•••• Cornelius Jones 6-2, 187, 4.5 Spartanburg
He was tailor made for the spread offense.
On Film–#5 has led the Vikings, the past two years, with his outstanding running skills and surprisingly good arm. The first game on his film was against Greenwood in which he ran for 162 yards and threw for another 120 yards, completely taking the game over. He has only played two years of football and is already a dominating signal caller. He impresses you with the ability to take the team on his shoulders and carry them to victory. Exceptional in making quick decisions, he has a natural throwing motion, is very dangerous throwing on the run, and gets very few passes batted down. He can throw from the pocket but is exceptional while throwing on the run. He shows pretty good mechanics and is an expert in short to medium range passes.
Stats–He threw for 1,020 yds and 2 TDs completing 58% of his passes and also ran for 753 yds and 8 scores. He is a diamond in the rough with unlimited potential.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 225.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MICHIGAN.
•••• Dylan Thompson 6-4, 200, 4.6 Boiling Springs
A two-sport standout with a bright future on the gridiron.
On Film–This guy's very athletic showing good speed and quickness. At quarterback he has a strong arm, makes good decisions, and can run himself out of trouble. He's a big guy with excellent feet, command, and poise.
Stats–Earned All-League and All-Area honors for his play at QB.
Other Sports–He's a standout guard in basketball who has already received offers for that sport.
Grades–His GPA is over a 3.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA.
••• Stephen Curtis 6-3, 215, 4.78 Sumter
An exceptionally athletic QB with a great arm.
On Film–He is an expert at throwing on the run. He shows good pocket presence and can throw the deep out with authority. He is really starting to come into his own and certainly shows big-time ability at the QB position. The Spring Valley game proved that with his 365 yards and 5 TDs and the way he managed the clock. He stays very cool under pressure and this has allowed him to pull out a few games on the last drive. He does a great job of buying time until the receivers get open. He certainly shows the arm strength to make the leap to the next level.
Stats–Completed 142 of 263 passes for 2,372 yds, 23 TDs, and was picked off 7 times. He also ran for 450 yds and 11 scores.
Other Sports–He batted .398 with 8 home runs in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 275.
Favorite Schools–His cousin, Dalton Freeman, plays at Clemson. His favorites are SC, NC, FSU, AL, NC STATE, and GA.
••• Chas Dodd 6-0, 185, 4.65 Duncan Byrnes
He has had to take the backseat to a trio of more heralded teammates but, believe me, this young man can play the game.
On Film–He shows good pocket presence and a strong arm. He led his team to a state title as a sophomore. He shows the ability to see the field, has a smooth throwing motion, and keeps the ball high. He does a good job of avoiding the rush and making something out of nothing. A competitive and tough leader with a very bright future. He is very cool under pressure that he proved in the Greer in which he had 4 TD passes in the second half.
Stats–Completed 213 of 383 passes for 2,900 yds and 29 TDs and was picked off 8 times.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 235 and has a 28" VJ.
Favorite Schools–WAKE FOREST, VA, SC, CLEMSON, FURMAN, and TN.
••• Elliott Alford 6-2, 185, 4.69 Bennettsville Marlboro County
Another very good all-around QB prospect.
On Film–He is exceptional when throwing in the pocket and reading coverages. He really came into his own in the '08 season becoming one of the most heavily sought after QB prospects in South Carolina. He dominated the Myrtle Beach 51-50 loss with his passing and his running. He keeps the ball high with a smooth motion, does a good job of staying in the pocket until the last second, and has the kind of speed to successfully run for plus yardage.
Stats–He completed 60% of his passes last season throwing for 2,600 yds and 31 TDs and was picked off 9 times. He also carried the ball 125 times for 500 yds and 10 scores.
Grades–His GPA is around 2.5. Benches 235 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–FL, SC, GA, WAKE FOREST, NC STATE, and CLEMSON.
Tony McNeal 6-2, 175, 4.7 Chester
Another big-time talent who has been able to play in back-to-back state championship games. He really came on strong in his sophomore year becoming a prolific passer with a very good arm.
On Film–He has been blessed with very good instincts, arm strength, and poise. He shows pretty good mechanics and is deadly while throwing the ball on the run. He put up some big numbers as a sophomore with a lot of those yards coming after being flushed out of the pocket. He is a playmaker with big-play capabilities.
Stats–Completed 228 of 395 passes for 3,577 yds and 37 TDs completing 57% of his passes and he was picked off 17 times.
Other Sports–Averages 13 pts and 8 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.0.
Favorite Schools–FL, GA, SC, NOTRE DAME, MD, and TN.
Other Quarterbacks to Watch:
Antonio Wiggs 6-0, 180, 4.6 Battery Creek
Josh Council 6-3, 190, 4.7 Camden
Drake Thomason 6-1, 190, 4.6 Taylors Eastside
Cody Craig 6-3, 205, 4.6 St. Stephen Timberland
••••• Marcus Lattimore 6-0, 215, 4.5 Duncan Byrnes
He thinks he is the #1 big back in the country.
