ROEBUCK, S.C. - The No. 1 defensive end in America talks about his week at the Shrine Bowl, his…
SBOC: Day 4 Notebook
Shrine Bowl assistant coach Darrell Page has seen some talent come through his Wilson program including Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Justin Durant, and former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Darian Durant. Coaching this year in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas has him seeing more players with a bright future. "What's there not to like?" questioned Page. "We've got tremenous skill people, some of the best I've ever been around, and kids that know what they're doing with the football. I don't know what they are doing on the other side of the fence, but they have a lot of talent as well. "I've been coaching high school football for over twenty years, and this is the defensive line I've ever been associated with. I've heard about Daquan Bowers and got to know him at some of the passing tournaments at South Carolina State over the last year, but if you have him at five stars he needs to be six. I don't know about the other side of the field, but there is no doubt that he is one of the standout kids that I've noticed this week." Getting a chance to work with the offense, Page has been able to see the Sandlapper wideouts very closely this week. "A player that has done everything for us is Jaron Brown, he is a special, special player. A.J. Green, just watching him today, he is simply amazing. Marquan Jones has the talent and he's a grinder; every day he steps on the field he works to be the best on the field and that nature is going to carry him a long way. Branden Ford, he could be one of those 6-4 wide receivers and he could be a tight end by the time he gets to college because physically he can do it all. Another one we've just found out about is Jordan Lyles, and I've kept up with him basketball and baseball, but he comes out this year and catches this many passes, this kid is really good out here for us." Lanston Tanyi helped to push his Shelby team to the state championship game, and while his team came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard he still has a bright future ahead. "Marshall is looking at me as a defensive end along with Wofford and Appalachian State, and Tennessee wants me as a linebacker," said Tanyi of the schools that have offered and admitted he is leaning towards Marshall and Tennessee. "If I go to Marshall I'll get to play right away and if I go to Tennessee I'll have to redshirt, but that's fine with me. I just turned 17 because I skipped fifth grade, so I need to think about all of that." Tanyi plans to focus on recruiting starting in January as he takes two official visits. "I just finished playing in the state championship and I wanted to concentrate on that. Now I am at the Shrine Bowl and I want to concentrate on that. As soon as this is over, recruiting is what I want to focus on. The first weekend in January I go to Marshall and then Tennessee right after that." As for his future position, Tanyi is not set into playing either with his hand down or standing up. "My first two years, I played outside linebacker and the last two years I played defensive end, so it really doesn't matter which one I play." Dalton Freeman is one of the toughest offensive linemen for the South Carolina team, and while he is hitting hard the Pelion lineman is also a leader in helping to gel his team heading into the game on Saturday. "Everybody has been getting closer as the week has gone on, so it has been a great experience so far," said Freeman. The 6-foot-6, 295 pounder is also moving closer to making a final decision on his college commitment. "I've narrowed it down South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Penn State, Colorado, and Florida State. I have one visit set to Clemson on January 11th, and I'm not sure after that." A decision could come at any time for Freeman who is just waiting for a feeling before announcing. "Honestly, it could be done in a month or it could be on signing day. I'm not sure, I just haven't seen what I need to see yet."
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