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April 30, 2007
There is little doubt that South Carolina has become a hotbed for football recruiting, having two five-star players in last years's Rivals100, and sure to have at least three players inside the Top 100 again this year. SCVarsity.com will take a look around the state and glance at the balance of talent in each region. Today, we take a look at the top talent in the Midlands of South Carolina.
It's not hard to figure out who the top players in the Midlands are if you pay attention to the analysts and recruiters. Bamberg-Erhardt's DaQuan Bowers (6-4, 267) is clearly one of the top two players in the state. His early committment to Clemson caused his recruiting stock to die in activity, but Bowers is definitely elite in South Carolina, as well as the nation. I feel like he may be the best player in the state from this Class of 2008 class, and one of the best to come out of the state in a long time.
On the same level as Bowers is A.C. Flora offensive lineman Kenneth Page. At 6-4, 290, Page has been the hottest commodity on the South Carolina recruiting market as of late. With offers coming in from schools like Notre Dame, Florida, and Florida State, the in-state schools will have to put in overtime to get this player, who should be a Rivals100, to stay home.
Another player who got pre-evaluation Rivals100 status is Chester athlete Charles Whitlock. A 5-11, 175lbs Rivals100 cornerback, Whitlock racked up 1,600 yards passing, 800 yards rushing and 26 total touchdowns as a junior. He has offers from almost every major program in the Southeast. Like Page, with all of the attention from outside the Palmetto State, he will be one the in-state schools will have to work hard for.
Below is a look at some of the top prospects from the Midlands area for the Class of 2008.