Some of the players to watch (in alphabetical order) during the high school football season:
Amir Abrams, RB, Newberry: The State’s Midlands Player of Year after rushing for 2,486 yards last year
Trad Beatty, QB, Ben Lippen: Transfer from Chapin is ranked by 247Sports as 20th-ranked prospect in S.C. class of 2018. Verbally committed to Temple
Darius Bell, DE, Gilbert: He was seventh in Midlands last season with 7 ½ sacks and had 120 tackles.
Jordan Burch, DE, Hammond: Transfer from Wilson was MaxPreps Freshman All-American last year and recorded 50 tackles
Paxton Brooks, P/K, Airport: Led Midlands in punting with a 41.3-yard average last year. Selected for the Under Armour All-American Game
Kelijha Brown, DT, Saluda: 247Sports’ composite rankings have Brown as No. 12 prospect in S.C. class of 2018. Committed to Wake Forest
Jaydon Brunson, DB, Blythewood: Ranked in 247Sports’ top 70 prospects list for class of 2018. Had 58 tackles and two interceptions last year
Wyatt Campbell, OL, Lugoff-Elgin: Three-star prospect and ranked No. 15 in S.C. by 247Sports Composite rankings. Committed to South Carolina
Bishop Cannon, QB, Batesburg-Leesville: One of two QBs in Midlands last year to rush for more than 1,000 yards and throw for more than 1,000 yards
Reed Charpia, QB, Brookland-Cayce: Was sixth in Midlands in passing with 2,388 yards and 18 touchdowns last year
Damion Daley, DT, Ridge View: No. 36 in 247Sports’ S.C. Composite rankings for 2018. Third on team with 73 tackles last season
Rod Edmonds, RB, Fairfield Central: Rushed for 1,107 yards and 14 touchdowns last season
Kendrell Flowers, WR, Irmo: Had 11 catches for 208 yards last year
Jalen Geiger, Spring Valley: Cardinal Newman transfer will play both sides of ball for Vikings.
Corbett Glick, QB, Hammond: Leading returning passer in Midlands with 2,438 yards and 27 touchdowns
Deamondre Goodwin, WR, Lower Richland: No. 39 prospect in 247Sports’ S.C. Composite rankings for 2018. Had 21 catches for 315 yards last year
Xzavion Gordon, WR, Chapin: Leading returning receiver in Midlands. Had 62 catches for 1,147 yards and 14 touchdowns last year
Blake Harris, OL, Ben Lippen: Dutch Fork transfer is No. 46 in 247Sports’ S.C. composite rankings for 2018. Committed to Army
Tevaughn Higgins, QB, Lower Richland: Threw for 2,121 yards and 16 touchdowns last year
Quincy Hill, QB, Spring Valley: Accounted for more than 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns last year
Jordan Hiller, RB, Lexington: Accounted for 750 yards of total offense last year
JaQuain Hills, WR, Richland Northeast: No. 58 in 247Sports’ S.C. composite rankings for 2018. Caught 38 passes for 488 yards and five TDs last season
Ron Hoff, RB Dutch Fork: MaxPreps’ Freshman All-American last year. Rushed for 1,762 yards and 28 touchdowns
Alex Huntley, DL, Hammond: Sophomore already has offer from South Carolina and played for Team USA in 16-and-under All-Star game.
Trajan Jeffcoat, DL, Irmo: 50th-ranked prospect in 247Sports’ S.C. composite had 36 tackles and three sacks last season.
Noah Johnson, LB, River Bluff: Was Gators’ top tackler last season
Dayrun Keith, WR/DB Pelion: Had 471 yards receiving and 34 tackles last year
Clayton Lindsay, WR, White Knoll: Caught 38 passes for 559 yards last year
Hank Manos, OL, Chapin: State wrestling champ is No. 11 in 247 Sports’ S.C. composite rankings for 2018. Committed to South Carolina
Brandon McCullough, ATH, Heathwood Hall: Averaged 37 yards per kick return with three TDs last year
Effix Miller, QB, Swansea: Threw for 1,108 yards last season
Montre Miller, WR, Westwood: Speedy receiver will be big part of Redhawks’ offense.
Jerell Moore, OL, Brookland-Cayce: Under-the-radar prospect who will be the anchor of Bearcats’ offensive line
Jericho Murphy, RB, Camden: Rushed for 1,186 yards and 16 touchdowns last season
Akele Pauling, WR/DB Ben Lippen: Cardinal Newman transfer caught 30 passes and had 53 tackles on defense last year.
Dominick Perry, DB, Brookland-Cayce: Lead Bearcats with seven interceptions last season
Bernard Porter, WR, Ridge View: Had 12 catches for 196 yards last year. No. 51 in 247Sports’ S.C. composite rankings for class of 2018.
Lucas Prickett, WR, Hammond: Had 52 catches for 920 yards and 12 scores last year
Collyn Richardson, OL, Airport: S.C. High School Strength Coaches Weightlifting Champion and anchor of Airport’s offensive line.
Quincy Riley, DB, A.C. Flora: Had 40 tackles and four interceptions last year
Tony Ruff, RB, Fairfield Central: Rushed for 1,178 yards and nine touchdowns last year
Alex Smith, DB/LB, Dutch Fork: Had 104 tackles last season. Moving from defensive back to linebacker this year
Josh Strickland, QB Gilbert: Threw for 1,576 yards as a freshman last season
Rasheed Taylor, RB, Brookland-Cayce: Rushed for 923 yards and 16 TDs last season
Chylon Thomas, WR, Gray Collegiate: Second leading returning receiver in Midlands. Caught 60 passes for 947 yards and nine touchdowns last year
Bryce Thompson, ATH/DB, Dutch Fork: Two-way standout is back at Dutch Fork for senior season. No. 7 in 247Sports S.C. composite rankings for class of 2018. Had 1,819 yards total offense, 24 TDs and had three interceptions for Ben Lippen last year
Channing Tindall, LB, Spring Valley: Four-star recruit and No. 1 in 247Sports’ S.C. class of 2018 rankings. Selected to play in U.S. Army All-American game
Jay Washington, RB, Dreher: Knee injury cut his season short least year but still rushed for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns
Bubba Williamson, QB North Central: Ranked in 247Sports list of state’s top prospects. Missed most of season because of injury last year
Kyle Wright, RB/LB, Ben Lippen: No. 18 in 247Sports S.C. composite rankings for class of 2018. Rushed for 867 yards, seven touchdowns and had 87 tackles and six sacks