Derion Kendrick, South Pointe, Quarterback, Clemson
If the South Pointe Stallions are going to win a fourth straight state title, they’ll do it behind senior quarterback Derion Kendrick. The 6-foot-1 Kendrick is a four-star rated prospect by 247 Sports. He committed to play wide receiver at Clemson over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and more. Kendrick is the No. 1 rated player in South Carolina.
Dax Hollifield, Shelby, Linebacker, Undecided
Hollifield is one of three returning linebackers for Shelby in 2017. The All-State defender is being recruited by a number of high-profile programs, including Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Stanford.
Rick Sandidge, Concord, Defensive Tackle, Undecided
Sandidge will be one of the anchors for Glen Padgett’s Concord team. The four-star defensive tackle weighs in at nearly 300 pounds, and at 6-foot-5, has the frame to play at the next level. He’s currently considering scholarship offers from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Michigan.
Dyami Brown, West Mecklenburg, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
Brown played a key role in helping West Meck win nine games last season. The dynamic receiver racked up over 1,400 all-purpose yards and scored 14 touchdowns last season and was a personal highlight reel. Brown is one of the highest-rated prospects in North Carolina and committed to play for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels in April.
Jordan Davis, Mallard Creek, Defensive Tackle, Undecided
Davis is the latest in a long line of talented Mallard Creek linemen. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle is the No. 13 ranked player in North Carolina and has offers from several top college programs, including Clemson, Miami, North Carolina and NC State.
Jovaughn Gwyn, Harding, Offensive Guard, Undecided
Harding’s Quavaris Crouch usually garners the headlines, but big man Jovaughn Gwyn helps make it possible. The 300-pound senior paves the way for Harding’s offensive attack and is making his name known to scouts across the country. His scholarship offers include Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina, and more.
Justus Woods, Charlotte Christian, Running Back, Stanford
Woods tallied over 1,000 yards of total offense and 18 touchdowns in a season that was cut short by injury last year. In March, he committed to play at Stanford over offers from Duke, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and more.
Jarett Garner, Hickory Ridge, Wide Receiver, Duke
As a junior, Garner caught 14 touchdowns. The Hickory Ridge receiver committed to Duke in June over offers from ACC programs North Carolina and Louisville, as well as offers from other schools across the Carolinas.
Jawan Tate, Mallard Creek, Offensive Tackle, Undecided
The Mallard Creek offense will rely on Tate’s ability to move defenders this season. The 6-foot-7 offensive tackle is interested in Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest.
Damir Faison, Vance, Defensive End, Army West Point
The 240-pound edge rusher from Vance originally committed to Appalachian State before opening his options earlier this year. In July, Faison committed to West Point over scholarship offers from Maryland, East Carolina, and Colorado State.
DeMarkes Stradford, Charlotte Latin, Running Back, Harvard
Stradford helped lead Charlotte Latin to a state championship on the strength of 1,400 rushing yards and 18 scores last season. Stradford committed to Harvard this summer over offers from Virginia, as well as a number of Ivy League schools.
Elijah Brown, Providence Day, Defensive Tackle, Undecided
The 270-pound defensive tackle is a target for several ACC schools, including Duke, NC State, Louisville, and Wake Forest.
Steven Gilmore, South Pointe, Cornerback, Undecided
If the name Gilmore rings a bell, it should. Steven, the younger brother of former South Carolina standout Stephon, is a three-star rated cornerback for the Stallions. Gilmore told Yahoo’s Gamecock Central he plans to announce his college choice on his birthday, September 17. His final four are Georgia, South Carolina, Louisville, and North Carolina.
Eli Adams, South Pointe, Defensive End, Virginia Tech
Adams has established himself as one of the top pass rushers in the Palmetto State with 30 sacks over the last two years. After making several visits to Blacksburg, Adams settled on Virginia Tech over numerous offers from major programs.
Caleb Deveaux, Marvin Ridge, Running Back, Undecided
Deveaux is coming off a stellar season that saw him rush for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Marvin Ridge senior is currently mulling offers from East Carolina, Pittsburgh (his father Glenn’s alma mater), and The Citadel. He’s the younger brother of Duke running back and Charlotte Christian graduate Elijah Deveaux.
Gerald Nathan Jr., Vance, Linebacker, Undecided
Nathan will head Vance’s defense as the Cougars look to make another deep run in the state playoffs. The 200-pound linebacker currently holds offers from East Carolina, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Charlotte, and others.
Malik Dunlap, Harding, Cornerback, NC State
Harding’s defense will count on NC State commit Malik Dunlap to slow down opponents this year. Dunlap committed to NC State over a scholarship offer from East Carolina and interest from several major programs. Dunlap is the older brother of Harding tailback Quavaris Crouch.