December 10, 2007

Scouting the Shrine Bowl: S.C. line prospects

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Practice has begun for the 71st annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the top prospects in North Carolina are preparing to take on the best from South Carolina.


Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every took in South Carolina's morning session and gives his thoughts on some of the top line prospects at the practice.







Expert's View of South Carolina Prospects





DaQuan Bowers, 6-4, 267, SDE, Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Committed to Clemson


Assets: Most physically impressive player on South Carolina team. Is very athletic.

Areas for improvement: Go hard on every snap in practice; it will carry over to the game.


What was most impressive in practice: Saw him drop in coverage from his defensive tackle spot and he actually looked fluid and natural.


Conclusion: The sky is the limit for this five-star prospect, he can be as good as he wants at Clemson.






Dalton Freeman, 6-6, 270, OL, Pelion


Assets: Looks good in his pads, has a flat back in his stance and excellent back peddle in pass protection.


Areas of improvement: Continue to get thicker and stronger.

What was most impressive in practice: Looks good coming out of stance at both guard and tackle.


Conclusion: Has an ideal body to play all three offensive line positions. I was very impressed with how hard he worked in practice. He will be an excellent pickup wherever he decides to go.






Sam Hammond, 6-5, 300, OL, Union


Assets: He has great lateral movement and long arms.

Areas of improvement: Has only been playing offensive line since the third game of his senior season. Needs to finish strong academically in order to qualify.

What was most impressive in practice: That fact that he looks like a natural on the offensive line for someone who just started playing it.



Conclusion: He has enough upside that he is worth signing and placing if he does not qualify. Also needs bump in ranking.






T.J. Johnson, 6-4, 285, OL, Aynor

Committed to South Carolina


Assets: He has a very good base and excellent getting off on the snap count.

Areas of improvement: Needs to work on his back peddle in pass protection.

What was most impressive in practice: He is jus a very good looking kid, looks very similar to Dalton Freeman in pads.


Conclusion: This prospect has a chance to be a really good offensive guard or center. He looks like a run blocking machine.







Kenneth Page, 6-4, 293, OL, A.C. Flora


Assets: He is the most filled out of the offensive linemen for South Carolina. He looks to be very powerful and nimble on his feet.

Areas of improvement: His back peddle could use some work also.



What was most impressive in practice: Saw him lock onto a linebacker and drive him to the ground.


Conclusion: He is probably the most physically ready to play now in college. He probably will be an offensive guard, but could play some center.






Donte Rumph, 6-3, 260, DE, Calhoun County

Committed to Kentucky


Assets: He has long arms and has good pad level at point of attack.

Areas of improvement: I think he would make an excellent defensive tackle, so he will need to add some upper body strength since he is around 255-260.

What was most impressive in practice: He was getting work on the kickoff coverage team, not bad for a big guy.


Conclusion: Was a late addition to the South Carolina roster, and I, for one, am glad he was added because he looks the part. Kentucky may have a real good one here.




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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