Simmons: 2015 DL Strong in S.C.

There is a lot of young talent in the Carolina's. The defensive line group is very strong in the 2015 class and two are featured in this notebook...

Shameik Blackshear out of Bluffton (S.C.) was featured in Wednesday's Notes from the Road and two others that will put their hand down on the next level that are currently sophomores in South Carolina are being recruited like him.

Albert Huggins may be the best interior defensive lineman in South Carolina period. The 6-foot-3, 280 pound 2015 prospect out of Orangeburg (S.C.) Wilkinson has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina among others.

He has only visited the two in-state schools so far and he has interest in each.

"I have been to Clemson and South Carolina. Both are good schools, both schools have good coaches, and I am sure I will visit them again," Huggins said.

Two out-of-state schools could get this future Scout 300 prospect on their campus this summer.

"I know I will be visiting Georgia for sure and I think I will get down to Florida State too. I have liked both of those schools for a while and I am interested in getting down to visit them."

Georgia is Huggins' "dream" school he told Scout this week, but he will look at all of his options.

A prospect that Huggins has gotten to know through college visits is Michael Barnett out of Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland. While Huggins is settled in as an interior defensive lineman, Barnett is playing on the edge.

"I moved over to defensive end this past season after playing just offensive tackle when I was a freshman and sophomore," Barnett said.

The 6-foot-6, 245 pound 2015 prospect was not as well known as Huggins coming out of 2012, but he is picking up steam.

Clemson, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech have offered and plenty of other schools are starting to show interest in him.

Both of these 2015 defensive line prospects will be among the best in the Palmetto State.

Big Man at Wando

Nolan Kelleher, a four-star offensive tackle used to be 6-feet, 6-inches tall and 330 pounds, but he is now down to 295 pounds. He looked good on Wednesday.

He was clearly the leader of the offensive line unit and he was first in each drill. He moved well and he is in the process of making the move to tackle from guard and he likes it.

"I feel I am really an offensive tackle, so I am happy about changing over," Kelleher said. "I feel natural there and I feel I have made a lot of progress. I have been working on it since the 2012 season was over and I feel good about where I am. I can still get a lot better though."

Plenty of schools have been out to Wando High School to check on the four-star OL and he is looking at each school the same right now.

"I do not have any leaders. I am still looking at things with an open mind. I will take some more visits this summer and start to focus on a short list of schools."

Stanford is a school showing Kelleher a lot of interest and he plans to visit the Pac 12 school this summer. He could get back down to Georgia as well.

More Talent Coming at Bamberg-Ehrhardt

It is routine for Scout to stop in at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School each year because they always have talent for us to see.

Kevin Crosby is their bell-cow in 2014 and he is down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. All schools like him as a tight end/H-back other than UNC, they like him as a middle linebacker.

Crosby could play on either side of the ball at a high level.

In 2015, LaSamuel Davis is the one to watch. The 6-foot-4, 208 pound rush end looks like a future hybrid player who could play some standing up as an outside linebacker. Arizona State, Kansas State, Michigan, Tennessee, and UCLA have offered Davis already.

Don't look now, but there is talent in the 2016 and even 2017 classes too.

Drew Wilson is a 6-foot-3, 275 pound offensive tackle and he started for Bamberg-Ehrhardt as a freshman in 2012. Savales Cann is the younger brother of current South Carolina offensive lineman A.J. Cann and he is a 2017 safety that is already turning heads.

"College coaches are already coming already Salvares," Coach Crosby of Bamberg-Ehrhardt told Scout. "Coaches cannot believe he is only in eighth grade right now. He is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he has big hands, he will grow more, and he will be able to go anywhere he wants to go."

Only a Freshman

Conway has had some skill guys over the years and they have another one that you will be hearing about for the next three years.

Bryan Edwards is a smooth 6-foot-2, 190 pound freshman wideout and he has been offered by Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

"It feels great to have offers like these," Edwards said. "It has been a big surprise to me though. I was not expecting to get offers this early."

Conway Head Coach Chuck Jordan was surprised by the timing too.

"I have not even tried to get Bryan's name out there yet, but he already has four scholarship offers," said a laughing Jordan. "I had to call Will Muschamp and just ask him what he saw to make him offer. Bryan is a very good player and he will get many more offers before he is done here."

Edwards is already one of the top wideouts in the Palmetto State and he may be the best in his state now regardless of class. A few college coaches think that according to Coach Jordan.

Scout will be back on the road in North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday. 20 schools have been visited over the past two days and around 10 more will get visits from Scout on Friday. Look for updates in the coming days.

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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