Scout's Take: Did a little bit of everything for North Carolina in practice and continued to be all over the field for them including the game-winning touchdown on a fourth down with just a few minutes left on the board. Showed incredible burst of speed making a defender miss and racing through the crowd for a score. Very productive as a safety coming into the box for big pops and helped on special teams with several big returns.
Scout's Take: Very solid performer throughout the week, continued that in the Shrine Bowl game with solid coverage against the South Carolina receivers. Finished the game with a pass breakup and two very impressive hits, one of which forced a fumble recovered by North Carolina. Long defensive back currently listed as a safety but could easily play cornerback at the next level.
Scout's Take: Certainly not the size to play offensive tackle in college, Cann played with the footwork and hands to become a dominant interior lineman in college. Had several blocks driving his defensive lineman or linebacks many yards off the line of scrimmage. Great at getting to the second level and reacts well to players coming across his face.
Scout's Take: Rarely used in the first half, Lattimore became the workhorse for South Carolina and nearly led them back into the lead by himself after rushing 15 times in the second half and gaining nearly 70 yard after contact on the day. Showed much more change-of-direction than he has shown previously and created a lot of his runs through cutbacks and vision while powering through the pile on other rushes. Impressive pass blocking in the first half.
Recruiting: Favorites are Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Penn State, and South Carolina |
Scout's Take: Playing mostly stand-up linebacker against the spread, Martin was fun to watch drop back into coverage against slot receivers like Michigan-bound Conelius Jones and South Carolina basketball commit Bruce Ellington, and he did a pretty good job against them. Was dominant along the line of scrimmage with his very long and rangy frame making several tackles reaching well outside his body. Forcing a pair of fumbles and recovering another, Martin had a penchant for big plays.
Recruiting: Favorites are Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech |
Scout's Take: Was credited for just one or two tackles on the day, but his impact throughout the game after reviewing film was noticeable. North Carolina rarely did anything coming to his side of the line and Miller did surprisingly well for a gap-control type of defensive role in which he was cast. As a pass rusher, Miller's hands and footwork are elite.
Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee |
Kevin Parks – Running Back / #2 – West Rowan H.S. (N.C.)
Scout's Take: Very tough to bring down as a running back, low to the ground, thick lower body, and very good balance. Bounces around inside like a bowling ball always gaining tough yardage. Ran well from the fullback position in the wing-t offense and is best when he can get up to speed by the line of scrimmage punishing defenses into the fourth quarter. Gained much of his yardage in the final period.
Scout's Take: Played a combo role of defensive end and defensive tackle depending on the situation, very powerful at the point of attack even with an injured leg suffered earlier in the week. Had a much better motor than he has shown at most points in the year with his heavier weight than last year, and came off the ball also much faster than earlier this year.
Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina |
Chris Smith – Defensive End / #48 – West Rowan H.S. (N.C.)
Scout's Take: High-motor player was expected to have an impact on this type of game, but few expected anything close to his defensive MVP performance in which he returned a fumble for a touchdown and talled eight tackles with two sacks. Nearly unblockable against some solid college-bound offensive linemen for South Carolina, used a wide array of moves with good footwork to get into the backfield early and often.
Recruiting: Committed to Arkansas |
Thomas Teal – Defensive Tackle / #68 – Marlboro County H.S. (S.C.)
Scout's Take: Teal had his highs and lows on Saturday, but for the first half Teal was dominant playing nose tackle over the much smaller centers for North Carolina continually pushing them into the backfield. As he wore down in the second half he played a little high and the smaller guys could get under his pads, but after taking a quick breather he again caused a fumble off the snap.