On the rise:
Jamie Robinson (right) has already climbed the charts quite a bit since the summer, and the top three star cornerback in the nation is almost assured of gaining more spots with a good game on Saturday. The star athlete from Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern High is better at this stage than former teammate C.J. Barber. Robinson sticks to receivers like glue, turns smoothly, and finds the ball quickly to bat it away. Normally quarterbacks are looking for more open receivers and Robinson does not have much of an opportunity to show his talents.
Josh Miller is finally starting to see time on both sides of the ball after playing running back at the beginning of the week. Probably more naturally a linebacker, the Manning (S.C.) native is very explosive, finds the hole well on both sides of the ball, and fills that hole by taking on blockers as a linebacker. This Clemson commitment could see early playing time next year with a rock-solid frame and great natural speed.
Coming in as the number one player in the state of South Carolina, C.J. Byrd (left) is certainly destined to stay in that position. To some observers it did not seem like Byrd was doing much when in fact he was all over the field and probably trying to do too much. He has tremendous pursuit speed containing anything to the outside, helps well on the deep balls, but more importantly reads plays and yells out what exactly is going on. His center-field approach will come in handy if he is to play strong safety for Georgia in the future.
Alonzo Higgins is physically the best player out on the field each practice. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds it looks like he could run a legitimate 4.6 40, but he moves well from side to side and reads the plays pretty well. Unfortunatley, early in his high school career he made some mistakes in the classroom which is hurting his recruitability. However some team will be lucky enough to place him in a prep school or junior college for a year or two and have a tremendous athlete on their hands.
The senior video of Mike Davis could vault him into the National Hot 100, and his playing style at the Shrine Bowl practices will solidify his role in that spot. With a playing style much like that of North Carolina's Toney Baker, Davis will have the opportunity to shine on Saturday once he can actually start to run over people for a few extra yards.
Though a few inches shorter than what some think is the perfect height for a defensive end, Nathan Pepper (right) is showing what Scout.com already knew – his motor never stops. With a playing style that could make most players envy, Pepper rips off the line of scrimmage and uses his tremendous footwork to cross up offensive tackles and either chop through or swim around the big men. Most of the time, running backs are being used to chip at Pepper to keep him at bay.
Just a few days left:
The potential is certainly there for Hivera Green to play near 300 pounds, but at 6-5, 250 right now, he is not using the leverage and reach advantage he has at his disposal. Often he is trying to reach for the ball carrier, but he certainly has the athletic ability to make more plays than he does. Again the potential is there, and when the Tar Heels and Sandlappers strap it on this Saturday, Green could end up playing up to that level.
Having played quarterback almost exclusively over the past two years, Mychal Belcher (left) of Dorman High is showing a bit of rust. At 6-0, 170 pounds, he could end up better suited as a safety for Steve Spurrier, but as a cornerback he is not showing the burst and hips you want to see playing in the man coverage packages the South Carolina team is using this week.
Rendrick Taylor may be spending too much time switching between offense and defense as he seems a bit lost as to where he needs to be with the playcalling. He has the natural talent to be a playmaker on either side of the ball, though many college coaches in attendance really wanted to see him play linebacker in the game, but the second-guessing is slowing this tremendous athlete down.
SC Movers and Shakers
Today we take a look at the South Carolina squad and see whose stock has risen and who needs a strong ending to the week.
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