The 2015 Football Skills Showcase to be held at Spartanburg High School on April 18th has evolved into who's who list of top high school prospects here in South Carolina along with some talented out of state prospects as well.
Elite Position Training founder Ramon Robinson and Wyatt Sports Academy have gathered what may be the deepest roster of talent ever assembled for a camp/showcase setting here in the state of South Carolina. The invitation only venture has taken flight and with top instructors and Scout.com along with every other major recruiting service on hand to observe and evaluate the talent we've got the makings of a breakthrough event that the state has never seen before.
Robinson's goal is to assemble the best prospects and not only showcase their skills but also help to continue to teach them with the help of a strong group of coaches as well.
Due to the ACT being taken that same day we had quite a number of prospects who wanted to attend but wanted to go ahead and take care of their academics like QB Avery McCall (Dillon HS) and TE Hank Tuipulotu (Nation Ford HS). Both are amongst the top prospects at their respective positions in the state for 2016.
With quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers, and defensive backs set to shine we'll share just some of the top prospects who've already committed to the event:
In the 2016 class we've got both state championship winners in the AAAA ranks in Hillcrest's Collin Sneed (AAAA-Division 1) and Spartanburg's Austin Scott (AAAA Division 2). Both of these young men guided their teams to glory in the biggest classification and they want to show college coaches they are more than capable of doing it on the next level.
Add to the mix 2016 signal callers Yafari Werts (Newberry High) who also lead his team to the AAA state championship game and David Isreal (Blythewood High) who is also on the verge of his first offers soon we hear. Nation Ford's Cole Martin is a prospect who threw for a ton of yards last season and he's slated to come help boost his stock at the event.
Another prospect with offers already in hand and a state championship on his resume already is Myrtle Beach's Drayton Arnold. Coming back from an injury that kept him out of the Seahawks' playoff run Arnold is looking to pick up where he left off and keep impressing more college coaches.
Also slated to compete are as well as coming up from the lowcountry are West Ashley's Justin Berry and Wando's Bailey Hart. Berry has a number of offers already and has plenty of high major interest to go along with those offers.
In the class of 2017 Wren High's Jay Urich and Westwood's Rashawn Green are two of the known up and coming prospects here in the Palmetto State. Urich has an early offer and is quickly becoming one of the top priorities for schools here in the Palmetto State due to his dual-threat skills and size.
The 2018 class will have representatives lead by Daniel's Ben Batson who has all the makings of an elite signal caller moving forward and is a name college coaches will be clamoring for during the next 3 seasons.
We've even got two top 2019 quarterbacks slated to compete that will be vying to either be the starter or backup on the varsity level next season coming from the middle school ranks this season. Keegan Halloran from Woodruff High that is another young star in the making we're certain of. Alex Meredith of T.L. Hanna High School is another 2019 prospect who will be a name to watch in the coming years along with Halloran. Both of these youngsters were named All-Americans recently.
With over 35 quarterbacks slated to compete at the event there will definitely be some new names to emerge on the recruiting radar if they perform at a high level during the Showcase.
Already set to compete is a solid group of wide receivers and we start in the 2016 class with Wilson's Christian Bruce headed up from the coast with 7 offers on his resume including one from NC State.
Helping South Pointe win another state championship in the AAA ranks was Quay Brown and he's drawing plenty of interest from college coaches due to his size and skills early on.
Speaking of state championships, junior Braxton Westfield helped Christ Church win their 4th in a row and the 6'3 185 pound prospect has a lot of schools on the radar and from what we hear could be on the verge of landing his first offers soon.
Other sleepers in the 2016 class are Wren's Bailey Rogers and Hillcrest's R.J. Cain, both are drawing interest from colleges for their play this season as juniors.
The 2016 class has plenty of other receivers slated to compete but turning our attention the 2017 and 2018 classes there are some real heavy hitters we're excited to see up close and personal. We start with the highest rated prospect set to compete at the showcase in 2017 Wando prospect OrTre Smith. The 4-star is a man child at 6'4 210 pounds already and he's got the offers to back that up. It should be a battle to see how well he competes with an extremely strong defensive back group.
Another Lowcountry stud we're excited to see is Summerville's Cam Burnette. He's on the radar ready to emerge in a big way we feel and this event very well could be the launching pad for him to do just that.
In the 2018 class Byrnes wide receiver Demarcus Gregory is already lauded as one of the nation's top 50 prospects in his class and despite an injury plagued freshman season he's back healthy and anxious to showcase his skills and show everyone why we feel he's the next big star coming out of Byrnes.
