TheClemsonInsider.com releases the early Top Ten for 2012 South Carolina prospects. The talent level in 2012 is down from 2011 when the Palmetto state included the nation’s top prospect, one of the nation’s top receivers and several others who played in the two major All-American games. But the TCI Top Ten for South Carolina is filled with prospects that will be hearing from major programs across the Southeast.
Coming in at No. 1 in the TCI SC Top Ten is Lexington athlete Shaq Roland. Shaq is also an oustanding basketball player and already has major offers in both sports. The 6-1, 175 pound prospect could play on either side of the ball but projects as a defensive back. The early offer list includes Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and others. Roland has been a frequent visitor to Clemson including two basketball games this year.
Gaffney receiver Quinshad Davis is the No. 2 player in the early rankings. The 6-3, 180 pound prospect is the top receiver in the state and projects as a 4-star receiver. The offer list includes Clemson, South Carolina and NC State, but expect that list to grow quickly over the spring. Davis camped at Clemson last year and is a top target for both in-state programs.
Dorman offensive lineman Patrick Destefano comes in at No. 3. Destefano already has over 14 offers including Clemson, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arkansas and many others. Patrick has been a frequent visitor to Clemson and the Tigers have been the favorite over the last year, but Notre Dame and others are doing their best to stay in the race. The Dorman standout plans to make a decision by May.
6-6, 290 pound offensive lineman Oliver Jones could be the top player in the state before he finishes his senior season. An injury kept Jones from playing his junior season so he doesn’t have the film that the other prospects do. The early offer list includes both in-state schools, but expect that to grow quickly ove the next few months. Jones is expected to wait until his senior season to make a decision since he missed his junior year. The Tigers are the team to beat heading into the spring.
Bamberg defensive tackle Martin Aiken is the No. 5 prospect in the early rankings. Aiken is the latest standout from the school that gave Clemson Ricky Sapp and DaQuan Bowers. The offer list is growing quickly for Aiken and stands at more than 12 including Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn and Virginia Tech. The Tigers are in good shape heading into the spring.
6-0, 195 T.J. Burrell is the top linebacker in the Palmetto state. Burrell is the No. 6 prospect and already has early offers from Clemson and South Carolina. The Tigers are the leader at this time.
Coming in at No. 7 is another outstanding offensive lineman, Javarius Leamon. The 6-6, 260 pound prospect from Woodruff has offers from Clemson, South Carolina and East Carolina early. South Carolina is the early favorite.
The state’s top defensive end is 6-3, 245 pound Shaq Lawson. The Daniel standout is the No. 8 prospect. The Clemson staff has been watching Shaq for several years. The Tigers were the first to offer and they are clearly the team to beat. Lawson may not be on the market long.
Wando defensive end Gimel President comes in at No. 9. President has been a frequent visitor to Clemson and has a very impressive early offer list. The early offers include Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina among others.
Coming in at No. 10 is TL Hanna tight end Justin Meredith. The early offers include South Carolina, LSU, Tennesse, North Carolina and many others. Justin is a longtime Clemson fan, but the Tigers have yet to offer.
Expect the TCI SC Top Ten to change over the spring and summer as the prospects attend the combines and summer camps.