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

12/21/2013 9:11 PM

12/21/2013 9:49 PM

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.

PLAYER POS. TEAM
Thomas Austin OL Camden
Robert Ayers LB Marlboro County
Alex Baron OL Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Charles Ben WR Calhoun County
Fred Bennett DB Manning
Shuler Bentley QB Byrnes
Ryan Bethea RB Richland Northeast
Peter Bouleware LB Spring Valley
Daquan Bowers DE Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Robert Brooks WR Greenwood
Courtney Brown DL Macedonia
Troy Brown RB Blackville-Hilda
Jeff Burris DB Northwestern
Jerry Butler WR Ware Shoals
Sinclair Cannon QB/Ath Greer
Shon Carson RB Lake City
Corey Carter RB Ninety-Six
Sadat Chambers DB Central
Ben Coates TE Greenwood
Chris Corley TE Irmo
Roscoe Crosby WR Union
Justice Cunningham TE Central
Woodrow Dantzler QB Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Quinshad Davis WR Gaffney
Adrian Dingle DL Holly Hill Roberts
Mike Dingle RB Berkeley
Marion Dukes OL Pickens
Carlos Dunlap DE Ft Dorchester
Armanti Edwards QB Greenwood
Bruce Ellington Ath Berkeley
Sean Elliot DE Camden
Shaun Ellis DE Westside
Jimmy Fleming RB East Clarendon
Rickey Foggy QB Laurens
Dalton Freeman OL Pelion
Dustin Frye OL Summerville
JD Fuller LB Clinton
Steve Fuller QB Spartanburg
John Fulton DB Manning
George Gause DE Conway
Clifton Geathers OL Carvers Bay
Stephon Gilmore DB South Pointe
Everette Golson QB Myrtle Beach
Malliciah Goodman DE West Florence
Kelvin Grant WR Camden
Ricky Grant LB Greenwood
Shawn Graves QB Marion
Harold Green RB Stratford
Ricky Hagood DL Easley
Derrick Hamilton DB Dillon
Josh Hamilton QB Macedonia
Michael Hamlin DB Lamar
Leon Hart OL Spring Valley
Albert Haynesworth DL Hartsville
Jonathan Hefney DB Rock Hill
Junior Hemingway WR Conway
CoCo Hillary QB Strom Thurmond
Ira Hillary WR Strom Thurmond
Jeff Hipp DB Brookland-Cayce
Chris Hope DB Rock Hill
DeAndre Hopkins WR D.W. Daniel
Anthony Hunter WR Union
Ricardo Hurley LB Greenwood
Jamacia Jackson DB Sumter
Demario Jeffery DB Columbia
Tim Jennings DB Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Devota Johnson FB Batesburg-Leesville
Greg Jones RB Beaufort
Kentrell Jones QB Gaffney
Tim Jones LB Rock Hill
Vernell Jones RB Lake View
Jonathan Joseph DB Rock Hill
Erik Kimrey QB Dutch Fork
Terry Kinard DB Sumter
Rockarius King RB Timberland
Brian Kingsboro RB Clinton
Rodney Kinlaw RB Stratford
Levon Kirkland LB Lamar
Ko Simpson DB Rock Hill
Willy Korn QB Byrnes
Charlie Langford LB Lexington
Marcus Lattimore RB Byrnes
Jabari Levey OL Berkeley
Mark Logan QB Greenwood
Kevin Long OL Summerville
Chris Massey RB Cheraw
Cliff Matthews DE Cheraw
Byron Maxwell DB Ft Dorchester
Anthony McDaniel DE Keenan
Marshall McFadden TE Lamar
Tracy McGriff RB Lancaster
Roger McIntosh LB Gaffney
Monty Means DB Union
Reggie Merriweather RB North Augusta
Corey Miller LB Central
Corey Miller DE Byrnes
Prince Miller DB Byrnes
DJ Moore DB Broome
Stanley Morgan WR Easley
Richard Mounce QB Blythewood
Syvelle Newton QB Marlboro County
Allen Patrick RB Conway
Adam Patterson DL Richland Northeast
Jimmy Pegler QB Spring Valley
Nathan Pepper DE Greenville
William Perry DL Aiken
Robert Quin DE Ft Dorchester
Levi Raines QB Airport
Sidney Rice WR Gaffney
Tony Rice QB Woodruff
Wally Richardson QB Sumter
Victor Riley OL Swansea
Mason Rudolph QB Northwestern
Ricky Sapp DL Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Bryan Scott WR Darlington
Dorrell Scott DL Ridge View
Willie Scott TE Newberry
Richard Seymour DE Lower Richland
Aubrey Shaw RB Hartsville
Donnie Shell DB Whitmire
Marty Simpson K Spring Valley
Travis Small RB Cheraw
Mark Smith QB York
Marquese Stubbs OL Marlboro County
Jim Stuckie DE Airport
Bruce Taylor LB Myrtle Beach
Moe Thompson TE Stratford
Lawrence Timmons DE Wilson
Quinton Washington OL Timberland
Andre Waters LB Lake View
Charlie Waters DB North Augusta
Ben Watson TE Northwestern
Dakota Watson DL South Aiken
Derek Watson RB Palmetto
Travelle Wharton OL Greenville
Roddy White WR James Island
Troy Williamson RB Silver Bluff
Justin Worley QB Northwestern
Frank Wright OL Greenwood
Tymere Zimmerman WR Marlboro County

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