Top 12 for 2010

An early, detailed look at the top prospects in South Carolina for the 2010 recruiting class. (pictured left: The No. 3 prospect in the state- Clemson verbal commitment Martavis Bryant)

1 Marcus Lattimore RB Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes 6-0/207
NOTES: The No. 1 ranked prospect in the nation will eventually own a scholarship offer from every school that sees his junior film. Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and a host of others figure to be in the early running for his five-star talent. Lattimore rushed for 2,314 yards with 30 touchdowns in 2008. He added 33 receptions for 393 yards to his stat sheet as well.

IN-STATE EDGE: South Carolina

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2 Brandon Willis DL Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes 6-4/255
NOTES: A regular at Clemson over the past two years, Willis is quickly emerging as one of the top defensive linemen in the southeast and has already been designated four stars by Scout.com. In his latest interview with CUTigers, Willis cited Florida State, North Carolina and California as his top schools but both in-state programs will be factors here. Totaled 114 tackles, 13 sacks, 39 QB hurries, and 24 tackles for a loss, he was named to the All-South, AP All-State, All-Region, and All-Area teams.

IN-STATE EDGE: Clemson

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3 Martavis Bryant WR Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna 6-4/180
NOTES: A long-time Clemson commitment, Bryant is firm in his pledge to the Tigers and currently ranks as the No. 1 wide receiver in South Carolina for the 2010 class and has already been given a four-star designation by Scout.com. He may not produce the biggest numbers in Hanna's offense this fall, but his speed and athleticism cannot be denied.

IN-STATE EDGE: Clemson

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4 Dexter Morant DE Manning (S.C.) 6-6/230
NOTES: Georgia has the early advantage for Morant's services, but so far he's only visited the Bulldogs for what he has deemed a "real visit." Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, N.C. State and Florida are already on board with scholarship offers. The Tigers could have the inside advantage as he grew up a Clemson fan. As a junior, he made 100 tackles, including 20 for a loss and 10 sacks. He was named all-state as a sophomore.

IN-STATE EDGE: Clemson

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5 Kelcy Quarles DE Greenwood (S.C.) 6-4/245
NOTES: The No. 5 prospect in the state for 2010 has already verbally committed to South Carolina and appears to be firm his pledge. Clemson, Maryland and Tennessee have already offered what promises to be one of the top defenders in the state for 2010.

IN-STATE EDGE: South Carolina

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6 DeAndre Hopkins CB Central (S.C.) Daniel 6-1/180
NOTES: A tremendous athlete who could play football or basketball at the FBS/Division I level, and a regular at Clemson in recent years, Hopkins could play on either side of the ball but may be best suited to be a defensive back. Simply put, he may be the best pure athlete in the state. Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee are just three of his many scholarship offers.

IN-STATE EDGE: Clemson

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7 Corey Miller DE Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes 6-4/220
NOTES: Miller, who is teammates with a handful of top 20 players at Byrnes, cites FSU, California, North Carolina and Clemson as his top schools. As a junior with the state champion Rebels, he made 105 tackles including 17 for a loss, eight sacks, and 34 QB hurries. He received second-team All-State, All-Region, and All-Area honors.

IN-STATE EDGE: Clemson

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8 Mustafa Greene RB Irmo (S.C.) 6-0/200
NOTES: Missed four games as a junior with an injury, but still managed over 1,300 yards rushing at 14 touchdowns. North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Maryland have already offered.

IN-STATE EDGE: South Carolina

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9 A.J. Cann DT Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt 6-3/260
NOTES: Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and a handful of other schools have already offered this standout from Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Recorded 84 tackles, including 22 for loss and two forced fumbles through 12 weeks of his junior season. Will likely choose between Clemson and South Carolina before it's all said and done, with both schools more or less even as things stand today.

IN-STATE EDGE: South Carolina

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10 Kegan Funderburk DE Pageland (S.C.) Central 6-4/230
NOTES: Also a standout basketball player, Funderburk has tremendous athleticism to go on his 6-3/210 pound frame. Needs to get his academics in order to maintain his status as one of the top 10 players in the state but certainly worth keeping an eye on. Clemson has yet to offer.

IN-STATE EDGE: N/A

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11 Eric Mack OT St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County 6-5/290
NOTES: Already physically ready to play at the next level, Mack has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Wake Forest among others. Could play either guard or tackle at the next level (Clemson prefers guard). Don't be surprised to see him as one of the top prospects in the state by the time he's finished his senior season.

IN-STATE EDGE: South Carolina

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12 John Fulton CB Manning (S.C.) 6-0/180
NOTES: Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia are four of many scholarship offers already in for Fulton. He's already attended junior day in Athens and anticipates making the rounds this winter/spring around the south. Recorded 43 tackles and eight interceptions as a junior.

IN-STATE EDGE: South Carolina

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