Heading up from the Midlands is 2016 Lexington back Slade Carroll who is still one of the state's best kept secrets due to his blend of strength, speed, and determination. He's definitely a prospect other analysts and college coaches will want to keep an eye on after putting up big numbers this past season.
Myrtle Beach running back Brandon Sinclair has offers on the table already and he's one of the state's best in 2016 as well.
Another 2016 prospect to watch will be James Island's Devontre Hamilton who piled up big numbers for his team and has earned an early scholarship offer already. The 6'0 215 pound prospect has the frame to be an every down back and he's
Airport's Jonathan Earl has been on the radar for a couple of seasons and he's wanting to take the next step and earn some offers moving forward.
Trevor McNeil of Northwood Academy at 5'11 230 pounds may eventually turn into a fullback on the next level but he put up some solid numbers rushing and receiving last season and he's ready to compete and showcase his skills.
In the 2017 class we've got a sleeper to some in Seneca's Jacory Benson. We've known about Benson for a few years now and he's starting to emerge and the speedster should do extremely well in the open field.
Another 2017 Upstate prospect to watch is J.L. Mann's Jaylon Pinson. He's already hearing from a number of schools and has a good blend of power and speed.
The 2018 class will feature McCormick's Mataeo Durant who piled up huge numbers rushing nearly for 2,000 yards.
This group might be the most talented out of all positions at the showcase as we've arguably assembled most of the top prospects from the state. We'll start the group out with 2016 Greer CB Troy Pride Jr. who is committed to Virginia Tech already but is still picking up offers at a rapid rate. One of the fiercest competitors we've seen in the 2016 class expect him to come out and try and make a statement in front of recruiting services to show why's he's currently rated the top cornerback in the state according to Scout.com.
Another bonafide star is Emerald CB/S K.J. Chamerblain (6'2 190) who has already picked up some offers after leading the state in interceptions last season with 11. His size and instinctive balls skills are top flight and his stock could reach greater heights with a strong showing on the 18th.
South Pointe's Nick McCloud might be the hottest prospect as of late picking up a number of offers in recent weeks. At 6'2 170 pounds McCloud is a long prospect with elite ball skills. He's been on a tear as of late traveling all over the country and with him compete with the other top prospects it should make for an interesting day.
Khris Pam is another defensive back who's already picked up some offers and just like McCloud he's traveled around and done extremely well against other top prospects in the country when given the opportunity. Expect him to come out fired up and ready to try and boost his stock as well.
Spartanburg's Mike Murphy might be a sleeper to some in the 2016 class but to us he might be an absolute steal at 6'2 180 with excellent speed and leaping ability. With size at a premium to combat large wideouts Murphy like some of the others is part of a new breed of DB's.
Clinton's Jasper Fuller is another prospect flying under the radar but he tore it up at a SPARQ event earlier this year posting a 90.78 score in Miami. At 5'9 170 he may not be the biggest but he's emerged as a definite player to watch trying to earn his first offer.
In the 2017 class Broome's D'Marco Jackson is going to be a national caliber prospect before too long we feel as he plays with a ferocity not often seen to go along with a great frame and speed.
We don't miss much but one prospect we didn't find was 2016 Clinton LB/WR Donaven Blackmon. The 6'3 210 pound prospect is an athlete who looks like he'll end up at linebacker on the next level and he's got excellent speed running a 4.43. Blackmon may be a huge beneficiary with a strong showing on the 18th as his stock will undoubtedly rise moving forward.
Another sleeper in 2016 is Emerald LB/S Detaurio Drennon. He made big plays for Emerald last season as they made a strong playoff run.
One of the known commodities slated to compete is Chapman's Landon Holden. With a number of schools taking a long look at the hard-nosed ball hawk he's hoping to show well to further boost his stock with analysts and college coaches.
As we stated this event is to help showcase the talent here in South Carolina. There are obviously known commodities but it will also serve as a chance for prospects who are flying under the radar so to speak a chance to display their skills before every major recruiting service. Prospects will have the chance to learn, compete, and display their skill set in front of every one of those recruiting services with a strong group of coaches guiding them. Who will rise to the occasion and push their stock further and who will emerge from under the radar to be one of the next promising prospects here in South Carolina? That will be determined at the 2015 Football Skills Showcase in Spartanburg...athletes come ready to learn and compete! This event is designed specifically for you to do it against some of the very best talent from around the state!