Spurrier Lands Very Solid First Class

Steve Spurrier said a lot without saying anything by signing one of the better classes of prospects today for The USC Gamecocks. His statement in essence is, 'We're here to bring in the finest prospects available to us ... there are going to be no excuses ... we're going to turn South Carolina into a program to be reckoned with in the near future.' For official comments from Coach Spurrier following his 4:PM press conference, stayed tuned to GamecockNation.com and our message boards ...

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Name Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School/JUCO
Yvan Banag Fr. B 5-10 195 Buford, Ga. Buford
Tommy Beecher Fr. B 6-1 199 Concord, N.C. Concord
Mychal Belcher Fr. B 6-1 180 Spartanburg, S.C. Dorman
Kerry Bonds Fr. L 6-3 232 Tallahassee, Fla. Lincoln
Freddie Brown III Fr. B 6-4 200 Duncan, S.C. Byrnes
Jared Cook Fr. B 6-5 220 Suwanee, Ga. North Gwinnett
Brent Davis Fr. L 6-3 205 Daytona Beach, Fla. Mainland
Mike Davis Fr. B 5-11 210 Columbia, S.C. Columbia
Jonathan Hannah Fr. B 6-4 255 Hope Mills, N.C. South View
Brandon Isaac Jr. B 6-2 185 Blackville, S.C. Blackville-Hilda/Georgia Military
Lemuel Jeanpierre Fr. L 6-4 255 Orlando, Fla. Timber Creek
Jarriel King Fr. L 6-7 275 N. Charleston, S.C. N. Charleston
Shea McKeen Fr. B 6-6 265 Mays Landing, N.J. The Hun School
Kenny McKinley Fr. B 6-0 166 Mableton, Ga. South Cobb
O.J. Murdock Fr. B 6-0 178 Tampa, Fla. Middleton
Nathan Pepper Fr. L 6-1 247 Greenville, S.C. Greenville
Taylor Rank Fr. B 6-0 182 Vancouver, WA Evergreen
Marvin Sapp Fr. L 6-1 210 Jacksonville, Fla. Sandalwood
Gerrod Sinclair Fr. B 6-0 208 Jacksonville, Fla. Mandarin
Ryan Succop Fr. KS 6-3 210 Hickory, N.C. Hickory
Carlos Thomas Fr. B 6-1 182 College Park, Ga. Banneker
Cade Thompson Fr. B 6-4 180 Maryville, Tenn. Maryville
Bobby Wallace Fr. B 5-8 185 Conway, S.C. Conway
Dakota Walker Fr. L 6-4 225 Mays Landing, N.J. Oakcrest
Jeremy Ware Fr. B 5-11 185 Ft. Meyers, Fla. LeHigh
Mike West So. B 6-2 215 Citra, Fla. North Marion/Butler County
Damien Wright Fr. B 6-2 190 Sumter, S.C. Crestwood
Brandyn Young Fr. B 6-0 195 Tucker, Ga. Tucker

Bios are listed below.

Backs (B): Includes offensive and defensive backs; wide receivers and tight ends
Linemen (L): Includes offensive and defensive linemen;
as well as inside and outside linebackers
Kicking Specialist (KS): Includes kickers and punters

Yvan Banag :: Buford, Ga. :: Buford :: B :: 5-11 :: 205

- Defensive back who led his team to a 58-2 record over a four year period, including three state championships
- His team won 47 straight games at one point
- Ran for 820 yards and eight touchdowns in 2004
- On defense in 2004, totaled 79 tackles with four interceptions
- First team All-County and second team All-State
- Received the Senior Captain Award
- Born in France and has played football for three years in the United States
- Played for Coach Dexter Wood at Buford High School in Buford, Ga.
- Coach Wood on Banag: "He was a three year starter for us, and played in the three state championship games, with us winning two. He played strong safety and running back in high school but is known for his hard hitting and defense. He is like a human cannon ball on special teams and kickoffs. He was on our championship track team last year. He can make an immediate impact on special teams."

