WITH NATIONAL Signing Day less than a month away, here are the South Carolina high school prospects who are fleeing beyond state lines for their collegiate careers:
I have to start with the state’s top prospect for this class,
Goose Creek athlete Tramel Terry
This 6-foot, 195-pound athlete was clearly the top player for this class since the end of his sophomore season as a Gator. He graduated in December and has enrolled at Georgia. Instate schools wanted Terry as a defensive player, but his heart is on offense. With the ball in his hands, he is elusive, explosive and physical. He’d have a long career as a cornerback, but he could turn out to be an effective running back for the Bulldogs — as well as a lethal return specialist.
Pendleton defensive tackle Michael Hill
He was ranked as the country’s No. 10 defensive tackle by Rivals.com. He chose Ohio State over two dozen other schools. The 6-3, 315-pound trenchman has the entire skill set — quickness, explosion, the ability to stack the line up and stuff the run. He could play in the 4-3 as a two-gap or in the 3-4. Ohio State runs a four-man front, so he’ll fit well there. His quickness enables him to be an effective pass rusher, and he is powerful at warding off blocks and stuffing the run.
Wilson offensive tackle Justin Evans
He has not committed yet, but the 6-6, 275-pound lineman has offers from Virginia Tech and Tennessee, among some FCS schools, but has no offer from South Carolina or Clemson. Evans can develop into a very good tackle at the next level. He lacks the footwork highly ranked linemen display, and he’s such a nice kid that he sometimes lacks the “mean streak” necessary to fight in the trenches. But he’s got the physical measurements and the potential.
Dillon running back Jabo Lee
He ommitted to East Carolina early. He lacked instate offers, despite offers from other SEC and ACC schools. The 5-10, 180-pound speedster is a four-year starter for the Wildcats. He started as a freshman at linebacker. He’s a dynamic back with the ability to see the field well. He navigates through traffic well, has explosive speed (4.4), and has great hands, which makes him a solid receiver target out of the backfield.
Lower Richland athlete Marcus Edmond
He committed to NC State. This 6-foot, 175-pound athlete is a solid pick up for the Wolfpack at cornerback. He uses his athleticism on both sides of the ball and he’s got good skill sets at several positions. I like him at corner because he has great hips and can turn and transition with the best of the receivers. He’s got a great speed burst and is explosive in reacting to the ball.
Gaffney defensive end Jaylen Miller
He has offers from all over the Southeast — except from in his own state — and recently was offered by Nebraska. This 6-3, 265-pound player is a one-man wrecking crew. He’s been a nightmare for most high school quarterbacks, with 25.5 sacks this past season. He’s got the strength, explosiveness, and quickness with his hand on the ground to play inside at tackle at the next level.