December 15, 2006

Best of the best at Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas

[rl] SPARTANBURG, S.C.- Southeastern Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt breaks down the top prospects at each position for both all-star teams that have been practicing for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas this week. This is based on a week's worth of practice for the game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Best of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas


Willy Korn, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, Committed to Clemson

Though he has been up and down by his standards, Korn is by far the best quarterback at the event.

Big riser: none

Running back

Ryan Houston, Butler (N.C.) Matthews, Committed to North Carolina

His incredible quickness for his size makes him unique. None of the other running backs on either team have impressed more than Houston.

Big riser: Jae Fitzgerald, Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood (not committed)

Wide receiver

Dwight Jones, Burlington (N.C.) Cummings, Committed to North Carolina

Though he hasn't seen very many balls, there is no question about his ability to jump up and catch it when the ball is in the air.

Big riser: Markish Jones Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome, Committed to Clemson

Tight end

George Bryan, Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover, Committed to N.C. State

Bryan is absolutely huge, but runs and catches well for a player his size. Could end up at offensive tackle in college.

Big riser: none

Offensive line

Landon Walker, Ronda (N.C.) East Wilkes, Committed to Clemson

Walker has great feet and moves very well for someone his size. He's got the most NFL potential as any offensive lineman at the event.

Big riser: Wilson Norris, Pickens (S.C.), Committed to Clemson

Defensive end

Cliff Matthews, Cheraw (S.C.) , Committed to South Carolina

Matthews is very quick off the edge, hustles every play and has a nose for the football. He's also an excellent tackler and has high character.

Big riser: Weslye Saunders, Durham (N.C.) Riverside, Uncommitted

Defensive tackle

Jarvis Jenkins, Central (S.C.) Daniel, Committed to Clemson

Jenkins is big and explodes off the ball when he has his motor in high gear. Projects as a "three" technique in college and will be a good one.

Big riser: Delvin Johnson, Woodruff (S.C.), Uncommitted


Melvin Ingram, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County, Committed to South Carolina

Ingram is probably the best all-around football player at the event. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is big and can run, he's also very quick and has a big nose for the football.

Big riser: Ingram, also Clemson commit Scotty Cooper, who played safety this week.


Chris Culliver, Garner (N.C.), Uncommitted

Culliver is fast, quick and has good ball skills, which helps him in coverage. The versatile athlete also can play wide receiver or cornerback.

Big riser: Mark Barnes, Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast, Uncommitted


Marcus Gilchrist, High Point (N.C.) Andrews, Committed to Clemson

Gilchrist has elite speed and excellent ball skills. He's also tough and confident and a big-play threat in the return game.

Big riser: Tyrell Worthington, Greenville (N.C.) South Central, Committed to East Carolina

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