Tommy Beecher :: Concord, N.C. :: Concord :: B :: 6-1 :: 199

- Completed 155 of 300 passes for 2,586 yards and 28 touchdowns while only throwing seven interceptions his senior year
- Guided Concord to a 15-1 record as a senior and the 3A State Championship
- Averaged 35 yards per punt
- Compiled a 31-6 overall record as a starter at quarterback
- As a senior, passed for over 3600 yards and 40 touchdowns
- Attended Regional Elite 11 quarterback camps at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech
- His uncles - Tee and Tommy Moorman - played for Steve Spurrier at Duke in the late 1980's
- Named to the All-Conference team as a junior and senior
- Southern Piedmont Player of the Year
- Played for Coach E.Z. Smith at Concord High School in Concord, N.C.
- Coach Smith on Beecher: "In 29 years as a head coach, I have never played against or had a more talented quarterback than Tommy. He epitomizes what a student athlete is all about. He was a great leader for us on and off the field."

Mychal Belcher :: Spartanburg, S.C. :: Dorman :: B :: 6-1 :: 180

- Rated the 14th best player in the state of South Carolina by High School Sports Report
- Rated the 25th best player in the state of South Carolina by The Herald Journal
- Passed for more than 1,200 yards and rushed for 810 yards in 2004
- In 2003, he passed for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for better than 700 yards
- Named All-State his senior season
- Played in the 2004 South Carolina-North Carolina Shrine Bowl
- Named to the South Carolina All-Defense Team as a defensive back by the High School Sports Report
- Has a 36 -inch vertical jump
- Played for Coach David Gutshall at Dorman High School in Spartanburg, S.C.
- Coach Gutshall on Belcher: "What makes Mychal so valuable is that he is so versatile. He can play wide receiver, defensive back, or quarterback. He also returned a couple of punts for us. He was the starting corner as a sophomore and his final two years he was the starting quarterback. He is an impact player because he will be able to fit in wherever they need him. He can really jump and he can run; he has the necessary athletic tools to make him a tremendous player for USC."

Kerry Bonds :: Tallahassee, Fla. :: Lincoln :: L :: 6-3 :: 232

- Ranked the 38th best defensive end in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated among the top 75 players in the state of Florida by The Times Union (Jacksonville)
- Rated No. 6 defensive end prospect in the state of Florida
- Recorded 107 tackles, with nine QB sacks, two interceptions and five fumble recoveries his senior year
- Played in the 2004 Florida-California Bowl
- Chosen All-State as a senior
- Team captain
- All-District and All Big Bend selection
- Played for Coach David Wilson at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla.
- Coach Wilson on Bonds: "I think Kerry is an excellent pass rusher. At one summer camp, he was named the most valuable pass rusher by college coaches."

Freddie Brown III :: Duncan, S.C. :: Byrnes :: B :: 6-4 :: 200

- Rated the 49th best wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com
- Rated the 14th best player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com
- Rated the 15th best player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep
- Played in the 2004 North-South All-Star Game
- Caught 86 passes for 1,486 yards and 16 touchdowns two seasons as a starter at Robinson High School in Charlotte
- Caught 68 passes for 978 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season at Byrnes High School
- In the state semi-finals vs. Aiken, he had three touchdown catches totaling 84 yards
- Also an outstanding basketball player, he scored 1,269 points while playing at Robinson High, where he was named the Conference Player of the Year
- His father, Freddie Brown, is the running backs coach and head track and field coach at Wofford College
- Played for Coach Bobby Bentley at Byrnes High School in Duncan S.C.
- Coach Bentley on Brown: "Freddie will make an impact at USC. He has a very good understanding of the game and has improved tremendously over the past year. His size and hands are his best attributes and I expect big things from him at USC."

