The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas provided a week a high-level competition for six players committed to Clemson's 2014 football recruiting class, and further post-season opportunities now await four more members of Dabo Swinney's latest recruiting class.
Three Clemson-bound prospects will play in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas - linebacker Korie Rogers of Buford, Ga., wide receiver Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, Ga., and wide receiver Artavis Scott of Tampa Springs, Fla.
Kitt and Scott will be in Clemson the following day to begin spring semester classes as early enrollees.
The two four-star receivers will be joined by five-star quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga. Watson will participate in activities surrounding the Under Armour All-America Bowl, which will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 2. Watson, who is rehabbing an MCL injury suffered in his final high school game, is unlikely to play in the all-star game, however.
All six Clemson commitments had productive weeks in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Jae'lon Oglesby of Daniel High, who earlier this week was honored as the Independent Mail's area player of the year for the second straight year, led the South Carolina team in rushing with six carries for 57 yards - a 9.5 per-carry average. He also recovered a fumble after a sack against the S.C. quarterback.
Helping pave the way for Oglesby was Taylor Hearn of Williston-Elko. The 6-5, 315-pound Hearn started at left guard for the South Carolina team. He is being projected by Clemson as a right tackle.
Also contributing to South Carolina's winning effort was kicker Alex Spence of West Florence. Spence was perfect on four PAT attempts, and also averaged 36.9 yards on seven punts. Spence, who earlier was named South Carolina specialist of the year, made 14 of 17 field goal attempts this season for West Florence. Last summer he claimed both placekicking and punting championships at the prestigious Chris Sailer Kicking Camp.
Linebacker Kendall Joseph of Belton-Honea Path made seven tackles, which ranked second among S.C. players to Daniel's Solomon Brown, who earned defensive MVP honors after making 10 stops.
North Carolina defensive tackle Jabril Robinson was relatively unknown when he committed to Clemson last summer, but after a standout senior season and an eye-catching week of Shrine Bowl practice, he's likely to move up from his current two-star rating.
Playing for North Brunswick High in Leland, N.C., Robinson wreaked havoc in opposing backfields, with nearly a third of his tackles the past two seasons coming behind the line of scrimmage.
Linebacker Chris Register arrived at the Shrine Bowl after leading Dudley High of Greensboro to an unbeaten, state championship season. He had one tackle in the all-star game. Register will join Watson, Kitt, Scott and wide receiver Kyrin Priester as early enrollees at Clemson next week.