Shrine Bowl Evaluations

ROEBUCK, S.C. – Here is a breakdown of some of top defensive talent on South Carolina's roster.

John Fulton – CB - 6-0/185 – Manning

Recruiting: Alabama and South Carolina are his two finalists

Shrine Bowl Report: What stood out more than anything about Fulton was his confidence. He has the needed attitude to play corner on the highest level. He had a rough start on some inside routes, but he responded to the challenge and stepped up his game towards the end of day one and into day two. He is a very physical corner who loves to play press coverage and he really locked down Martavis Bryant on Tuesday. He showed very good ball skills throughout the first two practices.

Clayton Geathers – S - 6-1/190 – Carver's Bay

Recruiting: Committed to UCF

Shrine Bowl Report: Geathers has a very good build and he is a physical safety. He plays likes a linebacker with a lot of aggression, but is solid in coverage as well. He is better in closing on the ball, than dropping back, but he should be a good get for the Knights. Speed is limited as is range, but he showed good athleticism and solid tackling in Roebuck.

Brandon Golson – LB - 6-2/205 – Calhoun County

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina

Shrine Bowl Report: Golson is a physical linebacker who was always looking to make contact in drills or team practice. He showed as good of technique when tackling as any linebacker on the South Carolina squad. He needs to work on his hips and taking better angles, but he looked better than expected. He was good during inside drills especially.

Justin Henderson – DE - 6-5/235 – Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Recruiting: Committed to Kentucky

Shrine Bowl Report: Henderson plays with a lot of energy and a lot of fire. That helped him stay involved and always seemed to be in on the play or closing in on it if came to his side. He is very good with his hands and he kept them active always. He is not overly explosive, but quick enough to pressure the QB. He hustles every play, he contains his edge, and he is very coachable. He looked like a great get for Kentucky.

Amos Latta – LB - 6-2/190 – Clover

Recruiting: N/A

Shrine Bowl Report: Nothing was known about this linebacker out of Clover, but he showed a lot of athletic early throughout the drills. He needs to add weight and really work on his strength, but he recognizes things quickly, he closes to the ball well, and he has good lateral movement. He made a lot of plays on day one and two.

Corey Miller – DE - 6-3/231 – Byrnes

Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee

Shrine Bowl Report: Miller is one of the most improved players in the South this season and it continued to show this week. His added weight makes him a much better end against the run when the ball comes right at him and he is much stronger at the point of attack. His length helped him as well and even though he started off the week a little slow, he really picked things up. He has a great attitude and he pushes those around him. He played hard each and every play.

Justin Parker – LB - 6-2/220 – Beaufort

Recruiting: Clemson and South Carolina are currently highest on his list

Shrine Bowl Report: Parker showed very good overall technique during the practices. He has nice form when making a tackle, he turns and runs well when working in space, and he changed direction nicely. He has a very nice upper-body, but really needs to get stronger in the legs. He has thin ankles and that makes him more of an outside backer instead of a possible MIKE in the middle in most systems. He showed good instincts also.

Kelcy Quarles – DT - 6-5/270 – Greenwood

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina

Shrine Bowl Report: Quarles was hard to get a good read on because he was aggravated by an ankle injury much of the first day. He was in and out of drills, but he stayed around longer on Tuesday. He really needs to play with a little more fire if he wants to be successful on the next level. He plays upright much of the time and he just lacks that initial punch. He has good size and length, but if he wants to be a defensive lineman in college, then he needs to play meaner with more power.

Jatavius Stewart – CB - 5-11/180 – Rock Hill

Recruiting: N/A

Shrine Bowl Report: Stewart was the top corner on either squad on day one and he challenged Fulton on day two. He is a competitor with a lot of swagger that has very good recovery speed and ball skills. His footwork needs to improve, but he turns and runs with the wideouts very well, he puts himself into position to make plays, and he doesn't back down from anyone. He could be a steal for someone late because he was unknown coming into the week.

Look for the North Carolina Defensive Scouting Report on Friday.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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