December 10, 2006

N.C. Shrine Bowl squad is loaded

SPARTANBURG, S.C.-It's one of the best years for talent in the state of North Carolina on record and many of the top-flight prospects from the Tar Heel State will be on tap this weekend for the 70th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

The North Carolina squad has won three out of four and appears to be bringing a strong group yet again to the Palmetto State for the annual all-star showdown. All of that talent will begin practicing at 9:30 a.m. Monday on the campus of Dorman High School.

Here's a breakdown highlighting many of the Division I-A prospects that will be playing for the North Carolina squad.

OFFENSE

North Carolina-bound athlete Quantavius Sturdivant, who likely projects as a linebacker in college, will take snaps as a quarterback this week.

Scott Riddle of Ramseur Eastern Randolph has a good arm and could emerge as a sleeper this week provided he looks good slinging it around the yard during workouts.

Another Tar Heels commit, Matthews Butler's Ryan Houston, is the most highly-regarded prospect at the running back position. The Rivals250 prospect is a huge running back that moves well for a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder. Though he remains committed to the Heels, Houston has been giving a look to Louisville, Clemson and other programs.

A pair of big-time sleepers, Greenville Rose's Jonathan Williams and Maiden's Tommy Henry have a chance to step to the forefront and shine this week. Henry rolled up more than 3,000 yards rushing this year and could get some looks from somewhere before all is said and done.

Fresh off helping his team to a state title, five-star receiver Dwight Jones, who like Houston is committed to North Carolina but looking somewhat, highlights a talented receiving corps. With the Shrine Bowl being his only postseason all-star game appearance, the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder will be out to validate his lofty rating and prove he's among the very best in the country.

Jones is expected to take a look at Tennessee, Florida and Clemson in addition to the Heels.

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