December 16, 2007

Shrine Bowl Hot 11: North Carolina

[rl]The Hot 11 from the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas highlights 11 of the top performers over the course of the week of practice/workouts and performance during the game as determined by

The following is the Hot 11 for the North Carolina team from the 71st annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Listed in alphabetical order.

Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Hot 11: North Carolina

E.J. Abrams-Ward, ATH, Thomasville

Abrams-Ward was playing out of position all week but came through with some big plays nonetheless. The 6-foot-5 athlete was very effective defending the pass game and tough to block on the edge. He came up with a big interception in the game on Saturday to keep North Carolina in it.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Terry Sanford

Committed to Georgia

I think most people have him pegged wrong. He is further along in his blocking ability than route running. He really runs those feet once he locks onto a defender. It will be interesting to see how his recruiting drama unfolds.

Nick Becton, OL, New Hanover

Committed to Virginia Tech

Becton remains a project but showed that he has a nice assortment of tools to work with. The former basketball player has great feet and athleticism in the pass game and as he will continue to progress as he learns to play with leverage in the run game.

Robert Blanton, DB, Butler

Committed to Notre Dame

Does have some lock down ability as a corner. Does have the propensity to reach out and hold too often, but was very physical in one on ones in practice. I don't see him at safety right now because he is too thin. I'm sure he will get a shot to play right away in Notre Dame's beleaguered secondary.

Jonathan Cooper, OL, Hoggard

Cooper played on both the offensive and defensive lines during the week for North Carolina and showed that he has the athleticism to be effective at either. He has great feet and good size. He could be a big pickup either as a guard or defensive tackle.

Allen Crowder, DE, Eastern Alamance

Committed to Georgia

Crowder was one of the strongest players on the North Carolina team and showed it in the trenches. He got a good push against the offensive line and was easily the most dominating player in the one-on-one drills during the week.

Ed Gainey, CB, Mount Tabor

Gainey was the third cornerback for North Carolina, but may have been the best cover man of the group. The senior has good size at 6-foot and great hips in coverage, and despite struggling on Saturday, he was the top cover corner for N.C. all week in practice.

R.J. Mattes, OL, Robinson

Mattes was the best lineman on a good offensive line. He showed a complete package with good size, strength and balance. He showed a nasty streak in the run game and very good athleticism in the pass game.

Tobias Palmer, ATH, Northwood

Committed to NC State

A very quick athlete with great hands out of the backfield. He has a natural ability in fielding kicks, and should also excel as a punt returner.

Kevin Reddick, LB, New Bern

After a good week of practice, Reddick was the most active player on defense for North Carolina on Saturday. He has good speed and showed sure tackling all week.

Lorenzo Williams, DB, Westover Senior

Committed to Virginia Tech

Williams has a great frame at 6-foot-2 and is likely a safety at the next level. Starting at cornerback for the North Carolina team, he showed that he has the ability to play some on the outside as well.

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