Cliff Matthews and Patrick DiMarco have both accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game that showcases college football's top senior prospects. It's quite an honor to be on display in such a big event and I know Gamecock fans are proud to have these two fine players represent the University of South Carolina.
Matthews and DiMarco both showcase talents that go unnoticed in the stat sheets. Both are high effort, high energy type players. Matthews is relentless is his work ethic as a player and it showed in his 4 years at Carolina. Pat DiMarco doesn't get the credit he deserves for being one of the best blockers on this football team. He sprung many running backs during his career as the lead blocker from the fullback position and was known to make a play in the passing game when giving the opportunity. He filled the tight end role this season vacated by the dismissal of Weslye Saunders and did a good job doing it. Matthews probably has a better shot of getting drafted high for his production level but DiMarco could fit in the right NFL system that utilizes the fullback system.
The game is to be played on January 22nd at 4:00 pm on the NFL Network.
*UPDATE: Of course as soon as I write this article there is some news breaking from Travis Haney of the Post and Courier. Haney said that USC has put out some information that Cliff Matthews will decline the invitation and would rather stay in school and work out for the NFL Combine. Interesting development for a guy I think could have improved his stock with the practice time and the East-West Shrine Game showcase but he's a grown man and capable of making the right decisions. How often does a kid stay in school like this? Good luck to Cliff Matthews.