SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Practice for the 2006 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas begins this week putting the…
Shrine Bowl Day 3 Morning Notebook
"It's rough on the body, man. It's hard," said tight end Michael Byrd, an East Carolina commit. "I'm not used to two-a-days so it is tough. I've never done two-a-days, not even at Thomasville. It is hard, but when everything settles down tonight, I'll just ice up and take a few pain pills and get back at it the next day." Is it fun? "Yeah man, I love the game. I wouldn't give it up for nothing." Kerry Neal "About the whole team is tired," said defensive end Kerry Neal, a Notre Dame commit. "It is tough to get up and get going in the morning, but it is fun to get out here." To get through the pain, some players are losing heir focus and starting to joke around a little more on the sidelines. Perhaps the king of the jesters is future Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins. "Well, I just joke around a lot and they talk bad about my laugh," joked the ever-smiling Jenkins. "They said that I laugh like an old man." Jenkins then burst into his unique, deep-throated laugh. "I seem to be the center of attention, man. I guess I'm too big to get away with stuff." Another distraction on the South Carolina team is talking about their college future. With several Clemson and South Carolina commitments on the Sandlapper team, a few friendships are being forged despite or possible because of players going their separate ways. "Brian Maddox got a stiff-arm on me, so I had to get back at him some," said Jenkins. "When we have some our dinners at the Shriner's Club, the North Carolina guys are like 'who's gonna win?' and that's about it. The Clemson guys and South Carolina guys, we're talking a little more." Since they cannot show how good their teams are on the field right now, Jenkins and Maddox getting their schools head-to-head on a Playstation 2 in the team hotel. "Me and Brian Maddox are talking about it every day. We're playing South Carolina-Clemson on the Playstation, and we paused to come out here. I'm beatin' him 33-28 right now. We're going to finish that when we get to the hotel." While the players are rotating into the hotel room to play the NCAA Football 2007, there is one player starting to show he and his future team is the best in the virtual realm. "The best one of the team is Gary Gray," said Jenkins. "Gary Gray, he is beating everybody," said Maddox. "Everybody comes into the room and I say "Gary has this little cheating controller". There is one controller that works and one that doesn't work, and Gary always has the good one. Every time Gary comes in there he wins by at least 21." The Notre Dame commitment does not believe he is cheating at all and he is happy to take on all comers. "I'm killing people in NCAA. No one is beating me yet, and I'm racking up money for Christmas." Tristan Dorty While there are two main schools with commitments on the South Carolina team talking trash, the North Carolina squad is not quite as into taking fun jabs at their future opponents. "We've all be getting along and being good friends," said Tristan Dorty, a Wake Forest linebacker commitment. "So there really isn't any kind of rivalry." North Carolina offensive lineman Landon Walker, who is committed to Clemson, is hearing more from South Carolina players than his current teammates now. "We want to try to keep it clean until Saturday, and we want to make sure that we go into the game positive. There may be some trash-talking on Saturday, but we haven't really been doing anything. "Me and Willy Korn, we kid around with each other. Guys like Melvin Ingram, we're playing right now like a family. It is going to become a rivalry when they get to South Carolina and we get to Clemson, but right now we are a team and we'll work together as a team to beat South Carolina on Saturday." There is still recruiting going on with the committed players as two North Carolina players committed to out-of-state schools are doing some recruiting on their teammates. "I told Gilchrist that we still want him and we've got a spot for him, but really most of these guys have their minds set," said Notre Dame defensive end commit Kerry Neal. "You've got to respect that. We don't really have much of that trash talking on our team with the different commits." Quinn Barham Future Nittany Lion Quinn Barham is going after two guys hard in Tydreke Powell and Desmond Roberts. "I'm trying to get Tydreke Powell and Desmond Roberts. Desmond, he's committed to NC State, but he is going to visit and me and Kevion Latham are working him. Tydreke, he's really feeling Penn State now. I feel good how we stand with them, and I think we've got Tydreke already." Even Gary Gray, a Scout 100 member and also committed to Notre Dame is getting some love from his teammates. "There is a lot," said Gray. "Willy (Korn) and Stanley (Hunter) are trying to get me to decommit and I've still got Brian (Maddox) and Kyle (Nunn) trying to get me to change my mind." Injuries: More bumps and bruises at this point, but the major player in a wind suit right now is Albert Craddock. After being cleared, the North Carolina team has its full allotment of players so Craddock would give the team an extra player. Should anyone go down with an injury, he would be the first replacement. George Bryan Recruiting George Bryan is one of the best looking players during the week and the NC State tight end commitment from New Hanover High is trying to make sure he is making the right choice with the coaching change in Raleigh. "I am going to take some visits to other schools, but I am solid to NC State right now," said the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder. "I'll probably go to Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and ECU, but I don't have any dates yet. But I'm still with NC State." Bryan is showing some of his versatility this week by not only being a strong performer at tight end, but he is also doing pretty well at fullback on the scout team. "I've never played that before, and it's real tough. You have to hit guys that are just as big as you, you've got a running start and they do, too. So it's a big collision every time." Nicholas Banks Nicholas Banks is doing a great job of playing over the center this week for the South Carolina team, and it looks like more than a couple schools have noticed the defensive tackle from Denmark Olar High School. "Recruiting is going okay, and I'm undecided," said the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder. "I'm hearing from NC State, Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina. NC State has offered, they offered last week, and I'm trying to see family-wise what they want to do." Banks has to make the adjustment from class 1-A football and a team that went 0-10 on the year to playing against the state's best players. "The practice is very intense and there are a lots of competition since everybody is good. I think I'm doing pretty well, though."
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