Shrine Bowl rosters, announced Thursday, contained four Midlands players, down from 11 in 2008.
Irmo High's Mustafa Greene, considered the state's second-best senior running back, leads the group, which also includes Keenan defensive lineman James Barnes, Richland Northeast offensive lineman C.J. Wilson and Calhoun County linebacker Brandon Golson.
"Hard work pays off," Barnes said. "Working hard gets you where you want to be."
Greene, who has battled a high ankle sprain this month, has 1,169 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets (8-1), who can clinch the Region 5-4A championship with a victory against Richland Northeast on Friday night. Irmo is ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.
Barnes has helped Keenan (7-2) to a second consecutive winning season.
"It lets us know that we are doing something right," Keenan coach Mitchell Moton said. "It's a good feeling around here."
Golson, a South Carolina commitment, has led Calhoun County to an 8-1 record and the No. 3 ranking in Class A.
This year's game, pitting the top seniors from South Carolina against the top seniors from North Carolina, will be played Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at Wofford College's Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.
Byrnes, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, will be represented by running back Marcus Lattimore, the nation's top-rated high school player by some recruiting services, and defensive end Corey Miller, a Tennessee commitment.
"We feel like our running backs can play with anyone in the country," said South Carolina coach Lewis Lineberger, the coach at Johnsonville High. "Marcus Lattimore is one of the top backs in the country. Mustafa Greene can also play with anybody in the country."
In addition to Byrnes, other schools putting the maximum of two players on the roster are Bamberg-Ehrhardt (A.J. Cann and Justin Henderson), Rock Hill (Xavier McFadden and Jatavius Stewart), Boiling Springs (Dylan Thompson and Logan Stewart), Chester (Ariane McCree and A.J. Canty) and Clover (Tra Latta and Elliott).
Berkeley's Bruce Ellington, a South Carolina basketball commitment, is on the team as a wide receiver.
"I think we have a lot of speed," Lineberger said. "We want to try to take advantage of that speed, but we also have the ability to run and throw the football."
Byrnes quarterback Chas Dodd, a Rutgers commitment, was not selected since Lattimore and Miller brought the school to the maximum number of Shrine Bowl players. Thompson, a South Carolina commitment from Boiling Springs, and Timberland's Cody Craig are the S.C. quarterbacks.
"We feel like we have some quarterbacks who can do a lot of things," Lineberger said.
On defense, Miller will be joined by USC commitment Kelcy Quarles, a defensive lineman from Greenwood, and Clemson commitment Deandre Hopkins, a defensive back from Daniel.
South Carolina leads the series 40-28-4 and has won the past two meetings, including a 24-14 triumph last season.
South Carolina roster
Matthew Ashley, OL, Belton-Honea Path
Andrew Bailey, DL, Dorman
James Barnes, DL, Keenan
Antuawn Blue, WR, Dillon
Bashaud Breeland, LB, Allendale-Fairfax
Martavis Bryant, WR, T.L. Hanna
Aaron Cann, OL, Bamberg-Ehrhardt
A.J. Canty, OL, Chester
Davious Chestnut, LB, Carvers Bay
James Costello, Jr., OL, Gaffney
Cody Craig, QB, Timberland
Delarius Edwards, DL, Chesterfield
Bruce Ellington, WR, Berkeley
Max Elliott, RB, Clover
Johnovan Fulton, DB, Manning
Keagen Funderburk, TE, Central
Brandon Golson, LB, Calhoun County
Mustafa Greene, RB, Irmo
Chad Hamilton, OL, James Island
Charles Hazel, Jr., WR, North Augusta
Justin Henderson, DL, Bamberg-Ehrhardt
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Daniel
Malcolm Howard, LB, Goose Creek
Taylor Hudson, OL, Mauldin
Conelius Jones, WR, Spartanburg
Tra Latta, LB, Clover
Marcus Lattimore, RB, Byrnes
William Lucas, TE, Hartsville
Ariane McCree, LB, Chester
Xavier McFadden, DB, Rock Hill
Corey Miller, DL, Byrnes
Justin Parker, LB, Beaufort
Ruben Perez, K, Laurens
Kelcy Quarles, DL, Greenwood
Sheldon Robinson, DB, Lake City
Brant Sally, DB, Stratford
Logan Stewart, OL, Boiling Springs
Jatavius Stewart, DB, Rock Hill
Devin Taylor, OL, Summerville
Thomas Teal, DL, Marlboro County
Dylan Thompson, QB, Boiling Springs
Khiry Watts, DB, Myrtle Beach
Brandon Williams, LB, Northwestern
Cephas Wilson, Jr., OL, Richland NE
Head coach: Lewis Lineberger, Johsonville. Assistants: Art Craig, Timberland, Denver Cromer, North Myrtle Beach, Mike Hawkins, Laurens, Rick Knight, Midland Valley, Nate Thompson, Carvers Bay, Jet Turner, Clover
North Carolina roster
Vince Allen, DL, New Hanover
Keenan Allen, DB, North Guilford
David Amerson, DB, James B. Dudley
Tyler Brosius, QB, Tuscola
Major Bryant, LB, James B. Dudley
Anthony Carrothers, QB, Independence
Nate Charest, DB, David W. Butler
Patrick Clyburn, Jr., LB, West Iredell
Takoby Cofield, OL, Tarboro
Alex Coulthard, OL, Richmond Sr.
Robert Crisp, OL, Athens Drive
Phillip Dobbins, OL, Southern Nash
Damario Eastmon, RB, E.E. Smith
Ethan Farmer, TE, South Columbus
Graham Fisher, OL, Tuscola
Andrew Geathers, OL, East Bladen
Jamil Hawes, DL, Asheville
Lamar Ivey, ATH, Eastern Alamance
Eric Johnson, RB, Jack Britt
Anthony Johnson, LB, Harnett Central
Jermaine Kessler, DL, Lumberton
Kewitt Koonce, DB, Kinston
Terrence Leifheit, DL, John T. Hoggard
Darius Lipford, LB, Hibriten
A.J. Marshall, DB, Southern Durham
Kareem Martin, DE, Roanoke Rapids
Clarence Montgomery, DL, W. Charlotte
Devin Moore, TE, E. Mecklenburg
Anthony Parker, DB, N. Mecklenburg
Kevin Parks, Jr., RB, West Rowan
Alex Polofsky, LB, Butler
Kasey Redfern, L/P, Ragsdale
Corey Robinson, OL, Havelock
T.J. Ross, LB, Southern Durham
Trevor Sawyer, TE, Asheville
Christopher Smith, DE, West Rowan
Joshua Snead, RB, Smithfield-Selma
Johnathan Spain, LB, Page
Quantrez Stevenson, DB, T.W. Andrews
Tra Thomas, DL, Anson Senior
Antonio Vaughan, DB, Hertford Co.
Tamari White, RB, White Oak
Reggie Wilkins, WR, Crest
De'Tric Williams, WR, South Johnston
Head coach: Jim Oddo, Charlotte Catholic. Assistants: Anthony Barbour, Smithfield-Selma, Steven Davis, Dudley, Lenon Fisher, East Bladen, Robbie Harris, Eastern Alamance, Mike Newsome, Butler, Scott Young, West Rowan