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HSSR Preseason Position Preview – A Look At The Offensive Linemen 2019 Talent In South Carolina

HSSR Preseason Position Preview – A Look At The Offensive Linemen 2019 Talent In South Carolina 

By WORTHY EVANS

Special Writer

Columbia--Big guys up front are scattered all over the High School Sports Report’s Top 100 recruits for 2019. Eighteen offensive linemen listed among the best 100 rising seniors in the state of South Carolina. 

Near the top of the list, at No.15 is John Gelotte (6-6, 270). The Dorman senior committed to Duke after receiving offers from the Blue Devils, North Carolina, Louisville, West Virginia, and Appalachian State.

Gelotte’s teammate, 68th ranked Mason Trotter (6-2, 255) has offers from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Louisville and Syracuse. The two linemen led a line that blocked for three 1,000-yard rushers as the Cavaliers went on to the AAAAA state championship last year.

At No.17 on the list, Chester’s Wyatt Tunall (6-5, 270) committed to Appalachian State July 3, after receiving 13 offers and interest from a lot more schools. Having reached a 4.0 grade-point average and with a score of 23 on the ACT, he’s on track to graduate from high school in December and enroll at Appalachian State in the spring.

Tunall is a first team AAA All-Region IV player in 2017 after helped lead Chester to 437.8 offensive yards and 42 points per game. His summer commitment to the Mountaineers will put him at ease as he plays one more year of football for the Cyclones.

“We’re going to be pretty good,” Tunall said. “We’re a run-heavy team. We’re returning all five offensive linemen, so we’ll be pretty good upfront, which will be good for us.

Summerville’s Daylen Powell (6-5, 280) committed to Western Kentucky June 15 after fielding offers from Navy and Appalachian St. The lineman who made it to No.19 on the list got looks from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke, and Virginia Tech, among others.

“Clemson and South Carolina were showing interest, but were short of offering,” Powell said.

While Powell will be at ease with his college career choice, the Green Wave will have something to prove in the fall. “We have some questions,” Powell said. “We had some losses in the key parts of our offense, but we’re returning a lot of offensive players and our offensive line should be pretty good. We have a new running back, but we’ve only lost one person from the line. We’ve got a lot of experience. We should be good.”

At No. 29, Berkeley’s Kamren McCray (6-6, 325), has offers from South Carolina and Tennessee State and has drawn interest from Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech and N.C. State. The standout said he’s not leaning toward any particular school at the moment. “I’m open to everybody,” he said. “I think I’ll whittle it down over time.”

McCray had a big hand in the Stags’ 13-2 effort last year and looks to move the team even further in the coming season. “I started off slow and kind of picked it up as the season went along,” he said. “I think I’ll be way better than last year. We’ve got a whole lot of starters returning this year. It’s just a matter of everybody doing what they have to do.”

Center Avery Reece 6-3 250) of Belton-Honea Path comes in at No.35 and is drawing serious interest from Clemson, Coastal, Georgia State and Alabama State.

At No. 41 Central’s Devin Rushing (6-5 310), has interest from USC, Clemson, and Coastal. “I haven’t decided,” he said. “But it’s going to be great this year. We run and gun most of the time and that’s awesome for us (on the line).”

Evan Jumper (6-4 255) of Myrtle Beach is currently ranked number 43 in the HSSR 2019 rankings. He committed to Furman after fielding offers from more than a dozen schools, among them Coastal, Old Dominion, Wofford, Citadel, Western Carolina, App State, Kent State, Marshall, Georgia Southern, and Army.

Broome lineman Jysaiah Cromer (6-3, 325) is at No. 48 and has offers from The Citadel, Liberty, and Campbell. The guard graded out at 93 percent last year, with 31 knockdowns, with three touchdown-springing blocks.

In the number 62 slot is Ashley Ridge’s lineman Jackson Pell (6-3, 280) who is upbeat on the upcoming season. Wofford, Furman, Charleston Southern, and other schools around the state have taken an interest in him, and he remains open for a good offer. Last season the Swamp Foxes standout worked on reestablishing a starting presence after missing half of his sophomore year with an injury.

“Last year I was working hard and trying to get back to being at my best,” Pell said. “This year I feel good. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’m working hard to the best player I’ve ever been.”

Pell said the Swamp Foxes will be short on depth, but he’s upbeat on the team’s potential. “We were a young team last year and we’ve built on our experience,” he said. “If we stay healthy we’re going to have a good year.”

At No.70, Charles McCoy (Strom Thurmond 6-2, 260) is a relative newcomer to the offensive line, having been predominantly a defensive lineman until this season.  He’s been getting looks from South Carolina State, North Carolina A&T, and others, who are reviewing him as both an offensive and defensive player.

“Last year was a huge jump for me,” McCoy said about seeing time on the offensive front. Everything kicked in, everything my coach taught me and the stuff Coach Hillary taught me, it all came into play.”

I’m highly ecstatic right now. Hyped up, really,” he said. “I’m ready to get on the field. We’ll do great as a team, and personally, I’m looking to work hard and play hard in my last year with my fellas.”

At No. 71 left tackle Kam Stewart (6-6, 240) of Dutch Fork committed to Coastal Carolina in June after getting an offer from the Chanticleers. He chose Coastal over North Carolina A&T. Duke, Appalachian State and Central Michigan. He also received interest in basketball from Ferrum College.

“Last year was my first year on the offensive line, they needed a left tackle,” Stewart said of the needs of the Silver Foxes, who won the AAAAA championship for the second year in a row. “It was a learning year, so this year I’m in a leadership position and I knew the offense so much now. My goals are all 90 (percent) grades for all my games; make All-Region, All-State.”

Emerald’s Ben Ross (6-4, 281) comes in at No. 77 on the HSSR 2019 list starting the season.

Right behind Ross is Lee Prescott (6-3, 265) of Hartsville at No.78. The lineman hasn’t had any offers as of yet, but he said he has been fielding interest from Wake Forest, Furman, Charleston Southern, Newberry and North Greenville. “It feels great,” he said on his anticipation of the fall season. “The experience from last year is going to help me this year. I think that everyone who challenged me last year has helped me going into this season.”

Spring Valley’s Max Shropshire (6-3, 290) comes in at No. 87. The lineman has offers from Delaware State and Albany State, and has been getting interest from Appalachian St, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and North Carolina.

Shropshire looks to improve over last year and help the Vikings go farther this fall than last year. “We did all right, but our standards could have been better, and for me the same,” he said. I have been training since a week after the last game, pushing myself to my limit. At this point, I want to double the stats I had last year, and team wise, putting myself into a leadership role.

“With everyone on the team focused so we can all be leaders, it can put me in a position and I can dominate,” said Shropshire.  

Pickens’ Braden Gravely (6-3, 295) comes in at No.88 and has an offer from North Greenville.

Greer’s Kyle Schneider (6-4, 265) is at No.94 and The Carolina Academy’s Tyrese McCray (6-3, 273) is at No.97 and hoping to move up the list with some outstanding play early in the season.

 

 

 

 

 


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