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Notes: LB Wilson shines in Shrine Game

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Former USF linebacker Kion Wilson had a solid showing in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, finishing with six total tackles (one off the game high) and getting the game's only forced fumble.

Did Wilson help his draft stock in helping the East team to a 13-10 victory? ESPN.com's in-game blog was impressed with his play on special teams, something that can help a mid-round pick make an NFL roster.

"He has the potential to be a very good special-teams player, which he'll have to do if he wants to make it on the next level," they wrote. "He's undersized, but has shown excellent instincts throughout the week. He's been very active this game as well and is the leading tackler so far."

Bigeastsportsblog.com projected Wilson as a fifth or sixth round draft pick going in.

-- What will Skip Holtz's USF staff look like after he's done with recruiting? A report out of North Carolina had his ECU offensive line coach, Steve Shankweiler, likely headed to Tampa, but when reached Sunday night, Shankweiler said he didn't have a job at ECU or USF.

"Right now, that's not something we've talked about," Shankweiler said. "As far as I know, he's got a staff there."

Shankweiler, who stayed at ECU 15 seasons, through four different head coaches, underwent hip surgery and returned home Sunday, and he'll be home for two weeks recovering from that surgery. He said it won't limit his ability to coach in the fall.

-- This is a busier week for former Bulls, with defensive end George Selvie, safety Nate Allen and cornerback Jerome Murphy all participating in the Senior Bowl in Mobile. USF has set up a draft page on Twitter.com -- follow it at twitter.com/usfdraftbuzz.

-- More high praise for USF's hiring of Holtz -- Rivals.com's Mike Huguenin gave USF an "A" grade for its choice, the highest grade he gave out. Louisville got a B for Charlie Strong, and Cincinnati a C-plus for Butch Jones, as did Florida State for Jimbo Fisher. He didn't give out any grades lower than C.

-- Just a note that next few days will likely be light here, as I'm taking a few days off to help with a surgery in the family. We'll have plenty of recruiting updates later in the week as commitments start to come in -- national signing day is now just nine days away.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:00pm]

    

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