December 13, 2006

Shrine Bowl recruiting recap

SPARTANBURG, S.C.- Though there are many high-profile prospects committed in the 70th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, not all have made their final decision as to where they are going to play college football. Here's a recap of where each of the game's top prospects stand with regards to recruiting.


Five-star wide receiver Dwight Jones of Burlington Cummings remains verbally committed to North Carolina. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, however, will make three additional official visits to Florida, Clemson and Tennessee and the Gators, Tigers and Vols do remain somewhat in the hunt.

Rivals100 safety Chris Culliver of Garner is down to four schools, Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and Florida State. The speedy athlete is expected to take official visits to all four schools. Some feel that the Tigers are the team to beat for the former North Carolina State commit.

Defensive tackle Tydreke Powell of Ahoskie Hertford County is down to three schools, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Penn State. The Tar Heels could re-emerge as the team to beat for the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder.

Rivals250 running back Ryan Houston is expected to stick with his North Carolina commitment, but he will look at other schools, mainly Louisville.

Rockingham Richmond County linebacker Melvin Ingram, who recently committed to South Carolina, announced that he will make an official visit to North Carolina on the weekend of Jan. 19.

Durham Riverside jumbo athlete Weslye Saunders is down to North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisville, Florida State and Wake Forest. The Gamecocks and Tar Heels could emerge as the teams to beat for the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder, who could play tight end, offensive tackle, defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level.

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