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High school football: Class of 2014 could be best ever

scvarsity@ sc.rr.comJanuary 4, 2013 

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    Player Pos. Hgt./Wgt. High School
    Aggadoria BowersWR6-3/180Bam.-Ehrhardt
    Joe BlueLB6-0/235Dillon
    C.J. FullerRB5-11/185Easley
    Travis LoadholtRB6-1/190Swansea
    Naquez PringleDL6-2/270Carvers Bay
    Kalen RitcheTE6-5/215Goose Creek
    Mason RudolphQB6-5/200Northwestern
    Debo SamuelWR6-0/180Chapman
    Darin SmallsCB5-11/175Summerville
    Christian TaylorOL6-5/330White Knoll
    See a complete breakdown on the Class of 2014 Early Watch List at SCVarsity.com.

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Year in and year out, South Carolina is widely recognized as one of the hotbeds for college football prospects. The Class of 2014 recruiting cycle is going to be one of the best we’ve had in several years, rivaling the Class of 2010 which had five-star prospect Marcus Lattimore and 12 four-star prospects.There already are eight prospects listed as four-star guys at this early stage of evaluations. At least one and possibly two could improve to five-star prospects, and I see two or three more players with the possibility of achieving four-star status.

Here’s a look at my preliminary Top 10 prospects watch list from the 2014 class, and 10 more on the Top 20 watch list.

1. DONNELL STANLEY

OL, 6-4, 312,

Latta

One of the most athletic big men in the country. May be the most complete player at this position in the Southeast and should in the top 10 nationally.

2. CHRISTIAN MILLER

LB, 6-3, 200, Spring Valley

He can play outside in a 3-4 or 4-3 and is physical against the run. He could develop into an edge rusher in college.

3. ZEEK

RODNEY

DL, 6-1, 270,

South Pointe

Explosiveness rivaled Jadeveon Clowney when they played together. Height will cause skepticism among recruiters until they see him play.

4. DEXTER

WIDEMAN

DL, 6-4, 275, Saluda

Like Rodney, explosive and can stuff the run in the gap or get penetration. He is going to be highly ranked nationally.

5. JACOB PARK

QB, 6-4, 215, Stratford

Big-framed, athletic quarterback with the mobility of a dual-threat and the passing skills of a pro-style quarterback. Has a live arm; cerebral.

6. KEVIN CROSBY

LB, 6-2, 224, Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Strong, physical athlete with ability to play multiple positions. Would be a great inside backer or could play with his hand on the ground.

7. CALEB KINLAW

RB, 5-10, 175, Goose Creek

Elusive runner with good speed to the corner. Can play out of a one-back set but runs like a true tailback. Has great hands.

8. JAE’LON OGELESBY

RB, 5-10, 180, Daniel

Great speed, excellent vision and finds holes out of the zone as well as any back in the nation. Dangerous receiver out of the backfield.

9. SHAQ DAVIDSON

WR, 6-1, 175, Gaffney

Excellent hands, good speed and dangerous after the catch. Led Gaffney to state championship win against Dutch Fork as QB.

10. BLAKE BONE

WR, 6-4, 180, Woodruff

Long-bodied receiver with excellent vertical ability and great hands. Might be as good a prospect at safety.

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