First things first, head coach Chuck Jordan gathered his team together prior to the start of practice and let it be known that he wanted the team tighten up and press forward in an effort to catch up with where the coaches would like them to be.
OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE LINE
We opened practice with the offensive and defensive lines while they went through drills with coach Walt Wilson of Calhoun County HS. We knew coming in that there are definitely some known commodities on the offensive line in Clemson commitments Patrick Destefano and Oliver Jones. The duo, especially Destefano, really communicated well with others and made sure that their line mates were in proper position and attended their assigments.
I was surprised by Cane Bay's David Bryant, it was my first time laying eyes on him in person and he's a legitimate 6'6 305 pounder by my look test. He moved very well on Tuesday morning and he's a guy that could see his stock rise in a big way if he continues to practice strong and plays well on Saturday.
Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin also had a solid showing during drills.
Another guy who showed good explosion off the snap was J.L. Mann's T.J. Terrell. He got coached up a little to combat what he was facing and he found himself in the backfield multiple times.
Ridgeland's Wesley Scott has really emerged since we saw him back in May during our combine in Bamberg. His body has changed even more and he's going to be a great pickup for somebody. He had himself a nice morning on the practice field at times.
Bamberg's David Deleon was his normal self, pestering the offense with his strength and nose for the ball.
This is where South Carolina really shines on paper and this receiving corps didn't disappoint us on Tuesday morning. Lexington's Shaq Roland showed why he's a 5-star with some scintillating moves and acrobatic catches. He popped off a couple of catch and runs that had the sidelines buzzing with approval.
Quinshad Davis is the best player who hasn't committed yet and the Gaffney stud was showing his skills on Tuesday catching almost everything that was in reach of him. Speed has always been the knock on him but utilizing his size, hands, and physicality he's got my vote for moving up from 3-stars to 4-stars after posting 2,000+ yards receiving this season. Keep in mind that Gaffney plays one of the toughest schedules in the state in AAAA and their only loss came at the hands of a peaking and well coached Byrnes team who repeated as state champions.
Kwinton Smith of Dillon had his moments on Tuesday and he doesn't have the same hands as Davis but he's a bit more explosive with his speed. He made a couple of nice highlight catches against the SC defensive backs. I noticed quite a bit of interaction between Smith and Roland as they'll be teammates at South Carolina. The pair will strengthen their receiving corps with Roland likely getting on the field as a true freshman.
Don't sleep on Bluffton wide receiver Eric Boyles, he was a guy I caught myself watching quite a bit when he got his chances. Very speedy receiver who should be getting some looks at least from mid-major programs. He's a slot guy and also did some work as a kick returner with Roland and Smith. I will definitely try to see what schools are talking with Boyles at this point later this week because he can definitely play on the next level.
South Carolina has a pair of quarterbacks in Blue Ridge's Caleb Rowe and Gaffney's Joey Copeland. The competition between the two doesn't necessarily seem settled yet during day two but Rowe is definitely the more accurate of the two but the coaches are really liking Copeland's ability to move in the pocket and scramble should the play break down. Both guys made some nice throws and seem to really be enjoying the competition. We spoke to Copeland afterwards and he says it's definitely a friendly battle between the two Upstate signal callers.
We didn't get to spend a lot of time with the backs today but we'll break down what we were able to see on Tuesday morning. Lexington RB Kevin Miller isn't very big but he's got very deceptive speed and when he switched gears a couple of times he surprised defenders. The same thing can be said for Dorman's Raymond Smith. He was getting a lot of praise for his ability to turn it up inside but also get outside and turn on the jets when the opportunity presented itself. We saw Brandon Quattlebaum of Dutch Fork a few times and he ran with authority at 6'0 205 pounds. We'll give the backs more attention later on.