2009: Top Palmetto State WR Prospects

Jamborees are just a few months away and we take a look at one of the state's deepest positions in 2009, wide receiver. Inside a look at the top prospects in the state for 2009. We all know recent Southern Cal commit Alshon Jeffrey (pictured) is #1 but where do the rest fall in the mix at? Come inside and find out.

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Alshoun Jeffrey

Calhoun County HS

6'4 200 pounds

Wide receiver is one of the deepest positions in the state for 2009. At the top of this list with a bullet is Alshoun Jeffrey. One of the most gifted receivers in the nation he has all the tools and great potential to improve on the next level. He's taking his talent to the left coast for Pete Carroll's Southern Cal Trojans as he made a commitment last month. With great size, superb hands, and the innate ability to shield defenders from the ball he's got a chance to be one of the best receivers in recent memory from the Palmetto State like former USC standout Sidney Rice.
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Ricco Sanders

Byrnes HS

5'11 185 pounds

Another standout receiver from Byrnes right? Yep Sanders is the latest in a long line of outstanding receivers from the national powerhouse in Duncan. He's not the biggest target out there but he has flat out blazing speed and is great at finding the openings a defense leaves him. Once he's got the ball in his hands...trying to tackle him is something that isn't easy. With 4.3 speed he's a threat everytime he touches it. He seems to have thickened up with added strength and maintained his speed as well this offseason. Good luck to anyone trying to cover him next year.
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#3 (tie)

Quintin Payton

T.L. Hanna HS

6'4 190 pounds

In a day and age of adding an inch or two and a few pounds for the printed roster Payton came to the UA/Scout.com combine and is a legit 6'4 190 pounds. He also displayed why he's one of the top wideouts in the southeastern region with some great play during one on one drills. The blend of size and speed is drawing plenty of offers early on and his best football is obviously ahead of him. A great get for whomever secures his commitment. He's a 3-star and underrated in our opinion.
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#3 (tie)

Josh McKie

Mauldin HS

6'0 175 pounds

The Mavericks surprised a few people last year and McKie was one of the biggest reasons why. A quarterback and receiver for his team he's got superb ball skills and a knack for making big plays. Already committed to North Carolina, the Tar Heels will enjoy him as he continues to develop on the next level. He could move up with another strong season next year for the Mavs.
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Kinsman Thomas

Marlboro Co. HS

6'2 194 pounds

Thomas came on in a hurry towards the end of last season. He's got a great frame and solid hands. He didn't run as well as we expected at the UA/Scout.com combine but the surface was slow that day too. Despite that he holds numerous offers and passes the eye test with ease. He could be in store for a huge season and will be looking to increase that offer list. We're hoping to see him post a faster time in the 40 soon so he has a strong chance to move up on the list. Thomas is also one of the more physical wideouts we've seen coming off the line of scrimmage in a while.
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Charles Holmes

South Pointe HS

6'3 190 pounds

Holmes is sometimes the forgotten man at South Pointe with Stephon Gilmore and Devin Wherry in the mix. He has tremendous size and good speed for a wideout. We loved what we saw of him last season and at the UA/Scout.com combine in Charlotte. He was one of the better wideouts in attendance. Recently got his first offer from South Carolina and should see his interest rise over the next few months. He's a sleeper in a big way that could emerge towards the top of the list with another strong season for the Stallions. He's got all the tools and he could land 10+ scholarship offers before he's done we think.
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J.J. Suber

Newberry HS

6'3 205 pounds


Suber could be the player who is most ready for college football in terms of physicality. That college-ready frame allowed him to put up some nice numbers last season. Already holds an offer from North Carolina and has plenty of high major interest. Things have cooled as of late but we're hoping that he can pull it together and right the ship. Could easily be in the top-3 range.
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Jamere Valentine

Myrtle Beach HS

6'1 197 pounds

Valentine is another physical wideout who gets good separation. Playing in one of the most potent offenses in the state Jamere is one of the premier prospects in the class. Shows good body control and the ability to make the big play. With 68 catches for 860 yards and 13 touchdowns expect more of the same from Valentine again next season. His explosive athletic ability should hopefully open more eyes as he's definitely got D1 material written all over him. Also a standout basketball player in helping Myrtle Beach to the AAA state title this past season.
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LaQuan Gilliard

Pinewood Prep

6'3 175 pounds

Gilliard has been impressive during a few camp stops thus far. He holds 2 offers and is looking to try and secure his first major D1 offer. He has the size and intangibles you want in a college wideout. Should be able to have another strong season although at a new school next year. D1 programs have liked what they've seen of him but he's still waiting on that first big offer.
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Marlin Butler

Southside HS

6'1 195 pounds

We've been high on this young man for quite some time. He has an offer and tore it up at the UA/Scout.com combine in Charlotte. Right now he's a strong season away from being one of the most underrated players in the southeast. UNC, Clemson, and others are keeping a close ey on him as he's got great ball skills and superb athleticism. Teaming with WR Chris Rhodes the pair should be one of the top wide receiving duos in the state this coming season. Expect him to have some huge numbers.
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Cordarrelle Patterson

Northwestern HS

6'2 170 pounds

Patterson was one of the state's leading receivers last season. He has good size, great hands, and knows how to utilize his size against defensive backs. We haven't seen or heard much from Patterson on the camp/combine circuit this offseason. Even still he is one of the state's best with his gaudy stats from last season and prototype size for the position on the next level. It will be interesting to see if he'll pop up during the rest of the offseason to improve his stock standing. We think he's a candidate to move upwards on the list if he does and has a good showing.
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#11 (tie)

Chris Rhodes

Southside HS

5'10 160 pounds

Interestingly enough we have a tie at the #10 slot and both players are the exact same size. We're not holding any vices against smaller receivers because both prospects could be towards the top of the statistical leaders during next season. Rhodes is one of the slickest receivers in the state. You look at him and you don't think twice about it initially and then he goes out and has 120+ yards receiving and mix in a few highlight tape grabs and you stand there with your mouth open going "wow!" Size may be an issue but he knows how to find the openings and makes all of the tough catches look easy. He is getting D1 and FCS interest already and we think he's a heck of a ballplayer regardless of size. Mark it down now, 1000+ yards receiving and 12 or more touchdowns this year for Rhodes.
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#11 (tie)

Perry Wilson

Blythewood HS

5'10 160 pounds

Wilson should have a monster senior season now that Marquan Jones and Charles Wright have graduated. Wilson like Rhodes is effective at finding the openings of a defense and making the big play. Averaging almost 20 yards per catch last season you can expect the Bengals to look to Wilson more next season to help lead their receiving attack. Things have been quiet as of late for Wilson but we're betting that he'll put up some big time stats and open some eyes before he's done next season.

There are other top prospects who will be major players next season but the ones featured above have been active on the camp and combine circuit this offseason. Stay tuned for the very best coverage of South Carolina's best football and basketball prospects right here...with SCPrepNation.com!

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