South Carolina Class of 2018 Top Twenty Prospects

The Class of 2018 will be a strong year for skills players in the Palmetto State, with 13 of our top 20 listed as skills players on one side of the ball or the other. 
 
As for in-state recruiting battles, Clemson seems to be leading slightly on the Gamecocks, nabbing three commitments from the top ten including the state's top player, WR Derion Kendrick of South Pointe. 
 

South Carolina Class of 2017 Player Rankings

1. Derion Kendrick, WR, South Pointe HS (6-1-200) – committed to Clemson

2. Dakeron Joyner, QB, Fort Dorchester HS (6-1, 190) – committed to South Carolina

3. Channing Tindall, LB, Spring Valley HS (6-2, 206) – offers multiple SEC/ACC

4. Demarcus Gregory, WR, Byrnes HS (6-2, 195) – committed to Ole Miss

5. Jake Venables, LB, D.W. Daniel HS (6-2, 225) – committed to Clemson

6. Kelijiha Brown, DT, Saluda HS (6-2, 305) – committed to Wake Forest

7. Bryce Thompson, RB, Dutch Fork (6-1, 185) – multiple FBS and FCS offers

8. Josh Belk, DT, Lewisville HS (6-3, 305) – committed to Clemson

9. Dennis Smith, WR, Gaffney HS (6-2, 190) – committed to Duke

10. Steven Gilmore, DB, South Pointe (5-10, 160) – multiple FBS offers

11. Khalid Jones, LB, Byrnes HS (6-1, 220) – committed to Northwestern

12. Kavesz Sherard, OL, T.L. Hanna (6-4,299) – multiple FBS/FCS offers

13. Hank Manos, OL, Chapin HS (6-4, 270) – committed to South Carolina

14. Sam Hartman, QB, Oceanside Collegiate (6-1, 165) – committed to Wake Forest

15. Mataeo Durant, RB, McCormick HS (6-1, 190) – committee to Duke

16. Braden Galloway, TE, Seneca HS (6-5, 220) – committed to Clemson

17. RJ Roderick, DB, Cane Bay HS (6-0, 175) – committed to South Carolina

18. Darius Rush, Ath, C.E. Murray (6-2, 170) – committed to South Carolina

19. Sam Pinckney, WR, Greenwood HS (6-4, 210) – multiple FBS offers

20. Elijah Rodgers, DB, Blacksburg HS (6-1, 160) – committed to Indiana

About Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter is a former coach and nationally published recruiting analyst with more than three decades in the industry. He founded SCVarsity.com as one of the first high school sites on the Rivals.com Network, most recently with Yahoo Sports. He is the author of the best selling "The Book On Evaluating Football Players" and is the host of the South Carolina High School Scoreboard Show on 107.5 The Game. He has operated the oldest independently run combine, coached for the Nike Football Combines and Elite 11 since 1999. He has served in the past on the broadcast crew in both radio and TV for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, as well as the North-South All-Star game. He was a member of the coaching staff for the 2015 Max Emfinger All-American game.