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The Class of 2013 Rankings are underway and it is evident that, once again,
the Palmetto State is loaded with players who will grace the gridiron of college
football after their high school careers are done. Here is a first look at the
top players from next year's crop of athletes.
It is evident that, like the Class of 2012, this next class will be loaded at
the wide receiver position. As many as six wide receivers could be inside the
SOUTH CAROLINA TOP TWENTY by SCVarsity.com and the top spot will more than
likely be one of these guys. Leading the way are two players who have drawn a plethora
of recruiting attention, Tramel Terry(6-0, 190) of Goose Creek and Mike Williams(6-4, 195) of Lake Marion High School. Both of these guys have more than a
dozen offers and possess the skills to step onto a college campus and challenge
for playing time. Byrnes' Akia Booker(6-0, 180) is a player who is built like a slot for the next level, but has
the strength to get off of the line as a wide out and could very well challenge
for a top spot in the rankings. Two "virtually unknowns" in the mix at
this position are Dominic Taylor(6-2, 190) of Spring Valley and BJ DeWalt (5-11, 170) of Brookland-Cayce
High School. Taylor is a big bodied receiver who can make the tough catches in
traffic and battles well in the air, attacking the ball at its highest point.
DeWalt is an acrobatic "hands" guy who can catch anything thrown near
him and has absolutely lethal speed after the catch; he will, however, have to
develop strength to get more physical in order to get off the line at the next
level, unless he is used exclusively in the slot.
While the offensive line position is not always the deepest in the state, the
2013 Class has three very good ones. Two hale from Dillon High School and they
are D.J. Park(6-6,305), who has already committed to the University of South Carolina,
and Bryce King(6-4, 290), who will, no doubt, be one of the higher ranked centers in the
Southeast. Wilson's Justin Evans(6-5, 280) rounds out this trio of offensive trenchmen who will challenge
for a spot in the SOUTH CAROLINA TOP TWENTY.
Only one quarterback is on the list of those competing for a Top Twenty spot
and that is Conway's Mykal Moody (5-11, 190). Moody will more than likely
be recruited as an athlete at the I-A level but certainly be courted by the I-AA
and DII's as a mobile, athletic, dual-threat quarterback.
Completing the offensive players who will be looking for a spot in the
rankings are three running backs. Harold Atkinson(6-1, 205) of Carolina Forest has an offer on the table from the Big Ten and
has both in state schools looking at him, as well. He is a big bodied, physical
runner with good speed and explodes through traffic. He would be a great mesh
runner in an offense like Georgia Tech. White Knoll's Lamar Ray(6-0, 190) is an elusive, physical runner with the wheels to get to the
outside. He is one of the guys in this class that could be a sleeper pick up.
Dillon's Jabo Lee(5-10, 185) is a strong, down hill runner with great vision and breakaway
speed. He will be a four year starter Dillon as a senior and has been a major
force in their championship quests.
On the defensive side of the football, one defensive back standous out among
all others at this point in the rankings process and that is Spartanburg's Justin Bridges-Thompson
(6-0, 185). He is impressive as a coverage guy and is not afraid to mix it up in
Three defensive linemen standout as challengers for a TOP TWENTY spot.
Defensive end Davaris McGowens(6-5, 230) of Eastside and defensive tackles Jaylen Miller(6-3,
265) of Gaffney and Michael Hill(6-3,315) of Pendleton lead the way for the defensive trenchmen.
There are four linebackers who will be looking at getting spots in the SOUTH
CAROLINA TOP TWENTY. Goose Creek High School's Jalen Stevens(6-4, 218) and Gerald Turner(6-1, 235) are two physical players who anchored the Gators' championship
team. Stevens could find himself being recruited as an end coming off the edge
at the next level. Joining these two are Ben Boulware(6-1, 225) from T.L. Hanna and Lake City's Devaris Brunson(6-1, 205), who could be the best of the this lot.
**Keep in mind, this is a first look at the rankings and evaluations are
still underway. For a complete look at all of the players we are evaluating
check out THE VARSITY UNDERGROUND private message board, as we update our Top
Players List through the Spring. The below list is in alphabetical order.
FIRST LOOK AT 2013 CLASS TOP PLAYERS