December 9, 2006

Breaking down the S.C. North-South

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-There were several stellar showings by the Division I-A prospects on both squads at the 59th annual South Carolina Automobile Dealers North-South All-Star game Saturday at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester defensive end Carlos Dunlap was the best prospect on the field. The first thing that stands out about him is that when you watch him play, you see a real desire to compete. That's not always the case with prospects that have Dunlap's size and athletic ability. At times, he plays a little out-of-control with regards to rushing the passer or chasing down a play from the opposite side, but he will learn that in college.

Dunlap also will be a quarterback's nightmare with regards to batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. He's very quick with regards to getting his hands into the passing lanes. Some say that he will move inside and while he could play a "three" technique, it's more likely that he will end up as a big "seven" or "five" technique in college.

Dunlap had a great day on Saturday, earning defensive MVP honors for the South squad. He will get the chance to see what he can do against national-level competition at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (5 p.m., ESPNU).

On the recruiting front, coaches from Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee were in to see him this week, with two Gamecocks assistants at the game Saturday.

Sumter (S.C.) quarterback/athlete Kendrick Pressley, a Virginia Tech commit, had a rough day on Saturday. He played quarterback for the South and struggled both passing and running. He's more quick than fast and doesn't have ideal size to play quarterback in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but says the Hokies are going to give him a shot at the position. He also mentioned that he would play slot receiver if quarterback did not work out.

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