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September 23, 2011

Friday Recruiting Notes: One Top Ten Uncommitted

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The Class of 2012 prospect list from South Carolina continues to draw BCS level offers, with 21 of the top 25 already committed and all but two with offers on the table already.

The recent commitment of Fox Creek standout athlete Marty Williams to Clemson leaves just one top ten player uncommitted. Of the state's top ten prospects, two are headed to South Carolina, five are headed to Clemson, one to Alabama, and one to Auburn. Of the Top Twenty Five, Clemson has eight commitments and South Carolina just three. What does that mean in terms of in-state recruiting for the two schools? We'll take a look at that in our recruiting breakdown in my Monday Morning Recruiting Report on SCVarsity.com this coming Monday.

For now, here's a glimpse of the mid-season Top Twenty-Five list and where they are headed. Keep in mind, as these players are evaluated during the season, slight changes could take place in the rankings. Position changes of note:

Casey Gladney, WR, Columbia High School began the season ranked at No. 14 but has moved all the way up to No. 2 in the rankings. He already had the skill set and abilities but the strong work ethic we heard about this past summer has really shown in his play. No longer does he take plays off and runs his motor full tilt on both sides of the football. He has also become a better down-field blocker, something that was missing from his skill set in the past couple of seasons.

Marty Williams, DB, Fox Creek High School began the spring rankings at No. 17, the preseason rankings at No. 7, and has moved up to No. 5 on the mid-season rankings. I think he is clearly one of the top defensive athletes in the state and Clemson got a huge pick up with this young man's commitment this week.

You'll notice two players on the top twenty-five list with no offers; Gaffney QB Joey Copeland is a first year starter and was unranked coming into the season; he has jumped all the way to No. 17 in the Mid-season rankings and I look for him to get multiple offers very soon. Gaffney LB Savon Dukes does not have any "confirmed" offers, despite being one of the top linebackers in the state. I'm unsure whether it is an academic issue at this point or not, but will address this is the Monday Morning Recruiting Report after this weekend is over.

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SCVarsity.com Class of 2012 Top Twenty-Five Rankings (Mid-Season)

Rank

Player

Pos

Hgt

Wgt

School

Recruiting

Notebook

1

Roland, Shaq

Ath

6'1

180

Lexington

*South Carolina

South Carolina commitment; excellent athlete; potentially better future at cornerback

2

Gladney, Casey

WR

6'1

180

Columbia

*Alabama

Excellent hands and great speed; big-play impact player; committed to Alabama.

3

Davis, Quinshad

WR

6'3

189

Gaffney

multiple offers

One of the top wide receivers in the southeast; great body control going up for the ball and excellent hands.

4

Destafano, Patric

OL

6'5

270

Dorman

*Clemson

The state's top offensive lineman; great feet and big frame; committed to Clemson.

5

Williams, Marty

Ath

6'1

200

Fox Creek

*Clemson

Biggest sleeper in the state; excellent prospect as a defensive back; will garner a lot of IA offers.

6

Aiken, Martin

DL

6'3

240

Bamberg-Erhardt

*Clemson

Powerful, aggressive; great use of hands and frequently takes up two blockers.

7

President, Gimel

DE

6'4

242

Wando

*Auburn

Great motor for this defensive end; excellent off of the edge and pursuits the ball well.

8

Leamon, Javarius

OL

6'6

260

Woodruff

*Clemson

Big bodied offensive tackle; holds blocks well, excellent pass blocker.

9

Smith, Kwinton

WR

6'4

195

Dillon

*South Carolina

Long bodied receiver with great vertical ability and great hands.

10

Geohaghan, Ronald

DB

6'1

189

Allendale-Fairfax

*Clemson

The state's top defensive back; can play strong safety or outside linebacker.

11

Parnell, Devontre

DB

5'10

175

Fairfield-Central

*Louisville

The best coverage cornerback in the state; great hips and attacks the ball well.

12

Burrell, T.J.

LB

6'0

190

Goose Creek

*Clemson

Hard hitting, pad level linebacker. Rarely out of position to make play.

13

Brown, Chris

WR

6'2

179

Hanahan

*Notre Dame

Solid wide receiver prospect with great speed and hands.

14

Lawson, Shaquille

DE

6'2

220

D.W. Daniel

*Clemson

Undersized end, will probably play with his hand down, inside at the next level.

15

Salley, Kendrick

RB

5'11

205

Williston-Elko

*South Carolina

The state's top running back; committed to South Carolina.

16

Solomon, Jabril

DB

6'2

178

Hemingway

*East Carolina

Under rated; could be one of the top secondary players in the southeast.

17

Copeland, Joey

QB

6'1

190

Gaffney

-

Strong, first year starter; outstanding passing game with strong skill set as runner. 4.54 speed (Furman Camp)

18

Jones, Oliver

OL

6'6

284

Ninety-Six

*Clemson

Big frame, long reach; holds blocks well. Excellent run blocker.

19

Tankersley, Cordrea

WR

6'2

195

Silver Bluff

*Clemson

One of the state's top offensive weapons; reminds me of former Bluff player Troy Williamson.

20

Dukes, Savon

LB

6'2

207

Gaffney

-

One of the hardest hitting defensive players in the state; has a chance to be big time.

21

Meredith, Justin

TE

6'5

217

T.L. Hanna

*North Carolina

Excellent tight end prospect with great hands. Will need to develop physically for next level.

22

Rowe, Caleb

QB

6'3

180

Blue Ridge

*Maryland

Strong arm, good accuracy; committed to Maryland.

23

Knox, Tyler

DE

6'4

225

Myrtle Beach

multiple offers

Big time defensive star; has a chance to move way up in the rankings before season's end.

24

Deleon, David

DL

6'0

255

Bamberg-Erhardt

*Miami (OH)

A bit short statured, but strong on the inside; solid IAA prospect.

25

Williams, Rokeem

WR

6'2

185

Williston-Elko

*Miami (OH)

One of the more under rated wide receivers in the state. IA potential with great speed and dangerous after the catch.

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