On Film–He really proves to be a powerful runner who possesses all-the-way kind of speed. He makes quick cuts and shows the kind speed, strength, and burst needed to turn the corner on a consistent basis. However, I believe the key to his game is his ability to break tackles. A very powerful runner with good instincts, he gets a good percentage of his yards after initial contact. Difficult to bring down because of his size, power, and moves, I was exceptionally impressed in the state championship game in which he has 38 carries for 305 yds and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. The Thunders had to gang tackle him to bring him down. He knows how to lower his shoulders to ram for extra yards. He also has the vision, balance, cutting ability, and most of all, burst to take it to the house. The opposition couldn't contain him during most of his junior season games as he proved to be a difference maker and an impact back that should become an immediate contributor as a true freshman.
Stats–Carried the ball 303 times for 2,314 yds and 30 TDs averaging 8 yds per carry and was named by one source as National Junior of the Year.
Grades–His GPA is around 3.0. Benches 270 and has a remarkable 39" VJ.
Favorite Schools–AL, GA, USC, NC, DUKE, MD, FSU, CLEMSON, SC, MI, AUBURN, and PENN STATE.
••••+ Mustafa Green 6-0, 185, 4.5 Columbia Irmo
Another standout back with pretty good size and outstanding vision and balance. He shows speed, power, and the durability needed to become a go-to back in college.
On Film–A tough runner who sees the hole quickly, he shows good cutting ability. He runs low to the ground and can bounce his runs to the outside in the blink of an eye. Once he finds an opening, he is gone. One of the more productive offensive players in the Carolinas.
Stats–He rushed for 1,794 yds and 15 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.0. Benches 300 and 38" VJ.
Favorite Schools–AL, CLEM, DUKE, NC, NC STATE, SC, MD, and IL.
•••+ Gerrell Priester 5-9, 185, 4.4 Allendale-Fairfax
Not as well known as some of the Carolinas other top backs but believe me, this young man has what it takes to make an impact at the Division I level. He's short but very fast. Needs to gain some weight but shows surprising strength.
On Film–He runs with good balance, keeps his pads low, and can read blocks and react. Also shows excellent outside speed, a great burst to the outside, and can cause damage once he gets a half step on a defender. Also shows the patience to follow his blocks, wait for the opening and the burst to get through it. He runs low to the ground, can fight his way through traffic, and is a very competitive back.
Stats–Averaged over 8 yds per carry in '08 on his way to earning All-Area honors.
Grades–His is GPA is over a 3.0.
Favorite Schools–DUKE, KY, NOTRE DAME, VANDY, EAST CAROLINA, and CLEM.
••• Quinten Darby 6-0, 210, 4.47 Rock Hill Southpoint
A very good combination of speed, power, and size.
On Film–Quinten really impresses you with his ability to run hard between the tackles. He is a very physical back with good instincts. Shows the patience to wait for his blocks, he plants and drives quickly, and shows a good initial burst. He is not a game breaker but a steady and productive back.
Stats–He rushed for 780 yds and 12 TDs averaging 6.4 yds per carry in '08 earning some All-League mention. His coach claims he is one of the best prospects he has ever coached.
Grades–His GPA is around 2.0. Benches 275.
Favorite Schools–SC, NC STATE, GA, AL, AUBURN, GA TECH, and TN.
••• Jamal Tyler 5-10, 175, 4.5 Rock Hill
He is small but explosive.
On Film–Jamal shows very good vision, cutting ability, and burst. A good all-around back, he is exceptional in the slot.
Stats–He carried the ball 165 times for 1,187 yds and 15 TDs averaging 7.2 yds per carry. Also caught 8 passes for 186 yds.
••• Tim Boyd 5-10, 180, 4.6 Seneca, SC
T.J. is the brother of Tajh Boyd. He played RB behind his brother last season and impressed me with his speed, vision, and balance.
On Film–He hits the hole quick showing good power and leg strength. He is an explosive player who breaks tackles easily, reads defenses well, and can make the first defender miss.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2.
Favorite Schools–OR, VA, BC.
Other Running Backs to Watch:
Reggie Davis 5-11, 190, 4.47 Inman Chapman
Negui Wright 6-1, 180, 4.5 Dorchester Woodland
Cameron Blasingame 5-10, 190, 4.55 Greenville Mann
Dominique Parks 5-8, 175, 4.4 Greer
Ladarius Norris 6-1, 205, 4.46 Anderson Hanna
••••+ Martavis Bryant 6-4, 194, 4.4 Anderson T. L. Hanna
He is the #1 WR prospect in South Carolina.
On Film–He is a tall, athletic, and quick receiver with the natural understanding of the game. He has the ability to make tough catches look easy, catches passes away from his body and in traffic. He runs precise routes and does a good job of gaining separation after the catch. A go-to guy and a high school difference maker, he is fluid and tremendous in double coverage. He can take over a game with his ability to go up and get the ball.
