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An Inside Look At Some Under- Valued 2018 Players Like Quincy Mitchell Of Hanahan

By Billy Baker


Moncks Corner-This is the time of year the HSSR hopes that major colleges will slow down for a few days and give some “late blooming seniors” a quick re-evaluation based on actual early senior season film before simply writing off the 2018 class in favor of the 2019 and 2020 prospects.

Before we go any further we extend sincere appreciation to Nevin Goff and Chuck Floyd who run the Country Green Turf Farm in beautiful New Zion, S.C. for their sponsorship of this recruiting page. They are die-hard Clemson Tiger fans and Mr. Goff is the proud grandfather of East Clarendon junior golfer Rylee Goff who is an outstanding golfer. (He certainly has an ideal name for the sport of golf!)

There are three football players from the 2018 class who come to mind in the month of September that have shown great talent on a football field and we will focus on all three of them before talking about Spring Valley national recruit Channing Tindall and Steve Gilmore a corner back/slot receiver from South Pointe.  

You honesty can’t observe Hanahan’s Quincy Mitchell (5-10, 170) run a football in person during live action, and not be impressed. He rushed for 258 yards on 37 carries and scored five touchdowns for the Hawks in their 34-28 win over a then 6-0 Manning team on September, 29th.

“Hanahan’s running back is really special,” said Manning High coach Keith West who played quarterback at Wake Forest. “I know he is a track kid playing football but I think he is turning into a special football player also based on the way he played against us tonight.”

Mitchell has now rushed for 1,071 yards on 159 carries and he has scored 15 touchdowns.

In May he ran a 10.4 100 meters at the AAA Lower State meet which established a new state record in the event, then a week later he went on and won both the 100 and 200 meters at the state track meet. The track colleges have flocked to his door including Virginia Tech, Army, South Carolina and Louisville and they have offered track scholarships.

“Right now I am leaning towards track in college but I would not rule out playing football also,” said Mitchell after the game. “These four colleges have all indicated if things could be worked out that I could play football too. I will just have to wait and see.”

Hanahan head coach Charlie Patterson added, “Bobby Bentley, running backs coach at South Carolina, has been keeping in touch with Quincy and they have a sincere interest in him possibly doing both sports. I will tell you that Qunicy has not been playing football that long and the more he plays the more like a football player he has become. He has really shown a lot of improvement this year over last season.”

Mitchell could be a Bruce Ellington type slot receiver, or run in the mold of Clemson’s Tavian Feaster after a red shirt year. He could even be a free safety as well. Hopefully, he will make either the Shrine Bowl or North-South all-star teams.

The other two players who have had impressive Septembers are from the SCISA ranks. We have Laurence Manning Academy receiver Taylor Lee (6-0, 170, and 4.5) ranked among the Top 56 players in the 2018 class in South Carolina and he has done nothing to make us look bad in our ratings program in the month of September.

Last week against highly regarded Ben Lippen Lee scored three touchdowns. Two of them were catch, break tackles, and run for 70 and 50 yards respectively. His third catch was against a double team from six yards out. On the season Lee has caught 48 passes for 687 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also returned   two punts for scores plus a kick-off.

“You can tell that number 9 (Lee) from LMA has worked hard being a great route runner and he has great hands,” said Ben Lippen head coach Derek White. “I coached at Vanderbilt, Christ Church and the past three seasons at Ben Lippen and I can tell you that the colleges are looking more and more at SCISA players because they have structure, good discipline, and good grades and in most cases they are self-starters. The LMA kid fits this profile perfectly.”

LMA head coach Robbie Briggs played at The Citadel and coached five major college players during a long coaching stint at manning High where he also played. “In all honestly, I have never coached a harder working and more competitive player then Taylor Lee,” said Coach Briggs. “Taylor reminds me a lot of Fred Bennett and they both run in the 4.5 forty range. Taylor has a competitive spirit you just can’t coach. He has tremendous soft hands and rarely misses a ball he touches.”

Lee has an unofficial visit scheduled for Wofford on October, 21st.  He reminds some people of Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow. Lee is an avid Tiger fan and would even welcome a preferred walk on opportunity with the Tigers.

Earlier in September the HSSR scouted fullback Bailey Ackerman (5-11, 220) from Andrew Jackson Academy, a small SCISA 8-man school in Ehrhardt. To date Ackerman has rushed for 1,211 yards on 123 carries and 18 touchdowns.

Ackerman has never been officially timed in the forty but he has a 450 pound squat and 29 inch vertical and he is hard to tackle. He had a 338 yards rushing game and three touchdowns last week. He has visited The Citadel, Limestone College, and North Greenville.

In the opinion of the HSSR he would fit well in an offense like they run at Wofford or even power five school Georgia Tech. This is our recruiting evaluation of Ackerman after seeing him play: “Uses his 450 pound leg squat to drive through tacklers with low pad level while keeping feet moving through the tackler. His 29 inch vertical jump is exceptional for a runner with a low center of gravity. His blocking ability can lead a runner through the hole creating running lanes with openness, and he stays on his feet past first contact, allowing for multiple blocks on a single play.”

Bailey is coached by 35 year public school veteran Willie Craven. “I have coached a lot of next level players in my time at places like St. Johns High and Walterboro (now Colleton County) and I can tell you if a college is looking for a fullback Ackerman is the player you need to evaluate.”

Now we turn our thoughts to highly regarded Spring Valley linebacker Channing Tindall (6-2, 208) who has moved up the national charts to a Top 25 player on some lists.

Tindall is sticking by his final five schools of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Notre Dame.  He has turned down a gray shirt offer from Clemson.

“Coach Will Muschamp and USC linebacker coach Coleman Hutzler came to our Richland Northeast game and they were just shaking their heads at some of the plays Tindall was making during the game,” said Spring Valley head coach Robin Bacon. “Channing is a head hunter. He has unreal closing speed and he covers a lot of ground and closes to the ball quickly with force. He’s an old school tackler and when he hits you he gets your attention. He’s a Sunday player for sure.”

Coach Bacon said that Tindall is likely going to wait and announce his school choice at the Army All-American game in San Antonio in early January.

Cover corner and slot receiver Steve Gilmore (5-11, 165) had plans to announce his college choice on his birthday on September, 27 and his father tells the HSSR he was favoring South Carolina on his birthday.

“South Carolina wanted him to commit much earlier in the process and while they are still recruiting my son they were not ready to take his potential commitment on his birthday,” said Mr. Gilmore whose son Stephon starred at South Carolina before becoming a first round NFL draft choice. “My son has kind of shut down his recruiting for a while as we sort things out.

“We are planning to attend the South Carolina game with Arkansas this weekend and we are keeping the communication channels open between our family and USC,” said Mr. Gilmore. “We are also still talking to Louisville, North Carolina and Georgia.”



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