The greatest 150 South Carolina high school football players of all-time

December 21, 2013 

Picking the greatest South Carolina high school football players of all-time is a difficult task. One has to consider changes in football strategy, the evolution of the game and physical training of the athletes through many decades of football.

One thing that must be understood is that when selecting these players, only their high school careers were considered.

So, this is a list of the best “high school players,” not necessarily the players who might have gone on to stardom in college or the NFL.

THE TOP 10

1. DEMETRIS SUMMERS, LEXINGTON RB

This selection will cause the most debate, but the bottom line is, Summers was a lethal offensive weapon. He set national records from 1999-2002, and is still ranked among the best nationally. He compiled a four-year varsity career of 9,076 yards rushing and 120 touchdowns, while seldom playing the whole game. His rushing yards and TDs still rank 13 nationally all-time.

2. FREDDIE SOLOMON, SUMTER WR

Solomon played quarterback on the 1970 Sumter team. He rushed for 1,969 yards and scored 28 touchdowns on 208 carries, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. He passed for 10 touchdowns and scored 182 points in helping lead the Gamecocks to a 10-2 record. Prior to his senior year at Sumter, he played end and guard for Lincoln High.

3. JADEVEON CLOWNEY, SOUTH POINTE DE

A nightmare defensive end for opposing ball carriers, Clowney finished his three-year varsity career at South Pointe with 69.5 sacks and was the 2010 Mr. Football.

4. PERRY CUDA, SUMMERVILLE QB

Cuda was a Parade All-American who led the Green Wave to a 52-3 record in four seasons, passing for 5,600 yards and 60 touchdowns. He won state championships in 1978 and 1979.

5. A.J. GREEN, SUMMERVILLE WR

Another four-year starter (2004-07) for the Green Wave, Green’s 5,373 career receiving yards and 279 career receptions rank second and fourth, respectively, on the National Federation of High Schools’ football all-time career receiving records.

6. JUSTIN WORLEY, NORTHWESTERN QB

Voted National Gatorade Player of the Year, Worley finished his career at Northwestern with 13,320 yards passing and 156 passing touchdowns in three years as a starter. He led the Trojans to three consecutive 4A title appearances, winning the 2010 state title.

7. STEPHEN DAVIS, SPARTANBURG RB

Rushed for 3,984 yards and 56 touchdowns in 1990 and ’91 seasons for the Vikings, leading them to the 4A Divsion I state title in 1991.

8. BOBBY ENGRAM, CAMDEN WR

Thought of by many to be one of the most prolific receivers in state history, his legend still lives large in Camden, where he was a three-time all-state player in the late 1980s and early ’90s for the Bulldogs.

9. STAN MANNING, DILLON RB

He was one of the state’s top running backs in the mid ’90s with a brutal, physical style of running. He is thought by many to be one of the best ever from Dillon High.

10. JAMES “J.C.” CAROLINE, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON RB

Caroline was a three-sports standout at Booker T. Washington in the early 1950s and was great running the football because of his speed. Those who saw him play said he was a phenom for any era.

THE OTHERS

We list the remaining 140 top players here in an unranked, alphabetized listing.

