South Carolina 2008: An Early Look

Almost two full years before National Signing Day 2008, CUTigers.com presents its subscribers with an early look at some of the top rising juniors to keep an eye out for this fall. Not surprisingly, included in our initial list is Blythewood wide receiver and current Clemson verbal commitment Marquan Jones.

In what promises to be another very strong year for high school talent in South Carolina, CUTigers.com presents its subscribers with an early look at top 14 rising juniors we'll be keeping an eye on this fall.

As always, new names will emerge to change this list, but for now, here's a look at some of the top players in the Palmetto state for the class of 2008:

DL DaQuan Bowers (6-6, 245) Bamberg-Ehrardt
Bowers is the former teammate of current Clemson signee Ricky Sapp and also a strong Clemson lean. Those closest to him are already suggesting he has more potential than Sapp, who was a 5-star prospect and the top defensive player in South Carolina in 2006 class. "I think my first offer was Clemson when I went to the Tommy Bowden camp as a freshman, my upcoming freshman year. They liked what I showed them at camp, and they offered after that," Bowers told CUTigers.com earlier this year. "My second offer was Georgia. I went down there with Ricky and they saw me when they watched him and they offered verbally." Not surprisingly, Bowers was in Clemson this spring and also on campus for several home games last fall.
WR A.J. Green (6-4, 190) Summerville
Summerville's A.J. Green is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation for the class of 2008, and he has the offer list to prove it. As a sophomore he brought in 75 catches for over 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns. Green and defensive lineman Daquan Bowers will battle it out for the next 18 months as Scout.com's No. 1 prospect in the state of South Carolina. "Georgia is my favorite right now, but I'm not going to call anybody out of the picture," he said in a recent interview. Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and Georgia are just a few of the schools showing interest.
WR Marquan Jones (6-1, 180) Blythewood
Jones, who went public with a verbal commitment to Clemson less than two weeks ago, is the No. 2 wide receiver in South Carolina for the class of 2008, trailing only Summerville's A.J. Green. "Clemson is a great school," Jones said after announcing his commitment. "The atmosphere at Clemson is incredible for anyone. The coaching staff is like family at Clemson. I want to be part of a great team with a great future." Blythewood head coach Jeff Scott added, "The first thing I would say about Marquan is he has a great work ethic and he is very coachable. I had the opportunity to play with Woody Dantzler and others and the thing that separated them was their work ethic. That is the No. 1 thing that separates Marquan from others."
DE Robert Quinn (6-4, 240) Fort Dorchester
Head coach Steve LaPrad will again have one of the top players in the state for the class of 2008. Last year it was cornerback Byron Maxwell. This year it is defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Now, Robert Quinn will be another defensive line prospect that will garner offers from many of the top schools in the south. As it stands now, Quinn should be rated the No. 3 prospect in the state of South Carolina by Scout.com, trailing only Bowers and Green. "Robert plays linebacker. He is 6-4, 245 pounds. He is a hoss. He is only 15 years old," LaPrad told CUTigers last December.
LB Bruce Taylor (6-3, 220) Myrtle Beach
Taylor should be the top linebacker prospect in the Palmetto state for the 2008 class. Already he owns a handful of verbal offers, including Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Caroina and Virginia Tech. Recorded over 200 tackles last season, as well as 42 tackles for loss.
OL Dalton Freeman (6-5, 270) Pelion
Freeman was another regular at Clemson during the 2005 season and also this past spring. Graded out at 92 percent for the year as a sophomore while also recording 34 knockdowns and 18 pancake blocks. Does not have an offer from Clemson yet, but that will likely change during his junior season and he will be on campus July 7 for an unofficial visit. Right now he would be the No. 1 ranked offensive lineman in the state by Scout.com for the 2008 recruiting class. Already receiving strong interest from Clemson, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn and Penn State. Has played center and guard in two years of high school football but is likely a tackle at the next level. If and when Clemson offers, the Tigers will be in great shape to land him.
CB Charles Whitlock (5-11, 180) Chester
Another top defensive back who held three scholarship offers as of early June (Kentucky, Marshall, South Carolina). As of right now, Whitlock would be the No. 1 defensive back prospect in South Carolina for the class of 2008.
DE Sam Hammond (6-3, 245) Union
Another top defensive end who has been a regular at Clemson in recent months. Will also challenge Quinn to be the No. 2 defensive end in the state. Should be one of the top five players in-state for the class of 2008.
CB J.T. Floyd (5-11, 180) J.L. Mann
One of the top defensive backs in the upstate, Floyd already holds a handful of offers.
Other Prospects to Watch:
CB Yari King (5-11, 160) Irmo
DT Aterio Arnold (6-3, 270) Greenville
CB Jaron Brown (6-2, 180) Cheraw
OL Kenneth Page (6-5, 280) A.C. Flora
DE Donte Rumph Calhoun County

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