South Carolina had the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2011, putting the state in the recruiting limelight for nearly one full year.
The Palmetto State doesn’t figure to attract quite as much attention in the next year. The state has only one top-150 prospect and just three others in the Rivals.com Class of 2012 top-250, which was released Tuesday.
Lexington’s Shaq Roland is the consensus top rising senior prospect in the state, taking over the crown from USC-bound defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He is rated No. 63 overall by Rivals.
USC commitment Brock Stadnik, an offensive tackle from Western Guilford (N.C.), is rated No. 165th overall.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive end Martin Aiken checks in at No. 189, Allendale-Fairfax defensive back/outside linebacker Ronnie Geohaghan is 216th and Gaffney wide receiver Quinshad Davis rounds out the rankings at No. 250. Roland, Aiken, Geohaghan and Davis each have offers from the Gamecocks.
The nation’s top-rated prospect is Hillcrest (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder with elite speed. Charlotte Mallard Creek (N.C.) offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, who is considering the Gamecocks, is ranked third overall.
South Carolina only produced four top-250 players in the Class of 2011, but Brandon Shell, Charone Peake and Phillip Dukes were all in the top 101.
The state’s inability to produce a significant amount of elite prospects is illustrated in the state-by-state breakdown. Seventeen states produced more top-250 players than South Carolina, which was tied with Missouri, Washington and Massachusetts with four. None of those three states regularly churn out blue chippers.