December 13, 2006

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11 for Tuesday

[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 Tuesday's Hot 11, the second of the event.

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11

Jason Barnes, WR, North Carolina (Charlotte Independence High)

Although the North Carolina offense struggled passing the ball again, Barnes made some excellent catches and showed excellent burst after the catch. The NC wideouts likely won't do much in the game itself due to the struggles at quarterback, but Barnes has still impressed.

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

Barnes makes the list for the second day in a row because he was all over the field again in the morning practice. Barnes has excellent instincts as a safety and closes very well. If hitting was allowed Tuesday, he would have made plenty of tackles.

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

Cooper was once again flying all over the field even though his physicality was curtailed with no contact. He's quick to the ball and is at his best moving forward. His ability in run support will be key for South Carolina.

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

Gilchrist is smooth and makes a lot of things look easy. He's more physical than expected and better in run support than anticipated. Gilchrist reads the receiver well and has great hips.

Junior Hemingway, WR, South Carolina (Conway High)

Hemingway caught a few long passes on the day and showed his surprising quickness. As a bigger receiver, he has an extra gear that defensive backs don't expect. He was also physical going after the ball.

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

Ingram is rising fast. He's the most physical of the North Carolina defenders and always seems to be around the football. He's also a natural leader and moves so well for a bigger 'backer.

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

Jones is the fastest of the South Carolina wideouts and gets upfield very quickly. He's shown excellent hands and reliability and has been more physical than expected. He's been the best wideout so far for South Carolina.

Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina (Cheraw High)

Matthews wasn't allowed to do much in the afternoon session but he was solid in the early practice, flashing his quickness off the edge. His first step is still surprising the South Carolina tackles even after two days.

Kerry Neal, LB, North Carolina (Bunn High)

Neal flashed his ability off the edge on Tuesday, blowing past linemen on two occasions to get after the quarterback. Neal has also been excellent in coverage in the flat and has shown very good closing speed.

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

Saunders moves as well as a big man can be expected and was consistent all day Tuesday. He's surprisingly agile for his size and quick enough to get around tackles. Tuesday he threw in a little bit of physical with that finesse and was hard to stop.

Landon Walker, OL, North Carolina (Ronda East Wilkes High)

Walker is steady and shows great footwork. He gets out of his stance quickly in pass protection and angles off defenders well. In the running game he sealed off the backside effectively and showed excellent balance.

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