PLAYERPOS.TEAM
Thomas AustinOLCamden
Robert AyersLBMarlboro County
Alex BaronOLOrangeburg-Wilkinson
Charles BenWRCalhoun County
Fred BennettDBManning
Shuler BentleyQBByrnes
Ryan BetheaRBRichland Northeast
Peter BoulewareLBSpring Valley
Daquan BowersDEBamberg-Ehrhardt
Robert BrooksWRGreenwood
Courtney BrownDLMacedonia
Troy BrownRBBlackville-Hilda
Jeff BurrisDBNorthwestern
Jerry ButlerWRWare Shoals
Sinclair CannonQB/AthGreer
Shon CarsonRBLake City
Corey CarterRBNinety-Six
Sadat ChambersDBCentral
Ben CoatesTEGreenwood
Chris CorleyTEIrmo
Roscoe CrosbyWRUnion
Justice CunninghamTECentral
Woodrow DantzlerQBOrangeburg-Wilkinson
Quinshad DavisWRGaffney
Adrian DingleDLHolly Hill Roberts
Mike DingleRBBerkeley
Marion DukesOLPickens
Carlos DunlapDEFt Dorchester
Armanti EdwardsQBGreenwood
Bruce EllingtonAthBerkeley
Sean ElliotDECamden
Shaun EllisDEWestside
Jimmy FlemingRBEast Clarendon
Rickey FoggyQBLaurens
Dalton FreemanOLPelion
Dustin FryeOLSummerville
JD FullerLBClinton
Steve FullerQBSpartanburg
John FultonDBManning
George GauseDEConway
Clifton GeathersOLCarvers Bay
Stephon GilmoreDBSouth Pointe
Everette GolsonQBMyrtle Beach
Malliciah GoodmanDEWest Florence
Kelvin GrantWRCamden
Ricky GrantLBGreenwood
Shawn GravesQBMarion
Harold GreenRBStratford
Ricky HagoodDLEasley
Derrick HamiltonDBDillon
Josh HamiltonQBMacedonia
Michael HamlinDBLamar
Leon HartOLSpring Valley
Albert HaynesworthDLHartsville
Jonathan HefneyDBRock Hill
Junior HemingwayWRConway
CoCo HillaryQBStrom Thurmond
Ira HillaryWRStrom Thurmond
Jeff HippDBBrookland-Cayce
Chris HopeDBRock Hill
DeAndre HopkinsWRD.W. Daniel
Anthony HunterWRUnion
Ricardo HurleyLBGreenwood
Jamacia JacksonDBSumter
Demario JefferyDBColumbia
Tim JenningsDBOrangeburg-Wilkinson
Devota JohnsonFBBatesburg-Leesville
Greg JonesRBBeaufort
Kentrell JonesQBGaffney
Tim JonesLBRock Hill
Vernell JonesRBLake View
Jonathan JosephDBRock Hill
Erik KimreyQBDutch Fork
Terry KinardDBSumter
Rockarius KingRBTimberland
Brian KingsboroRBClinton
Rodney KinlawRBStratford
Levon KirklandLBLamar
Ko SimpsonDBRock Hill
Willy KornQBByrnes
Charlie LangfordLBLexington
Marcus LattimoreRBByrnes
Jabari LeveyOLBerkeley
Mark LoganQBGreenwood
Kevin LongOLSummerville
Chris MasseyRBCheraw
Cliff MatthewsDECheraw
Byron MaxwellDBFt Dorchester
Anthony McDanielDEKeenan
Marshall McFaddenTELamar
Tracy McGriffRBLancaster
Roger McIntoshLBGaffney
Monty MeansDBUnion
Reggie MerriweatherRBNorth Augusta
Corey MillerLBCentral
Corey MillerDEByrnes
Prince MillerDBByrnes
DJ MooreDBBroome
Stanley MorganWREasley
Richard MounceQBBlythewood
Syvelle NewtonQBMarlboro County
Allen PatrickRBConway
Adam PattersonDLRichland Northeast
Jimmy PeglerQBSpring Valley
Nathan PepperDEGreenville
William PerryDLAiken
Robert QuinDEFt Dorchester
Levi RainesQBAirport
Sidney RiceWRGaffney
Tony RiceQBWoodruff
Wally RichardsonQBSumter
Victor RileyOLSwansea
Mason RudolphQBNorthwestern
Ricky SappDLBamberg-Ehrhardt
Bryan ScottWRDarlington
Dorrell ScottDLRidge View
Willie ScottTENewberry
Richard SeymourDELower Richland
Aubrey ShawRBHartsville
Donnie ShellDBWhitmire
Marty SimpsonKSpring Valley
Travis SmallRBCheraw
Mark SmithQBYork
Marquese StubbsOLMarlboro County
Jim StuckieDEAirport
Bruce TaylorLBMyrtle Beach
Moe ThompsonTEStratford
Lawrence TimmonsDEWilson
Quinton WashingtonOLTimberland
Andre WatersLBLake View
Charlie WatersDBNorth Augusta
Ben WatsonTENorthwestern
Dakota WatsonDLSouth Aiken
Derek WatsonRBPalmetto
Travelle WhartonOLGreenville
Roddy WhiteWRJames Island
Troy WilliamsonRBSilver Bluff
Justin WorleyQBNorthwestern
Frank WrightOLGreenwood
Tymere ZimmermanWRMarlboro County

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