There is little doubt that South Carolina has become a hotbed for football recruiting,
having two five-star players in last years's Rivals100, and sure to have at least three
players inside the Top 100 again this year. SCVarsity.com will take a look around the
state and glance at the balance of talent in each region. Today, we take a look at the top
talent in the Midlands of South Carolina.
It's not hard to figure out who the top players in the Midlands are if you pay
attention to the analysts and recruiters. Bamberg-Erhardt's DaQuan Bowers
(6-4, 267) is clearly one of the top two players in the state. His early committment to
Clemson caused his recruiting stock to die in activity, but Bowers is definitely elite in
South Carolina, as well as the nation. I feel like he may be the best player in the state
from this Class of 2008 class, and one of the best to come out of the state in a long
On the same level as Bowers is A.C. Flora offensive lineman Kenneth Page. At
6-4, 290, Page has been the hottest commodity on the South Carolina recruiting market as
of late. With offers coming in from schools like Notre Dame, Florida, and Florida State,
the in-state schools will have to put in overtime to get this player, who should be a
Rivals100, to stay home.
Another player who got pre-evaluation Rivals100 status is Chester athlete Charles Whitlock.
A 5-11, 175lbs Rivals100 cornerback, Whitlock racked up 1,600 yards passing, 800 yards
rushing and 26 total touchdowns as a junior. He has offers from almost every major program
in the Southeast. Like Page, with all of the attention from outside the Palmetto State, he
will be one the in-state schools will have to work hard for.
Below is a look at some of the top prospects from the Midlands area for the Class of
Midlands Top Ten
DaQuan Bowers 6-4, 267lbs, DE, Bamberg-Erhardt High School
An early committment to Clemson, Bowers is one of the top defensive linemen in the
country, the best defensive player in the state of South Carolina, and may be the best
overall player in South Carolina from the Class of 2008. His head coach, Ron Duncan, says
Bowers is "the best I've ever seen."
Recruiting update: Bowers is
committed to Clemson.
Kenneth Page 6-4, 290lbs, OL, AC Flora High School
Began pouring it on when he attended the US Army All-American Combine. All he needed was
exposure, as he has the most active stock in the state, with offers coming in almost daily
for this big offensive tackle. Had a great Nike camp and will be attending the
SCVarsity.com All-State Football Combine on May 12th.
Recruiting update: Page has
multiple big time offers and says he does not see himself committing early, and lists no
Charles Whitlock 5-11, 175, Corner, Chester High School
A two way starter for the Cyclones, Whitlock racked up 1,600 yards passing, 800 yards
rushing and 26 total touchdowns as a junior. He had an outstanding Nike Camp and was
selected as a pre-evaluation Rivals100 player.
Recruiting update: Multiple offers
from almost every major program in the Southeast.
Dalton Freeman 6-6, 270, OL, Pelion High School
Freeman earned all-region, all-area and all-state 2A as a sophomore and junior. He was
also named All-State and was named the lineman of the year for his region last season
update: Virginia Tech and Ky are the latest; Clemson had early lead, but multiple
offers as of late have the big man re-thinking.
Marquan Jones 6-0, 170, WR, Blythewood
Jones is the No. 2 wide receiver prospect in the state of South Carolina behind
Summerville's A.J. Green. The smooth, fluid athlete led the young Blythewood program to a
state title during his junior year.
Recruiting update: Committed to Clemson.
Hillary 6-3, 212, QB, Strom Thurmond High School
Hillary threw for more than 1,762 yards and 11 touchdowns and added another 752 yards and
10 touchdowns as a junior. He will see his stock go up as recruiters visit during the
Spring. Hillary will participate in the SCVarsity.com All-State Football Combine on May
Recruiting update: Offers from Mississippi State, App State, and East Carolina.
Kenny Davis 6-4, 295, DL, Newberry High School
Davis is an extremely athletic prospect at the defensive tackle position, with bests of
4.9 in the 40 and a 30-inch vertical jump. The big fellow has offers from South Carolina
and Clemson on the table.
Recruiting update: Lists South Carolina No. 1 and
Clemson No. 2 - each have offered - followed by UGA, Fla, Virginia
King 5-9, 169, CB, Irmo High School
King up 60 tackles and four interceptions as a junior. He's been a starter for the
Jackets since his sophomore season. He's turned in solid showings at Nike Camps in each of
the last two years. Also punts for the Jackets.
Recruiting update: One offer on
the table - from Presbyterian College.
Wyndham 6-4, 210, LB, Swansea High School
Finished 2006 season with 130 tackles, 1 interception, 3 sacks, and 3 force fumbles. Had
to play both ways for Swansea (TE). In my opinion, Taylor is one of the most underrated
players in the state, and when he gets exposure, he will be considered one of the top LB's
in the state. Runs a 4.6 40, bench presses 250, and squats 485.
: Has no offers; has had very little exposure; South Carolina and Clemson have sent mail.
Thurmond 6-2, 175, WR, North Augusta High School
This past season, Thurmond caught 46 passes for 546 yards and 6 TD. He has been timed at
10.86 in the 100 meters and is a favorite for the 800 meters at the AAAA State Track Meet
Recruiting update: Has no offers but a lot of activity and campus
visits from several schools. Says his favorite is South Carolina.
Best of the rest (In No particular
Cheston Hickman, QB, Ridge View; Michael Rodriguez, QB, Spring Valley; Chaz
Washington, LB, RNE; Leander Barney, WR, Irmo; Neil Strange, TE, Irmo; Grant McLinton, LB,
Spring Valley; Zack Mendenhal, LB, Lexington; John Monte, DB, Dutch Fork; Max Travis, OL,
Dutch Fork; Calvin Fuller, RB/S, South Aiken; Kyle Lawson, QB, White Knoll
Larry Patterson, OL, AC Flora; Gene McCaskill, WR, Chester; Christopher Munger, FB, Lugoff
Elgin; Richard Mounce, QB, Blythewood; Allen Smith, LB, Keenan; Brandon Larry, RB,
Airport; Chris Stuart, LB, Airport; Jordan Bookhard, DL, Dreher; Matt Hook, OL, Brookland-Cayce; Chad Porter, DE, Brookland-Cayce
Cliff Stevenson, DL, Columbia; Justin Payne, QB, Columbia; Isaac Harris, DE, Gilbert; Josh
Harris, RB, Batesburg-Leesville; Jesse Hill, OL, Mid-Carolina
Chris Pressley, QB, Bamberg-Erhardt
Strange, TE, Irmo: 6-5, 250lbs...very athletic with a 27 inch vertical. Has offer from
PC, but other coaches are calling with interest.
Rice, TE, AC Flora: 6-3, 210lbs and very athletic. getting interest from Citadel. Not
DIA, but definite I-AA player.
Barney, WR, Irmo: As starting QB last year, led the Jackets to AAAA title game; move
to WR will help recruiting; has had no exposure as WR.
Lang, WR, Spring Valley: Good skills; has good hands and runs good routes. Will
generate interest as recruiters begin to see him.
Travis, OL, Dutch Fork: A bit undersized at 6-2 1/2, he does weight 269lbs and is in
great shape. He's benching 305lbs right now. Grade out information not released by