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HSSR Rated Defensive Backs Strong Group in SC Led By Four Star Rated Cameron Smith of Westwood


HSSR Rated Defensive Backs Strong Group in SC Led By Four Star Rated Cameron Smith of Westwood

By Chris Dearing

Special Contributor

Columbia--South Carolina high school football historically churns out top flight college prospects and the 2019 Class isn’t going to be any different.

One of the strongest positions among that class is defensive backs with a player returning to the state leading the way. Westwood’s Cameron Smith is a four-star prospect that’s rated as the No. 5 player overall in the High School Sports Report’s Top 100 2019 senior group.

Smith played three years of football in Maryland and he is back with the Warhawks after his Mom’s job was transferred back to the Blythewood area.

“It’s been great to be back. I played middle school ball with most of the guys and we already have chemistry together. The first 7-on-7 of the summer, we clicked right away,” Smith said. “It’s been great to be back with the guys and being around them again. I feel better being back here. They had some competition (in Maryland) but there’s a lot more in South Carolina than up there.”

Smith has a final three of South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee and is expected to announce his decision after Westwood’s season-opener against Lugoff-Elgin.

Jalen Geiger of Spring Valley also is rated among the Top 10 seniors in the state. He’s already committed to Kentucky.

Geiger is pleased to get that decision behind him and humbled to be so high on the list.

“I always wanted to commit before the season, so I could focus on winning a state championship with my brothers,” Geiger said. “It’s been a blessing. You look at some of the top players to come out of South Carolina every year; it’s a pretty amazing list. To be included on that list as a senior was a goal but see it come true has been a true blessing.”

Boiling Springs defensive back – and member of the all-name team – Storm Duck checks in as the No. 16 prospect in the state. He’s already committed to North Carolina.

A couple of other defensive backs from the talent-rich Rock Hill area are also committed to ACC schools. Fentrell Cypress of Northwestern will sign with Virginia and South Pointe’s Jaylen Mahoney will be attending Wake Forest.

“The top guys can play with anybody in the nation,” Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon said. “Obviously I’m partial to Jalen (Geiger) but if you just look at whom some the schools that the top guys are committed too, and you can see there’s talent in the secondary.”

It doesn’t stop with those top guys either. Raquan Hartley of Saluda has committed to Middle Tennessee.

There are also some top players that aren’t committed yet. Jacquez Lucas of Lamar is a bit undersized at 5-9, 165 but runs a 4.4 and is getting several looks from FCS schools. Tre Morrison of Berkeley, A.J. Williams of Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Manning’s Dupree Keilah, Hemingway’s Darius Taylor. Hillcrest’s Jake Kenison, Gaffney’s Jaquez Smith and Timberland’s Tyler Sumpter are others to keep a watch out for.

Add in two-way players D.J. Chisolm of Berkeley, Braxton Wedgeworth of Bethune-Bowman and Malik Richardson of Lakewood and you have a solid class of guys that will be playing on the next level over the next four seasons.


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