Four verbal commitments to Clemson University have been selected to play in the 69th Annual Shrine Bowl, to be played this December at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, SC.
Leading the North Carolina squad will be Asheville's Crezdon Butler, a four-star defensive back prospect that committed to the Tigers in August. Butler has played both as a quarterback and a cornerback during his senior season with the Cougars, who are now a perfect 7-0 on the year.
For the Sandlappers, five-star defensive end Ricky Sapp headlines a talented defensive unit.
Sapp, who committed to Clemson in June, is the nation's No. 2 defensive end prospect, as rated by Scout.com.
Riverside kicker Richard Jackson, another Clemson commitment, has also enjoyed a strong senior season. Just last week Jackson kicked a state-record 64-yard field goal. The play garnered national attention from ESPN, making Chris Berman's weekly Top 10 Plays of the Week list.
Gaffney linebacker Julius Wilkerson is final future Tiger selected to this year's Shrine Bowl. Wilkerson committed to the Tigers in June.
All four players remain firm with their verbal commitment to Clemson.
This year's Shrine Bowl, the 69th annual, will again be played at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 PM EST.
Tickets are available at the Shrine Bowl Office for $20.00 reserve seats and $10.00 general admission. Call for your Shrine Bowl tickets today at 1-800-648-2695.
The four aforementioned players will find their names on the 2005 North Carolina or South Carolina roster, but players like Ronnie Tyler, Shaun Draughn, and Kendric Burney weren't so lucky.
The South Carolina Sandlappers are planning to run a wide open offense, and the key position here could be the combination of quarterbacks and wide receivers in an offense patterned after the three-time defending state champions Byrnes Rebels. The offense, directed by Byrnes head coach Bobby Bentley, brings Armanti Edwards and Stan Doolittle as the signal callers, two players that can throw to the tall wide receivers or tuck it and run.
The North Carolina offense plans to use a throwback offense and hope to simply grind out a win in the December match-up. With three of the top players in North Carolina playing the running back position – Norman Whitley, Josh Adams, and Johnny White – look for them to wear out the South Carolina defense in the game.