Stats–Caught 48 passes for 804 yds and 9 TDs on his way to earning All-State mention.
Grades–His GPA is around 2.5. Benches 275 and has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CLEMSON.
•••+ Jaquan Brantley 5-9, 170, 4.5 Bennettsville Marlboro County
I went through this school in the eastern part of South Carolina several times for many top athletes. The coaches at this school swear by Mr. Brantley.
On Film–He is small but explosive. He is not real strong but a tough tackle, showing outstanding ball skills, and the speed that the Division I schools like to see in a receiver. He runs precise routes, does a good job of shielding defenders from the ball, and can make tough catches look easy in traffic. He can also adjust to passes outside his frame, shows sharp cuts and little wasted motion. The consummate WR.
Stats–Caught 50 passes for 960 yds and 9 TDs averaging 19.2 yds per catch. The highlight of his film was the Myrtle Beach game in which he had 15 catches 210 yds and 4 scores. When he's on, he's on.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–IL, SC, CLEM, NC, and MIAMI.
••• Isaiah King 5-11, 175, 4.5 Duncan Byrnes
Jazz proves to be one of the more dependable WR prospects in the south.
On Film–This guy runs precise routes, works hard to get open, catches everything within reach, and can turn up field in the blink of an eye. Not super big but has good leaping ability, concentration, and timing. He's quick as a cat.
Grades–His GPA is 3.9.
Favorite Schools–OLE MISS, TULANE, CLEM, SC, and KS.
••• Torian Richardson 5-10, 175, 4.4 Duncan Byrnes
There may not be another school this side of Fort Lauderdale Aquinas with this many Division I prospects.
On Film–Torian is following in his father's footsteps. His dad held high school state receiving records over 20 years ago and folks say he'll be a better prospects. Impressive when getting in and out of his breaks, he shows very good acceleration, catches the ball with his hands, and can turn up field in a flash. He's very creative in the open field and is one of the better WR prospects in South Carolina. Also proves to be a hard tackle once he gets into the open field.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–SC, MI STATE, RUTGERS, KS STATE, MISS STATE, AL, FL, and LOUISVILLE.
••• Torry Wright 6-4, 200, 4.6 Darlington
I did not see Torry in person this season. I missed him during my trip through South Carolina but I heard nothing but good things about him.
On Film–He's a tall, active leaper who is more of a red zone type of receiver. He has long arms, big hands, and is a player who runs precise routes. He can accelerate quickly for a 6-4, 200 pounder and he's a go-to guy who doesn't mind drawing the attention of the defense.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play at WR.
Grades–His GPA is
Shamier Jeffery 6-2, 190, 4.5 St. Matthews Calhoun Co.
He will rank as one of the premier prospects in the Carolinas in the class of 2011.
On Film–He's a jump ball WR who is an outstanding downfield blocker with strong hands and excellent speed. He's very difficult to defend because of his height, leaping ability, and timing. A premier athlete, he is also being recruited in basketball. His brother, Alshon Jeffery, is a freshman at South Carolina.
Stats–Caught 32 passes for 640 yds and 9 TDs in '08.
Other Sports–Averages 19 pts and 9 rebounds a game in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.0. Has a 38" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Right now SC and CLEM lead the way.
Daywan Fuller 6-2, 183, 4.53 Spartanburg
Here's another ball player for you to keep an eye for the class of 2011.
On Film–#85 is one of the leaders of the Vikings and he shows good hand/eye coordination, body control, he's fluid in and out of his cuts, and he catches the ball with his hands. A physical 183 pounder who is also a good downfield blocker and can catch the ball outside of his frame.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.5. Benches 215.
Favorite Schools–MIAMI, NC, SC, and CLEM.
Other Wide Receivers to Watch:
Nick Jones 5-9, 175, 4.5 Duncan Byrnes
Chris Hall 5-9, 175, 4.5 Greenville
Heath Jackson 6-1, 170, 4.5 North Myrtle Beach
Cory Washington 6-3, 175, 4.5 North Charleston
•••• Justin Henderson 6-4, 230, 4.75 Bamberg Ehrhardt
A Division I prospect at both the TE and DE positions.
On Film–Justin proves to be one of the more athletic big men in the state of South Carolina. On offense he's an outstanding blocker at TE showing soft hands and he knows what to do with the ball after the catch. On defense he can bend off the edge, plays the position with power, technique, and vision. In the Calhoun County game he had 8 tackles, 2 sacks, and 6 QB hurries. Looks thin at 230, he has the frame to weigh 270 in college. Very strong, he can push the pocket and is able to disengage quickly and find the ball.
Stats–Caught 9 passes for 185 yds and 3 TDs averaging 20 yds per catch. He also graded out at 85% in his blocking assignments and was credited with 14 knockdown blocks. He also totaled 64 tackles, 9 sacks, and 20 tackles for losses to go with 7 caused fumbles at DE.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 340 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to KENTUCKY.
