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May 25, 2006
SCVarsity.com Class of 2007 Top Ten Players
Willy Korn, QB, 6-2, 205, Byrnes High School
Korn has been an SCVarsity.com All-State quarterback since his sophomore season. In 2005, he passed for 4147 yards and 53 touchdowns, en route to capturing another AAAA State Title and breaking numerous national passing records along the way.
Korn has all of the tools that you want in a quarterback. He's got a good frame, a strong arm, a good release, feels the rush better than any quarterback in this class, and makes excellent decisions with the football. He will more than likely be the No. 2 quarterback in the country when the Rivals.com rankings come out, but in our minds, there is none better in this class.
He is committed to Clemson.
Mark Barnes, WR, 6-3, 190, Richland Northeast High School
Mark Barnes is number two on this list because he is clearly the best high school football athlete in the state of South Carolina. He's got excellent speed and athleticism and plays both sides of the ball for the Cavaliers. He has all of the tools to play either position and could very well be the top ranked player in the state at the safety position, as well.
In 2005, he caught 25 passes for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging 21.8 yards per catch. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 83 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 9 broken passes. As a receiver, he runs flawless, precision routes and looked extremely good - the best wide receiver - at the Gainesville Nike Camp.
There's a good possibility that he will fall short of the five star ranking next week, but he is still strong in our minds at the No. 2 spot in South Carolina.
He has numerous offers from around the country, including South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech.
Gary Gray, CB, 5-10, 165,Richland Northeast High School
Despite being "undersized" according to some "experts", Gray will more than likely find five stars beside his name in next week's release of the Rivals.com 5 Star Players. He's got very good speed, and even better when its on the field, demonstrated with his closing on the football.
Gray was extremely impressive in one-on-ones at the Gainesville Nike Camp and has solidified his place in the minds of most analysts as one of the top two or three corner backs in the nation from the Class of 2007.
He is committed to South Carolina.
Quintin Richardson, OL, 6-4, 269, Spring Valley
Despite the depth at the offensive line position in the state this year, it was not hard to pick Richardson as the top offensive line prospect.
He's extremely explosive off of the ball and knocks opponents down on every play. He's fast, has quick feet, and a wide wing-span. His athleticism is very evident in speed and agility excercises. He's also young on the offensive side of the ball, having only played OL for one season.
He is committed to South Carolina.
Cliff Matthews, DE, 6-5, 230, Cheraw High School
Matthews racked up 66 tackles, seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions on defense, and caught 17 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns on offense for the Braves, who made it to the South Carolina State AA title game for the second consecutive season in 2005.
He has excellent speed and will clearly be a pass rusher at the next level. He has a good frame to add some pounds, as well.
He list his favorites as South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Tennessee and all have offered.
Junior Hemingway, WR, ATH, 6-2, 205, Conway High School
Junior Hemingway is one of the state's top football athletes and had he been able to play just one position in these last two seasons, there's a strong possibility he'd be ranked even higher.
He caught 52 passes for 842 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2005 for the Tigers. He has played everything from quarterback, running back, wide receiver, corner back, and safety for the Tigers. He was impressive enought last Summer to draw an offer from the Michigan Wolverines during his camp there.
He has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Michigan, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech.
Jarvis Jenkins, DL, 6-4, 290, Daniel High School
This mammouth of a defensive tackle collected 63 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks and a blocked field goal.
He's extremely explosive off of the ball and takes "the business" to the linemen that attempt to block him. He has a nose for the ball and demonstrates different techniques on his pass rushing.
He is committed to Clemson.
Brian Maddox, RB, 6-0, 215, T.L. Hanna High School
Maddox entered the Spring as one of the hot items on the Palmetto State list of recruits. Last season, he rushed for 1,328 yards and 21 scores, had 405 yards receiving and two more scores, and had 360 return yards on special teams.
He's a big strong runner who can move the ball through heavy traffic, but he also has excellent speed - enough to seperate if he gets to the corner.
He currently has offers from Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Auburn, Maryland, and Florida.
Charles White, LB, 6-0, 206, Blythewood High School:
White entered the Spring as a Sleeper everywhere except for SCVarsity.com, who had him pegged as one of the state's top three linebackers after our evaluation. In 2005, as a RidgeView High School player, he collected 78 Tackles, 14 assist, 7 Tackles For Loss, 5 Sacks, 1 Caused Fumble, 3 Pass Break Ups, 2 INTs.
Charles is extremely explosive, slips off blocks extremely well, and is a bloodhound for the ball. He has excellent speed in pursuit and packs a bone-crushing hit to end runs.
He has committed to the University of Georgia.
Scotty Cooper, LB, 6-0, 200, Lake City High School:
One of the fastest rising stocks among the South Carolina Class of 2007 players. A 6-0, 200lbs two-way starter, collected 96 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. He had eleven tackles for loss and four sacks. He's a vital part of the Panther running game and is very dangerous as a kick returner.
He has good, quick reactions and can really accelerate to ball. He gets off of blocks really well. is excellent in pursuit, not only from speed standpoint but the angles he takes, as you can see on film when he tracks plays down from behind.
He has 12 offers right now: SCarolina, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, Michigan, Maryland, Tennessee, LSU, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Kentucky
SCVarsity.com will begin releaseing our Top Fifty Players next week in a countdown from 50 to number one, including profiles of each player.