Shrine Bowl Spotlight: Jared McAdoo

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- It may not be immediately noticeable, but North Carolina commitment Jared McAdoo will be playing a different position with different responsibilities Saturday during the Shrine Bowl.

"Mostly we're doing a lot of slanting and stuff, which I'm not used to," McAdoo said. "It's been taking me a little while to get used to."

At Chapel Hill (N.C.) High, McAdoo lined up mostly as either a five- or three-technique (defensive end and rush tackle, respectfully) in a 4-3 scheme.

"You basically have one man that you have to beat," McAdoo said. "You just have to control your space right there and keep your assignment, like your contain."

The Shrine Bowl requires both the North and South Carolina teams to run a ‘50' defense, which utilizes three down linemen and two stand-up defensive ends. McAdoo is playing a four-technique, which is basically a hybrid tackle/end.

"Down here, we have a lot of slants so you have to contain not a man, but more of a gap," McAdoo said. "So it's just going from gap to gap."

If practice is any indication, McAdoo has a pretty good shot at not only receiving plenty of reps, but also starting.

"They said they don't know who's going to start, there are no starters at this time," McAdoo said. "We'll find that out on Saturday."

Regardless, North Carolina's three-down linemen will probably be the most heavily rotated unit on the team.

"We're going to get fresh bodies in there at all times – trying to keep everybody fresh," McAdoo said.

Off the field, McAdoo is building relationships with the seven other UNC verbal commitments on North Carolina's roster.

"It's crazy fun," McAdoo said. "We're just having fun down here – all of us [UNC commitments] together. [Being down here] is just making us closer for next year."

McAdoo has scheduled his official visit to UNC for the weekend of January 16.

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