Posted On: 01/7/21 12:09 PM
Between the SCHSL’s conventional Upper/Lower State divisions or the much more involved region assignments based upon classification, there is an easier and still accurate way to break down South Carolina’s prep scene.
Everyone basically fits into either the Upstate, Charlotte suburbs, Midlands, Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), Pee Dee or Lowcountry. But which one has the most prospects? We’re about to tell you what the Class of 2021 rankings say.
Utilizing the top 100 spots, we can put a quantifiable figure to the cause. We’ll do that below, as well as mention a few of the top names from each region.
With mostly smaller schools, it’s no surprise that the area around the eastern suburbs of Augusta is the least represented according to this list. That doesn’t mean the zone is void of prospects. Wagener-Salley lineman Elijah DavisElijahDavis6'3" | DLWagener-Salley | 2021StateSC and Strom Thurmond tight end Brandon WilliamsBrandonWilliams6'4" | TEStrom Thurmond | 2021StateSC are a couple of big bodies who would stand out wherever they played.
The area around Rock Hill and the rest of the southern Charlotte suburbs have produced some of South Carolina’s top recruits over the years, and 2021 is no different. Alabama commitment Elijah DavisElijahDavis6'3" | DLWagener-Salley | 2021StateSC and Strom Thurmond tight end Brandon WilliamsBrandonWilliams6'4" | TEStrom Thurmond | 2021StateSC are a couple of big bodies who would stand out wherever they played. CHARLOTTE (10) The area around Rock Hill and the rest of the southern Charlotte suburbs have produced some of South Carolina’s top recruits over the years, and 2021 is no different. Alabama commitment Robbie OuztsRobbieOuzts6'4" | TERock Hill | 2021StateSC, future South Carolina receiver O’Mega BlakeO’MegaBlake6'3" | WRSouth Pointe | 2021StateSC and York receiver (and Appalachian State commit) Da’Shawn BrownDa’ShawnBrown6'1" | WRYork | 2021StateSC are all inside the top 20. LOWCOUNTRY (12) The boon of athletes in the Lowcountry may not be rattling the top of the state rankings, but considering the zone placed 12 athletes in the top 100 with top representative chiming in at No. 35 (Coastal Carolina signee Malachi TaylorMalachiTaylor6'3" | WRGoose Creek | 2021StateSC), and you can clearly see some big influence in the final 65 spots of the top 100. PEE DEE (14) J.J. Jones, the North Carolina signee from Myrtle Beach, is part of this group. But so is Ahmari Huggins-BruceAhmariHuggins-Bruce5'10" | WRDillon | 2021StateSC, the Louisville commitment from the western portion of the zone in Dillon. There’s also talented Marion defensive lineman T.J. SandersT.J.Sanders6'4" | DLMarion | 2021StateSC and West Florence defensive back Nykelius JohnsonNykeliusJohnson6'0" | DBWest Florence | 2021StateSC. UPSTATE (26) The state’s top player, Georgia commit Tyrion Ingram-DawkinsTyrionIngram-Dawkins6'5" | DLGaffney | 2021StateSC, is a part of this star-studded section of the state. But he’s certainly not alone in making waves. Fellow defensive lineman Jatius GreerJatiusGreer6'5" | DLBelton-Honea Path | 2021StateSC from Belton-Honea Path is also a top-10 pick soon headed for the college ranks. Add in the likes of Chance BlackChanceBlack6'1" | RBDorman | 2021StateSC, Kobe PaysourKobePaysour6'1" | WRGaffney | 2021StateSC, Jaydon CollinsJaydonCollins6'6" | OLGreer | 2021StateSC and Andre GoodmanAndreGoodman6'1" | QBGreenville | 2021StateSC all inside the top 20, and you’ve got yourself the start of one heck of an all-star squad. MIDLANDS (34) The Midlands gets a huge boost from its population advantage and large number of schools, and that equates to a ton of prospects. Justus BooneJustusBoone6'5" | DLSumter | 2021StateSC, Joshua BurrellJoshuaBurrell6'2" | WRBlythewood | 2021StateSC and Thornton GentryThorntonGentry6'4" | OLChapin | 2021StateSC each earned spots in the state’s top eight, with Kendall LongKendallLong6'3" | WRRiver Buff | 2021StateSC just behind them at No. 14.