December 11, 2006

Shrine Bowl: Monday N.C. impressions

SPARTANBURG, S.C.- The first day of practice for the 70th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas featured many outstanding showings by the prospects on either team. The following is a look at some of the more noteworthy showings on the North Carolina squad from the morning and afternoon sessions on Monday.

There wasn't much of a difference when watching five-star receiver Dwight Jones and three-star receivers Jason Barnes and Steven Howard during drills. All three are tall, all three are relatively fast and all three have good hands.

The expectation is that Jones will begin to shine as the practice sessions wear on.

Jones, from Burlington Cummings, is committed to North Carolina, but also looking at Florida, Tennessee and Clemson. Barnes is a South Carolina commit while Howard is heading to North Carolina State.

Rivals100 safety Chris Culliver of Garner breaks on the ball well and uses his athleticism to his advantage in the secondary. Clemson, Florida State, Florida and South Carolina are all in the mix for his services.

High Point Andrews cornerback Marcus 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.

The thing that stands out about Rivals250 running back Ryan Houston is his ability to cut quickly and his vision. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for in quickness and having a knack to run where there aren't an tacklers. He made several outstanding cuts with the football in his hands on Monday.

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