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June 5, 2013

Five-Star Challenge: Match-up No. 3


MORE: Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge

Rivals.com is counting down the top 10 match-ups we can't wait to watch at the second annual Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour heading into the event at Soldier Field in Chicago. Today, it's DE Lorenzo Carter vs. OL Alex Bars.

DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, Ga.
vs.
OL Alex Bars, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy

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Why Carter has an edge: There's one word that comes up over and over again when Carter's name is mentioned -- freak. He's the size of an NBA small forward, and he has the skill set of an elite defensive end and the speed of a wide receiver. What will help Carter in this match-up is his length. At 6-foot-5, he uses his long arms to keep the offensive lineman off his body, then lets his speed and strength do the rest of the work. He continues to add bulk to his frame and, assuming he's up from the 235 pounds he weighed in at for the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour Atlanta stop, he'll be a handful for Bars and the other offensive linemen in Chicago.
-- Woody Wommack, Southeast recruiting analyst

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Why Bars has an edge: Bars steps in here as a replacement of sorts for one of his future Notre Dame teammates, Quenton Nelson, who had to pull out of the event late Monday evening with a foot injury. Bars is the second-highest-ranked tackle at the event, checking in at No. 7 nationally. He has excellent size and reach, along with good feet. He will need to show patience against an elite athlete such as Carter and avoid the temptation to guess or overcommit, but his combination of physicality and smarts could be enough to offset Carter's length and athleticism.
-- Woody Wommack, Southeast recruiting analyst

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Overall edge: In one-on-ones dominated by defensive linemen, especially defensive ends, Carter has the clear edge here if he doesn't try to get too fancy or open himself up. If he gets off the line of scrimmage low and with good leverage and mixes up his moves, he will give Bars trouble. The match-up between Carter and Nelson would have been interesting because Nelson is so patient, but if Bars can hold his water and react instead of guessing, this could be a great match-up. Either way, Carter has the edge based on his freaky athleticism.
-- Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst

MORE: No. 10: Hyatt vs. Beckner Jr. | No. 9: Hood vs. Hamilton | No. 8: Mixon vs. Bates |
No. 7: Brown vs. Knox | No. 6: Michel vs. Williams | No. 5: Lane vs. Jackson | No. 4: Fournette vs. McMillan



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