South: Top Five Centers

Some at this position are naturals and others will likely move to center when they get to the next level.

South: Top Five Centers
Hometown: Buford, Ga.
High School: Buford
Size: 6-2/285
Recruiting: Florida got it started and others like Florida State, Georgia, and Nebraska have offered since.
Scouting Report: Cardiello is a sound offensive lineman that could play guard or center on the next level. He has good feet, he can get to the second level, he finishes his blocks well, and he is as technically sound as they come in high school. Some feel he is on the shorter side, but he is big enough. He can add strength, continue to fill out his frame, and work on his balance when engaged with a defensive lineman.
Hometown: Dillon, S.C.
High School: Dillon
Size: 6-4/288
Recruiting: South Carolina signed his teammate Kwinton Smith in 2012 and his teammate D.J. Park is currently committed to the Gamecocks. This could come down to Clemson and South Carolina. Both have offered.
Scouting Report: King is a physical offensive lineman. He has experience all over the offensive line, but he will end up at guard or center on the next level. Scout projects him as a center.
Hometown: Memphis, Tn.
High School: East
Size: 6-2/265
Recruiting: Arkansas State, Memphis, and Ole Miss have offered Billingsley early on.
Scouting Report: He has played more tackle than any other position and he is successful there in high school, but he is an interior guy on the next level. He plays with good leverage, he gets his hands underneath the defender, and he has shown the ability to get to the second level.
Hometown: St. Augustine, Fla.
High School: Nease
Size: 6-3/270
Recruiting: South Carolina has offered Crowley and many others are showing interest.
Scouting Report: Crowley is an intense competitor and he loves to finish his opponent. He drives his feet well, he gets off the ball well, and he blocks under control. He has played a lot of tackle, but Scout projects him as a center.
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga..
High School: Milton
Size: 6-3/290
Recruiting: Helms has not picked up his first offer yet, but he is drawing a lot of interest from ACC and SEC schools among others.
Scouting Report: Helms made the move to center in 2011 and that transition went very well. That will be his home on the next level and he is a strong and dirty offensive lineman. He controls the middle of the line, he can get down the field, and he plays with strength.

Others to Watch: Ryan Hoefeld (New Orleans, La.) and DeAndre Wise (Alpharetta, Ga.).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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