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Horton, Galloway Making Big Moves Up The HSSR Pre-Season Top 100 List In The 2022 Class, Camps Abound Everywhere & They Are Packed With Prospects

Horton, Galloway Making Big Moves Up The HSSR Pre-Season Top 100 List In The 2022 Class, Camps Abound Everywhere & They Are Packed With Prospects 

By Billy G Baker


Moncks Corner—Summer football elite camps and one day camps are back; packed to capacity all over South Carolina, and the rest of the nation, with the NCAA lifting most restrictions that had shut- down elite prospect camps, and instructional camps, last summer because of the National Emergency declared due to the Pandemic of Covid-19.

One bit of good news has been shared with the HSSR by Clarendon Hall head football coach Anthony Reitnaur concerning Saints wide receiver Kylic Horton (6-5, 200) who reminds some observers (including this writer) of former South Carolina receiver, and now NFL player, Alshon Jeffery. After being full evaluated by the USC coaching staff in skills tests and drills on June 3-4 the Gamecocks made Horton an official offer and the HSSR can say with almost certainty that Horton is a huge lean-to USC, and will likely have a decision in that direction by mid-July.

This writer observed Horton hit two home runs, this past season, in the 400-plus range for his high school baseball team. One pitch he powered out the park was a curve ball breaking away from him in the strike zone. The HSSR has now moved Horton from a number 13 ranking on our pre-season 2022 list in SC all the way to number one. This is the first time in 35 tears of the HSSR doing player rankings in SC that a player has moved up so quickly.  

In basketball, Horton averaged over 35 points and 17 rebounds a game. He is a one-step dunker from the foul line. Horton left the USC camp and went to a Clemson camp on June, 6 and while the Tigers were impressed, they did not make an official offer due in part because they are involved with what they hope are a few five- star receivers in various parts of the country right now.  The NFL draft in three or four years will reveal if any college made the right decision not offering an instate-player hoping to get a better player from outside of South Carolina should Horton come out of college football as a first draft pick much like Jeffrey did.

At the USC camp Horton ran a 4.4 forty, verified a vertical leap of 39 inches and he has an 82 inch wing span. He displayed a broad jump of 10’ 2” and ran the shuttle in 4.4. He has a hand size of 9.5” and he also ran a 4.5 forty. Horton has nice soft hands and he catches a football at a very high point in the air. In many ways he plays a lot like former Summerville and Georgia first round NFL pick A.J. Green when he runs pass patterns. Horton, just like Green, is a master at winning those 50-50 balls, often using his body to fend off shorter but physical cover corners trying to knock the ball away.

Horton went to the one-day elite camp at Virginia Tech on June, 10 and the Hokies offered also. He ran a 4.49 for the Holies and they measured him at just under 6’ 4” tall and 196 pounds. Then on June, 18 Horton went to the one- day camp at Coastal Carolina with his high school coach and father Johnny Horton.  Coastal Carolina became the third major college offer for Horton in the past 15 days. “At Coastal they had 300 kids at their camp and 40 to 50 of them were wide receivers from all over, and I didn’t see anyone who I thought had better ball skills over Kylic,” said Coach Reitenaur. “Honesty, Kylic is just a freak of nature.”

Serious interest in the past few days has come from Michigan State and Mississippi State and both schools are pressing Horton to attend elite camps on their campuses.

“I am sitting down with the family on Wednesday June, 23rd to discuss where everything is at right now with Kylic’s recruiting,” said Coach Reitenaur. “Shane Beamer and USC wide receiver coach Justin Stepp have kept in constant touch since they made Kylic the offer at camp. I would like to see Kylic have a decision before we start football practice in late July or early August.”

With Horton moving to number one on the 2022 list in South Carolina, a victory for 8-man football teams all across America has been declared, and the HSSR is saying that we are confident when Horton comes out of college, he is likely to be a late first round draft pick. We put him in the same category with the same skill set and “model projection” of former Summerville wide receiver AJ Green. He and Green have about the exact same skill set measurements, in fact Horton rates slightly higher in all honesty, coming out of high school. The difference is Green played for the late John McKissick at Summerville while Horton is playing at a small rural school just off Exit 108 on I-95 in South Carolina.

With Horton moving to number one on the HSSR 2022 board Greenville offensive lineman Collin Sadler (6-6, 295) remains a firm pledge to Robbie Caldwell and Clemson and we no change coming.

The new number three is Jaedyn Lukus (6-1, 178) a DB from Mauldin. The HSSR still feels he will end up at Clemson but North Carolina and Alabama are still pressing hard for his services. Lukus visited North Carolina in early June and he had a very positive experience. He also has offers from Auburn, Arkansas and Appalachian State.  Clemson has been out-front for quite a while but the Tar Heels are closing ground.

