Shrine Bowl Quick Hits

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Here are some notes from day two of Shrine Bowl week.

There is still a good bit of offense and defense instillation going on and some time was spent on special teams Tuesday, but there was still plenty of talent to look at.

Here are some notes from day two.

  • The guy many media media outlets have their eyes on this week is four-star offensive guard Tyrone Crowder. He looks like he is closing on 30 years old, not high school graduation. He is listed at 6-feet, 3-inches tall and 305 pounds, but he looks more in the 340 pound range right now. To play on the next level, he will need to drop around 25-30 pounds. He looks heavy and he is not quite 6-foot-3, but when he moves, when he pulls, when he can go full speed, and when there is contact, he is very impressive. He will just need to get his weight under control. Clemson and Georgia are the finalists.

  • LSU commit Greg Gilmore was impressive. He is up around 20 pounds from a year ago and he is now at 295 pounds. He has added some good weight, but still moves very well, and is now stronger against the run. It was clear that he is really feeling out his frame and it is good weight for this LSU commit.

  • Statesville, N.C. athlete Carlis Parker is a very fluid athlete. The lefty played quarterback in high school, but he is likely to end up at wide receiver on the next level. He got some work at receiver on Tuesday and his hands were hot and cold. He will need to work on being more consistent there. He moved well, he was gliding across the field, he has long arms, and he could be a weapon for the Hokies down the road.

  • North Carolina commit T.J. Logan is fresh off a state title and the four-star running back showed his hands today as a receiver out of the backfield and his quickness as well. He is a real slasher and he will be a perfect fit into the offense at UNC. He has very thin legs and he will need to add strength, but he has great speed, good wiggle, and he has a long frame.

  • Not much can usually be seen as the team go through special teams drills, but Nazair Jones stood out. The 6-foot-5, 250 pound defensive lineman out of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., impressed when he was running down the field. He was out some of his junior year due to an illness, but he is back, and he showed good flexibility, some athleticism, and a good bit of potential. He has long arms, he has the frame to add good weight, and he could really develop in Chapel Hill.

  • Hilton Head, S.C. quarterback Michael Julian is not a prospect all that well known, but he really held his own today. He stood tall in the pocket, he threw the ball with little effort, and he was spot on with the deep ball. He is a 6-foot-5, 190 pound signal caller with offers from schools like Arizona, Buffalo, East Carolina, and Marshall.

  • Keep an eye on Devon Durant, a 6-foot-2, 235 pound linebacker out of Greenwood, S.C. He has some work to do academically, but he is a legit SEC talent. The three-star linebacker on Scout flies to the football. He showed great speed, the ability to move in space, and he is very athletic. He is an ACC/SEC talent.

  • Clemson commitment wide receiver Mike Williams was towering over the wide receivers on his team today. The 6-foot-4, 190 pound wideout has a lot of raw talent and he should have a productive career art CU. He was catching the deep balls today and he showed the ability to go up and get the jump ball.

  • Lake City, S.C. linebacker Devaris Brunson is committed to East Carolina, but he could end up signing with someone else. Scout has been told that Brunson has the needed test score now, so keep an eye on this one. He is in great shape, he starred on both sides of the ball as a senior, and he is one of the top linebackers in this game. He is a 6-foot-1, 230 pound four-star backer on Scout.

  • A defensive lineman on South Carolina that caught Scout's attention today was Curtis Bey. The 6-foot-2, 260 pound senior out of Ridge View in Columbia worked at defensive tackle. He really showed good lateral quickness and he really located the ball quickly. He is not getting a lot of attention in recruiting, but he was one that made some plays Tuesday.
    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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