•••+ James Powers 6-4, 220, 4.7 Myrtle Beach
An athletic TE who showed a lot of improvement during his junior year.
On Film–He shows quick feet, he's a powerful blocker, and stays with his blocks until the whistle. He's only 220 pounds but he shows good strength and blocking skills. Plays on a run oriented team but when he's given the chance to catch the ball, he doesn't miss it. He catches the ball away from his body and can turn up field quickly.
Stats–Earned some All-League honors for his play at TE.
Favorite Schools–NC, MARSHALL, SC, PENN STATE, CO, and NC STATE.
••••+ Eric Mack 6-4, 315, 5.3 St. Matthews Calhoun County
It's a good year for OL prospects in the state of South Carolina and right now Eric heads that very impressive list.
On Film–Big Mack proves to be one of the more aggressive OL prospects in the Carolinas. He has played both tackle and guard and could play either position in college. He can bend his knees, gets good leverage, and once he's locked onto his defender, it's usually over. Very aggressive, he has quick hands and even quicker feet. A very motivated and tough player, he always seems to get good positioning and once he does, he never lets up.
Stats–He did not allow a sack in '08 on his way to earning All-State honors. He also totaled a team high 78 pancake blocks.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.5.
Favorite Schools–SC, AL, NC STATE, MIAMI, OK, AUBURN, NC, TN, FSU, FL, KY, and CLEM.
•••• Kalon Davis 6-6, 330, 5.1 Chester
You can't beat his size, he's almost 6' 6" and you certainly can't beat his determination and work ethic.
On Film–Kalon plays the game with a lot of desire and heart and it shows on film. He stays with his blocks until the whistle and is rarely caught off his feet or even off balance. He plays LT in high school and could play that position in college. Everyone is impressed with his attitude, work ethic, and frame. He looks like he could easily weight 330-340 in college. I was very impressed with his game against Daniel in which he appeared to have a knockdown on every offensive play. For the record he did record 10 knockdowns in that game. One of the more dominating OL prospects in the Carolinas.
Stats–Earned All-League, All-County, and some All-State mention for his play at LT.
Other Sports–Averages 5 pts and 10 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5 and he scored a 1020 on the SAT and a 23 on the ACT. Benches 350 and he has a 24" VJ.
Favorite Schools–AL, TN, SC, WAKE FOREST, CLEM, VANDY, MD, PENN STATE, WI, and NC STATE.
•••+ Thomas Teal 6-3, 310, 5.1 Bennettsville Marlboro Co.
A smart, fast, and strong RG who should wind up playing that position in college.
On Film–#69 proves to be a very powerful and athletic RG who can pull and trap. He's a very aggressive ball player who plays a physical brand of football with a mean streak a mile long. He does a good job of finishing his blocks through natural power, gets good positioning, and he also shows the kind of quickness and burst to effectively block down on linebackers. Tom is also a very talented tackle on defense but is probably better suited to play RG in college.
Stats–Totaled 70 tackles, 4 sacks, 16 tackles for losses and 8 caused fumbles at DT. He graded out at close to 90% in his blocking assignments at RG.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 315.
Favorite Schools–Committed to NORTH CAROLINA STATE.
••• Logan Stewart 6-4, 255, 5.0 Boiling Springs
His coach says he'll be a top prospect.
On Film–He certainly looks like a top prospects on both sides of the ball. He can play DT showing quick feet, explosive moves off the ball, and quick hands. On offense he uses those quick hands and quick feet to his advantage playing both tackle and guard.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors on offense in '08.
Grades–He's an 'A' student in the classroom.
Favorite Schools–Committed to VANDY.
Calvin Pulley 6-5, 239, 5.0 Duncan Byrnes
The cousin of former PFR All-American QB Curtis Pulley from Kentucky.
On Film–Calvin shows outstanding potential at the LT position. Not yet a dominating player but he does show good athletic ability, can bend his knees, runs well laterally, and can sustain his blocks. Needs to add weight and strength but that will come over the next couple of years.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 280.
Stephen Grommer 6-5, 260, 5.3 Spartanburg
Here's another tackle to keep your eye on. He had a very good sophomore year and big things are expected of him for the 2009 season.
On Film–Runs very well for a 260 pounder, he can redirect, shows good punch when coming out of his stance, and he's a natural knee bender who can play tackle or guard at the next level.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 37' and the discus 101' in track.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0. Benches 260.
Favorite Schools–CLEM, SC, AL, and FL.
Other Offensive Linemen to Watch:
Brandon Watson 6-5, 320, 5.4 Brookland-Cayce
C.J. Wilson 6-5, 280, 5.0 Columbia Richland Northeast
Ira Owens 6-4, 315, 5.3 Dillon
Matt Ashlev 6-5, 190, 5.2 Belton-Honea Path
Taylor Hudson 6-5, 290, 5.1 Mauldin
••••• Brandon Willis 6-4, 255, 4.68 Duncan Byrnes
A dominating defensive linemen whether it be at tackle or end.
