Around the State: Players Show 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 Kevin Simmons , who recently picked up an official offer from Kentucky (his first official offer), and 2007 class teammates Lester Bell and Trenton Hughes also performed well.

“Simmons caught every ball in one-on-one drills,” McGowan