December 14, 2006

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11 for Wednesday

[rl] The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11 is a look at the most impressive prospects from that day's practice session(s) and includes both the North Carolina and South Carolina teams.

The following is Wednesday's Hot 11, the third of the event.

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11

Mark Barnes, WR, South Carolina (Columbia Richland Northeast)

Barnes makes it 3-for-3 when it comes to making the Hot 11 with his activity all over the field. He's shown excellent ability in run support and good ball skills in the secondary. He had another interception that would have been a pick six had it been live competition.

Marcus Gilchrist, CB, North Carolina (High Point T.W. Andrews High)

Gilchrist might be small, but he's around the action and has an extra gear that most don't have. He's good in press coverage and is seemingly in the back pocket of the wideouts he covers. He scooped up a fumble in the afternoon session for a would-be touchdown and always seems to be around the action.

Stanley Hunter, LB, South Carolina (Duncan Byrnes High)

Hunter is undersized but very quick to the football and active. He's adept at avoiding blockers to make plays and is not afraid to stick his nose into the action to defend the run. He showed excellent lateral quickness all day long on Wednesday.

Melvin Ingram, LB, North Carolina (Hamlet Richmond County High)

Ingram was once again the most athletic player on the field for the North Carolina team and showed off his excellent instincts. He jumped an errant screen pass for what would have been a score and loves to throw his body in the fray. Oh yeah, he can punt as well. He booted a 40+-yarder with great hand time goofing around at the end of practice.

Jarvin Jenkins, DT, South Carolina (Central Daniel High)

Jenkins has been a pocket crusher all week for the South Carolina defense and is very agile and quick for a big man. He's adept at taking on multiple blockers and still gaining penetration and he can run some things down when running backs try to bounce it outside the tackles.

Delvin Johnson, DT, South Carolina (Woodruff High)

Johnson is a sleeper who has emerged this week as a very solid prospect. His pass rush has been excellent but it's his play against the run that has most people taking notice. He doesn't give ground and works off blockers to the football well.

Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina (Burlington Cummings High)

Jones emerged on Wednesday for a few reasons. The North Carolina quarterbacks were finally able to throw the ball to him as they have improved slightly and he's much more active when he's being included in the offense. He's too hard for corners to handle on jump balls and fades.

Markish Jones, WR, South Carolina (Spartanburg Broome High)

Jones continues to impress and is the best South Carolina receiver when it comes to gaining yardage after the catch. He showed off his excellent hands again Wednesday and he runs the best routes of the group as well.

Willy Korn, QB, South Carolina (Duncan Byrnes High)

We finally got to see the Willy Korn we expected as he lit things up in the early session and was solid in the afternoon. Korn was throwing with confidence and stopped pushing and aiming the ball and once he gets into a groove he's tough to stop. He threw some of his best passes all year on Wednesday.

Travian Robertson, DE, North Carolina (Laurinburg Scotland County High)

Despite a tender ankle, Robertson simply dominated the weak right side of the North Carolina offensive line with his quickness and long arms. He showed enough agility to double back to the run even when taking an outside angle and guessed wrong on pass. And he was in the face of the quarterback numerous times.

Weslye Saunders, DE, North Carolina (Durham Riverside High)

The big man is so agile that he makes plays that make you shake your head. He's so quick laterally that he avoids blocks as much as he sheds them when the offense runs outside the tackles. He still relies on finesse a bit too much on pass rush, but he's so big and quick he gets away with it.

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