December 11, 2007

Scouting the Shrine Bowl: S.C. skill

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Practice for the 71st annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas rolls into its second day and while some of the top talent is starting to separate from the pack, there have also been some surprises.


Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every took in South Carolina's morning session and gives his thoughts on how some of the top skill players are faring.







Expert's View of South Carolina Prospects





Marquan Jones, 6-0, 173, WR, Blythewood

Committed to Clemson


Assets: He has great lower body structure, he just looks fast.

Areas for improvement: A little on the thin side in upper body and could use some extra size and strength in that area.

What was most impressive in practice: Catching the ball with his hands and really just plucking the ball out of the air.



Conclusion: I think he will have a bright future at Clemson, if his upper body catches up to his lower body - watch out.






A.J. Green, 6-4, 185, WR, Summerville

Committed to Georgia


Assets: Has great height and is very fluid in his movement.

Areas of improvement: Needs to practice with a little more intensity.


What was most impressive in practice: He plucked a ball out of the air in heavy traffic in 7-on-7.


Conclusion: Has a very bright future at the college level, should make an immediate impact at Georgia.






Cartier Rice, 5-10, 179, CB, Byrnes

Committed to Kentucky


Assets: Has good change of direction, and comes out of his back peddle well.

Areas of improvement: He needs to get a little stronger in order to lock down the big receivers.


He made a great leaping pass breakup when covering A.J. Green, and there is at least a five or six inch difference in height.


Conclusion: I really like the way he looked today, a real steal for Kentucky and possibly in line for a bump up in the rankings.






Jaron Brown, 6-2, 187, WR, Cheraw


Assets: He is put together real well, and appears to have very good speed.

Areas of improvement: Sometimes looks a little awkward in the air adjusting to the ball.


What was most impressive in practice: He was the only receiver to get wide open deep and catch a pass in 7-on-7 drills.


Conclusion: He is put together great. He could possibly be a safety with above average ball skills.







Jordan Lyles, 6-4, 190, WR, Hartsville


Assets: Just appears to have stellar hands, and good height.

Areas of improvement: Needs to get stronger in the upper body area in order to help fight for jump balls.



What was most impressive in practice: Made a great catch out-leaping the defenders the end zone for a touchdown.


Conclusion: Wants to play baseball in college along with football. Did not play football his junior year but had a tremendous senior season with 81 catches for 1250 yards. I'm sure college coaches at the shrine game are asking the same thing I did. Who is this guy?




Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at bevery@rivals.com


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