December 7, 2006

Lots of talent at S.C. North-South game

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- The 59th annual South Carolina Automobile Dealers North-South all-star football game features multiple Division I-A prospects, including two Rivals100 selections and prospects currently committed to schools in the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12, among others.

Thursday afternoon's practice, for the game which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. EST Saturday at Coastal Carolina University's Brooks Stadium, was in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts at Myrtle Beach High School.

The South squad features the top overall prospect at the event, five-star defensive end Carlos Dunalp of North Charleston Fort Dorchester. The nation's seventh-ranked overall prospect and the Palmetto State's top overall prospect, as much as could be told in a walk-through session such as this, appeared to move well in space and showed he was capable dropping back into coverage during pass skel drills while also holding his own against the offensive lineman he faced.

Rivals100 offensive lineman Quintin Richardson of Columbia Spring Valley also is on the South squad. He didn't square off against Dunlap a whole lot during Thursday's practice session, but appears to look fully recovered from a knee injury that caused him to miss a good portion of his senior year. The South Carolina commit looks like the best offensive line prospect on either squad so far.

His high school and all-star game teammate, Kyle Fischer, a recent Vanderbilt commit, has been tough all week according to several coaches in attendance. His one-on-one battles with Dunlap have gotten a lot of attention, but he actually looked quite good against everybody he faced on Thursday. Fischer has good technique, size, and a high football I.Q. The Commodores have themselves a good one.

One note about Fischer: Don't be surprised if a few other programs at least gauge his interest following his showing this week.

Virginia Tech commit Kendrick Pressley of Sumter is playing quarterback for the South squad, so it's hard to evaluate him as he won't be playing that position in Blacksburg. But, you can tell that he's a smooth, fluid athlete watching him drop back, roll out, etc.

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