2011 Super 20 Players

Who's the #1 prospect in 2011 in the Palmetto State? Come inside and find out who's #1 through #20 inside as we've scoured the state and come up with a talent laden group of rising juniors who will be tomorrow's college stars. With two years to go in their careers this list will change but guys like QB Tony McNeal (pictured) will be fixtures until they graduate. Class of 2011 Top 20 Prospects
1. Everett Golson – QB – Myrtle Beach High
Why #1: It may be tough for some to believe that we have him ahead of Worley at this point but in terms of playmaking ability and being a winner we give the nod to Golson. He may not have the prototype size that many like but he goes out and wins ball games as evidence last year by leading his team to the AAA state championship. We project 5 stars for Golson and expect him to hold 25+ offers come September 1st. Can he be overtaken for #1? It could happen but if he continues to improve at the rate he has over his first two seasons it's going to be tough, real tough!
2. Justin Worley – QB – Northwestern High
Why #2: Worley continues to impress us. Like Golson he has been hard to contact but making our rounds last season he continued to step up his game each time we saw him. Size makes him a high value target for many seeking a pocket quarterback. He fits the bill and should continue to get better as he continues to develop physically.
3. Brandon Shell – OL – West Ashley High School
Why #3: Mr. Shell is already a household name in the lowcountry. An absolute beast in terms of the physical checking in at 6'8 280 pounds. He is the nephew of NFL great Art Shell and you know he's getting all the tips and tricks of the trade at home. With almost unlimted upside Shell has the gift that just can't be taught...size. We'll have our eyes on him more this season to see how his development is coming but you can bet he'll have offers galore come September.
4. Shon Carson – RB – Lake City High School
Why #4: We catch flak with every batch of rankings and we're betting that it starts right here. Carson may be the most versatile and gifted athlete in the 2011 class. Already holding offers Carson appears to be a can't miss prospect. We've seen him dominate as a freshman and sophomore so just how many more levels can he raise the bar over the course of the next two seasons? We're betting he makes a big splash nationally with a strong junior campaign and more camp and combines following the season. A big timer in every right!
5. Charone Peake – WR – Dorman High School
Why #5: The state's most heralded 2011 prospect ever since his freshman season should move higher in these ranks before it's all said and done. Last year Dorman featured the run a great deal and it really took away a lot of touches for Peake. In terms of talent he's top 3 without a doubt and some feel he could be the next great wideout from the Palmetto State following the likes of A.J. Green and Sidney Rice. If he gets more passes his way this year we'll move him to at least #3 and possibly higher.
6. Dexter Staley – LB – Williston-Elko High School
Why #6: Some people use the term "beast mode" a little too freely. That term fits to a tee when you watch Staley in action. Given his size at 6'2 230 pounds and running times in the 4.5 range recently Staley has jumped way up in our eyes. Claiming offers from heavyweight programs throughout the southeast we don't doubt him one bit. Expect him to emerge into a national level recruit before long. The question we all have now is whether or not he'll continue to grow even more. That dynamic could change things even further if he does. We're pretty certain it will only bring positives and more avenues for Staley possibly as a defensive end if he does.
7. Davion Clowney – DE – South Pointe High School
Why #7: Already a man among boys Clowney reportedly has grown since the end of last season. If he has he'll certainly move up the list in a hurry. Already a feared opponent for many offensive players that he's faced as just a sophomore it tells you the kind of respect he commands although just an underclassman. We'll be taking a longer look at Clowney this season to see just how much he's improved and all indications point to a pretty significant improvement which equals a jump in the next batch of rankings.
8. Shamir Jeffrey – WR – Calhoun County High School
Why #8: The sky is the limit now for Shamir. With brother Alshon gone to South Carolina more offensive responsibility lies on his shoulders and we expect him to muster the load pretty well. Some believe he is already more advanced than his older brother at the same stage so it will be interesting to track his evolvement this season as the Saints look to showcase their immense talent. If he breaks out early in the season he'll move up a few spots in the rankings.

9. Hakeem Flowers – WR – Wade Hampton High School (Greenville)
Why #9: Here's the x-factor folks. We didn't discover Hakeem until late but he has absolutely blown up in less than a couple of weeks. Already holding 2 ACC offers Flowers has the package many college coaches drool over at 6'3 180 pounds with long arms and blazing speed. The scary part is that he's still developing and has tremendous upside. Equally tough at the safety position we still see him as a dynamic wideout on the next level. If he continues to improve we believe he could also move into the top 4 range. He's that good and we don't think he's scratched the surface really yet.
10. Tony McNeal – QB – Chester High School
Why #10: In almost any other year McNeal would be the state's top signal caller. Don't get us wrong he is going to get his fair share of offers and we're project him in the 3 or possibly 4 star range before he's done on the high school level. He spins it really well and makes strides each time we've seen him. What we like the most about Tony is his accuracy and don't be surprised if his stock continues to rise if he continues to grow and develop. Helping lead Chester to the AAA state championship game until they ran into the buzzsaw that is Everett Golson and the Seahawks of Myrtle Beach. We hope the two get along well because don't be surprised if they don't end up facing each other once or twice again before their prep careers are over.
