charlotte Observer All-Region, team Player of the Year…had 2,600 rushing yards, 259 receiving yards, 207 kick return yards, and 40 touchdowns…as junior, had 1,600 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns…as sophomore, named All-Conference…High School Game Center Award recipient…plans to attend Lakawanna College where he will major in sports medicine, engineering, or business…favorite college athlete is De'Anthony Thomas…says "I feel ready to experience a good learning opportunity. I expect to get better from this and better sportsmanship, and learn how to just get out and have fun, learn more from the players around me and get a feel of how an all-star game feels."

Chris Ripberger
Chris…Northern Guilford High…5-11, 190…defensive end…coached by Brian Thomas…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, All-Area…had 80 tackles - 24 solo and 20 for losses, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries…on offense, rushed for 517 yards and had 318 receiving yards…scored 16 touchdowns…as junior, named All-Conference…played on 3 state championship teams…member of Beta Club, National Honor Society…Junior Marshall…AP Scholar with Distinction…plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he will major in biology…wants to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon…his dad, Carl Ripberger, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Jameis Winston…favorite pro athlete is Luke Kuechly…says "It is an honor to have the opportunity to play with so many other athletes. I hope to not only enjoy the moment but better myself for my future at Chapel Hill as well."

Xavier Robinson
Xavier…North Rowan High…5-11, 198…linebacker…coached by Joe Nixon…as senior, named All-Conference, All-County, County Player of the Year, Conference Player of the Year…team Defensive Player of the Year…Golden Helmet Award recipient…as junior, named All-County, All-Conference, All-State…as sophomore, named All-County, All-Conference, team Defensive MVP…also competed in track and field…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Saint Augustine University where he will major in sports management…his parents are his role models…says "It's a great honor to play in the all-star game."

Tanner Starnes
Tanner…Alexander Central High…5-11, 202…halfback....coached by Nick Bazzle…plans to attend Guilford College…wants to pursue a career as a strength trainer…favorite pro athlete is Adrian Peterson…says "I am honored to be a part of this game. This is an experience I will never have again. I feel this will help prepare for my first college season and give me a chance to play with outstanding players."

Brady Stover
Brady…Southern Guilford High…6-0, 235…defensive lineman…coached by Darryl Brown…as senior, named All-Conference…had 82 tackles - 54 solo and 17 for losses, 7 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, 7 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles…as junior, named All-Conference…had 92 tackles - 54 solo and 15 for losses, 3 forced fumbles…also competed in wrestling…plans to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University where he will major in graphic design…wants to pursue a career as a graphic designer…his Uncle Scott is his role model…favorite college athlete is Braxton Miller…favorite pro athlete is Luke Kuechly…says he expects to gain "leadership skills as well as a great football experience. It is an honor to participate."

Jordan Strickland
Jordan…East Rutherford High…6-1, 240…defensive lineman…coached by Clint Bland…as senior, named All-County, All-Conference, team Defensive Player of the Year…twice named Player of the Week…as junior, named All-County, All-Conference, team Defensive Player of the Year…twice named Player of the Week…as sophomore, named Player of the Week…also named All-Conference and All-County and was the RBI Award recipient in baseball…Milo Club Award recipient, Genius Award recipient…Big Brother mentor…Most Unforgettable superlative…plans to attend Mars Hill University where he will major in business or exercise science…wants to pursue a career in advertising...his batting coach, Shane Spears, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Tajh Boyd…favorite pro athlete is DeMarcus Ware…says "I consider it an honor to be chosen and to play in this all-star game. I can't wait to get on the field and represent my school, team, and county! Participating in this game will help me prepare for football at the next level."

Phil Taylor
Phil…West Forsyth High…5-9, 170…defensive back…coached by Adrian Snow…as senior, had 4 interceptions, multiple pass deflections, 2 blocked field goals…as junior, had 31 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 deflections, 1 blocked field goal…as sophomore, had 24 tackles, 2 interceptions…also competed in track and field…member of National Honor Society…plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist…his dad is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Richard Sherman…says "I'm excited and can't wait to get started. I'm expecting to get faster and mentally ready for college football."

Hunter Wike
Hunter…Pisgah High…6-2, 175…defensive back…coached by Brett Chappell…as senior, named All-WNC…had 27 tackles…on offense had 1,054 yards, a school record, and 17 touchdowns…as junior, named WNC Player of the Week…also played basketball and was a conference champion in tennis…plans to attend East Tennessee State where he will major in biology…wants to pursue a career in the medical field…his dad, Mitch Wike, is his role model…favorite college athlete is Eric Ebron…favorite pro athlete is Calvin Johnson…says "I'm excited to see how I stack up with other college prospects. I am hoping to advance my skills in route running."

Kyrell Williamson
Kyrell…A.L.Brown High…6-2, 230…linebacker…coached by Mike Newsome…as senior, named All-Conference, Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Charlotte Observer All-Region, team captain…as junior, named All-Conference, team Most Improved…also played basketball…named school's Most Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year…signed an athletic grant-in-aid with Winston-Salem State University where he will major in broadcasting…wants to pursue a career in the NFL and then become an ESPN sports analyst…his father, Myron Williamson, is his role model…favorite pro athlete is Luke Kuechly…says "I feel very blessed to play in this all-star game, and I expect to learn more and play against great players and to compete at a higher level."


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