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Former Ardrey Kell star speaks of 2010 sex assault allegations

INDIANAPOLIS Former Ardrey Kell High and Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo publicly acknowledged he was the Irish player in question regarding an alleged 2010 sexual assault case.

Shembo claimed his innocence in the Aug. 31, 2010, alleged assault of Lizzy Seeberg, a St. Mary’s College student who committed suicide less than two weeks after making the complaint.

“I didn’t do anything,” Shembo said, according to ESPN.com. “I’m pretty much, I’m the one who ended it and pretty much told the girl that we should stop, that we shouldn’t be doing this and that’s what happened.”

Shembo never was charged nor was he suspended. He had long been rumored to be the player in question, but he said this weekend Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told him not to speak publicly about the allegations so as to “keep everything confidential.”

“I have nothing to hide,” Shembo said, according to Blue and Gold, a website covering the Irish.

According to police, Seeburg, then a freshman who had battled an anxiety disorder, filed a sexual battery complaint the day after the alleged incident. She received a text message warning her against “messing with Notre Dame football.”

After missing one of her counseling sessions, Seeberg was found dead Sept. 10, 2010, of a drug overdose.

St. Joseph County prosecutor Michael Dvorak said because of a lack of evidence and Seeberg’s statements likely being inadmissible in court, he would not press charges against Shembo.

“My name was going to flames,” Shembo told Blue and Gold of not being able to talk, “and it just made my name look bad and I can’t even speak.”

Shembo was named to the 2007 All-Observer team and was ranked the ninth-best player in the state in 2010 by the Observer.

Shembo is rated by CBS Sports as the 13th-best outside linebacker in the draft and projects him to go in the fourth to fifth round.

Hampton’s honesty: Former South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton said he has been open and honest with teams about the reasons for his bouncing from four high schools.

Hampton went to Butler, Timmonsville (S.C.), Independence and finally Darlington (S.C).

“It was difficult, but I had a very strong mom,” Hampton said. “And I was going from family situations, I had a single parent, so I had to do some moving around a little bit. Some was academic, some was the environments I was in, and some was the academics of the school. So my mom found the right fit for me in Darlington.”

Hampton said he started getting “caught up in Charlotte’s environment” in high school, and that precipitated his transfer from Independence.

“I started hanging around some of the wrong crowds, doing some of the wrong things. I just had a mom who wasn’t going to have it,” he said. “She wanted more for her children.”

Hampton started 10 games for the Gamecocks and was named a second-team All-SEC player. He’s expected to go as early as the second round in May’s draft.

McCarron carries a chip: Former Alabama quarterback and two-time national champion A.J. McCarron doesn’t just have a chip on his shoulder – he has a boulder.

McCarron said he was frustrated by the knocks on his arm strength and the fact that he won so much at Alabama.

“I feel like I’ve been disrespected my whole college career because I won. And that’s usually the knock on me is deep ball and that we won, and I won behind NFL talent, which is crazy because when you get to the NFL you’re playing with NFL talent. It’s not like we didn’t play anybody. We played in the SEC – to me the best conference in college football.”

McCarron, a pocket passer, decided to throw at the combine rather than only at his pro day because that falls the same week as the start of free agency. He did not participate at the Senior Bowl because of a lingering shoulder injury.

He ran one of Sunday’s slowest 40-yard dashes, clocking an unofficial 4.91 seconds, which was slower than 309-pound offensive lineman Taylor Lewan. But McCarron had a nice touch on his passes during morning drills.

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