On Film–#88 plays with a low center of gravity, very strong legs, he comes off the ball fast and with purpose. He uses his hands well and will not be denied. Very strong at the point of attack, he can run well laterally, can redirect, and hustles on every play. He shows the strength to stack the point, holds the double-team with good backside speed, and does everything asked of him and more. The most dominating defensive player in the state of South Carolina. When watching his highlight film I was very impressed with the way he seemed to be in or around just about every play. When you are 6-4, 255 and can run a 4.6 and you're full of enthusiasm, good things are going to happen and last year many great things happened for Mr. Willis.
Stats–Recorded 140 tackles, 13 sacks, and 34 tackles for losses on his way to earning 1
Team All-State honors.
Grades–His GPA is 3.8. Benches 315 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–FSU, CAL, FL, LSU, AL, GA, SC, CLEM, TN, MI, NOTRE DAME, UCLA, TX A&M, and NC.
••••• Kelcy Quarles 6-5, 265, 4.65 Greenwood
The word Freakish came up a lot when high school coaches in the Greenwood area were describing Mr. Quarles.
On Film–He's a physical specimen with the athleticism to boot. Has what it takes to become an impact player at the college level. He dominates the point of attack showing exceptional power and he's excellent in his pursuit to the ball. He's one of those types of players with the aggressiveness and attitude that he will not stay blocked. He shows exceptional initial quickness off the ball, strong hands, keeps his pads low, and rarely spends time on the ground. To top it off he's a 265 pounder who can run like a back and once he draws a bead on the ball carrier, it's all over. The Sumter Westside game is proof of that.
Stats–He totaled 78 tackles, 17 sacks, 21 tackles for losses, and 1 caused fumble in '08 on his way to earning All-State honors. His film showed him playing both tackle and end but because of his enormous strength, he might be better suited to play DT in college.
Other Sports–He's been timed in an 11.8 100 and a 24.7 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.7. Benches 375 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA.
••••+ Aaron Cann 6-3, 265, 4.75 Bamberg-Ehrhardt
It is an outstanding year for D-Line prospects in the state of South Carolina and there are very few better than A.J. In fact, he's also a Division I prospect at OC.
On Film–Shows great strength, quick hands, and an aggressive style of play. He gets a terrific up field burst, using his long arms, and strong hands to quickly disengage. Very difficult to block, he is relentless, keeps his pads low, and rarely spends time on the ground. The key to A.J.'s game is his ability to close fast on the ball. A high school difference maker who could see plenty of action as a true freshman next year.
Stats–Recorded 85 tackles, 24 tackles for losses, 14 QB sacks, and 3 caused fumbles on his way to earning H-M All-State honors. In '07 he had 45 tackles and 7 sacks.
Grades–His GPA is around a 2.5. Benches 350 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA.
••••+ Corey Miller 6-5, 230, 4.6 Duncan Byrnes
Just as athletic as his teammate Brandon Willis.
On Film–#80 proves to be a speed rusher adept at using his hands and collapsing the pocket. Tough as nails, he has great work habits and all Corey needs is to add about 30 pounds, which I'm sure will come over the next couple of years. There are very few better speed rushers nationally than Mr. Miller. He played big in big games last year including the first round of the playoffs against Spartanburg where he had 3 sacks, a forced fumble, 2 tackles for losses, and 7 QB hurries.
Stats–For the season he recorded 121 stops, 8 sacks, 19 tackles for losses, and 4 caused fumbles. He caught 1 pass for 2 yds, which was a two point conversion.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored a 910 on the SAT and a 21 on the ACT. Benches 325.
Favorite Schools–FSU, CAL, LSU, TN, NC, CLEM, SC, AUBURN, DUKE, MIAMI, UCLA, TX A&M, and OR.
•••• Dexter Morant 6-7, 235, 4.8 Manning
A young man with the ability to become an impact player at the next level.
On Film–He looks like he's all arms and legs, he's very thin looking at 235 but has the frame to get to 280 in college. He's big, strong, and fast, his coach says he's going to be a beast and I think he's there already. He impresses everyone with his play at the DE position. His speed and quickness off the edge belies his great size and believe me this young man can bend. Just a natural athlete, he will do nothing but get better over the next couple of years.
Stats–Totaled 100 tackles and 9 QB sacks in '08.
Other Sports–He's a standout PFW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–CLEM, SC, TN, AL, VA TECH, NC, GA, FL, and AUBURN.
•••• Kegan Funderburk 6-3, 245, 4.75 Pageland Central
The first word that comes to mind when you are talking about Mr. Funderburk is athlete.
