Pre-Spring Evaluation: SC Top 25

In what may be the most talented crop in recent memory, the 2010 South Carolina top 25 has elite-level talent, outstanding depth, and a nice balance of recruits by position.

Today, CUTigers.com takes a closer look at the top 25 prospects in South Carolina for the class of 2010, starting first with No. 25 going down to No. 11.

TOP 25 PROSPECTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
#25 – Quintin Darby (South Pointe)
Running back

Big back that runs like a sledgehammer. Should pick up several Division I offers during his senior year. May fit in best as a pounding fullback up the middle.

Stock Forecast – Potential Riser

#24 – Antuawn Blue (Dillon)
Wide receiver

Speedy athlete that could end up at either wide receiver or cornerback. Best suited for wide out at the next level, can be elusive in the open field with the ball in his hand.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#23 – Sheldon Robinson (Lake City)
Cornerback

Great burst and quick hips make him suited for a man coverage corner at the next level. Though a bit undersized, plays tough and has legitimate Division I speed.

Stock Forecast – Potential Riser

#22 – Clayton Geathers (Carvers Bay)
Safety

Tough, hard-nosed player that will lay a lick. A bit of a tweener as lacks ideal safety speed, but not quite big enough to play linebacker. Solid tackling skills.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#21 – Jake Nicolopulos (TL Hanna)
Linebacker

Throw back player that gets more done with effort than talent. Great size and instincts could be a run-stuffer up the middle or a blocking back at the next level.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#20 – Bruce Ellington (Berkeley)
Cornerback

Could play running back, wide receiver or corner at the next level. Better natural fit at corner, has good speed and breaks on the ball well. Also dangerous in the return game and runs well in the open field.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#19 – Andre Whitmire (Spartanburg)
Linebacker

Complete all-around 'backer. Tackles well, hits hard, and is decent in coverage. Has speed to play outside linebacker. Very heady player excels in the classroom as well.

Stock Forecast – Potential Riser

#18 – Ricky Chaney (Battery Creek)
Safety

May outgrow the safety position into an outside linebacker. Most physically ready prospect in the state, big time hitter, and has great speed. Needs to develop higher football IQ at his position.

Stock Forecast – Potential Big Riser

#17 – Kegan Funderburk (Central-Pageland)
Defensive end

Tremendous upside in this rush-end with a very high ceiling. Has a great frame to allow for more growth. Consistency in effort and grades are concerns.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#16 – Kalon Davis (Chester)
Offensive guard

Massive lineman with agile feet. Great athlete that plays football, basketball, and soccer. Needs a lot of technique polishing and needs to develop more of a mean streak.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#15 – Kendrick Frazier (Denmark Olar)
Defensive end

Sleeper prospect that has some amazing measureables. Has had limited production on the field, but is poised to absolutely blow up once camp season hits.

Stock Forecast – Gamble, could Rise or Fall

#14 – Joe Craig (Gaffney)
Wide receiver

Arguably the fastest player in the state is a do-it-all athlete that is Gaffney's offense. Shifty in the open field and has decent size. Needs polishing as a wide receiver but should get work there this year.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#13 – Justin Parker (Beaufort)
linebacker

The best 'backer in the state has good fundamentals and tremendous instincts. Always seems to be around the ball or making the play. Could play inside, but projects better as an outside linebacker.

Stock Forecast – Holding Steady

#12 – Dexter Morant (Manning)
Defensive end

Tremendous athlete with a great frame could be a pass-rushing nightmare if he dedicates himself. Great frame and a very high ceiling, but there are concerns if he will live up to his potential.

Stock Forecast – Potential Faller

#11 – John Fulton (Manning)
Cornerback

Arguably the best pure corner in the state. Has tremendous size for a corner. Lacks ideal speed and is very raw. In the right system with good coaching could be a great player.

Stock Forecast – Potential Faller


Coming up tomorrow, our look at the top 10 prospects in the state of South Carolina.

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