SCPrepNation SC Badger Notes & Observations

A balmy day in Bamberg, SC on Saturday didn't stop prospects from 4 states from converging on Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School to compete in the Badger Sport South Showcase Combine. was there all day and inside we hand out some superlatives and pass along some notes about some of the talent we saw on hand. Five freshmen prospects really opened our eyes, come inside to learn more.

Below we'll touch on some notes and interest from our observations this past Saturday at the Badger Sport South Showcase Combine in Bamberg. So without further adieu, here we go...

The Obvious
Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School continues to reload with young talent. I remember 3 years ago the staff told me that they felt like Martin Aiken was going to be the next big timer from the region while at a camp in Charlotte. Three years later Aiken holds a ton of offers and is rated 4-stars currently by Teammate DT David Deleon didn't disappoint either as he impressed me with his strength and dominated during one on ones like Aiken.

BEHS's Future Remains Bright
2014 TE/LB Kevin Crosby is already a known commodity for the Red Raiders and the head coach's son is already atop the class of 2014 rankings in my opinion. Given the 6'0 222 pound frame Crosby holds many envision him as a linebacker on the next level. He'll continue to grow but right now Crosby says he likes the tight end position. Either way the youngster is a definite stud at both positions and it will be interesting to see just how high in the rankings he'll go on a national level by the time he's a senior.

Crosby isn't the only freshman that Bamberg has on its roster with a lot of promise. 2014 WR Aggadoria Bowers has the early physical traits to be a big timer in his own right. Bowers is 6'3 178 pounds and honestly he's still adapting to his size it seemed at times. When he was on though you could see that he's oozing with potential and that as he continues to get stronger and improve other facets of his game that he'll be a force in the very near future. College coaches will want to tack his name on their recruiting boards now and the Bowers name should be familiar because Aggadoria is the first cousin of former BEHS and Clemson DE standout Daquan Bowers.

The Bamberg staff also has a talented freshman prospect in Marcus Moody. He lines up at running back and linebacker and he enjoyed a strong showing during the combine. At 5'11 177 pounds he'll have room to grow and add muscle to his frame but he was solid with a 4.71 40 time, 4.42 shuttle, and benched 185 pounds 12 times.

2013 prospect Nicholas Halmon also turned in a solid showing on Saturday for the Red Raiders. Last season he lined up at linebacker but we're projecting him as a safety on the next level. He amassed over 131 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks as a sophomore. He ran a 4.71 40 so he'll need to fine tune that time down but he blazed a 4.24 shuttle time so the ability to sink his hips and change direction is there. He's a prospect we'll continue to watch over the next few seasons.

Other Freshmen Emerging In-State
Crosby and Bowers weren't the only freshmen who caught our eye on Saturday. Running back Caleb Kinlaw of Goose Creek was already on the radar but he made a strong statement that he'll be right up there with Crosby and company in the 2014 player rankings. Kinlaw is a speed merchant who displayed a nice skill set on Saturday. At 5'9.5 178 pounds Kinlaw will continue to grow but he blazed one of the fastest 40 times of the event with a 4.47 second time. Made some really nice cuts and showed good hands during drills and seven on seven action. We'll have an in-depth interview with Kinlaw later this week to talk about his early favorites and what aspects of his game he'll continue to key on heading into his sophomore season.

Another youngster that caught our eye was 2014 WR Wallie Tarte Jr. of Orangeburg Wilkinson High School. Tarte is small in stature at 5'5 135 pounds but he tested well and really made some nice catches during drills. He ran a 4.51 40 time, a 4.31 in the shuttle, and broad jumped 9 feet 9 inches. The 2014 prospect made some nice adjustments to the ball when underthrown or overthrown and just has the look of a prospect with a high ceiling considering his current age. In fact, Tarte looked more fluid and natural than many of the upperclassmen. We'll continue to track his progress as we feel he'll be a major player coming out of OW soon.

Hello Marcus Edmond
Here's a name that you'll hear more about in the near future as the 2013 cornerback from Lower Richland came away with the most outstanding defensive back award. He arrived late and missed the height and weigh in but he tested well and did even better during seven on seven work. I heard some jawing from other prospects about Edmond's thin stature but he ended all smack talk with his play on the field in Bamberg. Schools will want to take a look as he'll add muscle to his frame over the next two seasons. Very solid looking prospect at cornerback.

Dezmon Venning Is A Running Back
Wando High may have used Dezmon Venning as a fullback but he looked like a seasoned college running back on Saturday. In terms of most college ready from a physical standpoint Venning got my vote. He checked in a chiseled 5'9 194 pounds and he put in work during the combine as well. Venning ran a 4.5 second 40 and equally impressive 4.3 in the pro shuttle. He also bench pressed 185 pounds 21 times. During drills he impressed me with his footwork, explosiveness, and pass catching ability. Good hands is something I really like in a running back and Venning was near the top of an impressive group of pass catching running backs at the event. I expect schools to pick up the pace with Venning soon as he's flying under the radar in my opinion currently.

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