NFL COMBINE: Yates, Boling, Carpenter check in

T.J. Yates, who starred at Pope High and set 37 records at North Carolina, at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

T.J. Yates, who starred at Pope High and set 37 records at North Carolina, at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

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, who starred Augusta Hephzibah, at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Alabama tackle James Carpenter, who starred Augusta Hephzibah, at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

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's Clint Boling is hoping his versatility will help him land a job in the NFL. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Georgia's Clint Boling is hoping his versatility will help him land a job in the NFL. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

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

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14 comments Add your comment

RaleighDawg

February 24th, 2011
2:41 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Second.

The Florida punter (Chas Henry) was in here. A bunch of the Georiga alums, ran up to him and give him the “choke” symbol.

The Truth

February 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

D. Led

I hope you got some pics of Henry’s reaction to the choke symbol.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 24th, 2011
2:53 pm

Missed that picture.

RODERIC ROLAND

February 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

Enter your comments here

RODERIC ROLAND

February 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

D-led i thikn we have a chanec att geeting allen bailey in the 2nd round…we should go best player available in the 1st..wr maybe? and titus young is also rated as a mid-late 2nd rounder? i really dnt know who we should pik in the 1st round n e more

Rod Johnson

February 24th, 2011
3:32 pm

Shout out to hometown (Augusta, GA) Alabama tackle James Carpenter!

Rellis

February 24th, 2011
4:03 pm

HOW MANY DRAFT PICKS DO WE HAVE 7 OR 9(2 #6′S & 2 # 7′S

sickoffools

February 24th, 2011
4:24 pm

Anybody else besides me get TIRED of all these “First” post fools?
sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssshhhhhhhhhhh!

K Falcon

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

Need to be looking at D-Line beasts for the Birds.

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joewhite

February 25th, 2011
8:33 am

Good luck to all of you guys best wishes

Chi Town

February 25th, 2011
9:02 am

If Carpenter wanted to win cant understnad why he didnt go to Jawja.

hahahahahahahahaha!

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February 25th, 2011
9:56 am

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