The HSSR learned on deadline that Hammond RB Capers Stokes (5-11, 190) went to Michigan for a one- day camp on June, 18 and committed to the Wolverines. Stokes was thought to be a lock to South Carolina with the Gamecocks offering him early in his sophomore season two years ago.  Capers was the HSSR SCISA AAA Player of the Year for the 2020 season after helping lead his high team to another AAA state title. Stokes runs under his pads with a quick first step and a special gear that kicks in at the line of scrimmage allowing him to blow past Linebackers.  Stokes is rated as the top RB prospect in SC for 2022 and he is the number 6 over-all prospect in SC.

Adam Randall (6-3,200) a WR from Myrtle Beach remains a firm pledge to Clemson at the number seven HSSR player ranking in SC.  Dutch Fork’s Antonio Williams (6-0, 180) has 18 offers to date with his first offer from Southern Cal mid-way through his junior year still a major talking point. Notre Dame and Tennessee have come on strong of late but Williams remains open at this point. RB KZ Adams (5-9,181) of Gray Collegiate remains a solid Top 10 HSSR prospect in South Carolina and he is sitting on six offers with the top two being Georgia State and Air Force.

A lot of major colleges got in on Chapin OL Chase Sweigert (6-6, 305) the past two years when they stopped by to watch film on Thornton Gentry who is now on football scholarship at NC State.  Sweigert has firm offers from Virginia Tech and South Florida with East Carolina coming on very strong. Sweigert bench presses around 335 pounds and has good arm extension for passing blocking. “He pulls very well for us and he is a great straight ahead drive blocker,” said high school coach Gentry Gentry.

Bennett Galloway (6-0, 190) is a two- way player at Chapin (RB, KO, FS) who had over 1,800 all-purpose yards for the Eagles last year when he earned a AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year honors from the HSSR. Both his grandfather and father played at South Carolina. “Bennett can flat fly and his recruiting is starting to heat up,” said high school coach Justin Gentry on June, 19.  Galloway was offered by N.C. State when he camped there earlier in June. He is a natural FS but can play many skill positions on offense also. “He was offered by NC State a week ago (around June, 11-12) when he camped with them. He and his parents are going back up to Raleigh on June, 21 to check things out a little more.” Gallloway has moved up from 53 on the HSSR pre-season 2020 player rankings up to number 21 this issue.

Speaking of number 20; Galloway’s WR teammate Xavier Short (6-2, 200) remains in that pre-season HSSR 2022 player ranking. Short has firm offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and App State he camped at South Carolina on the June, 9 and had a good showing.   Short runs excellent pass routes, is a sure handed receiver, and the HSSR calls him “A Bigger Hunter Renfrow.”

The HSSR is very High on Andrew Jackson Academy MLB-HB Jonathan Schaffer (6-3, 239, 4.69) who recently dead-lifted 505 pounds in well Known Chip Smith’s Atlanta training facility. Schaffer has turned down many invitations o attend one day camps in June due a nagging high ankle sprain that

caused him to miss three games as a junior. He does not want a slightly off 40-time right now to hurt his chances for a football scholarship but he is about to get out even though he is not 100 per cent. He power cleans 325 pounds with ease. He is a straight A student in the class room. Schaffer will be visiting Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina in the coming weeks and Gamecocks have been keeping in touch with him and they are anxious to see his 500-pound dead lift up-close.  Schaffer is likely to stop by Coastal Carolina and he has a favorite cousin about to enroll at Wofford College

and he plans to visit the Terriers in the very near future.  Schaffer spent one week at Palmetto Boy’s State between June, 13 and June, 19 that caused him to miss several camps he had been invited to. 

Another injured player about to get out at some prospect camps is North Myrtle Beach DB Chandler McCall (6-0, 180). McCall was the highest rated rising 2022 player in a skills test given to 600 athletes at the highly respected IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida at the end of December 2020. As a matter of fact, he hurt his hamstring on one of the last drills at the camp that forced him to miss being a sprinter on his track team this season. Instead, he started throwing the Javelin in mid-April and four weeks later this natural athlete won the AAAA state title with a heave of just over 165 feet. He can stand broad jump 10’ 7” and even with a bad hamstring he ran a 4.52 at River Bluff recently is a skills test for possible selection to the North-South all-state game. McCall will be working out for coaches at Wake Forest, William & Mary and Virginia Tech where his father captained the Holies team in the early 1990’s as a tight end. McCall has been going through “dry needling” lately and he is feeling much better. 

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