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June 14, 2012

Matchup No. 9: Stringfellow vs. Woodard

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Rivals.com is counting down the top 10 matchups we can't wait to watch at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge over the final 10 days heading into the event in Atlanta.

Nine days away: Matchup No. 9

WR Demorea Stringfellow, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde vs. CB Eli Woodard, Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern

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Why Stringfellow has an edge: Stringfellow plays with determination and seriousness on every play like he has something to prove during every rep. In games, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect snatches the ball out of the air and isn't non-chalant in anything he does. He runs hard, plays hard, he tries to get every inch before he's tackled after the catch, and he's physical and tough. Stringfellow doesn't show up at a lot of camps or 7-on-7 tournaments, but that doesn't mean he won't be comfortable in this setting.

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Why Woodard has an edge: Woodard is a tall, long corner who's really good in tight spaces, excellent in the red zone, and he has a really good knack for knocking the ball away once the receiver thinks he has possession. The Ohio State commit always has his hands around the ball and is pesky in that way, so that alone makes his tough to deal with. Woodard needs to work on his strength, but he's good in press coverage and has sneaky closing speed.

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Overall edge: Wide receivers almost always have the advantage in 1-on-1s and 7-on-7s, so Stringfellow gets the slight edge in this matchup. He's not going to be manhandled at the line by even the most physical cornerbacks, plus he's fast and physical so it's a tough matchup for anyone. Woodard's ability to poke the ball away after the catch could be crucial, and it's probably a draw in the red zone since Woodard is outstanding there. But Stringfellow can use his size and strength to his advantage.



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