SPARTANBURG -- The Shrine Bowl experience has been everything Hilton Head Island High School senior Michael Julian could have asked for. And he would like nothing more than to end his high school career with a win today.
The 76th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas starts at 1 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg. The game features senior all-stars from North and South Carolina.
"It would mean a lot if I could end my career with a win," Julian said. "Obviously, everybody wants to win, but the main thing is to go out there and have fun and everything will take care of itself."
The North Carolina Tarheels won last year's game 26-19, but the South Carolina Sandlappers hold a 41-30-4 advantage in the series.
Julian, who is 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, is coming off a stellar senior season where he led the Seahawks to a berth in the 3-A playoffs, while putting up some impressive numbers. He was 133 of 246 passing with 2,147 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and he carried the ball 109 times for 825 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"He has as good of an attitude as anybody we have," South Carolina coach Ray Stackley said. "He's a real focused kid. He has a real good skill set, too, and that's why we picked him. We started looking at him last year and he's improved so much. He's going to help us a lot. He's a real good pocket passer, but he's also got good feet."
Julian said it hasn't been much of a transition in learning the new playbook, and he is ready to impress the college scouts one last time.
"This offense is similar to what we ran at Hilton Head," Julian said. "The coaches have kept it simple and we're using words that everybody understands."
He has not committed to any college yet, but at the top of his list are Toledo, Appalachian State and Utah State. He has drawn some interest as of late from N.C. State and Illinois.
Julian was named the top senior quarterback in the state by SCVarsity.com earlier in the year.
"When I first got to Spartanburg everybody was so serious, but after that first night we have all been joking around and having a good time," Julian said. "This has been a great week. I won't forget it."
76th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
When: 1 p.m. today
Where: Gibbs Stadium, Spartanburg
Last year: North Carolina won 26-19
Series: South Carolina leads 41-30-4