Jared Cook :: Suwanee, Ga. :: North Gwinnett :: B :: 6-5 :: 220

- Rated the 40th best wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 24th best player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com
- Brother is Jason Cook, a fullback who plays at Ole Miss
- Caught 32 passes for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior season
- Atlanta Journal Constitution 1st Team All-State
- Atlanta Journal Constitution 1st Team All-Conference
- Atlanta Journal Constitution Super 11 Team
- Gwinnett Daily Super 6 Team
- Played free safety and wide receiver
- Played basketball and is regarded as one of the top basketball players in the state
- Played for Coach Kyle Richardson at North Gwinnet High School in Suwanee, Ga.
- Coach Richardson on Cook: "Jared is a great football player and an outstanding young person. Coach Spurrier and his staff got a real steal out of the state of Georgia. He is definitely going to be a real player for the Gamecocks."

Brent Davis :: Daytona Beach, Fla. :: Mainland :: L :: 6-3 :: 205

- All-County as a junior and senior
- All-Region as a junior and senior
- Named to the 5-A All-State team as a senior
- Totaled 186 tackles, 15 sacks, and three interceptions as a junior
- Totaled 148 tackles, four interceptions, 16 sacks, and seven forced fumbles his senior season
- Named the Mainland High School Lifter of the Year as a junior and senior
- Named the Most Valuable Defensive Player as a junior and senior
- Named one of the top players in the state of Florida by Tom Lemming
- Three year letterman in football
- Played on the 2003 Mainland High School State Championship team
- Played for Coach John Maronto at Mainland High School in Dayton Beach, Fla.

Mike Davis :: Columbia, S.C. :: Columbia :: B :: 5-11 :: 210

- Regarded to be the top running back prospect in the state of South Carolina
- Rated the 11th best running back in the nation by Scout.com
- Rated the 22nd best running back in the nation by Rivals.com
- Rated the 3rd best player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep
- Rated the #67 prospect in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 12th best player in the Mid-Atlantic by Tom Lemming
- In 2003, ran the ball 326 times for 2,127 yards and 20 touchdowns; had 10 receptions for 152 yards; had nine returns for 443 yards and three touchdowns; and on defense, returned two fumbles for touchdowns, totaled 47 tackles and had two interceptions. In all, he scored 25 touchdowns his junior year
- In 2004, ran the ball 241 times for 2,226 yards and 27 touchdowns; had five receptions for 44 yards; and 11 returns for 259 yards. On defense, he scored two touchdowns, had 52 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had six interceptions. In all, he scored 29 touchdowns his senior season
- Totaled 5,517 career rushing yards and scored 68 touchdowns during his career
- Starter on Columbia High's basketball team since ninth grade
- Played for Coach Kemper Amick at Columbia High School
- Coach Amick on Davis: "Without a doubt, Mike is the most complete player I have ever coached. He can be an impact player. He has all the tools and will only get better. I believe he will be an outstanding citizen for the University."

Jonathan Hannah :: Hope Mills, N.C. :: South View :: B :: 6-4 :: 255

- Rated the #4 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com
- Rated the #5 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com
- Rivals.com #38 player nationally
- Rated the #6 prospect in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com
- Played in the South Carolina-North Carolina Shrine Bowl
- First-team All-State as a junior and senior
- SuperPrep All-America selection
- Two-time All-Region, All-Area and All-Conference pick
- His senior year, he had 36 receptions and four touchdowns
- On defense his senior year, he had 106 tackles, 12 QB sacks, four fumble recoveries and 19 QB hurries
- Played for Coach Randy Ledford at South View High School

Brandon Isaac :: Blackville, S.C. :: Georgia Military :: B :: 6-2 :: 185

- Rated the 51st best junior college prospect in the nation by SuperPrep
- Attended Blackville-Hilda High School
- His second year at Georgia Military (2004), he recorded 35 tackles, had one interception and had two QB sacks
- His first year at Georgia Military (2003), he had 30 tackles with six interceptions and eight QB sacks
- MVP of the 2004 Golden Isles Bowl Classic
- Recorded a fumble recovery for a touchdown, had an interception and four passes defended in the 2004 Golden Isles Bowl Classic
- Played in the 2002 South Carolina-North Carolina Shrine Bowl
- At Blackville-Hilda, he was named All-State, All-Region and All-Area
- His senior year, he had 87 tackles, rushed for more than 1,000 yards with 16 touchdowns; threw for more than 500 yards with seven touchdown passes
- All-State and All-Region in basketball, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds his senior season
- Played for Coach Bert Williams at Georgia Military

