It seems like every time I speak with a friend that follows the Tigers or Gamecocks, the first question out of his mouth is have you seen so and so play or when are you going to watch this player.
Basically I go to High School games to watch the games and the teams rather than a particular prospect. But at times the top players are gracing the field for the top teams and I have the opportunity to watch the best players in meaningful games. Of course as long as my beloved Dorman Cavaliers are playing a quality opponent, you will find me in my seats on the 50 rooting for the boys in blue.
However this year offers an abundance of talent around the state and ample opportunity to go out and watch the top players and support the high schools that they attend. For those of you that want to see all the Top Prospects, and then follow this schedule, get a good map, fill up the gas tanks and enjoy Friday Night Lights.
Week 0 --- August 24
The first chance of the year to see Marlboro County All American QB Syvelle Newton. The Cadillac is the real deal and should start the season strong against Triple A Clover. The Clover Blue Eagles have a great prospect of their own in Ronnie McGill who will play DB and WR for the Eagles.
Week 1 --- August 31
Last season the only team to control Lexington RB Demetris Summers was the Cavaliers. In fact the Dorman D dominated
Dorman will counter with a solid team led by QB Reggie Rice. Every Dorman QB since 1994 has earned a college scholarship. The most athletic player on the field and one of the top juniors in the state will be DB/WR Kendrick Lynch. A true difference maker, Lynch caught 54 passes for 980 and 8 TD and rushed for another 450 yards and 3 TD last season despite missing portions of 5 games.
Week 2 – September 6
Probably the premier game in the state this season as the SC and NC defending 4A champs take to the field.
The top in state game will feature super LB Ryan Brown for the Stags playing the Patriots from the Fort. QB Kenneth Rivers is also another player worth watching.
Week 3 --- September 13
Another classic match up between the Trojans and Bulldogs. Northwestern possesses one of the top defenses in the state and will challenge
Week 4 --- September 20
Gaffney is a young team but have the best WR that I have seen in years in Junior Sheldon Rice. It would not surprise me to see Gaffney as the No. 1 receiver in the Southeast next season as he is a special talent with unlimited potential.
Week 5 --- September 27
A Low Country classic pits these two rivals.
Thursday October 3
Keenan at Dreher
A Thursday night game in
Friday October 4
Russell Hemby (QB Orangeburg Wilkinson) is one of the Top 10 players in the state and the #2 QB. Along with
OW also is anchored by Raleigh Jackson at LB. Jackson has been offered by USC and is quickly moving up the charts in the eyes of recruiters. Watch for Bernard Galloway RB for
Friday October 11
This is not the same
Byrnes runs a spread offense with WRs all over the field. WR Terrell Allen will lead the Rebels and expects a big season with his blazing speed.