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South Carolina Boasts Linemen, Receivers, Linebackers

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

By David Glenn
ACCSports.com

August 30, 2007

While the majority of the best Palmetto State prospects this year are defensive players, the overall top 20 is balanced with a mixture of several positions. Nine of the 20 prospects are projected as offensive players at the next level, while the remaining 11 project as collegiate defenders.

It is a particularly good year for defensive linemen in South Carolina, with eight of the top 30 prospects, including blue-chip Clemson commitment DaQuan Bowers (No. 2), playing either end or tackle. The state also is well represented at wide receiver (five prospects, including No. 1 overall player and Georgia pledge A.J. Green) and linebacker (five prospects, including No. 4 overall player and Virginia Tech pledge Bruce Taylor).

As one might expect, the state's two biggest schools, Clemson and South Carolina, have been cleaning up much of the talent, with a combined seven commitments among the top 20 ranked players. The Tigers have been the most successful, landing pledges from four of the state's top 10. The Gamecocks have four commitments from the top 30.

As in most years, out-of-state programs have entered South Carolina and snagged away some of the top players, including Georgia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Duke and Alabama-Birmingham.

Some of the better uncommitted prospects in the state, including Richard Quinn (No. 3), Charles Whitlock (No. 5), Kenneth Page (No. 6) and Dalton Freeman (No. 9), are getting recruited heavily by programs throughout the ACC region.


SOUTH CAROLINA TOP 30*


No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. School College Favorites
(Commitment In CAPS)
1. A.J. Green WR 6-4/185 Summerville High GEORGIA
2. DaQuan Bowers DE 6-4/265 Bamberg-Ehrhardt High CLEMSON
3. Robert Quinn DE 6-5/250 North Charleston Fort Dorchester Ala., Aub., Clem., Fla., FSU, Md., UNC, USC, Tenn., VT
4. Bruce Taylor LB 6-3/225 Myrtle Beach High VIRGINIA TECH
5. Charles Whitlock CB 5-11/175 Chester High Ala., Aub., Clem., Fla., Ky., UNC, USC
6. Kenneth Page OL 6-4/290 Columbia A.C. Flora Ala., Clem., Fla., GT, Md., UNC, ND, USC, Stan., Tenn.
7. Andre Ellington RB 5-11/170 Moncks Corner Berkeley CLEMSON
8. Marquan Jones WR 6-0/175 Blythewood High CLEMSON
9. Dalton Freeman OL 6-6/270 Pelion High Clem., Colo., Fla., FSU, Ga., GT, Md., PSU, USC, Tenn., UVa, VT
10. Jonathan Willard LB 6-2/205 Loris High CLEMSON
11. Kenny Davis DT 6-4/290 Newberry High SOUTH CAROLINA
12. J.T. Floyd DB 6-0/180 Greenville J.L. Mann TENNESSEE
13. Jay Spearman WR 6-0/190 Greenwood High SOUTH CAROLINA
14. Jaron Brown WR 6-2/185 Cheraw High Clem., Ky., USC, Tenn., Vandy, WVU
15. Reid McCollum QB 6-4/190 Summerville High SOUTH CAROLINA
16. J.B. Shippy LB 5-11/195 Gaffney High GT, NCSU, Rut., USC, UVa
17. Devin Taylor DE 6-6/215 Beaufort High Duke, USC, VT, WF
18. Donte Rumph DE 6-3/250 St. Matthews Calhoun Co. Clem., Tenn., VT
19. Aramis Hillary QB 6-3/215 Johnston Strom Thurmond App.St., ECU, MTSU, Miss.St.
20. Everett Dawkins DE 6-2/245 Duncan Byrnes FIU, FSU, Ill., Md., Mich.St., NCSU, Tenn., VT, WF, Wis.


OTHERS WORTH WATCHING

Arterio Arnold DT 6-3/280 Greenville High  
Lee Butler CB 5-10/170 Anderson Westside DUKE
Dion Foster DE 6-4/235 Richburg Lewisville  
Toquavius Gilchrist RB 6-2/200 Abbeville High  
Sam Hammond DT 6-5/295 Union High  
Randall Hawkins WR 6-0/195 Duncan Byrnes  
T.J. Johnson OL 6-4/285 Aynor High SOUTH CAROLINA
Justin Lewis OL 6-4/300 Johnsonville High  
Terrell Springs CB 5-9/170 Chester High ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
Chaz Washington LB 6-2/195 Columbia Richland Northeast  

  • – rankings by the ACC Sports Journal and ACCSports.com

Note: College lists current through 2007 Kickoff edition of ACC Sports Journal.