SCPrepNation's Top 5 Linebackers

The Palmetto State has a solid crop of linebackers and inside we take a look at the top 5. Number 1, Bruce Taylor (pictured), was easy but numbers 2 through 5 were tough to decide on with so many talented players.

We deliberated for a few hours and finally arrived at an agreement on the top 5 linebackers in South Carolina. Bruce Taylor was easy to pick number one as he's one of the top linebackers in the nation but after him there was a case to be made for all the rest. Without further delay...the top 5 linebackers in the Palmetto State.

SCPrepNation.com's Top Linebackers

Class of 2008

#1

Bruce Taylor

Myrtle Beach HS

6'3 220 pounds

Committed To Virginia Tech

Bruce Taylor Bruce Taylor isn't only the top linebacker in the Palmetto State but he is one of the best in the nation. Taylor has great size and a knack for making plays. His instincts/nose for the ball are uncanny and make him a great get for the Hokies. Given the Hokies penchant for producing outstanding defensive players don't be surprised if Taylor is playing on Sundays in a couple of years.

#2

Jonathan Willard

Loris HS

6'1 200 pounds

Jonathan Willard Willard is a speed demon on the field and his athleticism is superb. His stock has blown up since last season and emerged as one of the state's top prospects. Is believed to be deciding between Clemson and South Carolina while others are still making their case for his talents.

#3

J.B. Shippy

Gaffney HS

5'11 200 pounds

J.B. Shippy Shippy is one of the most productive players in the state. He has a nose for the ball and delivers some devastating hits for the Indians. Back to back AAAA state championships don't come easily and Shippy is a big reason why the Indians have been so successful in their latest title runs. May project to safety at the next level but he's so versatile we expect him to be just as efficient should he make the switch in college. Rutgers, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Florida State are among his leaders at this point.

#4

Chaz Washington

Richland Northeast HS

6'1 185 pounds

Chaz Chaz is similar to J.B. Shippy in that he may make a move to safety on the next level. Pound for pound he'd probably be higher on this list, but he's still got room to grow and add some more weight physically. Washington is like a missile when searching out the ball and explodes with ferocity on impact. His highlight film may be the most impressive on the list and college coaches have noticed. Once he gets his ACT scores back he could vault up the rankings as a number of D1 schools are waiting to offer. Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Colorado, and others are some of the early leaders.

#5

Evan Rose

Myrtle Beach HS

6'2 220 pounds

Evan Rose For those of you not familiar with Rose he's a highly underrated player. He's a gamer and makes plays all over the field. Has not received a ton of interest like the others but he's definitely one to keep a close eye on. Teams with Bruce Taylor to form the top linebacker duo in the state. Rose came away with 163 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 5 sacks last season. Production personified. Has great size already and a knack for making the big hit for his team. Currently has interest from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, UConn, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Newberry.

These rankings may change as we continue our evaluations throughout the summer and as next season starts. We will have other positional rankings in the coming weeks so stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com.


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