On Film–This guy is a tremendous athlete blessed with great speed, good strength, and tremendous instincts, balance, and body control. He is a speed rusher with a relentless style of play. Exceptionally flexible, he's been blessed with excellent body control and shows good up field explosion and consistently beats blockers off the ball. An All-American in waiting and one of those types of players, who, once he forgets about basketball will do nothing but get better in football.
Stats–Recorded over 70 tackles and 12 QB sacks as a junior including 6 tackles and 2 sacks in the state championship game.
Other Sports–Averages 18 pts and 15 rebounds a game as a PFW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.0. Benches 285 and has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–CLEM, SC, MI STATE, NC STATE, GA TECH, and NC.
••• Lee Pegues 6-3, 250, 4.9 Bennettsville Marlboro Co.
He has been the forgotten guy on the very talented Marlboro County team.
On Film–He is anything but forgotten by the offenses he goes up against. A very strong player, he can be a disruptive force who can create a strong push and collapse the pocket. Not super fast but he regularly pushes his way into the backfield and does a good job of stuffing the run. Runs well laterally and can make things happen.
Stats–Totaled 112 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 tackles for losses, and 1 pick in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9. Benches 300.
Favorite Schools–NC STATE, SC, and IL.
••• Bryce Laughlin 6-3, 275, 4.9 Summerville
It is such a good year for talented defensive linemen in the state of South Carolina that Bryce has been somewhat overlooked, mainly because of a hand injury he suffered during the '08 season.
On Film–He shows a big-time future, plays the game with great heart, quick hands, strength, and determination. Perfectly suited for the DT position, he can dig in, come off the ball quickly, and is a brick wall against the run. Plays the game at 100% on every play, he runs hard, pursues down the line, and makes plays while in pursuit. He shows instincts, is able to read and react well, and can penetrate.
Stats–Earned All-League honors for his play at DT in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 360.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MARYLAND.
••• Curtis Hill 6-2, 275, 4.95 Blythewood
Here's a DT to keep your eye on.
On Film–Strong at the point of attack, he can collapse the pocket showing quick hands and feet. He can also split the double-team, sets a solid base, and comes off the ball with quickness and purpose. He does a pretty good job of finding the ball and improves with every game.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 365.
Favorite Schools–SC, WI, CLEM, EAST CAROLINA, and NC.
••• Kendrick Frazier 6-3, 250, 4.68 Denmark-Olar
Coaches game to this school to check out CB Quinton Williams and came away just as impressed with Mr. Frazier.
On Film–Not yet the dominating player he can become, they are enthralled with his quickness off the ball, agility, and burst. Plays DE in high school but could grow into a DT.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7. Benches 320.
Favorite Schools–SC, CLEM, NC STATE, and WI.
Tre Rice 6-3, 210, 4.7 Spartanburg
The coaches on this staff swear by this young man.
On Film–He's a tall, lean DE who needs to add weight and strength but certainly has the athletic ability to make the leap to college ball in two years. Very fluid in his movements, he's quick off the ball with long arms and a good closing burst.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4.
Favorite Schools–SC, CLEM, GA, WOFFORD, GA TECH, and FL.
Other Defensive Linemen to Watch:
Braeden Meredith 6-3, 235, 4.7 Woodruff
Christian Mackie 6-3, 240, 4.7 Columbia Richland Northeast
Sydney Sarimento 6-5, 250, 4.8 West Florence
•••• Justin Parker 6-2, 220, 4.6 Beaufort
All this guy does is make plays, and he does it time after time after time.
On Film–He's explosive, instinctive, smart, reads well, takes very few missed steps, can be a disruptive force, and is athletic enough to break down in open space and make plays. A leader on the field, he makes it look easy. He's exceptionally quick to the ball and is a sure tackler.
Stats–Recorded 97 stops, 1 sack, 6 tackles for losses, 1 pick, and 4 caused fumbles on his way to earning some All-State mention in '08.
Other Sports–He's been timed in an 11.7 100 meters, threw the shot put 42', and the discus 127' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 315 and has a 31" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Loves GA, also looking at CLEM, SC, FL, NC STATE, WAKE FOREST, SYRACUSE, VANDY, and MD.
•••• Andre' Whitmire 6-1, 220, 4.7 Spartanburg
The leader on this very talented Spartanburg defense.
On Film–#27 always seems to know how to get the job done. He never makes the same mistake twice, shows the speed to get to the perimeter, and the strength to dominate at the point of attack. This guy loves to hit, he's an excellent open field tackler, and is a quick learner. What's not to like? He gets good depth in his drops, shows good instincts, and is a very focused player. I love watching him on film, he seems to enjoy playing the game and plays it very well.
Stats–Earned All-Region honors in '08 after totaling 136 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Other Sports–This playmaker has also thrown the shot put 50' and the discus 140' in track. In basketball he averages 18 pts and 8 rebounds a game at FW.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–DUKE, STANFORD, NC, WAKE FOREST, and SC.
••• Mychal Brown 6-3, 210, 4.65 Columbia
Not yet a finished product but has a lot of upside.
