December 15, 2006

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11 for Thursday

[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 Thursday's Hot 11, the fourth of the event.

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11

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

Barnes gets better each day as he's getting comfortable in this offense. He uses his leaping ability and his hands to make some nice catches and his routes have sharpened. Barnes has gone against two top cornerbacks on the NC defense and has held his own.

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

Barnes wasn't able to do much on Thursday as the SC team didn't do a whole lot, but when they did go to live action here and there, Barnes once again looked very good. He's had at least four interceptions this week.

Chris Culliver, DB, North Carolina (Garner High)

Culliver is playing a bit out of position at cornerback but he's doing well. He can run with anyone and is the biggest corner on either squad. His superior athleticism allows him to make plays in open space and defend passes against bigger wideouts.

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

Gilchrist brings the energy to the North Carolina defense along with Melvin Ingram and he was outstanding in the morning session. He has enough speed to make up any mistakes he might make and plays the ball very well.

Gary Gray, CB, South Carolina (Columbia Richland Northeast High)

Gray didn't get a lot of action like the rest of the South Carolina squad on Thursday but when he did he was excellent as usual. Gray has been focused all week despite the lack of balls thrown his way and has been up to the challenge most of the time he's been challenged.

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

Ingram led the way again and was in the middle of the action all day Thursday. He reads plays very well and is a ball hawk. Ingram was also excellent in coverage all day on Thursday and has shown he'll be tough to deal with on Saturday.

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

Jenkins was limited with the SC team competing in little live action, but he was still able to flash his athletic ability and strength. The South Carolina offensive line isn't the best, but Jenkins is doing what he should be doing - dominating whatever level of competition he faces.

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

Jones was once again stead and his speed was flashed not only in passing drills but on inside handoffs and in other offensive sets. He reaches top speed after just a couple of steps and is elusive in the open field. He's clearly become Willy Korn's favorite target.

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

Korn wasn't as smooth as he was on Wednesday and he did push the ball at times, but he was accurate overall. He's no longer bouncing passes at receivers' feet and is throwing outs with velocity. He is still rushing things and his mechanics are off, but he's still clearly the best quarterback on either side by far.

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

Walker flashed his great feet on Thursday and showed excellent ability to pivot and turn to seal off the backside on sweeps and lead the way on option plays. Walker is facing some nasty defensive ends and it will only get easier in the game with this kind of preparation.

Mario Washington, WR, North Carolina (Shelby Crest High)

The unsung hero of the North Carolina offense, Washington doesn't really do anything great but he catches most everything near him and is consistent. He lacks great speed but he is willing to go over the middle and he runs good routes. He doesn't get much attention and as a result he's surprised most.

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