By Stan Olson
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Pointe, 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash
Clowney could be the No.1 prospect in South Carolina next year. "That dude could very well be a first-round NFL draft choice a few years from now," says coach Bobby Carroll. Clowney has tremendous speed and a burst off the edge that often has him arriving at the QB untouched.
2. Charone Peake, WR, Dorman, 6-4, 190, 4.4:
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Coach David Gutshall calls Peake "big-time, one of the best prospects in the nation." As a freshman on the varsity, Peake turned the first four passes he caught into TDs.
3. Justin Worley, QB, Northwestern, 6-5, 190, 4.85:
Coach Jimmy Wallace said Worley was "the most mature 10th grade player I've had in 37 years of coaching. He has tremendous potential." Worley also is a standout in baseball (pitcher) and basketball (forward).
4. Shon Carson, RB, Lake City, 5-9, 195, 4.4
Blazing speed and surprising power have translated into numerous offers for Carson. Offers have come from most major Carolinas schools, and UCLA is in the hunt. Also an outstanding baseball player who wants to play both sports.
5. Everett Golson, QB, Myrtle Beach, 6-0, 175, NA:
A remarkably strong arm, and he played well at the spring camps. Piling up huge numbers and offers - North Carolina (leader), South Carolina, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech, among others.
6. Brandon Shell, OL, Goose Creek: 6-7, 310 pounds, NA:
Good quickness to go with massive size. Shell has offers from Clemson and South Carolina, along with Florida, Georgia and LSU.
7. Phillip Dukes, DT, Manning, 6-3, 280, NA:
Expected to move to DT in college, Dukes has offers from the likes of South Carolina, Clemson and Alabama.
8. Lateek Townsend, LB, Marlboro County, 6-2, 215, 4.7:
Clemson, N.C. State, South Carolina, Illinois and Maryland have offered. He's moved from suspect to prospect with a monster season. Projected as a linebacker in college, he also was a dominant prep RB.
9. Dexter Staley, LB, Williston-Elko, 6-2, 220, 4.6:
A powerful hitter who's probably a linebacker in college, although also a RB as a prep star. Offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
10. Tony McNeal, QB, Chester, 6-2, 165, NA
Although he missed four games to injury, McNeal still put up stellar numbers, finishing with 1,732 passing yards and 18 TDs and helping Chester finish with a 10-2 record.
11. Shamir Jeffrey, QB/WR, Calhoun Co., 6-3, 220, 4.55:
Shifted from WR to QB in the middle of the season, and Alshon Jeffrey's "little" brother didn't miss a beat. "Everybody's recruiting him, and I mean everybody," says coach Walter Wilson.
12. Ronnie Martin, CB/WR, Spartanburg, 5-11, 170, 4.3:
"He's just faster than everybody else," says coach Freddie Brown. "He'll be able to pick from places like Miami, Oklahoma, Florida State, Michigan and Southern Cal. He'll be that good."
13. Roderick Byers, DL, Northwestern, 6-4, 250, 4.8:
"Rod has tremendous potential," says his coach, Jimmy Wallace. "He's played very well this year." Playing mostly in the middle, Byers has 65 tackles, two sacks and 10 QB pressures.
14. Robert Smith, QB/ATH, Woodland, 5-11, 190, 4.7:
Robert has been offered by Clemson and a number of ACC schools are interested. If he doesn't grow, expect him to be a safety in college.
15. Dominique Cooper, RB, Darlington, 6-1, 195, 4.4:
"That speed is legit," says coach Justin Danner. "When he breaks out you might as well go ahead and warm up the band." Despite two injuries, Cooper rushed for 1,200 yards and 11 TDs.
16. Gerald Dixon, DE, South Pointe, 6-3, 245, 4.6:
"A great young man who obviously has great genes," says coach Jimmy Wallace. "His dad - also Gerald Dixon - played for South Carolina and in the NFL."
17. Gerald Dixon, DT, Northwestern, 6-4, 275, 4.9:
Likely to wind up at DT in college. Strong and powerful, with a burst capable of collapsing the pocket. Brother of South Pointe's Gerald Dixon.
18. DeShaun Williams, DT, Daniel, 6-1, 290, NA:
Clemson made an offer and Williams accepted. He's been good but not great as a junior, and height could be an issue.
19. Robert Joseph, WR, Northwestern, 5-10, 170, 4.55:
Holds the state record with 128 receptions. Worley's favorite target also has 1,596 receiving yards and 15 TDs.
20. Hakeem Flowers, WR, Hampton, 6-3, 180, 4.4:
He has already passed two dozen offers - you don't often find a kid as tall as he is who can run as fast as he can.