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May 6, 2007

Countdown To Combine: Defensive Linemen

We are less than one week away from the 2007 SCVarsity.com All-State Football Combine. The unequivocal best sports performance evaluation and testing event available to South Carolina high school athletes, this combine is set to host some of the state's top football players at Brookland-Cayce High School this weekend for a great day of talent showcasing. Here's a look at what to expect on Saturday.

After working the Nike Football Training Camps for several years, we had an opportunity to see the best in the busines put on great events. There is no doubt that those are quality events for the players. The problem was, there were so many players wanting in that it turned into an almost invitational and limited the number of players from our great state that were able to attend. Last year, I decided that I wanted to bring that same quality of evaluation and training to South Carolina and make it open exclusively to Palmetto state players. The response has been overwhelming and we've had to work overtime to put plans in place to make this event the best ever in our state.

With four hundred players registered, we will be able to evaluate and test some great high school football players and prospects. There will be some of every type here...the player who just wants a chance to measure himself against great talent; the player who has the ability to play at the next level but just hasn't had the exposure; the players who are sure to turn the heads of all-star coaches; and the total freaks that will not ony be top ranked players in the state, but will be highly sought after by college recruiters from around the country.

Today, we'll take a look at the defensive linemen who are scheduled to be at this year's combine.

The defensive line chart in South Carolina is not nearly as deep as it has been in the past. However, some of the state's top guys will be on hand for this event. Lewisville's Dion Foster is a 6-4, 233lbs defensive end who entered Spring as a sleeper, but with an offer on the table from Auburn already, he's now on the radar.He collected 67 tackles last season for the Lions, including 11 for loss and 3 sacks. Ridge Springs-Montetta's Justin Conaway is a 6-5, 220lbs strong side end. Last season the two-way star collected 132 tackles, an interception, 12 caused turnovers while on offense he tallied 223 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Sumter's James Fulwood is a 6'4, 225lbs strongside end who's very athletic and has excellent speed for a big guy. Richland Northeast will send rising junior Chris Bonds, who is one of the Class of 2009's top players. Bonds is a strongside end who is extremely athletic and has been a starter since his freshman year for the Cavs. He has an offer from South Carolina already.

The defensive tackle spot is loade with talent, as well. Greenville's Arterio Arnold, a 6'2, 270lbs man, finished with 70 tackles last season for the Raiders and already has an offer from Kentucky. Joining him will be jumbo athlete Sam Hammond, of Union County High School. Hammond will be a four year starter and has an offer from Clemson. He's strong against the run and very athletic. Columbia High School's Cliff Stevenson is a 6'3, 260lbs monster in the middle. Several DI schools love him and feel hes' the best kept secret in the Columbia area. Wade Hampton's Dexter Jenkins is another beast in the middle. At 6'5, 230lbs, Jenkins was a dominating force in the middle for his team in 2006.

Player Name Class School Position
Bandy, John 2008 Mauldin DE
Bonds, Chris 2009 RNE DE
Foster, Deon 2008 Lewisville DE
Harp, Kevin 2008 Calhoun Falls DE
Hicks, Luthor 2008 Aiken DE
Lee, Calvin 2008 Chapin DE
Nelson, Alex 2008 Camden DE
Smith, LaQuinton 2008 Northwestern DE
Stone, Matthew 2008 North Augusta DE
Arnold, Arterio 2008 Greenville DL
Bagley, Bruce 2008 Blythewood DL
Bing, Tommy 2008 Battery Creek DL
Bookhart, Jordan 2008 Dreher DL
Bradley, Stephon 2008 Camden DL
Brown, Jonathan 2009 Battery Creek DL
Brown, Rodrea 2009 Wilson DL
Celestino, Karl 2008 Spring Valley DL
Chambers, Desmond 2008 Cheraw DL
Chapman, Beau 2008 Chapman DL
Davis, Michael 2009 Greenville DL
Dawkins, Tishawn 2008 Union DL
Dwyer, John 2008 Dutch Fork DL
Filmore, Robert 2009 Wilson DL
Fordham, Aldrick 2009 Timberland DL
Foster, Dion 2008 Lewisville DL
Frazier, Eric 2008 Wando DL
Fulwood, James 2008 Sumter DL
Garrick, Justin 2008 Lower Richland DL
Green, Marcus 2008 RS-M DL
Gunter, Mark 2008 Marion DL
Hammond, Sam 2008 Union DL
Ladson, Fred 2008 Dillon DL
Leavens, Mansur 2008 Aiken DL
Lee, Ryan 2008 Heathwood Hall DL
Lowman, Vincent 2008 Lower Richland DL
Lykes, Darian 2008 Airport DL
Lyles, Jeremy 2008 Whitmire DL
Makins, Jabrile 2009 Laurens DL
Mazyck, Brian 2008 Timberland DL
Morant, Dexter 2010 Manning DL
Myers, Chris 2008 Barnwell DL
O'Neal, Carlos 2008 Ridgeview DL
Shell, Michael 2008 Greenville DL
Slater, Patrick 2008 Crestwood DL
Smith, Mark 2008 Riverside DL
Stevenson, Clifford 2008 Columbia DL
Stuart, Chris 2008 Airport DL
Taylor, Devin 2008 Beauford DL
Thurmond, Theo 2008 Strom Thurmond DL
Williams, Joseph 2008 Strom Thurmond DL



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