Simmons: Notes from the Road

Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons spent three days in the state of South Carolina last week and here are some notes from his time on the road.

Goose Creek is Loaded

Yes, Goose Creek lost Brandon Shell, a five-star offensive tackles in 2011, but they have plenty more talent on campus in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes.

Leading the way in 2012 is safety T.J. Burrell. He is a 6-foot, 200 pound athlete that has offers from the likes of Clemson, Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina. No leaders right now, but Goose Creek Head Coach Chuck Reedy feels whoever gets Burrell is getting a good one.

"He is a very physical player," Reedy said. "He is in that hybrid mold and he could be a safety or linebacker in college. With so many schools playing three and four wide receivers at a time now, defenses need a player like T.J. on the field because of his ability and speed. He can really run and he will likely play at somewhere around 215 pounds."

Also in the 2012 class are Trevon Bennett, Virgil Smalls and Brian Flute. Smalls is a very physical fullback that is on a number of radars and Flute is a 6-foot-4, 295 pound offensive lineman that is starting to attract some attention. He can move well and has good strength. Bennett is an athlete that plays linebacker for the Gators. He is right around 6-feet tall and 195 pounds with the ability to run. He has a 35 inch vertical and he ran the 100m in 10.43 seconds.

In 2013, Tramel Terry, Jalen Stevens, and Gerald Turner are getting most of the publicity, but Coach Reedy said do not sleep on Mike Myers.

"Myers is still growing and he is a 6-foot-1, 245 pound defensive lineman for us right now. He is someone we are watching and I think others will be too over the next two seasons. He is a good player and he plays hard."

Terry though, he is the guy that attracts the most attention, and rightfully so.

"Tramel is the best player out there on the field it seems each game we play. He just has great ability and he is such a talented football player. He is very good for us at wide receiver, but he can be very good at cornerback, and running back too. He is a 6-foot, 193 pound athlete that has a lot of offers (Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and others) already. He just loves to play and it is fun to watch him."

Stevens has yet to pick up an offer, but with his speed and size, expect the interest in him to pick up. Turner has an offer from South Carolina and he is drawing attention from numerous programs out of the ACC and SEC. He is a physical inside linebacker.

Caleb Kinlaw is next in line. The 2014 running back already has an offer from the Gamecocks and more will come. He is a 5-foot-10, 171 pound scat-back with excellent speed to the edge and the ability to make people miss in the open field. He has very good hands out of the backfield as well.

Knox in 2012, Wilson in 2013

Tyler Knox has exploded onto the scene this spring picking up more than a dozen offers in less than two months. He is a 6-foot-4, 220 pound athlete with good length and a nice burst off the edge.

South Carolina is the most recent school to offer the 2012 star out of Myrtle Beach High School. Miami, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, and many others have extended offers to Knox as well.

"By this summer, I will know about my list. I will be visiting schools, learning more about them, and make a list. Right now, I am just open."

All the schools stopping in to see Knox this spring have also checked on 2013 corner Chocolate Wilson.

The rising junior is 5-feet 10-inches tall and he is currently weighing around 165 pounds. Purdue has already offered Wilson and more will come.

"Chocolate can cover and he is a very physical player for us," said Myrtle Beach Head Coach Mickey Wilson. "He is not afraid to come up and make a tackle. What we feel is so good about him is though, we can put him on one side of the field, and we don't have to worry about that side anymore. He is that kind of cover guy and he should be pretty heavily recruited next year."

Wilson had four interceptions in 2010 as a sophomore.

The Next Star at Lake City

Shon Carson is about to graduate and move on to play at South Carolina and it is time for Devaris Brunson to move into that spot as their top prospect.

Brunson is only a rising junior, so no offers are in yet, but he has the ability and the size that will likely make that change in the not so distant future.

He is a 6-foot-1, 210 pound linebacker in the 2013 class that can run and hit. He has started since his ninth grade year and he will likely emerge as one of the best in the 2013 class before all is said and done.

Clemson, LSU, and South Carolina have shown the most interest in Brunson to this point, but expect a list of other schools to get involved.

Dillon's a Must Stop

Dillon High School has talent and if coaches are on the road recruiting, they need to stop at Dillon.

2012 wide receiver Kwinton Smith has quietly emerged as one of the most talented wideouts that plays in the Carolinas. He is a true 6-foot-4, 201 pound wide receiver with very good ball skills and deceptive speed. He added an offer from Florida last week and he currently likes North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. Both schools have told him he can play both football and baseball on the next level which is something he is really thinking about doing. Expect to see his stock continue to rise.

2013 is a very strong class for Coach Hayes at Dillon. He has big bodies to work with in the trenches.

D.J. Park picked up an offer from Florida last week and he already had offers from Clemson, East Carolina, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. This 6-foot-4, 308 pound offensive lineman will challenge for the top overall prospect in the Palmetto State next year.

Joining Park in the trenches is Bryce King and Brenden Alford. King is a 6-foot-5, 282 pound offensive lineman that claims an offer from LSU. Alford is a 6-foot-4, 328 pound rising junior that is starting to draw some interest as well.

That trio will be blocking for athlete Jabo Lee. The rising junior is 5-foot-10, 182 pound running back with good feet and vision out of the backfield. He had over 1,500 yards in 2010 with 30 plus touchdowns. He has been offered by East Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Some names to keep an eye on for 2014 are Malique Gregory and Joseph Blue. Gregory is a 6-foot, 185 pound athlete that plays quarterback and Blue is a 6-foot, 215 pound freshman linebacker.

David Moore has Another Talented DL

Coach Moore coached NFL All-Pro Richard Seymour at Lower Richland High School before he moved on to star at the University of Georgia and in the NFL. He now has one at Andrew Jackson High School and he said he is better at the same stage.

"William Cunningham is a little farther along right now than Richard was as a sophomore," Coach Moore told Scout. "William is a little more compact, he moves a little better, and he is a little stronger right now. It was not until Richard's senior year until he started to show what he could be. William has a chance to be a good one if he keeps working."

Cunningham is a 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive lineman in the class of 2013 and Clemson, Duke, Notre Dame, and South Carolina are some of the schools showing him early attention. No offers yet, but he is working towards that.

"I have not even thought about scholarship offers yet," Cunningham told Scout. "I have not really thought about college football until Coach Moore started to talk to me about it. I just want to keep working hard, keep getting better, and try my best to get some offers."

He had no favorite growing up.

Union County 2013 Trio

David Lipsey has some talent to coach up at Union County this season and his three top prospect might all be in the 2013 class.

Quarterback Keiston Smith and wide receivers Kalay Jones and Victor Ruth are all drawing early attention from numerous schools. Smith is a 6-foot-1, 215 pound signal caller with a good arm and good mobility. Jones and Ruth both run the 40 yard dash in sub 4.5 seconds. Jones is 6-2/178 and Ruth is 5-9/174.

None have offers yet, but Coach Lipsey feels all three will.

"They all three have a chance to be highly recruited players for us here at Union County," said Coach Lipsey. "Smith is a leader for us and he has the ability to throw and run. Jones is the bigger of the receivers and he has very good hands and very good greats. Ruth is a quick player with the ability to do about anything. I think schools will like these three."

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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