SCPrepNation 2009 Player Rankings #21-40

Check out the players we've got ranked #21-40 in the 2009 class. Some players made big moves up the list while a few are just a strong camp/combine showing away from taking off up the charts. Dorman CB Taylor Sowell (pictured) is already committed but other schools are still coming hard and heavy after him. Come inside and see the rest of the players who made the list.

SC Prep Nation Top Stories's Class of 2009 Player Rankings 21-40

21. CB Taylor Sowell

Dorman High

6'0 174 pounds

North Carolina came in and got a commit out of the Dorman standout. Sowell has good size and is another player who attacks the football with ferociousness. Watch the highlight tape and you'll see what we're talking about. Good instincts and tremendous closing speed once the ball is in the air. Sowell should move up in our next set of rankings.

22. OL Brandon Thomas

Dorman High

6'4 285 pounds

We watched him play with a cast on his hand last season and he still put in work for the Cavaliers. The big man got it done and being healthy this year he should make a charge up the rankings. He has recently made a big splash on the recruiting map picking up a number of quality offers recently. Expect those offers to continue pile up.

23. CB Riyahd Richardson

Byrnes High

5'8 170 pounds

Like Timberland RB Rockarius King, Richardson gets slighted because of his size. Our bottom line is that if you can make the plays, come up big against top competition, and put up big numbers you're a player regardless of size. One look at his highlight tape and you can see why he's one of the best corners in the state. College coaches are taking a look but no one has offered him yet. Tackles with good form and plays much bigger than he is.

24. CB Lex Butler

Westside High

5'10 160 pounds

Lex Butler is ready to explode. The Westside standout has all the physical tools and speed that schools are looking for in a cornerback. Offers haven't started for him yet but blessed with God given athletic ability and a tremendous student in the classroom as well (we've seen his transcripts).

25. LB Quinn McClendon

Sumter High

6'3 210 pounds

McClendon has a good frame and very easily could add another 10-20 pounds of muscle. He has tremendous potential. That potential has turned into some early scholarship offers for him. McClendon has emerged as arguably the top LB prospect in the state for 2009 due to his intangibles.

26. DE Malliciah Goodman

West Florence High

6'4 240 pounds

Goodman came on strong last season and has already given a commitment to the Clemson Tigers. Last year he had 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and a blocked punt. He brings tremendous athleticism at his size running a reported 4.5 second 40 yard dash.

27. WR Quintin Payton

T.L. Hanna High

6'4 190 pounds

Mr. Payton quietly an ACC offer and remains a player of strong interest for programs throughout the nation. Schools will want to see if he has the capability to become a more physical receiver. Numbers weren't as big as some others but he along with Suber could be major players at wide receiver in the 2009 class. Payton has good size, athletic ability, and 4.4 speed.

28. OL Kwame Geathers

Carver's Bay High

6'7 320 pounds

Geathers continues to heat up on the recruiting trail. He holds a number of big offers already and should continue to add more as the camp/combine circuit comes. Word is he may be the best ever of the supertalented Geathers family. If he puts in work this offseason and shows well then he'll go flying up the rankings. We're guessing he may end up in the top 15 before the season's end.

29. DE Mike Davis

Greenville High

6'2 250 pounds

Mike Davis is a player we've been high on since last season. He routinely made just as many plays if not more than highly regarded 08' teammate Arterio Arnold. Davis isn't the tallest end but his strength and speed are top rate. His nose for the ball is another strength of his game. Davis may be the most athletic player we've seen at his size in the past 5 or 6 years. A good showing on the combine/camp circuit could help heavy ACC/SEC interest turn into a few offers. We're hoping he'll grow another inch or two but his talent is for real.

30. LB Jerel Miller

Northwestern High

5'10 205 pounds

Miller is another player that teams are taking a long look at but may be shying away due to his height. His numbers are absurd when it comes to tackles and he's been outstanding for the Trojans the past 2 seasons. With 130+ tackles during those seasons Miller has shown the ability to make plays from his LB position. SEC programs are starting to continue to warm up to him and Miller could prove to be a great addition to the right team/defensive scheme.

