It’s not spring yet, but I’ve begun my “road tour” around South Carolina in search of the Palmetto State’s top football prospects. I’ll give you five players to watch each week as we approach the summer.
Players are listed in alphabetical order and are Class of 2016 unless noted.
Brandon Hill, linebacker, Heathwood Hall Hill is a mystery player at the next level, but he has the measurables of a top athlete. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he has the performance set that you’d like to see at linebacker. The questions that remain is can he come downhill and hit from the inside, and how good is he in coverage? But he does possess the physical skills and has landed three offers – the latest from Notre Dame. If he can demonstrate the aforementioned skills this year, he could see his stock increase.
Collin Hill, quarterback, Dorman I first touted Hill prior to his junior year before he had taken a varsity snap. He had a stellar junior season for the Cavaliers and this 6-4, 210-pound signal caller has four Division-I offers. He has near-flawless mechanics and a cannon for an arm. His biggest attribute is that he is a very cerebral player and prepares himself for opponents very well.
Matthew Martin, wide receiver, Westside He might not look it, but when the lights come on, Martin (6-foot, 175) demonstrates his prowess as one of the top skill players in the state. With blazing sub-4.4 speed, uncanny body control in transition and excellent hands, Martin is going to be a hot commodity at the next level. His size will be sneezed at, but he is a definite D-I prospect.
Will Register, tight end, Chapin A Class of 2017 player, Register is a big-time talent. Register (6-4, 220) can play weakside defensive end, but I think his biggest upside is at tight end. He has a great frame, great hands, shows very good technique in the run game as a blocker and runs routes like a wide receiver. He is an excellent prospect as a tight end or H-back and is in my top 10 for 2017.
OrTre Smith, wide receiver, Wando Another 2017 player, Smith (6-4, 205), whom I saw at the Charleston QB1 camp, has good physical skills, great vertical ability and a good focus on the football. He’s still learning to control his growing body in transition situations but possesses good speed. I like him as one of the 2017 cycle’s top prospects in the state. He already has a handful of schools showing interest.