In each case, there are reasons, and the primary one is that our list is a ranking of kids in the state with the highest potential to be great college football players. The North Carolina Shrine Bowl coaches want great high school players, and sometimes there’s a difference between the two.
For example, Butler S/WR Nate Charest hasn’t been offered by a BCS school to this point, despite the fact that he’s a marvelous prep player, always around the football and making plays. That wasn’t lost on Shrine head coach Jim Oddo and his assistants. What wasn’t lost on the BCS big boys is that Charest is, listed generously, at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, with good but not great speed.
Oddo took Charest because he thinks he can help N.C. win. The big boys aren’t so sure he can do that for them.
There are other reasons that truly talented members of our Top 25 haven’t been “enshrined.” Former No.1 guy Gabe King moved to Oregon. No. 4 Fre’Shad Hunter of Cary has been suspended for much of the season. Ardrey Kell LB Prince Shembo hasn’t had a good senior season because of lingering injuries.
“And there are some kids who are very talented but just don’t fit in with what we want to do,” Oddo said.
We'll look at the S.C. squad shortly.
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