The Final SC Pigskin Prep Sensational 60

All season long we have traced the exploits of the Top Players in the state and now we are releasing our Top 60 along with their current colleges choices.

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The Sandlapper Sensational Sixty

We take a Final look at the top players in South Carolina for the 2002. We have profiled the Top 21 and listed by position the next 40.

This list was compiled with input from multiple sources from around the state including fans, media, web site operators, and information from the National Insiders Recruiting Service. Over 20 sources from around the state have given us their input for this list that I have compiled after taking into account everyone's opinion."
This however is not a recruiting list or a look at the top college prospects but rather a look at the Top High School players in the state. We have purposely tried to recognize players who may not be recruited but are having outstanding years. This list recognizes those players that are having Senior Seasons that are making a difference for their High Schools.

Our criteria for ranking were as follows:

*  Is the player making outstanding plays and accomplishments?
*  Are the statistics impressive?
*  Does the player make his team better?
*  Is the team winning games because of the player's input?
*  "Is the player a TEAM FIRST guy, giving 110% on every play and helping his team win games and improve? "
*  Is the player making a difference on Friday night
*  Is he a leader on the field?
*  Are opponents designing their game plan to stop or limit the player?

With that criterion in mind we take a look at the top players in the state and wish these 60 men and the other 10,000 around the state playing the game, the best of luck beyond the 2002 season.   


1 Demetris Summers Lexington  RB
What more can be said about on of the top players to ever lace up the cleats in SC. 11,000 yards, 130 touchdowns, National All Star. But more importantly we saw something at the end of the year that was previously missing from Summers game, the willingness to make his team better. HE lined up at RB, QB when needed, WR at times and did anything his coach asked to make the Wildcats better. He blocked, he faked and he carried out options. He was a complete player and the result was a 7 game winning streak quarterfinal march for Lexington.
College Choices: USC has always and still maintains a large lead over others. Florida is now out of the game. Clemson will also be getting a visit. Lexington folks say he will be at South Carolina next year without a doubt.  

2 Eric Young Union OL
In an era where OL are harder and harder to find, Young is a throwback to the old days. Eric takes over a game like no one else and he led Union to a state title. The 300 lb lineman runs like a tailback, blocks like an All Pro and has the technique of a seasoned veteran. Watch for this guy on Sunday in the future. 
College Choices: USC and Clemson appear to be neck and neck according to regional recruiting services.  USC visit this week may turn the tide as Young has favored USC for most of the season

3 Syvelle Newton Marlboro County QB
Syvelle is one of our favorite players. He just knows how to win and his record as a starting QB bears that out. Some people want to make him an athlete but he is a QB in every sense of the word. Coach Boyd says he could play any position on the field and be successful. He played QB and Safety most of the year but also played LB on occasion when needed to stop the run. In our book he could just as easily be #1 but in 2003, the difference between #1 and #3 is not great. Syvelle has proven he is a leader on and off the field and has taken his game to the next level.
College Choices: South Carolina is still his leader and his all time favorite. He has visited Clemson and will go to Vanderbilt but a source in Marlboro says he will trade the Black and Gold for Garnet and Black next season.

4 Noah Whiteside Greenville WR
We saw Noah for the first time last June in a 7v7 game and knew he was special. Last year it was ""Noah who"". Now it is ""did you see what Noah did last Friday Night"". 86 catches for 1828 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season. A sensational talent with speed, knowledge and vision; He could start as a true freshman next season at South Carolina along side fellow SC HS great Troy Williamson."   
College Choices: South Carolina Verbal Commit. 

5 Rodney Kinlaw Stratford RB
Led his team to a sensational 13-1 record this year with over 1800 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns…….An outstanding young man who is leader at Stratford…….He will do well on the field and in the classroom at the next level. Always talks of team goals ahead of personal goals.
College Choices: Rodney has never publicly stated a favorite but maintains all 3 of his schools are equal, Clemson, Penn St.  and Virginia Tech. Our source however says USC is a long shot and that Penn State is his favorite.

6 Ryan Brown Berkeley LB
Ryan was healthy for the first time in three seasons but struggled a little down the stretch due to the long season. If he can stay healthy and continue to improve then his game is similar to that of former Clemson and Spartanburg great Anthony Simmons. His athletic ability to so great that he made the Shrine Bowl as a TE and caught passes this year for Berkeley.
College Choices: South Carolina was a virtual lock before Coach Strong moved to Florida to coach the Alligators. Now it seems that USC and Florida are in a dead heat. We learned also this week that as expected Ryan was impressed with Ohio St. after their National Championship Quest. The same source also says Ryan wants to stay close to family and thinks in the end he will commit to USC.

7 Maurice Nelson Crestwood LB
Maurice finishes the 2003 season as the No. 1 DB in the state and is looking at some big time offers from schools around the southeast. 
College Choices: Recent reports have Georgia pressing hard and Nelson intrigued by the 13-1 Bulldogs. Clemson was the leader with his brother playing for the Tigers but now it would be considered a dead heat.

8 Maurice Howard Hanahan LB
Marcus showed well on Friday nights all season long and Hanahan finished with a great season and another deep run into the playoffs. 93 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery on the season. An incredible 2 sport athlete, Maurice works hard on the field and the weight room to improve his game. A sensational track and field performer also.
College Choices: Strong Clemson lean with USC and UGA in the mix. NC State has made a late strong push as well.

9 Demetrius Morant Crestwood RB
We just don't understand how one of the top workers in the state is still waiting for offers. The kid works his tail off and gives 110% on every play. He looks like an ole timey hard nosed football. He could be the sleeper of the class.
College Choices:    Middle Tennessee St. and Memphis are involved. He may look at Prep School or JUCO to concentrate on academics.

