December 13, 2006

Shrine Bowl: Wednesday S.C. impressions

SPARTANBURG, S.C.- The third day of practice for the 70th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas featured many outstanding showings by the prospects on the South Carolina squad. The following is a look at some of the more noteworthy showings from Southeast recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt.


Five-star quarterback Willy Korn was much-improved during both Wednesday sessions. At one point in the morning, the Clemson commit completed 15-of-16 passes and appears to continue to be getting more comfortable with his teammates and the offensive system, which is different than the one he ran so efficiently at Duncan Byrnes.

The other quarterback on the South Carolina roster, Greenville's Matt Lentz, did not have his best day throwing the football. Still, he's expected to have some success this Saturday because of his ability to run and find open receivers when he's throwing on the run. Lentz, who also is a standout baseball player, is committed to Kentucky.

Rivals250 running back Brian Maddox showed signs of his ability Wednesday. He looked quick and explosive on several sweep plays toward the end of the afternoon session. Maddox will get his chance to show what he can do during the game on Saturday.

Sumter Crestwood running back Jae Fitzgerald has shown the most big play potential of the South Carolina running backs so far during the practice sessions. Fitzgerald, who has sub 4.5 speed, has done a great job getting to the second level, has decent size and is on the verge of qualifying academically.

We already knew he could run, but Spartanburg Broome receiver Markish Jones continues to impress with his quickness, hands and route running.

The thing that stands out about Conway receiver Junior Hemingway, a Michigan commit, is his size and speed combination. He had a few nice plays on Wednesday, including a deep fly route that could have gone for a touchdown.

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