January 2, 2007

O-D East Notebook: Dunlap dominates

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester defensive end Carlos Dunlap showed why he's so highly-regarded by college football programs on Tuesday. Because of his performance, the defensive line was the story of both practice sessions for the East squad at the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

Using his superior combination of size, strength and athleticism, the nation's seventh-ranked player dominated the afternoon practice session. He couldn't be blocked and was in position for approximately seven sacks during team (11-on-11) drills.

Dunlap, who is considering Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, drew praise from his teammates. At least one of the East's offensive lineman called Dunlap "the best defensive lineman he has faced," and East head coach Rush Probst singled out Dunlap as having a good day while addressing his squad after practice.

Tuesday showed the great potential Dunlap has and gave onlookers a glimpse of what he could be 2-3 years down the road: a huge, dominant defensive end. He just needs to continue to work hard, continue being coached and to properly motivate himself during practices and games and the sky is the limit.

Another South Carolina prospect, Cheraw's Cliff Matthews, also performed well during both practice sessions. Matthews' speed is unmatched off the edge and he hustles and has a nose for the football.

Travian Robertson had an equipment issue and didn't do much Tuesday while Jazzmen Guy got some reps and added depth.

On the interior, Tennessee-bound Donald Langley continued to make plays. He's quick and has a high motor, which helps him explode to the football. The other two defensive tackles, Antonio Jeremiah and Kerry Murphy, were solid during the day. Murphy is a bit out of shape, but once he gets more fit he will be dominant while Jeremiah needs to learn to make more plays. He looks the part, though.

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