Country Green Turf Farm Recruiting
The Country Green Turf Farm Recruiting Feature Page Features Top 15 Over-all Players At Recent HSSR Media Day
By Billy G. Baker
Moncks Corner--The HSSR would like to thank Nevin Goff and Chuck Floyd of the Country Green Turf Farm in New Zion, SC for their sponsorship of this recruiting feature page for the 2015-16 season. We extend a sincere thanks to both of them.
On July, 19 the HSSR held its' 28th annual football media day at USC's Williams-Brice
Stadium where 315 players from 60 different high schools showed up for pictures, interviews, filling our prospect forms and we even fed them and their guests a picnic lunch.
For the first time ever the HSSR is going to rate the top 12 players among the ones who actually came to media day, regardless of age or grade level. The HSSR is going to pretend they are a major college and that we have to put these players on our board. This should be interesting because it will transcend all ages at the high school level and it will also let some information out real early.
Keep in mind that this Top 10 first ever Country Green Turf Farm recruiting feature includes only the players who came to the HSSR media day on July, 19. Several top rated players like Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster or Wilson sophomore linebacker Xavier Thomas (6-3,235) who were not at media day although they would be at the top of the list had they attended.
Free safety Savalas Cann (6-2, 215) of Bamberg-Ehrhardt is the top rated player by the HSSR player from all grade levels at media day. Cann had six offers after his freshman season and hit double digits in offers after his sophomore season. He is among the top players in the nation coming into this season and he has first round potential written all over him. His brother played in the offensive line at South Carolina and was recently drafted into the NFL.
Cann list Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson in his top four right now. He bench presses 375 pounds with a 455 squat and runs a 4.5 forty. Rarely does anything get by him or beyond him on a football field.
The HSSR number two over-all player from media day is man child Javon Kinlaw (6-7,270) linemen from Goose Creek. If Kinlaw got in the ring with a bear I would not bet on the bear coming out on top. He runs a 5.0 forty and bench presses 305 pounds with a 380 squat. He was recently chosen to play in the US Army All-American game in Texas next January.
On his form at media day Kinlaw listed his top five as South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Clemson. He prefers to play on defense but could go either way at the next level. He is a bull rusher with great feet that keep moving through the block.
At number three is Fort Dorchester offensive lineman John Simpson (6-5, 290) who verifies his toughness by being an outstanding wrestler. He was a state champion this past year after going 54-6 on the matt.
Simpson has improved his bench to 365 and his squat to 365 and he has 11 firm offers to date. His top seven schools as of media day include South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.
At number four is Fort Dorchester quarterback/athlete Dakerion Joyner (6-1, 190) who has gained 28 pounds since his freshman season last year. He is a young sophomore and already has 4.5 speed with a 250 pound bench and a 335 squat. He is holding offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina right now and he also includes N.C. State among his top six but the Wolfpack are yet to offer.
“Some colleges like me as a defensive back but I prefer to play quarterback,” said Joyner. “I see myself as a dual threat quarterback.”
At number six is rising sophomore McCormick running back Mataeo Durant (6-0,185) and the HSSR likes him as either a safety or running back.
As a freshman last year Durant had 2,202 all-purpose yards gaining 1,979 yards and he scored 26 touchdowns. He was the top freshman rusher in total yardage in the nation last year. He made the HSSR all-rookie all-state team with ease.
Durant is already bench pressing 270 pounds with a 405 squat and he runs a 4.56 forty. If he were to run track and cut a 10.7 or better time in the 100 his offer list could sky rocket to over 35 schools by his senior year. Right now his top five colleges include Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Durant is expected to hit 200 pounds by his senior year.
(If you are a major college coach reading about Durant you might need to get him on your mailing list soon.)
The number seven rated player from the 325 at media day by the HSSR is Mauldin rising sophomore offensive lineman Samuel Logan Carroll (6-5,250). Keep in mind he is just now 15 but already carrying a 275 bench with a 300 squat
He should add 30 to 40 pounds by his senior year and at 6-5,290 with true 5.1 speed he could be looking at a long term NFL career after college.
Right now his top schools are South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Oregon.
The number 8 rated player is Dillon quarterback Avery McCall (6-1, 205) who is hoping to lead the Wildcats to their fourth straight state title this year.
Last year McCall threw 40 touchdown passes and he is over 5,000 yards passing thus far in his career. He is a winner from head to toe. All this young man does is WIN! He also processes down to his third and fourth receiver as well as anyone in the nation. He can use his feet to buy time also and is a true dual threat. The top two schools on his list right now are Oregon State and North Carolina and he has received over 10 offers in the past three seasons.
Holding down the number 9 spot is senior Batesburg-Leesville running back/receiver Terrance Wilson (5-9,190). The HSSR senses that Wilson's best position is a slot receiver at the next level because he has soft hands and can catch the ball at a high point in traffic and make yards after catch. It was on a long pass reception at Woodland last year that he got a high ankle sprain that hampered him the rest of the season.
The number 10 rated player from media day is a tie between Barnwell rising junior Marcus McKeithan (6-6,306) and Whale Branch defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney (6-3, 300);
First McKeithan: He plays left tackle with the skill level of former NFL great Art Shell who lives four houses down from this writer.
McKeithan bench presses nearly 300 pounds with a 500 pound squat! He should enjoy an NFL career after his college days are over. His top five currently includes South Carolina, Georgia, Duke, N.C. State and Auburn.
Pinckney bench presses 400 pounds with a 500 squat and runs a 4.8 forty. He prefers to play an inside tackle slot on defense. He is down to South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech and they have all offered and pursued. He rated nationally among the Top 250 players in the country.
Elsewhere in this publication the HSSR has the Top 125 players listed from the 2016 class. It may take three or four years to see how accurate we were with our ratings. With 325 players to choose from mistakes are easy to make in the inexact science of football recruiting.