SHAQ ROLAND, ATH, Lexington
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder projects as a collegiate wide receiver, though he’s used in a multitude of ways by the Wildcats. He takes handoffs at running back, takes snaps as a Wildcat quarterback and plays in the secondary at times. He’s also a standout return man. Roland scored 39 touchdowns this past season. South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Florida are among his early favorites.
KENDRIC SALLEY, RB, Williston-Elko
The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder ended his recruitment before it really started, committing to USC in December after rushing for 1,751 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010. Salley rushed for nearly 2,000 yards as a sophomore. He is mostly a “downhill” runner, doing most of his damage between the tackles.
MARTIN AIKEN, DE, Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Aiken is a standout defensive end from a school that seems to have an endless supply. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has a litany of scholarship offers, including USC and Clemson. He’s a big, powerful end in the mold of former Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Clemson standout Da’Quan Bowers. Aiken isn’t as big as Bowers yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him play at about 270 pounds in college, becoming a strong-side, run-stopping end.
PATRICK DESTEFANO, OL, Dorman
Destefano is one of the most versatile offensive line prospects in the state. He also may be the best. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder carries more than 15 scholarship offers, including USC and Clemson. Destefano has the size to play tackle, the strength to play guard and even has used his athleticism to play H-back for the Cavaliers. He played tackle in 2010 but may slide inside to guard in 2011, allowing Dorman to best utilize his run-blocking prowess.
OLIVER JONES, OT, Ninety Six
Jones is one of the most physically intimidating prospects from South Carolina in the Class of 2012. Despite missing the 2010 season, the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder has offers from USC and Clemson. Jones broke his femur in a scrimmage last August and likely won’t be fully cleared until this spring. However, there is no denying his ability. He’s a big, athletic tackle in the mold of recent USC signee Brandon Shell.
GIMEL PRESIDENT, DE, Wando
President in an intriguing prospect because of his ability to fit into multiple schemes and roles. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder, who has offers from USC, Clemson and many others, plays end in Wando’s 3-4 defense. He can also play end or 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. He has the frame to play at 270 pounds or more collegiately. President has plenty of power, but he also can move — he’s been clocked at 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
JUSTIN MEREDITH, TE, T.L. Hanna
USC was the first school to offer Meredith, who may be the state’s best tight end in the Class of 2012. Several other schools have followed suit with scholarship offers. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder, who comes from a military family, has all the measurables and intangibles. He has 4.5 speed and is a well-rounded, dynamic tight end. The Yellow Jackets employ him as a traditional tight end, a slot receiver and an H-back.
JAVARIUS LEAMON, OT, Woodruff
The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder has the potential to develop into an outstanding college tackle. USC offered last summer, and Clemson has followed suit. He is a devastating blocker, piling up a bevy of pancake blocks in 2010.
CORDREA TANKERSLEY, ATH, Silver Bluff
The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder jumped onto the radar last year when Clemson was the first to offer. USC has joined the race, and many others likely will. Tankersley was mainly a dual-threat quarterback in 2010. He accounted for nearly 2,500 yards last season. He also has been used in the secondary and could end up at receiver. He has 4.4 speed, and his success at the Class 2A track meet last year proves he’s among the state’s fastest athletes.
MARK IRICK, WR, Calhoun County
Another recruiting class, another standout receiver from Calhoun County, which has sent both Alshon and Shamier Jeffery to USC. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has an offer from the Gamecocks and other schools. Irick is a long, athletic player who put up huge numbers in Calhoun County’s spread offense. He was the main target for Shamier in 2010 and has similar athleticism.