Lemuel Jeanpierre :: Orlando, Fla. :: Timber Creek :: L :: 6-4 :: 255

- Rated the 44th best defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com
- Ranked #25 on the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 players in the state of Florida
- 6A First-Team All-State
- Named first team All-Orange Country as a junior by the Orlando Sentinel
- Pronounces his name La-mule John-Pierre (goes by Lem)
- Played in Central Florida All-Star Game
- Totaled 96 tackles, nine sacks, and recovered one fumble his junior season
- Three-year starter on the basketball team
- Played for Coach Jimmy Buckridge at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla.
- Coach Buckridge on Jeanpierre: "He is a great young man who is very hard working. He is going to get bigger and better. He has really good feet. He played all four down linemen positions for us and he has started since he was a sophomore. I believe that USC got a steal by signing him. He is willing to learn and will put in the extra effort. Once he gets on the weight program; look out."

Jarriel King :: N. Charleston, S.C. :: N. Charleston :: L :: 6-7 :: 275

- Played in the 2004 North-South All-Star game as a senior
- Named to the Class AAA All-Defensive Team as a defensive lineman by High School Sports Report
- Rated the 11th best player in the state of South Carolina by High School Sports Report
- Rated the 22nd best player in the state of South Carolina by Prepstar
- Didn't play organized football until his freshman season at North Charleston High
- Recorded 86 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and three blocked kicks in 2004
- As an offensive lineman in 2004, he was credited with 29 pancake blocks
- Played for Coach Nelson Huggins at North Charleston High School

Shea McKeen :: Mays Landing, N.J. :: The Hun School :: B :: 6-6 :: 265

- Named to the first team Cape Atlantic league
- Named first team All-Prep
- Rated one of the top 10 tight ends in the nation
- Rated one of the top 25 defensive ends in the nation
- First Team All-League as a junior after recording seven touchdowns
- Recorded eight sacks and scored three touchdowns as a senior
- Played for Coach Danny O'Day at The Hun School in Mays Landing, N.J.

Kenny McKinley :: Mableton, Ga. :: South Cobb :: B :: 6-0 :: 166

- Rated the 54th best athlete in the country Rivals.com
- Rated the 29th best athlete in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com
- Ran for 400 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing for 1,575 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2003
- Threw for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior season
- Rushed for 750 yards and scored 12 touchdowns his senior year
- Earned All-County Honors as a junior and senior
- Played for Coach Shane Queen at South Cobb High School
- Coach Queen on McKinley: "Kenny is the best athlete we've had in the 11-year history of our high school. He's very athletic and elusive. He can be a real game-breaker."

O.J. Murdock :: Tampa, Fla. :: Middleton :: B :: 6-0 :: 178

- Rated the 88th best player in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 10th best wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com
- Rated the 17th best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com
- Rated the 28th best wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep
- Rated the 7th best wide receiver in the country by Prep Star
- Rated the 26th best player in the southeast by Tom Lemming
- Selected to play in the U.S. Army National All-Star Game but was unable to participate
- Regarded to be one of the fastest wide receivers in the state of Florida
- Named first team All-State and All-County
- Caught 33 passes for 835 yards and seven touchdowns in 2003
- In 2004, caught 57 passes for 927 yards and 11 touchdowns
- Chosen for the Florida-California Bowl
- Played at the same high school as USC defensive back Stoney Woodson
- Was fourth in the state in the 100 and 200 meters as a sophomore
- Was a national champion sprinter when he was 14 years-old
- Started his prep career at Hillsborough and was on the varsity football team as a freshman
- Played for Coach Harry Hubbard at Middleton High School in Tampa, Fla.

