One of the state's more intriguing prospects in the Class of 2012 is expected to attend South Carolina's matchup with Alabama this weekend.
Dillon wide receiver Kwinton Smith has emerged as a top junior prospect over the last few weeks. Coming from relative obscurity, the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder has been putting up big numbers for the two-time defending state champions.
Two weeks ago against Marlboro County, Smith caught four passes for 136 yards and touchdowns of 30 and 75 yards. He is averaging 24.7 yards per catch this season.
His career as a receiver had started just weeks earlier. He was Dillon's backup quarterback, but coach Jackie Hayes ultimately decided the Wildcats couldn't leave a player with his athleticism on the sidelines.
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Smith, a first-year varsity player with 4.5 speed, moved to receiver and has been dynamic ever since.
"He's just too good to be standing over there," Hayes said. "We've got a really good quarterback (Tyquan Hayes) who is a senior. We needed to get him in there, and he's been big for us.
"He's a good student with great character. He's one of those kids you dream about. He comes to practice and does everything you want him to do. He's got a lot of talent. I think the sky is the limit for him."
USC, Clemson and others are already taking notice. Smith was scheduled to visit to Clemson last weekend and USC this weekend. He already made a visit to USC for the Georgia game last month.
Like another Pee Dee prospect in the Class of 2011 that both USC and Clemson are recruiting, Lake City tailback Shon Carson, Smith's recruiting could be complicated by his baseball career. He is a standout centerfielder for the Wildcats.
South Carolina is one of many programs that have already offered Mallard Creek (N.C.) junior offensive tackle D.J. Humphries.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder was recently named North Carolina's top prospect in the Class of 2012 by the Charlotte Observer. He already has more than 20 offers, including USC and Clemson. The Tigers were the first program to extend an offer.
"He's just a really good football player," Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri said. "Great in the classroom, and very good on the field."
Humphries attended several camps over the summer, and his stock immediately began to rise. Now just about every notable school in college football has either offered or is recruiting him. However, Humphries hasn't yet started to worry about the recruiting process.
"He's not making any decisions now," Palmieri said. "He's just getting through the season. And then he and his parents will start narrowing it down."
Humphries has helped Mallard Creek to a 6-0 start. He helps protect the blind side of quarterback Marquise Williams, a North Carolina commitment who is putting up huge numbers this season.