On Film–He plays a lot of DE but his size will probably dictate a move to the OLB position in college. He's very quick to the ball, reads and reacts well, shows good instincts, and plays the game on his toes with good lean. He also seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Not a real physical player but he gets the job done nevertheless. Athletic, he is very capable in passing situations and can make plays on the perimeter.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play on defense.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 275.
••• Lateek Townsend 6-3, 210, 4.6 Bennettsville Marlboro Co.
He's as productive as they come.
On Film–L.T. shows the athleticism and aggressiveness to someday become an impact player in college. Very strong at the point of attack, he shows good natural strength and has endeared himself to the college scouts by his hard-nosed style of play. Has excellent instincts to read and react, he can move to the ball in an instant. He fills hard and can wrap up. He took his game to another level in the Myrtle Beach game.
Stats–Recorded 175 tackles, 6 sacks, and 6 caused fumbles in '08. He also carried the ball 21 times for 156 yds and 1 TD at FB.
Other Sports–Averages 9 pts and 14 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Benches 225.
Favorite Schools–IL, GA, SC, CLEM, AL, NC STATE, and NC.
••• Jake Nicolopulos 6-2, 225, 4.7 Anderson-T.L. Hanna
To say that Jake has a nose for the ball would be an understatement.
On Film–He shows the height, football IQ, and he's a very physical ball player who's always around the action. Not super fast but moves well laterally, he has the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline because of his instincts, timing, and quickness. Consistently reads the play, he can get started in the right direction almost instantaneously. He certainly shows the instincts and desire to become a top-notch ILB in college.
Stats–He recorded over 100 tackles in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 3.7. Benches 310.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CLEMSON.
••• Brandon Gholston 6-2, 215, 4.6 St. Matthews Calhoun Co.
His coach says his best feature is rushing the passer and Brandon certainly does a good job at that.
On Film–He missed a good part of the season due to injuries but in the two games he did play, wow. He's a very athletic, super quick 215 pounder who can get to the ball in a hurry. He does a great job of playing off blocks and finding the ball. He plays the game on his feet and can make plays from sideline to sideline. He will add weight and strength, but is already as productive as they come.
Stats–Totaled 9 sacks in just 2 games in '08.
Favorite Schools–Committed to SOUTH CAROLINA.
••• Marcus Felton 6-1, 220, 4.59 Greenwood
Here's an LB who is not yet there but certainly shows Division I skills.
On Film–He has played both OLB and DE and has proven that he can run. A very good athlete, he's excellent in pursuit. He needs to work on his strength but does show an aggressive style of play.
Stats–Recorded 45 tackles, 5 sacks, and 8 tackles for losses as a junior. His brother, Jerome Felton, plays for the Detroit Lions.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 230.
Favorite Schools–NC, SC, MD, EAST CAROLINA, CLEM and TN.
••••+ Joe Craig 6-0, 165, 4.3 Gaffney
He receives the four-star plus label of approval mainly because of his 10.4 100 meter time. This guy is super fast, very athletic, and a rising star among South Carolina prepsters.
On Film–He mainly plays QB proving to be an outstanding ball handler who is quick as light with a decent arm and great running skills. He does not seem to have the arm strength or the height to make the transition to college ball but may be suited, if the college coach has patience, for the spread offense. It is my belief that he'll probably wind up playing either WR or CB in college, and since CB's are so difficult to find (especially one who can run a 10.4 100 meters), then it just seems logical that Joe will wind up as a cover corner. When you watch him on film you can see that defenses have taken a great amount of time to corral this super fast game breaker. Since college football has become more and more of a speed game, look for Mr. Craig to become a difference maker once he settles into one position.
Stats–Earned All-League honors for his play at QB.
Other Sports–He's the fastest sprinter in South Carolina with a best of 10.4 in the 100 meters.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0. Has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CLEMSON.
•••• Bashaud Breeland 6-2, 200, 4.48 Allendale-Fairfax
After watching just five minutes of his film it's my opinion that Bashaud Breeland is Bantastic.
On Film–Like Joe Craig, Shaud was an exceptionally good ball handling QB in '08 but unlike Mr. Craig, he did play an awful lot of defense and stood out at the FS position. His speed, instincts, and nose for the ball were all top-notch. He is a leader on the field with great range and strength. He comes up quickly in run support, avoids blockers effectively, and can fight through blocks. He also shows very good speed chasing down the ball, and to top things off has a good closing burst. Just a terrific and skills athlete whose track speed has translated well to football.
Stats–Completed 35 of 52 passes for 678 yds and 7 TDs and carried the ball 131 times for 1,031 yds and 12 TDs. On defense he earned All-Area honors after totaling 111 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 picks, broke up 14 passes, and caused 3 fumbles.
Other Sports–He's been timed in a 10.9 100 and a 21.9 200 meters. He was the state champion in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 56.4 and a state champion in the 4 x 400 meter relay. In basketball he averages 16 pts and 9 rebounds a game at guard.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 275 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CLEMSON.
