By David Glenn
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*
(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.