A look at the most underrated prospects in the Palmetto State's 2011 class currently. There's plenty of talent in South Carolina once again and inside we take a look at the prospects, like Carson Smith (pictured), we feel are the most underrated guys on the board. Come inside and see who's on the list and should be landing offers in the near future.
SCPrepNation's Most Underrated 2011 Prospects (April 15, 2010 Edition)
Analysis: This youngster has big time written all over him. His initial burst off the line is impressive given his 310 pound size. Most prospects in high school and many in college don't possess the first step explosion Felder has. We'd like to see him improve his disengaging skills over the offseason but in terms of upside and an unbelievable motor Felder is one of the best we've seen in quite some time at defensive tackle. Already has a few schools taking a long hard look but if he's able to hit the camp/combine circuit and give strong showings he'll be holding offers in the very near future.
Analysis: Smith hopefully won't be on this list too much longer as there's a number of schools showing strong interest in him currently. Still though his hard work shows on the field and in the statistics. Smith has great instincts and that nose for the ball has landed him team defensive MVP honors the past two season for Mauldin. Love his approach to the game as he won't back down from anyone. That competitive spirit matched with the fact that he tied for 1st place in this year's state strength meet in his weight class. The person with whom he tied, 2010 Byrnes RB Marcus Lattimore who was the nation's #1 running back. Smith has made improvements each year and continues to impress during recent camp visits at the MVP Camp in Atlanta and VTO Elite 100 Camp in Charlotte. At both camps Smith was in the running as the top linebacker prospect which shows just how outstanding he really is. Hopefully the offers start rolling in soon because schools are missing the boat on an ultimate competitor who's a team leader on and off the field with tremendous character.
Analysis: Cannon caught our eye this past season and he continued to develop as the season rolled on. Now he's got quite a few schools taking a close look. He's got great size at wide receiver but pairs it with tremendous athleticism. Has great leaping ability which he knows how to utilize to his advantage. Cannon is still learning the game and that's what makes him such an intriguing prospect. Basketball is his first love but his free ride to college is more than likely on the football field. Tons of potential to shape and mold in this youngster.
Analysis: Rose started transitioning from defensive end to linebacker last season for the Rams and the results were profoundly positive. Blessed with tremendous speed (4.45 second 40) and a nose for the ball Rose has tons of potential. He will actually spend some time this season at safety as well. We feel he'll be a backer on the next level and with a tremendous work ethic and passion for the game it shows in his play on the field. Rose has a real knack on special teams blocking kicks which should get special attention in his direction as often times that blocked extra point or field goal can win ball games. A big time talent who lines up all over the field showing his versatility. His speed is one of his biggest assets as he's a big time track standout as well.
Analysis: Cooper is another gem that is started to get some attention here lately. Speed, specifically recovery speed, is his biggest strength. We've watched his highlight tape and he's got the size and frame to be a major prospect at corner. We'd like to see him get more physical at the line but he's got good instincts and hips which helps him to be a big time cornerback. Does a good job locating the ball in the air and has the burst of speed to make up almost any distance between he and the receiver. Has good timing with his leaping ability which enables him to deflect or intercept passes. Stay tuned we'll have more on this fast rising prospect.
Analysis: Caldwell goes out and performs every time we've seen him. Has a number of schools showing interest at this point but has yet to earn his first scholarship offer. Went out this past season and upped his play with big time stats and earning an All-Region selection. Caldwell has a nose for the ball and always seems to be in on the play which speaks volumes to his instincts and motor. Also steps up and does an excellent job in run support. Solid prospect who does a lot of things very well and performs at a high level in the classroom as well. One to keep a close eye on as he's got good size, can get physical at the LOS, and provides strong run support.
Analysis: Disher went out last season and lead the state in receptions as a junior and set the state record for most receptions in a single season with 105 catches. Has great size at 6'4 and 190 pounds which is a trait college coaches are reaching out for more and more nowadays. Has excellent hands and knows how to use his size to shield defenders away from the ball which makes him extra dangerous inside the red zone. He's not a burner but he knows how to find the holes in a defense and makes an inviting target. We'd like to see im increase his strength and speed this offseason which should lead to an even more dominating senior season. Schools are starting to step up their efforts in recruiting Dishera and for good reason. Don't expect him to be without an offer for long.