2012 Intro: SC's Top Prospects

While one last target remains on Clemson's 2011 board, it's never too early to take a glance at next year's top prospects in the Palmetto State.

Shaq Roland has a firm hold on the title as the state's best player, and Clemson's just one of several schools that's offered. The four-star safety from Lexington has also garnered plenty of attention for his work on the basketball court. He's also a solid wide receiver prospect.


Lexington's Shaq Roland ranks as the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina for the 2012 recruiting class. (Scout.com)
South Carolina and Florida have offered for basketball, in addition to football scholarships. Football is his likely path. With over 20 offers, he'll receive consideration for five-star billing.

Roland attended last month's junior day at Clemson.

The three top in state offensive linemen all have offers from Clemson: Oliver Jones (Ninety Six), Javarius Leamon (Woodruff) and Patrick Destefano (Dorman). Each one of the trio is rated with three stars.

Jones and Leamon have offers from both in state schools. Destefano, the only guard of the three, has several others from outside of the state.

Jones and Destefano attended last month's junior day. Most recruiting analysts around the state believe Clemson's out front. Leamon's perceived as a South Carolina lean.

Since the first of the year, Martin Aiken has been one of the hottest 2012 prospects. Offers from schools all across the southeast have poured in, including Clemson. The three-star defensive tackle from Bamberg-Ehrhardt once listed Clemson as a favorite.


Offers from schools all across the southeast have poured in for Bamberg-Ehrhardt's Martin Aiken, including Clemson. (Scout.com)
Bamberg's sent a pair of stud defensive linemen to Clemson before—Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp. Aiken keeps in touch with Bowers, so that's got to be working in favor of the Tigers.

Don't be surprised to see Clemson ultimately win out here.

Before Clemson on junior day, Gimel President (Wando) had an offer from the Tigers. Several other ACC and SEC schools have offered the three-star defensive end, including South Carolina.

Tennessee, his first offer, could be sitting in good position, along with North Carolina.

Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks heads up the recruitment of the Charleston area.

Clemson was first to offer wide receiver Quinshad Davis. The Gaffney three-star spent three days at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp last summer. South Carolina and N.C. State followed through shortly thereafter.

After a solid haul of receivers in the 2011 class, securing the signature of one more in 2012 might be tough sledding. But wide receivers coach Jeff Scott kept Davis around his elite group of wide receivers during one session at last summer's Dabo Swinney Football Camp. Also in that group were Charone Peake and Sammy Watkins.


Clemson remains the team to beat for Goose Creek linebacker T.J. Burrell. (Scout.com)
Goose Creek outside linebacker T.J. Burrell picked up his offer from Clemson last summer. Alabama and South Carolina are among the main players that are also expressing interest.

He attended junior day last month. With the Tigers as the only offer, it's the orange and white that's out front.

Silver Bluff athlete Cordrea Tankersley has offers from both in state schools. Clemson's offer was made several months ago when Billy Napier was still around Tigertown as offensive coordinator.

Tankersley visited Clemson for junior day last weekend. Everything is just fine with the Tigers. South Carolina is also in on him, and it could be an in state battle for his signature.

T.L. Hanna three-star tight end Justin Meredith has received offers from several ACC schools, but not the Tigers. South Carolina has also offered the longtime Clemson fan.

Shaquille Lawson, the defensive end from nearby Daniel High School, does not claim any offers. The three-star visited Clemson for nearly every home game last season.

OTHERS TO WATCH

RB D.J. Goodman (Greenwood)

RB Demetrius Williams (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

RB Blake Hayes (Wade Hampton)

WR Mark Irick (Calhoun County)

WR Spearman Robinson (Greenwood)

DT David Deleon (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

DT Jovontae Brown (Calhoun County)

DT Clyde Johnson (Calhoun County)

OLB Savon Dukes (Gaffney)

S Ronald Geohaghan (Allendale-Fairfax)

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