10 Tray Rodgers Irmo LB
Without a doubt, the most improved player in the state this year. He improved at such a rate that the difference was noticeable week to week. Coach Bob Hanna at Irmo did a great job in working with him the past 4 years. Any question on whether he inherited his father's genes has been answered. A young man that has worked hard and has made his game better and has took Irmo to an undefeated regular season  and a trip to their first ever Big 16 title game.   
College Choices:    Committed to the University of South Carolina

11 Tremaine Billie Dreher RB
The USC commit has led the Blue Devils to a strong start with 1300 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns. The speedy back is also playing DB and has intercepted 4 passes. The Blue Devils are thinking playoffs and their Senior Capitan is leading the wa
College Choices: USC Verbal Commit recently visited Clemson

12 Nathaniel Smith Georgetown RB
"He may be under the radar screen for some high school fans but the Bulldogs in Georgetown know his number and so do schools around the Southeast. A speedy back with 4.58 speed, Smith has led the Bulldogs to a 4-3 start.  
College Choices: Strong lean to UNC which has offered, waiting on the in state schools.   

13 David Smith Union WR
The Union wide out continued to impress this season with his stats are  Teams are double teamed this season but he still averaged 9 catches a game with a new QB. 
College Choices: USC Commit

14 Eric McCullom Camden QB
The All State QB for the defending 3A champion has added a new title to his resume, leader. Eric passed for over 2000 yard passing and 29 touchdowns in 15 games. Camden finished the season as the No. 2 team in 3A. .
College Choices: Commited to Iowa  

15 Justin Durant Wilson LB
118 tackles in 11 games puts this Florence native in the lead among all players in the state for tackles. He also has 10 sacks and Wilson finished among the Top 10 teams in the state for Class 3A. 
College Choices:

16 Rashed Hunter South Aiken RB
"Are you kidding me??? That is the thought around the state each week when you see Hunter's stat line. 317 carries, 2789 yards and 29 TD in just  12 games. But more important to Rashad and the Thoroughbreds made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1994  
College Choices: The new kid on the recruiting block.  This kid is a find and will make someone very happy.  

17 Terrell Allen Byrnes WR
Speed to burn. Defenses are structuring their entire package around Allen and he is seeing double and triple teaming as well as 3 deep zones. The Rebels won the state title this year and Allen was a team leader for the run and gun offense.
College Choices:  Committed to Pittsburg

18 Ronnie McGill Clover RB/DB
"Talk about MVP, this guy never left the field and. Over 1700 yards on offense with 16 scores and over 100 tackles from strong safety makes McGill one of the top players in the state  
College Choice: Headed to Chapel Hill

19 Jonathan Hefney Rock Hill QB/RB
"He runs he passes, he tackles and he returns kicks; he simply is Mr. Everything. In week 8 against Lancaster he threw for a TD, ran for another and took a kick off for a third. Rock Hill has a State Title and a prefect season and Hefney was the leader for this special team.
College Choices: Tennessee has offered but USC is his first choice and he is waiting for an offer.      

20 KO Simpson Rock Hill DB/WR
Another two way star for the Bearcats. He anchors the best secondary in the state and play the Flanker for the Cats. 33catches, 6 touchdowns on offense, 98 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense. His future is on the defense and colleges are drooling over this massive and fast defensive back.    
College Choices: No offers from the Division 1 schools yet but they should be around soon. USC, Clemson, UNC and NC State are all interested

21 Marion Dukes Pickens OL

One of the top OL in the state, a long time commit to Clemson who will help the Tigers rebuild their offensive line.

College Choices: Committed to Clemson


The rest of Palmetto's Finest..........

Russell  Hemby    Orangeburg Wilkinson
Brandon Sims                 Spartanburg
Cleve McCoy      Baptist Hill SC State
Eric Prester        Allendale Fairfax
Drew James                   Spring Valley
Renaldo Gray      Greenwood Furman
Justin Fulbright          Byrnes
Mitch Doolittle               Ninety Six
Running Backs
BJ Brown                     Indian Land
Bobo Thompson           Northwestern
Cedric Gipson             Lakewood
Terrell Williams          Palmetto
Michael Taylor              Irmo
Micheal Graham Rock Hill
Tony Wallace Myrtle Beach
Jay Cox Travelers Rest
Eric Sullivan Laurens
Devito Johnson Batesburg Leesville
Wide Receivers
Sergio Gilliam Greer
Antwan Suratt Spartanburg
Marvin Johnson Camden
Bradley Robinson Byrnes

Charles Brandon 


Offensive Lineman
Howard Pringle Sumter
Ryan Allen Silver Bluff
BW Yates Stratford
Jerome Dunbar South Aiken

Brett Porterfield



Defensive Linemen
Jerome Dunbar South Aiken
Lee McKenzie Dorman
Gannon Mozeak South Florence
Chris Johnson CA Johnson
Anthony McDaniel Keenan
Josh Brock Byrnes
Larry Cannon Batesburg Leesville
Brandon Anderson White Knoll
Adam Iagnemma Myrtle Beach
Travis Henderson Wade Hampton
Curtis Rice Union
Devin Kearse Denmark Olar
Raleigh Jackson Orangeburg Wilkinson
Fred Wilson Cross
Steven Mills Dorman
Defensive Backs
DeAngelo Bryant Silver Bluff Wake Forest
Renaldo Gaskins Camden
David Smith 

AC Flora

Robert Wells


Brookland Cayce
Kicker / Punter
Jad Dean Greenwood
Chris Windham Lamar

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