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Baxter: ’15 class loaded with potential

scvarsity@sc.rr.comMarch 24, 2013 

Jim Baxter

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WHILE evaluating film and completing the camp circuit, I believe the class of 2015 is going to be as strong, if not stronger, than the class of 2014.

I believe the class of 2014 is going to rival the classes of ’10 and ’11, and I’m beginning to think the next cycle might be the best yet.

Here are some of the players who might be stars in that cycle:

15 for 2015

(alphabetical order)

Arcegia-Whiteside, J.J., WR, 6-3, 190, Dorman: Good vertical ability, strong, sure hands. Lacks explosive speed but dangerous in the slot as possession target. Standout basketball player, as well.

Bailey, Zack, OL, 6-5, 300, Summerville: Plays inside at guard and has the ability to pull, though projects as a tackle at the next level. Has an offer from South Carolina.

Barnette, Michael, DL, 6-4 245, Woodland: Rangy defensive end, could play inside at the next level. Barnett finished his sophomore season with 63 tackles, 17 for loss, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Blackshear, Shameke, DE, 6-5, 220, Bluffton: Long bodied, physical off the line; needs to get stronger.

Bryant, Kelly, QB/ATH, 6-4, 210, Abbeville: Had verbal offers from USC and Clemson as a freshman. Being looked at by Clemson as an athlete at wide receiver.

Clemons, Rasool, DE, 6-6, 190, South Aiken: Recent transfer from out-of-state. Has the makings of a solid prospect at the end position.

Davis, Rion, DB, 6-0, 185, A.C. Flora: Excellent instincts, great transition speed; very physical. Might be the best state DB prospect in the class.

Dickey, Dorian, CB, 5-8, 160, Christ Church: Has speed in the 4.4 range and is dangerous on offense and defense.

Ecton, Lane, DB, 5-11, 175, Dutch Fork: Has nose for the ball and is physical in run support. Could play safety but has skill set to be dangerous corner.

Haney, T.J. OL, 6-6, 300, Gaffney: Big man with good feet; one of top lineman targets.

Huggins, Albert, DL, 6-3, 250, Orangeburg-Wilkinson: Solid inside rusher and strong two-gap run stopper; finished sophomore season with 64 tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Lee, Adonus, WR, 6-3, 175, Westwood: Good vertical and excellent hands; runs sharp, crisp routes. Has deceptive speed and can stretch the field deep.

Richardson, Tavin, TE, 6-6, 210, Byrnes: Would be ideal in slot in an Air Raid offense and woud be effective at tight end. Needs to work in weight room.

Thomas, Trayvon, RB, 5-9, 195, Darlington: The real deal at running back; Thomas will be the top target at his position in state in this cycle. Incredible body control; excellent transition speed with deceptive power. Lacks straightline speed.

Thompson, Daniel, QB, 6-0, 175, Boiling Springs: Excellent skill set at quarterback; the younger brother of USC’s Dylan Thompson, is more polished at this stage of his career than was Dylan. Should be state’s top QB in class.

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