Nathan Pepper :: Greenville, S.C. :: Greenville :: L :: 6-1 :: 247

- Rated the 46th best defensive end in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 13th best player in the state of South Carolina by High School Sports Report
- Rated the 16th best player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep
- Rated the 18th best player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com
- Recorded 90 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior
- Finished his high school career with more than 210 tackles and 36 sacks
- Played in the 2004 South Carolina-North Carolina Shrine Bowl
- Named the Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year by High School Sports Report
- Led his team to a 32-4 record over a three-year period
- Also served as his team's long snapper
- Named his team¹s Defensive MVP
- Played for Coach Larry Frost at Greenville High School
- Coach Frost on Pepper: "Nathan is an outstanding young man on and off the field. He is a great student and a great leader for our football team. He did an outstanding job in the Shrine Bowl and during the four years he played at Greenville High."

Taylor Rank :: Vancouver, WA :: Evergreen :: B :: 6-0 :: 182

- Named the Class 4A Player of the Year in the state of Washington
- Rated the 44th best safety in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 8th best player in the state of Washington by SuperPrep
- Named All-Area and All-League as a junior
- Named to the All-West Team by Tom Lemming
- Rated the 74th best player in the west by Tom Lemming
- Originally from Georgia and moved to Washington his sophomore year
- Started at outside linebacker and tailback as a junior
- Started at safety and tailback as a senior
- Seattle Times Class AAAA State MVP
- 2003 Tacoma News Tribune 'Nugget in Waiting'
- Carried the ball 28 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the 2004 state championship game to rally his school from a 14-0 deficit and lead them to the state title
- Ran for 2,013 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior
- As a junior, ran for 1,300 yards on 143 carries, scoring 18 touchdowns
- Rushed for 2,018 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior
- In his career rolled up 4,000 all-purpose yards and 57 touchdowns
- Played for Coach Cale Piland at Evergreen High School
- Coach Piland on Rank: "Taylor is a very special player. He has a rare combination of speed and balance and on top of that, he has all of the intangibles. Taylor is a great leader. He can lead by example or he can lead by being vocal. USC is getting a very special player in Taylor Rank."

Marvin Sapp :: Jacksonville, Fla. :: Sandalwood :: L :: 6-1 :: 210

- Rated the 35th best player in the state of Florida by SuperPrep
- Rated the 14th best linebacker in the country by the insiders.com
- Rated the 96th best player in the southeast by Tom Lemming
- SuperPrep All-America pick
- First cousin is former Clemson quarterback Patrick Sapp and his second cousin is Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Warren Sapp
- Recorded 150 tackles and three sacks his senior season
- As a junior, totaled 145 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown
- First Team All-State
- Jacksonville Times Union Defensive Player of the Year
- Jacksonville Times Union Top 75 Players in the state of Florida
- Jacksonville Times Union Super 11 Pick
- Jacksonville Times Union Super 24 Pick North Florida/South Georgia
- Named the Northeast Florida Defensive Player of the Year
- Rated the 2nd best linebacker in the state of Florida by Jacksonville Times Union
- Named to the 6A All-State team as a junior and senior
- Named to the all-region, all-area, and all-district team as a junior and senior
- On Feb. 1, he participated in the opportunity of a lifetime, as he was assigned to cover Media Day at Super Bowl XXXIX in his hometown of Jacksonville, for NFLHS.com and SUPERBOWL.com
- Played for Coach Adam Geis at Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gerrod Sinclair :: Jacksonville, Fla. :: Mandarin :: B :: 6-1 :: 200

- Rated the No. 2 safety in the state of Florida
- Rated the 29th best safety in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 39th best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com
- SuperPrep All-America
- Earned first team 6A All-State honors as a senior
- Totaled 80 tackles and nine interceptions in 2003
- Totaled 107 tackles, eight sacks, and seven interceptions in 2004
- Returned four of the nine interceptions for touchdowns as a junior
- Earned second team 6A All-State honors as a junior
- Named All-First Coast his junior and senior seasons
- Jacksonville Times-Union Super 24 for North Florida and South Georgia
- Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11 Pick
- Played for Coach JD Hall at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Ryan Succop :: Hickory, N.C. :: Hickory :: KS :: 6-2 :: 190