•••• DeAndre Hopkins 6-2, 172, 4.55 Central-Daniel
A safety with a nose for the ball.
On Film–A pretty good athlete with height and instincts, he always seems to get good jumps and can cover a tremendous amount of ground. Last year he caught more passes at safety than some of the opposition's receivers did. He shows an explosive burst to the receiver and makes plays on the ball. His mindset is to pick the pass off, not break it up. One of the more productive FS prospects in the south, he comes off quickly in run support but is at his best when the ball is in the air. He takes very good angles to the ball. He may lack elite speed but he sure has gotten the job done over the past two years.
Stats–As a sophomore he picked off a state record 14 passes. Follow that up with 9 picks as a junior to go with 43 tackles and All-State recognition.
Other Sports–He's a standout guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.0.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CLEMSON.
•••• Bruce Ellington 5-10, 185, 4.47 Moncks Corner Berkeley
It's fun to watch B.J.'s film whether it be at WR, RB, QB, CB, or FS. He is one of those relaxed athletes who seems to do everything with ease.
On Film–A sure handed receiver on offense who runs good routes, he can get in and out of his breaks quickly, and catches the ball away from his body. On defense he's very competitive showing good range, a smooth backpedal, reads quarterbacks well and can close well on passes in front of him.
Stats–Earned All-League honors for his play on offense and defense in '08. His brother, Andre, Ellington, plays at Clemson and his cousin, Rusty Williams, played at Auburn.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. Benches 280.
Favorite Schools–CLEM, SC, DUKE, GA TECH, KY, and SC.
•••• John Fulton 6-0, 180, 4.5 Manning
I missed meeting Mr. Fulton because he was away on a baseball trip but I did catch film of him during my stop in Manning and came away very impressed with his ability at the CB position.
On Film–He presents the whole package to college scouts. He shows great athleticism, height, and excellent footwork. He shows good closing speed and agility. He can run with the swiftest of receivers and always plays the game under control. His film also shows quick feet and a compact and efficient backpedal. One of the better CB prospects in the Atlantic Coast region.
Stats–Recorded 48 tackles, 8 picks, and broke up 11 passes on his way to earning All-State mention.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5.
Favorite Schools–AL, TN, SC, GA, FL, and CLEM.
•••+ Ricky Chaney 6-3, 195, 4.45 Beaufort Battery Creek
It sure does look like Clemson has got themselves another good one.
On Film–Ricky is bigger and more athletic than the more heralded DeAndre Hopkins, although he has not had nearly as much success picking off passes. He's a muscular, quick playmaker at FS who flourishes in run support and adds a physical presence to that position. Has the shoulders and growth potential to possibly wind up playing OLB in college. Shows sideline to sideline range, a smooth and compact backpedal and can transition out of it in the blink of an eye.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play at FS and totaled over 50 tackles.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. Benches 275.
Favorite Schools–Committed to CLEMSON.
••• Nick Jones 5-9, 175, 4.5 Duncan Byrnes
It may be stretching it to say he's 5-9 but it's not stretching it to say that Serious is a bonafied Division I player.
On Film–This guy is a dynamic playmaker on offense and just the same on defense. He has the potential to become a big-time WR and CB. Blessed with a great burst, tremendous hands, exceptional body control and balance, and make the difficult catch look easy. He also makes defenders look silly once he gets a half step on them.
Stats–Over the past two years Serious has caught 122 passes for 1,596 yds and 14 TDs. He's just a dynamic playmaker.
Grades–His GPA is over a 2.5. Has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–NC, CLEM, VA, PENN STATE, and NORTHERN IL.
••• Zep Grimes 5-10, 185, 4.59 Bamberg Ehrhardt
This team has some pretty good defensive players in Cann and Henderson, but don't overlook Checo.
On Film–He shows speed, power, and an eye for the football. Plays LB but his size should dictate a move to the FS or SS positions. In the Barnwell game he totaled 12 tackles and 3 tackles for losses and was the most dominating defensive player on the field.
Stats–Totaled 76 tackles, 5 sacks, 23 tackles for losses, and 1 pick at LB.
Other Defensive Backs to Watch:
Austin Crowe 6-2, 175, 4.5 Boiling Springs
Del'javon Simmons 5-10, 190, 4.5 Charleston Burke
Quinton Williams 5-11, 175, 4.5 Denmark Olar
Nino Woolridge 6-1, 215, 4.6 Belton-Honea Path
Bam Richardson 5-9, 165, 4.3 Lake City
Zach Miller 6-0, 170, 4.4 Duncan Byrnes
R.J. Robinson 6-2, 200, 4.45 Moncks Corner Berkeley
Denzel Myers 5-10, 170, 4.5 North Charleston
Xavier McFadden 5-11, 175, 4.5 Rock Hill
Clayton Geathers 6-1, 190, 4.5 Hemingway-Carvers Bay