North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates told the story about how he ended up becoming a Tar Heel.
North Carolina’s linebackers coach visited Pope High and was looking at the linebackers, but Yates kept dazzling him. By the end of the next week, Yates had an offer from North Carolina.
Yates, who said he averaged 19 points a game, had a few FCS (formerly I-AA) basketball scholarships, but nothing for football.
He went on to set 37 school records at North Carolina.
He said he wants to show off his arm strength and prove that he can make the intermediate throws at the scouting combine.
Alabama tackle James Carpenter was officially measured at 6-foot, 4 ½ inches and weighed 321 pounds.
He originally committed to Iowa State coming out of Augusta Hephzibah, but was an academic non-qualifier and ended up at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
He elected to attend Alabama “because I wanted to win,” Carpenter said.
Georgia offensive lineman Clint Boling finished his career with 49 straight starts.
“It was just not all skill,” said Boling, who played at Chattahoochee High and is represented by Atlanta agent Pat Dye Jr. “I got lucky with some injuries. I was injury free.”
He played right guard, right tackle and left tackle for the Bulldogs. His versatility served him well at the Senior Bowl, where he played both guard and tackle. He played some center in practice, but never in a game.
“NFL teams aren’t traveling 15 linemen,” Boling said. “They are dressing out seven or eight guys, so you have to be able to play multiple positions. I think doing that in school is going to help me.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog