Updated SC Top 25: 25-15

An updated look at the top 25 prospects in South Carolina for the class of 2010 - including a few surprises along the way.

Kendrick Frazier is currently ranked as the No. 80 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.
25 – DE Kendrick Frazier (Denmark Olar)
Frazier is still a solid defensive end prospect who was discovered early in the spring. Although he was not as big as originally advertised, he does have the frame to grow into a good strong side defensive end. He has great athleticism and a decent upside, but is very raw currently. He will need a good deal of coaching up on technique and pass rushing moves in order to be effective. In addition, he will need to hit the weight room to help fill out his frame. There are some academic concerns here that could limit the amount of attention given.

LEAN: If he progresses academically, a small school could get a steal late in the process.

STOCK: Significantly lower due to being smaller than anticipated, very raw and having fairly considerable academic concerns.


Boiling Springs offensive lineman Logan Stewart is currently rated as a two-star prospect according to Scout.com.
24 – OG/C Logan Stewart (Boiling Springs)
Stewart is a very intelligent player who seldom misses a blocking assignment. He shows good power at the point of attack and a quick first step. He is not overly athletic and thus may be better suited as a center where he can utilize his intelligence to make the blocking scheme calls and use his functional strength as an anchor against defensive tackles. Logan saw his recruiting heat up over the summer as more coaches noticed him. Ultimately, he will be coached by one of the best in the business in Caldwell.

LEAN: Committed to Vanderbilt, firm.

STOCK: Up as the summer evaluation period saw O-Line gurus Caldwell and O'Brien like him and picked up offers from SCAR and Air Force.


Thomas Teal is currently rated as a two-star prospect according to Scout.com.
23 – DT Thomas Teal (Marlboro County)
Teal brings a big, solid frame and physical toughness to the trenches. Spotted by a man who makes a living off of building teams from the lines out in Tom O'Brien, Thomas has drawn comparisons to former O'Brien players and now high NFL picks, Raji and Brace. Teal is extremely raw and has a long way to go in his football development, but plays with good leverage and great strength. If he continues to develop, in three to four years, he could be very solid player along the interior line.

LEAN: Committed to North Carolina State, firm.

STOCK: Up after showcasing long-term potential to be a solid, Division 1 prospect, but will need to continue to develop and some coaching up.


Clemson commitment Jake Nicolopulos is currently rated as the No. 21 MLB in the nation according to Scout.com.
22 – MLB Jake Nicolopulos (TL Hanna)
Nicolopulos is an old school player that enjoys strapping it on and getting after it. He looked better in camps than anticipated showing above average lateral agility. He brings great size to the table in a run stuffing linebacker and excels at diagnosing plays quickly and stoning rushers in the hole. At times, he was athletically outclassed, especially in open space, but plays with great effort and intensity. In the right scheme that minimizes his flaws, could be a very solid player.

LEAN: Committed to Clemson, firm.

STOCK: Holding steady after showing better quickness than originally anticipated, but still displaying some athletic limitations.


Byrnes wide receiver Nick Jones is currently ranked as the No. 108 wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com.
21 – WR Nick Jones (Byrnes)
Jones joins a host of other Rebels in this top 25 after looking great in 7-on-7 events. He is an extremely polished wide receiver, runs very good routes and catches the ball nicely. He has decent, but not great speed, but is deceptively quick by making sharp, decisive cuts. Jones is lacking a little in size, but is big enough to get the job done as a slot receiver at the next level. Like some other Byrnes players, is maximizing his talents and may not have the biggest of upsides.

LEAN: South Carolina appears to be in strong position after PSU didn't offer this summer.

STOCK: Up after, at times, dominating passing camps with his precision route running. There are concerns of limited upside and being a system product.


Spartanburg QB is currently rated two stars according to Scout.com.
20 – QB/ATH Cornelius Jones (Spartanburg)
Jones had a great showing at Clemson's camp that put him firmly on the radar for tracking throughout the process. He didn't stay on that radar for long though as he was equally impressive at Michigan's camp and picked up an offer, which he immediately cashed in. An underrated passer, Jones could end up being a signal caller in Rich Rod's high powered spread with a little more polishing, or could end up playing slot receiver and racking up yards after catch using his athleticism.

LEAN: Committed to Michigan, firm.

STOCK: Up after throwing the ball extremely well both at Clemson and in Ann Arbor, while displaying great athleticism.


Jerrell Priester saw his stock increase dramatically following a successful summer camp tour.
19 – ATH Jerrell Priester (Allendale Fairfax)
Leaving Priester off of the initial Top 25 list was an obvious oversight at this point. While possessing good, but not elite speed, he is devastatingly quick. His acceleration and short distance burst is extremely good. While he could line up at slot receiver, he likely projects best at corner back. His great burst will allow him break sharply on balls and stick with receivers coming out of cuts. Jerrell is extremely undersized causing bigger schools to pass on him.

LEAN: Committed to Vanderbilt, firm.

STOCK: Up after showing his quickness can offset his size disadvantage and can cover up even the best of receivers.


Perhaps no single prospect in the Palmetto State benefited from the spring and summer evaluation periods more than Golson.
18 – OLB Brandon Golson (Calhoun County)
Perhaps no single prospect in the Palmetto State benefited from the spring and summer evaluation periods more than Golson. A previously unknown prospect, he submitted some impressive film and managed to turn in some eye popping stats in limited action last year. He then proceeded to back that up with a solid performance at the Gamecock's camp earning an offer. He is very inexperienced and has a limited sample size to draw upon and needs to turn in a solid senior year.

LEAN: Committed to South Carolina, firm.

STOCK: Rising quickly due to his impressive but limited performance, but needs more consistency to move up further or even maintain his spot.


Berkeley's Bruce Ellington has become a major prospect both on the gridiron and the hardwood.
17 – ATH Bruce Ellington (Berkeley)
When they were handing out athleticism, Ellington got in line twice. After having a stellar summer on the court, he may be more sought after as a basketball prospect than football, but could easily play either one at the Division 1 level. A quick-twitch athlete that could play any number of positions from return man to running back to slot receiver to corner back, Bruce could make an impact early due to his versatility.

LEAN: If he plays football, Clemson leads, while SCAR holds the basketball edge.

STOCK: Slightly up in football as a jack of all trades athlete, but stock is skyrocketing on the hard court as one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation.


Clemson commitment Ricky Chaney will likely end up as an outside linebacker in Tigertown.
16 – OLB Ricky Chaney (Battery Creek)
Chaney is a physical, missile of a player that flies around the field making plays. He takes very good angles and has great closing speed for making tackles. While he loves to hit and will knock some teeth loose, his pass coverage skills are a little weak. Has a tremendous physique and a college made body already, he could contribute from day one. Ricky needs to become a more complete football player rather than merely a physical menace.

LEAN: Committed to Clemson, firm.

STOCK: Small rise as he was even bigger and faster than expected, but is still very raw in his football knowledge and technique.


Irmo running back Mustafa Greene rounds out our initial release at No. 15.
15 – RB Mustafa Greene (Irmo)
Greene is the second best running back in South Carolina and doesn't trail the superstar Lattimore by much in terms of talent. A tough, physical runner that rushes with power and a great burst once he gets to the second level. He has excellent leg drive and good balance. His vision is good, but not great and he could work on setting up his blocks a little bit better.

LEAN: A small school could take a chance on him and wind up with a great player.

STOCK: One of the biggest drops in the state, but not due to his football prowess. Off the field issues have caused most teams to cool on Greene.


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