It appears to be a down year in South Carolina when it comes to college football recruiting.
The state that has produced blue-chip recruits
, Jadeveon Clowney
and Shaq Roland
in successive years has neither an elite blue-chipper nor the same type of depth as the state is accustomed to, according to CBS MaxPreps recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.
"It's not a real good year in the state," Lemming said. "There are some good players, but not the kinds of numbers they're used to having."
However, there are still some very good players in the Palmetto State, led by Dillon
offensive lineman D.J. Park
, the state's top player. Lemming believes that by the end of his senior season, Park might be the best tackle in the country.
"He's got great feet, he's an aggressive ballplayer, and he has a super high ceiling," he said. "He already looks like a college player."
Dillon also features fellow linemen Bryce King
and Brendan Alford
, as well as speedy running back Jabo Lee
The state's second-best recruit from the state is receiver Tramel Terry
. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Terry, currently committed to Georgia, is on the small side but brings impressive speed to the table.
"He's not as tall as some other guys, but he runs a 10.6," Lemming said. "I went down to see him and came away really impressed. He catches the ball with his hands and has great separation."
Terry's teammates, linebacker Gerald Turner
and defensive end Jalen Stevens
, help comprise a deep Class of 2013 group at Goose Creek
The No. 3 recruit in the state is Mike Williams
, a receiver from Lake Marion (Santee)
. The 6-4 Williams caught 66 passes for 1,296 yards and 11 scores last season, drawing comparisons by some to former Summerville star A.J. Green
"He's not as fast as Terry, but he's very tall," Lemming said.Michael Hill
, a defensive tackle from Pendleton
, checks in as the state's No. 4 player.
"He's the best player from the northwest part of the state," Lemming said.
Lemming praised the footwork on the 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle.
"He has real good feet," Lemming said. "He stops the run. He's not a great pass rusher, but he runs well."
Other recruits Lemming likes around the state include Chocolate Wilson
, Harold Atkinson
, D.J. Greenlee, Jadar Johnson and Justin Bridges-Thompson.