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Revealing the HSSR Top 20 2019 Prospects In Football Talent Rich South Carolina

By Billy G. Baker


Moncks Corner—The projections of the 2019 rising junior prospects in South Carolina is developing into a solid group pending any raids from special schools like the IMG Academy in Florida.

As always the HSSR thanks Nevin Goff and Chuck Floyd of the Country Green Turf Farm in beautiful New Zion for their sponsorship of this well- read recruiting feature page.

The consensus read on the number one over-all prospect at this early projection is T.L Hanna defensive end Zacch Pickens (6-3, 246). Clemson and FSU have the early  lead for him but South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia are in touch with him as well. Pickens is a bull rusher off the edge which makes him special indeed.

The two prospects in the 2019 class we have known about the longest are Summerville quarterback/athlete Jonathan Bennett (6-1, 205, 4.5) and First Baptist running back Mickel Dukes (5-11, 190,4.5). Dukes has picked up offers from Wake Forest and South Carolina over the summer and Clemson has all but offered. Dukes can run inside or outside and has flexible hips and the ability to make first tacklers miss. In the end we see him as a player who stays in-state and he will choose between Clemson and USC in the end.

Bennett made the HSSR all-rookie basketball team in the 8th grade at Summerville when he was a rare starter on a AAAA team and averaged 13.8 points, four assists and five steals a game! In all honesty he had little interest in football until this writer sat him down as he waited for his mother to pick him up outside the gym one afternoon at Summerville.  I had been at the school visiting my old friend John McKissick before he retired.

In short Bennett is the best prospect at Summerville since A.J. Green but he might not play QB at a major college.  This young man is a great strong corner back or wide receiver at the next level. He glides down the field as if he is playing the point on a basketball court and had several effortless nice runs against Spartanburg in teams 41-40 win last week. Bennett is off the national list right now because he spends a lot of time in the summer playing AAU basketball and not at one day prospect camps. The HSSR has him a can’t miss Top 20 player for the 2019 season.

Another player the HSSR sees a lot is Berkeley offensive lineman Kamren McCray (6-6, 330). SC was his first offer but others have come recently also. He is strong and runs a 5.3 forty and looks NFL ready right now. 

A few players that we would put in the HSSR 2019 Top 10 group would be Dorman receiver Jacoby Pinckney (6-3, 194) and we feel like South Carolina and Virginia Tech lead for him right now with Duke, Georgia and North Carolina in hot pursuit. Northwestern receiver Jamario Holley (5-10, 180) is being pursued by SC, Clemson, Kentucky, Tennessee, and FSU with interest growing by the hour. Hillcrest receiver Quendarius Jefferson (6-1, 190) is involved with most every SEC/ACC right now and he is a top 10 2019 player in SC.   

If you are looking for a two way lineman with great skills to either side look no further then Devin Rushing (6-5, 310) from Central of Pageland. He runs a 5.0 flat forty, has a 350 pound bench press, and he pulls with ease on traps and end runs. His high school coach Trent Usher told us the other day he is shocked out of his mind that Rushing has no major college offers yet.  Just goes to show you that the national scouts still have to work to do in South Carolina.

We have seen Dillon weak-side defensive end Shamar McCollum (6-5, 215) play five times in person over the past two years. He is big, fast and sure of himself on a football field. He is also a good student in the class room. We project him among the top 7 junior prospects in SC right now.

We close with an interesting observation. Storm Duck is a talented 2019 CB from Boiling Springs and  Quack Cohen (6-1, 230) is an outstanding inside linebacker from Greer. Just imagine if they choose the same school. The radio announcer might get confused saying something like:  Was that Duck or Quack who made the initial hit or was it Duck and Cohen or whatever!  

Next issue we will reveal a few more 2019 prospects in SC. 

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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