THERE IS A strong youth movement in high school football.Underclassmen are making a huge impact on their teams and the recruiting climate for the state.
Here’s a look at some of South Carolina’s top young talent from the Classes of 2014 and 2015 — the sophomores and juniors.
The junior quarterbacks will be as strong as the Class of 2011, which produced multiple prospects, including Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach/Notre Dame), Justin Worley (Northwestern/Tennessee), Robert Smith (Woodland/Clemson), Tony McNeal (Chester/Clemson), Zack Blair (Byrnes/Newberry), Tayman Garrick (Williston-Elko/Presbyterian), Caleb Griffin (South Florence/Presbyterian), Lorenzo Hammond (North Augusta/Florida International), and Dave Niddifer (Hammond/Newberry).
Some of 2014’s contributions at the quarterback position include:
Shuler Bentley (6-foot-1,180 pounds, Byrnes), Jacob Park (6-4, 210, Stratford), Luke Lancaster (6-3, 170, Gaffney), Will Hunter (6-0, 170, Lexington), Bo Baldwin (6-4, 215, South Aiken ), Ben Beck (6-3, 179, Woodruff), Mason Rudolph (6-5, 180, Northwestern), Derrek Olenchuk (5-11, 175, Dutch Fork) and Mitch Spires (Gilbert).
Other 2014 players who earned “prospect status” among recruiters from their sophomore year performances were Gaffney wide receiver Shaquille Davidson (6-3, 185), Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller (6-4, 215), Bamberg-Ehrhardt linebacker Kevin Crosby (6-3, 220), Goose Creek running back Caleb Kinlaw (5-10, 175) and Woodruff wide receiver Blake Bone (6-3, 180), who I think could end up as a safety in college.
A few of the Class of 2015 (sophomores) are on the SCVarsity.com Watch List for top prospect rankings: