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HSSR Welcomes “Modern Turf” As New Sponsor The “Modern Turf Recruiting Page”  

By Billy G. Baker


Moncks Corner - The HSSR welcomes “Modern Turf” located in beautiful Irmo, SC as the new sponsor of this recruiting page for the 2020-21 School Year and we extend special thanks to former Green Sea Floyds athlete Mark Grainger who runs the company for his sponsorship of this very popular page in this publication.

Mr. Grainger has an upcoming talented 13-year old baseball player in his family and it looks like Chapin High will be his school of choice in a year or two, so hopefully we can cover his talents in this very publication in the not too distant future.

The HSSR has noticed a trend with the 2021 football recruiting class in South Carolina. From the 2021 Top 100 players in SC, 11 are committed to ACC schools while only four players are currently pledged to SEC schools.

North Carolina has a commitment from Gaffney receiver Kobe Paysour (6-1, 175) who transferred over the summer from Kings Mountain, N. C. The HSSR scouted Paysour, the HSSR number three-rated HSSR prospect, when the Indians played Dorman in September and we can report he runs excellent routes, catches the football at a high vertical position, and he creates space between himself and the coverage with good movement in all directions.

The Tar Heels have also gained a pledge from Myrtle Beach receiver J.J. Jones (6-4, 195) who is the HSSR’s sixth-rated prospect. Jones, who is also a top basketball prospect, might have been also offered the opportunity to try out for the basketball team at UNC. The HSSR was aware that Jones attended several USC footballs games with former teammate Luke Doty, a QB now at South Carolina.

Virginia Tech has landed commitments from Dorman running back Chance Black (6-1, 190) and we saw this number 11 over-all rated player plow through the Gaffney defense for over 125 yards this season. The Hokies have also gained a pledge from West Florence athlete Nylelius Johnson (5-11, 180) rated as the 16th best player in S.C. by the HSSR.

Louisville has landed the number two rated player and top receiver in SC with the pledge of Dillon WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce at the number two HSSR player ranking. Huggins averages over 22 yards a catch and he was making NFL type catches as a freshman in state championship games. He could be the biggest SEC miss in the 2021 class but time will tell.

North Carolina State has come into South Carolina and gained the pledge of Chapin OL Thornton Gentry (6-4, 291) at the number 8 player ranking.  Gentry is the son of a head coach and he has technique and football smarts beyond his years.

Wake Forest has gained pledges from two HSSR rated players in the Top 20. They are Greer OL Jaden Collins (6-6, 280) at the number 14 player ranking slot and number 20 rated player Brandon Williams of Strom Thurmond (6-4, 233) a defensive end. Syracuse has gained a pledge from number 20 rated Kendall Long (6-3, 216) of River Bluff and this young man use his big body and raw strength to win those 50/50 battles in the air. Florida State has also gained a pledge from Blythewood receiver Joshua Burrell (6-2, 212) the number seven HSSR rated player and this player has great hands and blocks really well when he is not the targeted receiver.

South Carolina has only had two pledges thus far within the state in DE T.J. Sanders (6-5, 273) of Marion rated in the number 9 player slot along with South Pointe speedster O’Mega Blake (6-3, 190) a sure handed wide receiver who catches the ball well in traffic and hangs onto the ball after contact.

The HSSR is not aware of any in-state player in the 2021 class that Clemson has offered.

We can forecast with near certainty that the HSSR’s top rated player DL Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins (6-5, 300) of Gaffney will pledge to USC at some point this season. Dawkins has great lower power out of his stance that allows him to burst into the back field. He has been offered by over 25 schools to date.

USC also leads with the number 12 rated player DE Elijah Davis (6-4, 260) of Wagener-Salley. Davis has camped at USC where all his measurables impressed the defensive staff.

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