SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Both teams went hard -- and at a very quick pace -- during the morning practice Monday in preparation for Saturday's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
LSU defensive tackle commit Greg Gilmore might have been the day's biggest standout.
In the afternoon, however, things slowed quite a bit and a hard rain passed though the area.
Still, the day featured plenty of action.
In position drills, players displayed their athleticism. In one-on-ones, they exhibited their explosiveness and focus.
Several prospects shined Monday, and here are some of the ones that caught our attention:
Larenz Bryant, OLB, Charlotte (N.C.) Vance: Bryant is not some massive linebacker. The South Carolina commit is only 6-feet-1, 213 pounds, but that's quite okay. He plays like he's bigger than that, has long, rangy arms, and is just about as quick as you'll see a high school linebacker. Bryant combines that speed with exceptional athleticism, which was evident when he worked out early on with the other players in his position group. He's a true sideline-to-sideline defender.
Devante Covington, DE, Rockingham (N.C.): Richmond: After watching the Gamecocks commit, it's easy to see why the South Carolina staff apparently was so happy to land him. He's tall, lean, has a good reach and did a nice job getting off the ball quickly. Covington is a solid rush end, and he knows how to utilize his combination of speed and length to keep opposing tackles from engaging him too effectively.
Tyrone Crowder, OG, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Physically, this isn't someone that makes you say, "Wow." He's only about 6-feet tall and carries some bad weight in the waistline area. That said, he still found a way to impress. Crowder's flexibly is off the charts, and once the ball is snapped he's about as fast as a 300-pounder can be. Crowder's footwork is surprisingly good for someone with his frame and body structure, and he does a nice job quickly getting leverage, and driving his hands/body into the defender.
Davon Durant, ILB, Greenwood (S.C.): The Big Spur reports Durant could be headed to junior college. If that happens, look for him to emerge as a solid major college prospect in a couple years. He's a physically impressive inside backer that has a great powerbase. Durant has terrific reaction time. Once he figures out where to be, he gets there in a hurry. Watching him practice from 20 yards behind him, it was evident he sees the field well.
Greg Gilmore, DT, Hope Mills (N.C..) South View: If you were to pick one player that stood out from all the others Monday, it might have been Gilmore. The LSU commit has a good-looking frame, and moves exceptionally well. He has the qualities you want from a prototypical three-technique tackle -- he's extremely quick off the ball, he knows how to get skinny in space and his feet never stop moving. For what it's worth, Gilmore also is naturally strong and showed that he has much better than average agility.
T.J. Logan, APB, Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford: The first thing you notice about Logan is how thin he is. Rosters list him at 165 pounds, but he might be less than that. The second thing that catches your attention is his speed and quickness. At this event, he'd probably be the 0-to-60 king because his acceleration is special. Logan also has the ability to stop quickly, cut, then restart in a flash. That was evident Monday in practice, when he darted through blocking holes and took off. We're talking about a true home run threat here.
D.J. Park, OT, Dillon (S.C): On the hoof, Park was one of the better-looking athletes on hand. At 6-feet-5, 313 pounds, this is a big kid. But for a lineman his age, he really doesn't carry a ton of bad weight. Park is playing tackle this week, but is likely going to be a guard in college. The fact he's playing tackle, though, gives you an idea of how athletic he is, and what kind of footwork he has. It was enjoyable watching Park move so quickly off the ball Monday. He knew where to be, and moved with a purpose.
R.J. Prince, OT, Albemarle (N.C.): It would seem that North Carolina has scored big with Prince's verbal. Physically, he arguably is the most impressive-looking prospect on hand this week. Prince is listed at 6-feet-8, 310 pounds and that appears to be accurate -- or pretty close to it. Prince has little bad weight, and his massive legs give him a great powerbase. If anything, he could improve his upper body a little. Prince moved well Monday, and showed that he knows how to use his reach. At times, he can be a little stiff, but overall, this is a nice player.
Tramel Terry, WR, Goose Creek (S.C.): Terry is one of those players that looks like he would excel wherever a coach put him. The Georgia commit is expected to start his college career at receiver, and that's what he's playing this week. Terry, who played running back in 2012, definitely has a running back's frame and build. He's every bit of 6-feet, 200 pounds. But he's a strong receiver because of his speed and route-route ability. In space, he looks natural, and displays the skills that made him an excellent back.
Mike Williams, WR, Santee, SC (Lake Marion): Clemson has to be excited about this Tigers commit. Williams looks like he has the ability to be that big-bodied receiver than can cause so many matchup difficulties from college defensive backs. For his size (he's 6-feet-4, 210 pounds), Williams runs well. He gets in and out of his breaks nicely, too, so you can see how he's able to get separation. Williams also knows how to use his body both at the line of scrimmage and when making a play for the ball. He can be a guy that stretches a defense on fades, or someone that can get tough yards over the middle. Eventually, he possibly could even grow into a pass-catching tight end.
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