- Rated the 4th best kicker in the nation by Rivals.com
- Rated the #16 prospect in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com
- Four time all conference performer
- Three time conference special teams player of the year
- Named two-time All-State performer
- In 2004, averaged 41 yards per punt, put 98% of his kickoffs in the end zone, was 12-14 FG (longest was 42 yards) and 42-42 on PATs
- In 2003, he was 7-10 on field goals (longest was 53 yards and made all 38 of his PATs
- Three-time All-State selection in soccer
- Scored 104 career goals in soccer
- Played for Coach John Worley at Hickory High School
- Coach Worley on Succop: "Ryan is as good a kicker that I have ever been around. He has a lot of God -given talent with a very strong leg. The Gamecock fans will enjoy watching him kick. He impresses me with his pure power."

Carlos Thomas :: College Park, Ga. :: Banneker :: B :: 6-1 :: 182

- Named first-team All-State in 2004
- Played in the Georgia High School All-Star game
- Finished his senior season with over 1,000 total yards and nine touchdowns receiving and rushing
- On defense his senior season, he had over 30 tackles and four interceptions
- Rated the 8th best player in the state of Georgia by SuperPrep
- Rated the 9th best wide receiver in the nation by Prep Star
- Rated the 108th best player in the country by Tom Lemming
- Rated the 28th best player in the southeast by Tom Lemming
- Brother is Levon Thomas, who plays wide receiver for Georgia Tech
- Had 20 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns as a junior
- Is known also as an exceptional baseball player
- Batted .627 as a sophomore playing second base and center field
- Played for Coach Benny Crane at Banneker High School

Cade Thompson :: Maryville, Tenn. :: Maryville :: B :: 6-4 :: 180

- Tennessee 4-A Player of the Year
- Rated the 17th best player in the state of Tennessee by SuperPrep
- Named the East Tennessee Player of the Year
- Threw for 2,361 yards and 35 touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions in 2004
- Won 35 consecutive games at Maryville High
- Mr. Football for Tennessee (4A)
- 2004 Charles Greenhill Prep Player of the Year
- 2004 East Tennessee Prep Player of the Year
- Recorded a 43-1 record as a starter
- Played for Coach George Quarles at Maryville High School
- Coach Quarles on Thompson: "Cade is a three year starter who went 43-1 and won the state championship his sophomore and senior years. He has good size and a good arm. Cade throws the ball with good touch and has a great release. He is a good athlete and has the ability to be a special quarterback."

Bobby Wallace :: Conway, S.C. :: Conway :: B :: 5-8 :: 185

- Rated the 20th best all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 21st best player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com
- Rated the 19th best player in the state of South Carolina High School Sports Report
- Rated the 15th best player in the state of South Carolina by the Herald Journal
- Rated the 24th best player in the state of South Carolina by Superprep
- Rated the 61st best player in the Mid-Atlantic by Tom Lemming
- Ran for 1,903 yards and 22 touchdowns on 247 attempts for an average of 7.7 yards a carry in 2004
- Caught 18 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in 2004
- As a junior, he rushed for 2,128 yards on 277 carries and tallied 26 touchdowns. He also had 271 yards receiving with five touchdown catches
- His sophomore year, he ran for 1,060 yards on 153 carries and scored seven touchdowns
- For his high school career, he rushed for 5,151 yards and had 55 rushing TDs; he had 629 yards receiving with eight receiving TDs; and scored four TDs on returns
- Finalist for South Carolina's Mr.. Football
- Played in the 2004 North-South All-Star Game
- Named Offensive MVP for the South in the 2004 North-South All-Star Game
- Ran for 83 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes 30 yards in that all-star contest
- Named to the Class AAAA All-State Team as a running back by High School Sports Report
- Named to the Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year by High School Sports Report
- Played for Coach Chuck Jordan at Conway High School
- Coach Jordan on Wallace: "Bobby is one of the most athletic players that I have ever coached. There is no limit for what he can do on the field. At Conway, he returned punts and kickoffs. He played running back, quarterback, and receiver. He is so athletic that he can do so many things for you. He was our primary back, and he is one of the reasons that we played in the state championship game three of the four years. He will make a great impact because he is a hard worker who is very positive. The University of South Carolina will be very proud of Bobby Wallace."

