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2018 class of QB's put up impressive numbers

FMoncks Corner – As a whole, the quarterback position for the 2019 class in South Carolina is not one of the strongest in recent memory.

While there are several senior signal-callers who will earn an opportunity to play at the next level, the number of power five type quarterback prospects is limited to a few.

Greenville High’s Davis Beville enters 2018 as the only true quarterback prospect to receive and accept an offer from a power five school. Beville verbally committed to Pitt earlier this summer.

Beville is primarily a pure pocket passer, one of the few in the state this fall. He has great size (6-5, 200) and a cannon-like arm. He held more than a dozen offers at the time of his commitment.

Beville completed 61 percent of his pass attempts last season, throwing for 2,530 yards and 38 touchdowns. He threw for 2,194 yards as a sophomore and continues to progress and improve as a pure passer.

T.L. Hanna quarterback Alex Meredith will take his option talents to Army, choosing the Golden Knights over other offers, including Navy.

Another option quarterback, Jalon Calhoun (5-11, 175) of Southside, has accepted an offer from Georgia Tech and could end up at another position if quarterback does not work out. Calhoun passed for 2,226 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for more than 500 yards last season.

Malik Richardson (6-4, 200) is a dual-threat quarterback out of Lakewood High and he recently verbally committed to East Carolina. Richardson did not post eye-popping numbers as a junior but has a great arm and moves well in and out of the pocket.

Summerville’s Johnathan Bennett has verbally committed to Liberty and joins a program that is making the transition to FCS level football.

Bennett (6-1, 208) has been a work in progress since deciding to play football as a freshman. He grew up a basketball player and admits the roundball is his first love. But, after some urging, Bennett decided to give football a try. He has developed from an athlete playing quarterback to a quarterback prospect. All thanks to his grandmother.

“I was 20 minutes from not ever playing football so looking back on it, I am blessed and fortunate that I decided to give football a chance,” Bennett said. “The first practice of my freshman year, I almost didn’t go. If my grandma had not woke me up and forced me to go, things might have turned out very different.”

Bennett ended up starting games as a freshman and has been the guy in the shotgun ever since. He had his best season in 2017, passing for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 769 yards and eight scores.

“It’s been a hard process, going through the development as a quarterback,” Bennett said. “I just try to focus on getting better every day and making sure I am being a leader on and off the field.

“I don’t pay attention to what other people say. I know the abilities I have in me and Liberty knows my abilities. They have the confidence in me and I just do what I do.”

Greer’s Treyvion Houston is another dual-threat athlete playing quarterback. The 6-2, 190-pounder is garnering strong interests from several schools, namely Kennesaw State, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina, Old Dominion and Wofford.

Houston threw for 2,147 yards and 35 touchdowns last season and did not throw an interceptions. He accounted for 45 total touchdowns and earned all-state honors.

“I feel like I am a good athlete but I also work hard at being a quarterback,” Houston said. “I watch a lot of film and study the defenses. I study my own game and try to make improvements. I am able to use my athleticism to my advantage but I also feel like I am a good quarterback.

“I have an open mind in terms of playing another position. I want to be a quarterback but I want to be on the field and help my team win games. I keep an open mind. A lot can happen over the next four years so I need to prepare myself to adjust if I need to.”

Though he has no official offers entering the season, Hillcrest’s Will Watts is drawing the attention of several schools. Another season like he had in 2017 will certainly add to the list of suitors.

Watts has received interest from James Madison, Coastal Carolina, UNC Charlotte and some Division II schools. Last season, the 6-1, 190-pounder threw for 3,338 yards (best in Class AAAAA) and 30 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his attempts.

“I try not to focus on recruiting and that stuff.,” he said. “I just try to get better and do whatever I can to help us win games. I just want us to be the best we can be.

“I try to let my play do the talking and see what happens. I feel like in a tough region, if I can put up some good numbers that maybe some doors will open for me. I just stay humble and focused and try to win games.”

Though lesser known because of the small school he plays at, Pee Dee Academy’s Jake Lane has put up impressive numbers. Lane threw for 3,592 yards and 44 touchdowns last season. He completed 60 percent of his pass attempts.

Wren’s Tyrell Jackson (6-2, 210) is a dual-threat player. He threw for 2,016 yards last season. North Myrtle Beach’s Cason McClendon (6-5, 195) threw for more than 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.

Elijah Bey passed for more than 2,200 yards as a junior at C.E. Murray High School. Bey has since transferred to Cane Bay and will work his senior season at the AAAAA level.

Berkeley’s Eric Tuttle (6-1, 190) is gaining some college interest. Tuttle directs one of the state’s top offenses and topped 2,000 yards passing last season.

Reed Charpia of Brookland-Cayce is one of the more dynamic players at the quarterback position. Though not ideal size (6-0, 170), Charpia has a Johnny Manziel type of game, capable of scrambling and making plays in a variety of ways.

Keenan’s Alajuwan Robinson (6-0, 190) is drawing interest from Wofford, CSU, The Citadel and others. He accounted for nearly 1,000 on the ground last season.

Looking ahead to the 2020 of quarterbacks, several players are moving towards the top of the list.

Four star quarterback/athlete Luke Doty (6-1, 195)  of Myrtle Beach recently committed to South Carolina after entertaining a dozen major college offers. Doty played mainly receiver for the Seahawks last year as a sophomore when he caught over 70 passes for nearly a 1,000 yards receiving. He is expected to put up some huge numbers in the Myrtle Beach offense this season. He is a pro syle quarterback who can excape the pocket and make thigns happen with his feet.  

Gilbert’s Josh Strickland (6-3, 180) threw for 2,110 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore. He is receiving early power five interest.

Saluda’s Noah Bell (6-2, 205) passed for 2,100 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 17 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore.

Hunter Helms of Gray Collegiate is 6-2, 195-pounds with a strong arm. He passed for 2,600 yards and 23 touchdowns last season and is receiving early interest from Troy, Louisville South Carolina, North Carolina State and Georgia State.

Barnwell’s Craig Pender (5-11, 180) is a developing passer and an excellent athlete and leader on the field. Pender has some early Division I interest, including Coastal Carolina, Furman, Wake Forest and North Carolina.


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