Shrine Bowl Ommissions

An abundance of talent at various positions always makes it tough to make selections for the Shrine Bowl team. This year's staff had the unenviable task of picking 44 players for this year's team. Inside we list a few names of some guys we were slightly surprised not to see on this year's squad like Clemson commit DE Martin Aiken (pictured).

First and foremost I do not envy the South Carolina or North Carolina Shrine Bowl coaching staffs because the Carolinas are a hotbed for prospects each year and the talent seems to grow exponentially. The coaches have their own philosophies as to what kind of team or scheme they plan to incorporate both offensively and defensively.

Discussing with other Scout staff members and colleagues in the business we've got a list of some of the guys we were somewhat surprised to not see on this year's team. That just means that more than likely these prospects will land on this year's North-South squads.

  • DE Martin Aiken- The Clemson commit is the highest rated prospect not on the team at 4-stars according to Scout.com. The team does hold some strong prospects at defensive end but Aiken is a game changer who's game speed outshines his clock speed.
  • RB Kendric Salley- The South Carolina commit had monstrous sophomore and junior seasons and is currently rated the top running back in the state. Running back was another strong position and the Sandlappers have a nice bunch with the likes of Raymond Smith, D.J. Goodman, Ernest Talford, and Jay Jay McCullough.
  • LB Adam Ah Ching- The Greer standout is one of the hardest hitting backers in the southeast. His numbers have been phenomenal over the past two seasons and don't be surprised to see the 3-star prospect shine on the college level.
  • DE Shaquille Lawson- Once again defensive end was another position where the Palmetto State was loaded and the Clemson commitment has been strong this year for the Daniel Lions. Expect to see him along with the others on this list on the North-South team.
  • CB Marquise Jones- In my opinion Jones was my biggest need left off the team. Jones has the size and skills to offset taller wide receivers especially with Devontre Parnell out of the season already. Cornerback is the one area where I have some concerns about this year's team.
  • RB Shakeem Wharton- Some off the field issues which left him sitting out the first few games of the season may be partly to blame for his ommission but he's a guy who definitely has the talent and skills to be on this year's team.
  • DE Tyler Knox- Like Aiken, Knox was a victim of the numbers game. He held more offers than others on the team but this only helps the North-South team.
  • WR Mark Irick- The tall wide receiver is another victim of a deep, deep wide receiving class in state for 2012. Almost any other year he'd be on the team.

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