Dakota Walker :: Mays Landing, N.J. :: Oakcrest :: L :: 6-4 :: 225

- Rated as the 24th best player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com
- Named Defensive Player of the Year for Oakcrest in 2003
- Totaled 95 tackles and had eight sacks as a senior
- US Army All-American
- Atlantic Press Player of the Year
- Named first team All-State
- Named first team All South Jersey
- Named to the first team Cape Atlantic League
- Played in the New York/New Jersey All-Star Game
- Played at Oakrest High School in Mays Landing, N.J.

Jeremy Ware :: Fort Myers, Fla. :: LeHigh :: B :: 5-11 :: 185

- Recorded 40 tackles and had seven interceptions his senior season
- Named first team All-Conference and district
- Four- year starter who never allowed a touchdown pass to be thrown against him
- Led the state in interceptions with eight
- Played for Coach Larry Gary at LeHigh High School in Fort Myers, Fla.
- Coach Gary on Ware: "Jeremy is an impact player at cornerback. He is a great man defender and we always put him on the opposing team's best receiver."

Mike West :: Ocala, Fla. :: North Marion/Butler County C.C. :: B :: 6-0 :: 210

- Rated the 49th best junior player in the nation by SuperPrep
- Enrolled at USC in January of 2005
- Recorded 65 tackles, with three for a loss in 2004
- Posted three interceptions (one returned for touchdown) and recovered five fumbles in 2004
- 2004 JUCO Academic All-American
- Two years spent at Butler, the team went 23-1 overall, winning 23 consecutive games at one point
- Member of the 2003 JUCO National Champions, Region VI Champions, KJCC Champions, Dixie Rotary Bowl Champions
- At North Marion High School, he was named the 3A Offensive Player of the Year, as he rushed for 1,740 yards with 17 touchdowns
- Playing defensive back, he tallied 76 tackles and had four interceptions his senior season
- First-team All-State (3A)
- Played for Coach Troy Morrell at Butler County Community College

Damien Wright :: Sumter, S.C. :: Crestwood :: B :: 6-1 :: 198

- Rated the 32nd best safety in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 17th best player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com
- Rated the 12th best player in the state of South Carolina by High School Sports Report
- Rated the 13th best player in the state of South Carolina by Superprep
- Named All-Area and All-Region as a junior
- On defense in 2004, he totaled 175 tackles, with three interceptions, 11 QB sacks, 22 QB hurries and six fumble recoveries
- Played in the 2004 South Carolina-North Carolina Shrine Bowl Game
- 3A All-State selection
- Two-time All-Region pick
- Region 6 Defensive Player of the Year
- Named to the 2004 Statewide All-Defense team as a linebacker by High School Sports Report
- Played for Coach Keith Crolley at Crestwood High School
- Coach Crolley on Wright: "With Damien, it's like having an extra coach on the field. He's always around the football and he was versatile enough to play linebacker or safety for us. He's a great football player who leads by example."

Brandyn Young :: Tucker, Ga. :: Tucker :: B :: 6-0 :: 195

- Rated the 37th best athlete in the country by Rivals.com
- Rated the 33rd best player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com
- Rated the 37th best player in the state of Georgia by Superprep
- Led his team to a 46-5 record during his three years as a starter
- As a senior, he had 1,112 yards rushing on 157 carries and 16 touchdowns
- On defense, he recorded three interceptions
- His junior season, he tallied 967 yards rushing on 120 carries with 10 touchdowns; had five interceptions on defense
- Played for Coach Bill Ballard at Tucker High School
- Coach Ballard on Young: "Brandyn is a very versatile player who was a three-year starter for us. He is an outstanding player and is extremely coachable."


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