31. S/ATH Walt Canty

Dorman High

6'1 195 pounds

We continue to sing this kid's praises. In a recent discussion with another analyst who's seen Dorman play they agreed that Canty was the Cavaliers best overall player regardless of position. What makes him so special is that he indeed does line up just about everywhere. QB, RB, WR, and CB were all manned by Canty and he looked good at every position for the majority of snaps. Schools who happen to catch a glimpse of him will see it soon enough. We expect him to become a major player on the recruiting front very soon.

32. CB Nick Carson

Hanahan High

6'1 175 pounds

This young man benefited by having WR Branden Ford as a teammate last season. Ford is headed to Clemson but the two battled everyday in practice and that work has made Carson a player who should make a big jump in the rankings soon. Last year he snagged 10 interceptions. Speaking of jumps Carson was the AA state champion in the high jump.

33. RB Sean Davis

Pelion High

5'9 185 pounds

I don't care how you spin it 2130 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns is fantastic. Considering Sean Davis did it on just 274 carries with a 7.8 yards per carry average is even more amazing. Davis won't have Dalton Freeman blocking for him next year but he still projects to be one of the biggest ground gainers in the state once again.

34. WR LaQuan Gilliard

Pinewood Prep

6'3 175 pounds

Last year he played opposite A.J. Green and Green opened the field up for Gilliard to work. He had 955 receiving yards last year for the Green Wave but he has since transferred to Pinewood Prep where he'll showcase his tremendous hands. Gilliard shows fearlessness going over the middle and making the tough grab in traffic. Check out the film and see why this youngster will be heading up the rankings if he can improve on his numbers from last season.

35. RB/ATH Jarrett Neely

Northwestern High

5'11 170 pounds

Neely is one of the most underrated players in the state. His versatility should move him a lot higher on the list. Some schools may shy away from his smallish frame but this kid gets it done without a doubt. He may be the best back catching the ball out of the backfield in the class. He racked up 700+ yards rushing and had 900+ yards receiving coming out of the backfield and sometimes as a slot receiver. He was amongst the state leaders in receptions with 70+. You could call him a utility player with good burst and vision. Expect him to move up if he shows well on the combine circuit this offseason. He could be in the 12-20 range before the offseason ends.

36. DE Aldrick Fordham

Timberland High


Fordham has all the physical tools in a standout DE. He burst onto the scene two years ago in Timberland's AAA state title game. College coaches have been taking a close look and for good reason. He should move up after blowing up during his sophomore season.

37. WR Jamere Valentine

Myrtle Beach High

6'2 195 pounds

A talented prospect who stars on both the gridiron and the basketball court. He helped lead Myrtle Beach to the AAA state championship in hoops this year. Last year on the football field he caught 68 passes for 860 yards and 13 touchdowns. Expect him to increase those numbers for a team that will be a factor in AAA play. A good offseason showing should afford him the opportunity to move up a few spots in the rankings.

38. RB Melvin Lesure

Pinewood Prep

5'10 185 pounds

Lesure isn't a player many people are familiar with but he accumulated 1265 yards and 12 TDs for Pinewood Prep. He has a good frame that could add a little more weight/power. This kid is under the radar but would be a great pickup.

39. RB Tyson Dozier

Carolina High

6'1 190 pounds

Dozier is probably the hardest running back in the state we've seen along with Rockarius King. Small school status may turn some away but he's the real deal. He broke the school record and should be back to inflict more damage on defenders. Yes Dozier tries to elude defenders but once he bears down and goes into the trenches he's normally the one sending defenders backwards and dragging them along for at least 3 to 5 more yards. Last year amassed 171 carries for 1228 yards and12 TDs. Smaller schools should take a hard look early but he could move up if he has a good offseason or tests really well at some of the camps.

40. WR Marlin Butler

Southside High

6'3 195 pounds

Like Dorman's Walt Canty we can't get enough of this youngster. He's got a college ready frame and he's a superior athlete compared to most others. He's got the speed (4.5) and leaping ability (38" vertical) that makes him a threat anytime the ball is thrown his direction. A sleeper at this point we expect that to change quickly. Some ACC schools are already showing serious interest.