Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
Shrine Bowl Day One Observations

  by - Senior Writer - Monday, December 16, 2013 3:08 PM

Chris Register (6) looked impressive during Monday's practice session.

SPARTANBURG – Practice for the 2013 Shrine Bowl got underway at Spartanburg High School early Monday morning, the frost and chilly temperatures giving way to almost balmy conditions by the time the morning practice session had ended.

This year’s Shrine Bowl just feels different than in the past, at least from a Clemson perspective. There was really just one prospect that still hasn’t committed that Clemson is in the running for, and that is Durham (NC) Hillside wide receiver Trevion Thompson.

I went over to watch Thompson during the early part of the drills, and my first impression was that he reminds me of current Clemson receiver Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 205
Vance, SC

View Full Profile
, although he is a just a tad more slender. He has the same body type and legs, and he looks like Williams in how he gets off the line. There really weren’t a lot of passing drills during the morning session, so I was unable to watch him catch the ball, but hope to as the week goes on.

He didn’t appear to be as quick as I had expected, but he moves with ease.

I wanted to talk to Thompson, but as has been the case for a while now, he declined any and all interviews and said he will not do interviews at all this week.

*The best-looking prospect out there might just be Clemson linebacker commit Chris Register of Greensboro (NC) Dudley. He is listed at 6-4, 235 pounds but might even be a little heavier than that. He played middle linebacker all through the morning session, and he was explosive. He even grabbed a couple of interceptions during early 7-on-7 drills.

I was standing next to a couple of coaches, and we all said the same thing at the same time – he looks like he could grow into a defensive end if the Clemson coaches decide to move in that direction. Heck, he already looks like he outweighs Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

View Full Profile
– just not quite as tall – and he has a similar burst.

I asked Register about that after the practice had ended, and he smiled and said no, that the Clemson coaches have told him they want him at the MIKE. Dudley won the state championship last weekend, an experience that he said was “surreal.” He then told me that he wants to do the same thing at Clemson – win championships.

*Clemson running back commit Jae’lon Oglesby was in street clothes. He injured his right knee (MCL) during the third week of the season, and when he had his physical for the Shrine Bowl taken, red flags went up. He was scheduled to have an MRI following the practice.

He said he hopes he gets to play Saturday, but it looks doubtful at this point.

*Clemson DL commit Jabril Robinson was another prospect I got the chance to watch, and my first impression (and another Clemson writer standing there with me shared the impression) was that he reminded me of current Clemson defensive end Martin AikenMartin Aiken
RS Fr. Defensive End
#53 6-2, 255
Bamberg, SC

View Full Profile

However, he looked quicker than Aiken during the drills I watched, and once I got the chance to talk to him, he’s taller than I first thought. I asked him if he had talked to the Clemson coaches about red shirting, and he said that Dan BrooksDan Brooks
Assistant Coach / Defensive Line
View Full Profile
told him to not even consider Clemson if he wanted to red shirt.

Needless to say, my second impression was a lot better than my first. He told me that he hopes to play defensive end at Clemson, but with his size he could be a guy that could move inside if needed.

*Belton-Honea Path linebacker and Clemson commit Kendall Joseph played inside linebacker for the morning session, and he was thicker than I expected. However, he is a great communicator on the field, and it looked like he was taking on a leadership role on the Sandlapper defense. Hopefully we can watch him more and more as the week goes on.

Kendall Joseph

*Clemson OL commit Taylor Hearn worked out mostly at guard during the morning session, but he told me afterward that he has taken notice of the events happening at Clemson right now, and he hopes to arrive on campus in June and compete for time at the right tackle spot, the spot he has played throughout his high school career.

Clemson has had issues at right tackle all season, and Giff Timothy announced last week that he was retiring from football. Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

View Full Profile
is expected to move back to left tackle in the spring, and Hearn said he plans on coming in and competing for a spot.

He told me he is 6-5, 315 pounds as of this morning, and that is the weight that Clemson line coach Robbie CaldwellRobbie Caldwell
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
View Full Profile
would like to see him play at.

Rate this Story:
11 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    Guillermo the center of attention after first career start - 1 month ago
    Redshirt sophomore Jay Guillermo made his first career start last Saturday against South Carolina St., but does he think he did well enough to earn future playing time? Which family member did he call first when he heard the news? Full Story »
    Tyrone Crowder's emergence a weighty matter - 1 month ago
    Offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder walked onto Clemson's campus weighing a little more than the Clemson coaches would have liked, but work in the weight room has made him stronger and leaner. What does he say about his program? Which other player has helped him the most? Full Story »
    North Carolina offensive lineman happy to be a Tiger - 2 months ago
    Logan Tisch, a 6-3, 290-pound guard out of Chapel Hill (NC) told Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney earlier this week that he wanted to be a Clemson Tiger and accepted a preferred walk-on spot. Why did he choose Clemson? What is his family connection? Full Story »
    Department of the Interior: Defensive tackles lead the way - 3 months ago
    Clemson's defensive ends get all the love when it comes to talk of the Tiger defense, but a solid group of defensive tackles can't be overlooked, according to line coach Dan Brooks. What does he say about freshman Scott Pagano? Who had good a spring? Full Story »
    One-on-one with Robbie Caldwell - 3 months ago
    TigerNet sat down for a 1-on-1 with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell this past week. What does Caldwell say about Eric Mac Lain, Tyrone Crowder, Jay Guillermo, Maverick Morris and others? Full Story »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Daily Digest