11. Robert Smith – QB – Woodland High School
Why #11?: Smith is another guy who like McNeal would be the cream of the crop at QB in a regular recruiting class. What he has on his side is that many college coaches also can envision him as a safety on the next level. We're still on the fence with that call because he's a dynamic passer who has piled up some ridiculous numbers in his 2 year career thus far. We're hoping that he continues to grow a few more inches and we think all that safety talk could go by the way side. Either way he's a safe bet to be a heck of a college ball player it appears. A strong start to this upcoming season for Smith will help him add more offers to his resume come September.
12. DeShaun Williams – DT – Daniel High School
Why #12: Williams has been a known commodity for 2 years now and upon receiving an early offer from Clemson decided he wanted to stay with the hometown squad. With good size and surprising agility for a big man Williams has great potential. He totaled 80+ tackles and 7 sacks last season and word is that he has improved his conditioning which bodes for even bigger numbers during his junior season despite constant double teams and cut blocks that he'll see.
13. Phillip Dukes – DT – Manning High School
Why #13: With so much talent in the 2011 class DT is one of the strongest positions so far. Dukes could be the diamond in the rough at Manning. Already holding a couple of offers from the in-state powers he had a monster season last year with 70+ tackles and 12 sacks playing opposite from 2010 standout Dexter Morant. Our eyes will be on Manning multiple times this season and we'll be checking out Dukes to see if we indeed have him too low. He possibly could be moving into the top 10 pretty soon depending on how he starts next season.
14. Sebastian Short – S/LB – Hanahan High School
Why #14: Surprised? Well we were when we first caught Sebastian's film. Playing linebacker for Hanahan we envision him at safety unless he continues to grow some more and adds weight. This young man hits like a ton of bricks and goes out and makes plays time and time again. A strong start should earn him some offers as he's already hearing from a few D1 heavyweights early on. He's a sleeper pick to make a lot of noise before he's a senior.
15. Gerald Dixon – DT – Northwestern High School
Why #15: In terms of numbers from last season Dixon had a big impact for the Trojans despite playing with 2 extremely talented defensive ends and a highly productive linebacker. He has the potential to be a top 5 talent in our eyes. Like DeShaun Williams we're anxious to see how hard he's worked to improve his conditioning and body. He put on one of the most dominant performances we saw from the 2011 class last year in a game against Spartanburg High. When he's on and focused he can create nightmares for offensive coordinators. We're looking for him to move up this coming season as he'll be looking to stake his claim not only as a regional standout but possibly a national level DT in the 2011 class.
#16 Roderick Byers – DE – Northwestern High School
Why #16: One of the biggest surprises this offseason on the combine circuit was Byers. Checking in at 6'3 without shoes and 240 pounds he has the frame to be a load if he continues to grow. Runs well considering his size and age and should only get stronger and faster over the course of the next two seasons. Although he didn't get as much shine as his teammates last season he has emerged in a big way since the end of last season. Hungry to prove himself worthy of scholarship offers expect him to come out like a man posessed this season to try and grab some early offers.
#17 Jeremiah McKie – WR – Mauldin High School
Why #17: It's Jeremiah's turn to shine with the Mavericks. Playing a great deal at both quarterback and wide receiver last year he showed the potential that have many including ourselves thinking he may be the best of all the McKie brothers befoer he's done. Jeremiah accounted for over 2100 yards and 23 touchdowns last year and those numbers should even higher with the graduation of his brother Josh to UNC. With some key players around him the Mavericks could be surprisingly good under McKie's direction.
18. Mike Rose – DE – Hillcrest High School
Why #18: While he didn't have as big an impact as some of the other defensive ends in the 2011 class did last year we expect Rose to break out this season and take his place in the top 10 by year's end. Blessed with a great frame for the position and sprinter's speed he's got the tools to be an absolute monster coming off the edge. If his strength improves from last year expect him to start pulling in offers this coming season and to move up in the rankings soon after.
19. Demetrius Williams – RB – Bamberg Ehrhardt High School
Why #19: Williams has the potential to be a beast in 2011. Rushing for over 1400 yards at 10 yards per carry he had a breakout season last year. While some say he benefited from great blocking it's obvious he's got the vision and ability to make big plays once he hits the hole. College coaches have already been raving about him and we echo that sentiment. Another big season and added strength to his frame will push him higher in our next batch of rankings. Another sleeper extraordinaire to keep a close eye on.
20. Mario Sanders – LB – Greer High School
Why #20: Sanders is a prospect that we had heard about midway through last season. Reviewing his film he's got a chance to make waves as he obviously has the size for the position at 6'4 215 pounds. He had a good showing at the combine in Charlotte and will be interesting to track this upcoming season.
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