ONE OF THE questions I get the most as a recruiting analyst is: “What makes that kid a Division I prospect when mine is just as good?”
There are characteristics that make kids more than just a “really good high school player,” usually having to do with measurables such as height, weight and speed.
But with average numbers in those you can still be an “impact” player in high school football.
Today, I’ll take a look at those players who will have tremendous impacts on their respective teams this season.
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Caleb Kinlaw, RB, Goose Creek: This rising junior averaged 9 yards a carry in limited playing time last season because coach Chuck Reedy “held back” on his usage so as to allow him more time to develop.
Shuler Bentley, QB, Byrnes: The junior is rapidly transforming into a major prospect at the position.
Jaylen Miller, DE, Gaffney: Miller is the biggest impact defender in the state.
Obinna Ntiasawage, DT, Ridge View: He is a monster in the middle of the Blazers’ defense and as good as Michael Hill of Pendleton, whom most gurus proclaim as the state’s top defensive tackle.
Michael Julian, QB, Hilton Head: Julian (6-5, 200) is my top-ranked senior quarterback.
Marcus Edmond, QB/DB, Lower Richland: He is going to take on a major offensive roll in new coach Daryl Page’s wide open offense. He also is the top defensive back in the state.
Darius Hammond, RB, Strom Thurmond: He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior in six games because of injury.
Blake Bone, WR, Woodruff: This 6-3, 180-pound junior receiver is long, has great hands, excellent speed, and big vertical abilities.
Schoder Carlton, WR, A.C. Flora: At 5-8, 170, Carlton has the ability to get open, has great hands and can turn routine plays into big-time plays.
Michael Hill, DT, Pendleton: This 6-3, 315-pounder is a wrecking crew in the trenches. .
Jabo Lee, RB, Dillon: He has the ability to see things develop and react quickly to find himself in space, where he is most dangerous.
Kelly Bryant, QB, Abbeville: At 6-4, 190, this rising sophomore has two offers already. He rushed for 700 yards as a freshman and passed for 400.
Anthony Brown, QB, Columbia: At 6-0, 210, Brown hasn’t played a varsity game since his freshman year because of multiple transfers.threat.
Pat Sheppard, Athlete, Woodland: A more natural running back or strong safety/linebacker, he is an elusive, fast, powerful runner.
Donnel Stanley, OL, Latta: At 6-4, 300 pounds, Stanley is a dominating force in the trenches and is unmatched in the Class A.
Wesley Jordan, WR, Ware Shoals: This 6-3, 190 pounder also has played quarterback, but his natural position is at wide receiver.
Jarius Jenkins, RB, Williston-Elko: In the tradition of great running backs, the Blue Devils will offer up this Class of 2015 star.
Devonte Delaney, WR, Whale Branch: He is one of the state’s top wide receivers, regardless of classification.
Jahnari Devoe, DB, Allendale-Fairfax: A 6-1, 185-pounder who has the skills to cover but is physical enough and strong enough in the run game to play linebacker.
Naquez Pringle, DT, Carvers Bay: He has great feet for a big man and is difficult to stop from his bull rush.
Tyler Renew, RB, Ben Lippen: At 6-1, 215, and with 4.5 speed, he’s SCISA’s top impact football player.
Alexander Daniels, C, Hammond: Daniels is one of the league’s top players. Only his height, 6-2, has kept him from D-I offers.
Thomas Banks, RB, Augusta Christian: At 5-10, 190, Banks rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Jamario Williams, CB, Hilton Head Prep: He holds BCS offers and is considered by many to be SCISA’s top defensive player.
Jake Nidifer, QB, Hammond: A 6-3, 195, Nidifer already has the necessary frame; he’s got a a strong arm and dead-eye accuracy.