December 12, 2006

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11

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 Monday's Hot 11, the first of the event.

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11

Mark Barnes, FS, South Carolina (Columbia Richland Northeast High)

Barnes had a good day from the safety position, intercepting two passes in the morning session. He also was strong in run support. At least one college coach in attendance said that Barnes was "the real deal" at safety. The Rivals250 prospect, who also can play wide receiver, gives the South Carolina squad two outstanding safeties with Cooper.

Scotty Cooper, SS, South Carolina (Lake City High)

Cooper, who projects as an outside linebacker at the next level, made the adjustment to strong safety with ease on Monday. He had three interceptions over the course of the day and showed off outstanding ball skills. The Rivals250 prospect also showed that he's a big hitter and can assist in run support with the best of them.

Chris Culliver, S, North Carolina (Garner High)

We all knew that Culliver was a tremendous athlete, but how would hit fit into a specific position like safety. Well, he looked fine there on Monday. He breaks on the ball well and uses his athleticism to his advantage in the secondary with regards to getting into the passing lanes and breaking up passes.

Dominique Ellis, CB, North Carolina (Wendell East Wake High)

Though he doesn't have the speed of a Gilchrist or Culliver, Ellis has above average ball skills and great size for a cornerback. His long term home could be at the safety position because of those attributes, but he had a great day Monday with regards to hustling and playing pass defense.

Cameron Ford, WR, South Carolina (Anderson T.L. Hanna)

Ford showed why North Carolina State still wants him and why Wake Forest is moving in on him. He runs good routes and has excellent hands, making several tough catches. He's also has a high football I.Q. and is good at finding the right place to sit down in zone coverage so the quarterback can find him.

Marcus Gilchrist, CB, North Carolina (High Point Andrews High)

Gilchrist has tremendous recovery speed and very quick feet. The Rivals100 selection, a Clemson commit, will be tested against the North Carolina receivers in practice, but should be fine if he continues to play at the level he played at today. Gilchrist also could factor into the return game when the time comes.

Steven Howard, WR, North Carolina (Charlotte Olympic)

Despite being a member of a wide receiver corps that includes five-star Dwight Jones and South Carolina-bound high three-star prospect Jason Barnes of Charlotte Independence, Howard held his own today and played at the same level as the other two. He's big and has good hands.

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

Ingram is a huge middle linebacker prospect who has good speed and quickness, loves to hit and has a knack for the big play. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound South Carolina commit had a blocked field goal during special teams drills and is excellent in run support. Ingram, who currently is rated as a low three-star, could see his stock rise this week.

Jarvis Jenkins, DT, South Carolina (Daniel High)

When Jenkins' motor was running Monday, he was as good as it gets for an interior defensive tackle. He's big, agile, smart and has long arms. Jenkins also plays with a high level of intensity when he wants to. It will be interesting to see if he can remain consistent throughout the week.

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

Jones continues to make the transition from being a great athlete to being a college-ready wide receiver. The 6-foot, 183-pound speedster showed he had good hands, route running ability and good moves after the catch during drills. It will be interesting to see if Jones breaks one during the game Saturday.

Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina (Cheraw High)

The Rivals100 end was the best prospect, played hard every play and had the hit of the day on a sack of five-star quarterback Willy Korn. The University of South Carolina commit was impressive coming off the edge and impressive moving down the line to help in run support. His high motor and the fact that he goes hard every play and takes pride in practice also are intangibles of note.

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