Country Green Turf Farm Recruiting
A Peek Inside The 2018, 2017 Class In SC Reveals Big Time Talent On The Way
By Billy G. Baker
Moncks Corner--The network of the "High School Sports Report" has eye witnessed over 120 different high school football games or practices within the state since August, jamborees included. This writer has been to games/practices at Spartanburg, Dillon, Fort Dorchester, McBee, Central of Pageland, Summerville, Berkeley, Lake View, Laurence Manning, Pinewood Prep, Bamberg-Ehrhardt etc. so one would think that we would have a real good insight into in-state recruiting in the state of South Carolina.
(Before we go one step further we would like to thank Nevin Goff and Chuck Floyd who run the Country Green Turf Farms, LLC in beautiful New Zion S.C. home of the best 4th of July Fireworks show in the state! These two sports fans love high school football and they also love the Clemson Tigers so they are sort of living the dream these days with the Tigers ranked number three in the national polls! We say thanks to them for sponsoring this recruiting page. Thank you!)
After-all, the network of the HSSR sees more prep football at field level then any other media in the state! The future NFL prospects from South Carolina often fall at our feet on the sidelines as we try and get out of their way as they make tackles or grunt for an extra yard or two. We have seen Tavien Feaster run several times over the past two seasons. I do believe that Fort Dorchester all-American John Simpson (6-6, 305, and 5.2) winked at me coming off the field at Colleton County after making a pancake block wondering when I was going to move him to number two on the 2016 Top 100 list. (Done!)
It was interesting to be sitting in an all day conference with Fort Dorchester head coach Steve LaPrad recently and in walks former Spartanburg head coach Freddie Brown who now works the entire East coast for the Army All-American game and their affiliates. The first thing I did was to ask him to start giving our players a better shake in the national recruiting process. I went out to my car, got my recruiting notebook and we started talking about the players I felt like he should invite to the national junior showcase this January. Some players he knew about but there were one or two he took down an address and phone number. Hopefully, Coach Brown will do the state of South Carolina right in his new role.
This week we are going to look at many of the top players in the 2017 and 2018 classes. Any coach or parent who would like to provide us information on their up and coming players can go to hssr.com and down load the prospect information sheet on the home page of our website. Get it back to us as soon as possible and make sure to fill it out completely! After-all with all 128 major colleges getting a copy of this publication every month it would be a shame not to have information on as many players as possible.
The top two players in the junior class (2017) in South Carolina are Wando receiver Ortre Smith (6-3, 205, and 4.5) and Bamberg-Ehrhardt free safety Savalas Cann (6-1, 185, and 4.4).
Smith has firm offers from school like FSU, Clemson and South Carolina and is a sure handed big play receiver. To date Smith has grabbed 74 passes for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns. With those kinds of numbers the offers should just keep coming. (Freddie Brown, are you reading this?)
Cann is the brother of current NFL offensive lineman A.J. Cann who played at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are in good shape with him but he tells HSSR that Clemson is doing a good job keeping in touch also. Cann had five offers a month after his freshman season and the HSSR regards him among the top safeties in the nation in the 2017 class. He has over a dozen offers at this point.
Rounding out the top five in the 2017 class at this point is Union County wide receiver Shi Smith (6-0, 181) who could play in the secondary as well. Another highly regarded defensive back is Davonte Porter (5-11, 180) from Latta who has been offered by Clemson among others.
Among the top quarterbacks in the 2017 class is Calhoun County dual threat Terrance Brunson (6-3, 230). Some might be tempted to recruit him as a linebacker also but he prefers to play quarterback. We have been following him closely for the past two seasons and he has put up great dual threat numbers. "He is the real deal," said veteran head coach Bill Kimrey. As a sophomore Brunson passed for 2,251 yards and rushed for 860 yards. After five games this season he had passed for over 800 yards and rushed for over 500 so he fits the new age dual threat quarterback so many colleges are seeking these days.
A quick look at the top HSSR five players currently in the 2018 class reveals two five star studs in all-everything Wilson linebacker Xavier Wilson (6-3, 235) who has already been invited to the Army All-American game two years in advance! Wilson bench presses 300 pounds and he has a 37" vertical. Some of his early offers include FSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Georgia with Clemson and USC knocking on the door too.
Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakerion Joyner has added 20 pounds of weight to his frame over the last year and he is now 6-1, 190 and having a great year for the HSSR's top ranked Fort Dorchester Patriots. He has seven major college offers right now including Clemson and South Carolina. "At this point in his career he is the best I have coached and we have three players in the NFL right now," said head coach Steve LaPrad. "He should be 6-3 or 6-4 by the time he graduates high school."
We have recently added Fort Dorchester linebacker Kenneth Brown (6-3, 235) to our top five 2018 list after seeing him play three times this season. Brown is coached by 10 year NFL veteran Tracy White who started at linebacker for the Seahawks in the 2013 Super Bowl. "He has a chance to be very special," said White about Brown recently. "His motor never stops."
Other top 2018 players for evaluation include Byrnes receiver Demarcus Gregory (6-2, 192), Powdersville running back T.J. Humphrey (5-9, 170) and Mauldin offensive lineman Logan Carroll (6-4, 270, and 4.9).