Monday Shrine Bowl observations

SPARTANBURG - The best players from North and South Carolina kicked off practice for the 74th annual Shrine Bowl at Spartanburg High School on Monday morning.

Temperatures hovered around freezing and winds whipped across the practice fields at Spartanburg High School.

CUTigers was on hand for the morning session to see the five Clemson commits and several of the prospects remaining on Clemson's 2011 prospect board.

Neither of the South Carolina team's quarterbacks Everett Golson, Justin Worley will play at Clemson. Golson, a former North Carolina commit, is heading to Notre Dame. Worley, who was recently awarded Gatorade Player of the Year, will play at Tennessee.


Eric MacLain is one of five Clemson commits playing in this year's game.
Golson's arm was noticeably stronger. His release was quicker and his throws cut through the wind better than most of Worley's throws in the morning.

Both often looked to Clemson commit Charone Peake during 7-on-7 skeleton work. Peake is by far the best looking receiver for either team this week.

Peake often matched up on Dorman teammate and fellow Clemson commit Adam Humphries, who is playing cornerback for the Sandlappers. During early 7-on-7 drills, Peake beat Humphries on a 5-yard hitch route.

After one play during 7-on-7 drills, when Humphries had a chance to make a deflection, the ball was caught by the receiver. Humphries commented that he couldn't feel his arms.

Another Clemson commit, Shaq Anthony, is the starting left tackle for South Carolina. His future Clemson teammate, Ryan Norton, is the starter at center. South Carolina commit Brandon Shell is the starter at right tackle.

Anthony drew most of the matchups with five-star defensive Jadeveon Clowney.

Any offensive lineman that matched up against Clowney in 1-on-1's and 11-on-11 work gave him their best effort. It was pretty apparent some guys are out to prove that they could hang with him.

Clemson commit Eric MacLain is one of the most physically impressive players in this year's game. He looked solid blocking and making catches for the North Carolina team at tight end.

Stephone Anthony, a Clemson target, is just as impressive. He's lining up at inside linebacker for the Tarheels this week. The Scout.com five-star is so fluid in all of his movements. He works hard and finishes each drill with good effort.

Clemson target Phillip Dukes easily looked like the best defensive tackle on the Sandlappers' squad.


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