The South Carolina In-State Recruiting Battle

A quick look at the board and we can see what's already gone from the Top
Twenty Board. Seven of the Top Ten players are committed - three to Clemson, three to
South Carolina, and one to Georgia. But the second ten in the Top Twenty seem to be
creating their own "circle of friends" in the Valley. Numbers 12, 13, 14, and 18
are all committed to the Tigers already.
The Tigers got two big pick ups this past week from No. 12 Stanley Hunter (5-11,205) of
Byrnes and No. 10 Scotty Cooper (6-0,200) of Lake City. These followed South Carolina's
committment from T.L. Hanna running back Brian Maddox two weeks ago.
So, how does it look so far? Lets begin with the Cooper commit to Clemson. It was
rumored for weeks that Cooper was a Clemson lock, and then a SC lock, and then back to
"no favorites".  The message boards posters can say what they want, but the
Gamecock faithful thought Cooper was a lock and his commitment to the Tigers is huge. It
also makes the "no offer" to Charles White look like a "shoulda" in
Its hard to argue that the Tigers are winning the in-state battle right now. With seven
of the Top Twenty committed to their program, it is a huge lean on the
scales compared to the three commitments that the Gamecocks currently have. Granted, each
have a five star on their list and the Gamecocks have two Top 100 (national) players on
their list (Gray and Richardson). But the Tigers have Willy Korn and that is an Ace in any
If you look at what's still on the board from the Top Twenty, you've got
some very solid players. Two Rivals100 players in
href="">Mark Barnes
(SCV #2) and Cliff
Matthews (SCV #5) remain open. Barnes would be huge for South Carolina, which
could get his commitment if he decides to stay in state. Matthews is rumored to be
"open" but I suspect he will be a Gamecock. If they could land both of those
guys, they could make a very good arguement for it being a fairly even year in the
in-state battle. Barnes, in my opinion, is the best football athlete in the state of South
Ft Dorchester defensive end
href="">Carlos Dunlap
is still on the board and the rumor mill has him as a South Carolina lean. Batesburg
Leesville wide receiver
href="">Dontrelle Inman
is a wild card, but I look for him to flee the boarder to another SEC team. Offensive
tackle Kyle
Fischer of Spring Valley will be an absolute steal for someone (I think ACC
out of state) because he has the most upside of any of the OL's in the state this year.
The other Spring Valley OL on the board,
href="">Mason Cloy,
will more than likely be a Tiger when all is said and done. He likes the Tigers and I
expect him to drop SC from consideration very soon. Ridge View wide receiver
href="">Brandon King
is a kid that I've got in the SCV Top Twenty and he's gotten interest from both in-state
schools, as well as others. He is taking care of some academic issues right now and when
those are cleared up, he'll be easier to read. I know he's gotten strong interest from
Marshall, as well. Lindell
Stevenson of Marlboro County is still open and I think he's a strong
Clemson probability.
*yellow highlight indicates an Top Ten player. All players on the board are SCV Top Twenty.