Shrine Bowl Preview: S.C.
Shaq Roland
Shaq Roland
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 12, 2011
Chad Simmons


Five-star wide receiver Shaq Roland is one of the many talented prospects out of the Palmetto State playing in the Shrine Bowl this year. Here is a preview of South Carolina's team.

In 2010, Jadaveon Clowney, the nation's top prospect led the South Carolina team to a 42-10 victory, so who will win in 2011?

Practice starts on Monday December 12 and here is a preview of South Carolina.

Roland is Versatile

Shaq Roland is a long time Gamecock commitment and the 6-foot-1, 185 pound athlete out of Lexington, S.C. is a play-maker. He has played all over the field on both sides of the ball on the high school level, but likely will settle down at receiver in Columbia.

He held offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and many others before choosing to play for Steve Spurrier.

Roland could be moved around in this game due to his ability to help in numerous ways. He is a very talented athlete that is currently the no. 31 rated prospect in the country on Scout.

Six Future Tigers

Three of the offensive linemen on this team are already committed to Clemson. Patrick Destefano is out of Dorman, Oliver Jones is out of Ninety-Six, and Javarius Leamon is out of Woodruff.

Destfano is a four-star guard and Leamnon is a four-star tackle on Scout. Jones is currently a three-star tackle.

Joining that trio is a jumbo-athlete Jay Jay McCullough, Marty Williams, and T.J. Burrell.

McCullough will likely be used as a tight end or H-Back at Clemson, but he could line up at a number of positions this week. Williams has played a lot of running back in high school, but could play safety or wide receiver this week. Scout likes his upside as a safety on the next level. Burrell is a linebacker in high school, but will likely become a strong safety at Clemson.

Hidden Gem?

Not many know much about Casey Gladney out of Columbia. He is an Alabama commitment, but after attending the Tide's camp (no media coverage allowed) over the summer, not much has been said about him.

Gladney is a 6-foot-1, 180 pound athlete who could play wide receiver or defensive back on the next level. He has god length and he is athletic, so he is one Scout is eager to take a look at live this week.

Sleepers to Watch

  • Caleb Rowe: Rowe is a quarterback committed to Maryland and he is smart and he has a good arm.

  • Wesley Scott: Scott is a defensive end with a high motor and someone who loves to get after the quarterback.

  • Virgil Smalls: Fullbacks do not get a lot of recognition, but Smalls is physical, he is a good blocker, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield.
    Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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