Scouts have been all over the sideline for the past week or so, and although Nelson and Morant have been getting the brunt of attention, numerous others have been spotted by these coaches and are just starting to get recruited.
Breaking down the positions, the Knights' are led by two heavily recruited athletes.
Maurice Nelson, 6'2 and a rock solid 205 pounds is looking very good at his strong safety position. His speed continues to astound coaches and he has been clocked 4.37-4.41 at numerous camps. At the Clemson camp last summer, he turned heads with a 3.95 second NFL Shuttle run! He may see some time as an outside linebacker, and wide receiver on specialty plays.
Demetrius Morant, a powerful fullback with a 600 pound squat is back for his final year as well. Both Nelson (aggravated hamstring) and Morant had off days at the SCSCA State Meet but still came out State Champions in their weight classes! Morant ran a 4.67 at 250 pounds, and just missed a 610 squat! His playing weight is around 230 and his time will drop back to the low 4.5's then. At 6 feet tall, this is a hard man to bring down! Morant is looking to crack the 2000 yard barrier this year to put him close to 5000 for his career.
Nelson has been touted as one of the Top prospects in the nation, and Morant is definitely one of the top backs in the southeast. College scouts have been lining up at the door to speak to the coaches, and even make some offers.
Spring Practice has also been a little livelier with the younger guys seeing Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, and Maryland lining the fields. So far, Nelson has been offered by Clemson, USC, UNC, Wake, Maryland, Georgia, and Duke. Tennessee is coming down next week as well. Florida State is close to offering. Morant has been hearing a lot from Clemson and LSU along with Georgia and NC State. Auburn is also high on him.
Defensively, the Knights should be better only losing two starters.
Returning at inside linebacker will be senior Keon Lewis (6'0 202) and Kashif Griffin, Griffin is only a junior and 6'1 210. Up front will feature some excellent speed on the ends with Toney Wright (6'1 220 Jr, also a tailback) and transfer Josh McFadden (6'1 260 who runs a 4.7) Tackle looks solid with senior Jarvais Primus (6'1 270) who will also see plenty of time at OT and has been drawing interest from SC State and Citadel as well. Sophomore Josh Sims (6'0 270) whose 575 pound squat is impressive will also see time at DT. In the Defensive Backfield, Anthony McKnight and Dale Gardner will see action on the corners, and Jamian Smith, a sleeper in the recruiting battles (6'2 215, 4.5, 4INT as Junior) steps up to play FS.
Offensively, the question will be at QB. Three year starter, Silas Singleton has signed to continue playing at Allen Univ., and the starter this year will be between his younger brother, freshman Deon Singleton (6'1 180) and senior Jacob Barth (6'3 190. Morant, rising sophs Cordelro Bowen, and Sam Roundtree will see action in the backfield, but transfer Tavares Adams (5'9 170) and Toney Wright will also see some action as will Joe Sims and Byron Fasion.
Crestwood will continue its tradition of producing quality offensive linemen. In the Knights short six year history, they have sent 5 offensive linemen to college on scholarship.
Leading the pack this year will be Junior center Michael Helton (6'2 255) who has worked incredibly hard in the off-season in the weight room. He has taken almost a full second off of his 40 and his strength is gaining daily. Anchoring the line with him is senior Jamie Goodman (6'2 290) who has to be one of the quickest pulling tackles around. Jamie recently squatted 500 pounds and runs around a 5.4 in the 40 - but from tackle to tackle the boy is fast! He has been hearing a lot from SC State, App State, Citadel and Western Carolina.
Replacing Marcus Brisbone at guard is senior David Young (5'10 240) who is quickly looking like Brisbone on the pulls, and his counterpart is sophomore Joe Sims (6'0 240) and twin of DL Josh. Joe recently placed 4th in the SCSCA State Weight meet. Other OL that will be looked at to fill in the Tackle and TE spots are Brandon Cruse, Damien Wright, and Trevin Dinkins, all juniors.
Things are still looking good up front for the Knights and their schedule should be a good one this year taking on Marlboro County, Conway, Sumter, Lancaster, and South Florence....look for some good battles!
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