Baxter's Blitz

Dutch Fork’s Davis leads strong group of local DBs

By JIM BAXTER

scvarsity@sc.rr.com

Dutch Fork's Stephen Davis
Dutch Fork's Stephen Davis jblake@thestate.com

AS WE CONTINUE to mark the days in the “countdown to kickoff” for the 2015 season, I want to begin releasing the Midlands’ top players. Each year prior to releasing the Midlands Top 25, I go through position rankings and here is a look at the defensive backs.

This is a strong group of defensive backs in the Midlands area. At the top of the list is Dutch Fork safety Stephen Davis, who I feel is an outside linebacker at the next level, but we are leaving him with the DBs for the rankings because he is used as a safety for the Foxes.

No. 2 is Lexington’s Nick Graves. The recent commit to The Citadel is one of the top defensive backs in the state and will be inside the SCVarsity.com Top 25 overall.

The sleeper in this group is Blythewood sophomore Jayden Brunson at No. 3. This kid has potential to be a major Division I prospect and should be heavily recruited by the time he heads into his senior year.

Here’s a look at my top 10 Midlands defensive backs:

1. Stephen Davis, Dutch Fork, Sr.

2. Nick Graves, Lexington, Sr.

3. Jaydon Brunson, Blythewood, So.

4. Dominik Byars, Brookland-Cayce, Sr.

5. Kris Pham, Blythewood, Sr.

6. Dinichie Ashe, Ridge View, Jr.

7. Peyton Pendarvis, Spring Valley, Sr.

8. Marquise Green, Calhoun County, Sr.

9. Tomas Walker, Swansea, Sr.

10. Shaun Moore, Spring Valley, Jr.

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