2009 Player Rankings: 1-20

Who's our pick for #1 player in the 2009 class currently? Is it RNE's Chris Bonds, South Pointe's Stephon Gilmore (pictured), Christ Church's J.K. Jay, Blythewood's Justin Anderson, or Columbia's Demario Jeffrey? This is where you'll find it all as we'll pay close attention to camp & combine performances to release another batch in 2 months. Come inside for the players ranked 1-20.

Keep in mind that these rankings are based on players that we've had a chance to evaluate in person during games or film footage of. There are players out there that will be added in the coming months so bear with us. Others may evaluate players without ever laying eyes on them but in order to stay true to our passion we rank only players we've seen. Without further ado presents the players we've ranked #1-20 for the class of 2009...

2009 Player Rankings
December 2007 Edition
Numbers 1-20

1. Christ Church OL J.K. Jay

Jay suffered a season ending injury last year but the Clemson Tigers knew they had a big timer on their hands and landed his commitment early on. Expect the big man to come back with a vengeance after sitting out last season. His size and ability to dominate the opposition land him at #1.
2 . Blythewood DE Justin Anderson Anderson not only passes the look test but he backs it up and then some on the field. His frame will allow for more muscle and colleges are frequenting Blythewood and Anderson is the biggest reason why these days.
3. South Pointe CB/QB Stephon Gilmore Gilmore is the Palmetto State's most dynamic athlete in the 2009 class. He lines up at QB and CB for South Pointe and colleges are salivating at the chance of including him in their program. He projects as a cornerback on the next level but he's so explosive in the open field colleges would be wise to offer him a look on offense as well.
4. RNE DE Chris Bonds Bonds started at #1 for us and should he recover from his ACL injury there's no doubt that he could reclaim that spot. Bonds has a list of offers that names a who's who of college football. A dynamic playmaker on the end hopefully he recovers and marches up the national rankings like so many analysts think he's capable of.
5. Columbia S Demario Jeffrey In terms of wow factor this young man is off the charts. High major D1 programs are recruiting him early on and we're betting that he'll challenge for top 3 status by the end of next season. His playmaking ability and size make him so heavily coveted that we feel it's likely that he'll end up with 20+ scholarship offers before its all over.
6. Cheraw RB Travis Small Productive and gamebreaker are two words that come to mind when talking about Small. Powering the Cheraw Braves running attack to back to back state championships Small has good size and a frame that should allow some additional muscle to be added. Big time programs have already started to ring him on a regular basis and if he has a strong performance this offseason on the combine circuit it wouldn't surprise us if he held double digit scholarship offers come next season.
7. Beaufort DE Duane Chisolm Early on we thought playing with Devin Taylor was the reason he was making so many plays. Boy were we wrong. Chisolm is a man-child and wreaks havoc on opponents with good technique, size, and ferociousness. His state championshp game performance was a thing of beauty showing his abilities and determination. Chisolm shows tremendous upside and colleges have already taken notice as he holds offers already.
8. Timberland RB Rockarius King Nobody shows this young man the respect he deserves. Not from a recruiting standpoint anyways. He has been one of the most prolific running backs in the Palmetto State over the past few seasons despite his lack of size. King has shown big play capability time and time again and we're hoping some schools will ante up with scholarships and give him a chance. If gets taller by a few inches we're talking about at least a 3 or 4 star player on a national level.
9. South Pointe RB Devin Wherry Devin just might be the top RB prospect in the state but we'd like to see more tenacity out of him on a consistent basis. He has all the tools/intangibles to become an elite back on a national level. Already holds a huge offer from Florida State with Clemson in the mix as well..
10. Timberland OL Quinten Washington Washington burst onto the scene last year and quickly snagged offers from the Clemson and USC. This season he was pretty dominant once again but we'd like to see more of a mean streak out of him. Nobody else comes close to his combination of talent/size outside of J.K. Jay.
11. Northwestern LB Jerel Miller We labeled him "The Tackling Machine" and he didn't disappoint. Miller is 2009's version of J.B. Shippy. His height hurts him but there's no denying his ability to make plays on the field. Showed well at combines last year and national scouts would like to see if he can stretch another inch or two. Already getting serious interest from ACC & SEC programs Miller is a top 8 prospect if he were taller.
12. Byrnes CB Riyahd Richardson No player had a better second half of the season than Richardson. The only drawback is his height but he proved time and time again that he's more than able to play on the next level. Numerous D1 programs are recruiting him heavily and his ability to cover is second to none. If he grew another inch or two he'd be scary.
13. Calhoun County WR Alshon Jeffery The scary part of his game is that he'll continue to get better and better. Has great hands and leaping ability. Schools are showing big time early interest and many feel he will move up the rankings very quickly. We expect him to make a move into the top 10 before too long. He also doubles as a top flight basketball recruit as well.
14. T.L. Hanna WR Quintin Payton Payton already holds strong D1 offers and his stock has done nothing but go up this past season. There's still room to improve and we're betting he gets it done and makes a case for top wide receiver in the state next season along with Suber, Sanders, & Patterson.
15. Sumter RB Roderick McDowell McDowell isn't the biggest back but he runs hard and put together a spectacular junior season. Another 10 pounds of muscle and another inch or two and he's sure fire top 10 material.
16. Newberry WR J.J. Suber Suber should be a lot higher on this list but Newberry doesn't pass the ball that much. He has a college-ready frame and should get a number of looks from various D1 programs. A strong offseason showing on the combine circuit could move him up with ease. In terms of potential he's got more upside than just about any offensive player in the state.
17. Byrnes WR Ricco Sanders Sanders may be one of the most explosive players in the state. His speed and elusiveness are elite. His consistency has improved and we're betting he'll move up big time on the list as his senior season rolls around next season. High major D1 programs are starting to recruit him and for good reason

18. Timberland DE Aldrick Fordham

Fordham is a player that can easily move up the list provided he shows more consistency. Tremendous upside and has many of the tools college coaches are looking for.
19. Calhoun Co. QB David Sims Sims is getting high major interest. He may be a little short for some at the QB position but he has good velocity and athleticism. A strong receiving corps should provide him with a huge senior season next year.
20. Greenwood CB Byron Best Greenwood continues to produce top flight talent and Best is the next in line. Best has good size, closing speed, and good instincts. In terms of prototype corners he will make a run as the best in the state in the class of 2009.

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