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March 30, 2012

Rivals/VTO SC: Players to watch

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The next two rounds of the Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite 100 camps arrive this weekend, with the South Carolina event coming Saturday and the North Carolina stop on Sunday. Rivals.com analyst Keith Niebuhr looks at 10 players to watch in South Carolina.

Rivals/VTO Sports South Carolina Elite 100: Players to watch
Aggadoria Bowers, WR, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 2014
The cousin of former Clemson All-American Da'Quan Bowers is an excellent player as well. Bowers is a 6-foot-3, 182-pounder with four offers. He missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL injury and is anxious to get back on the field.


Joe Blue, ILB, Dillon (S.C.), 2014
The 6-foot, 235-pound Blue is a terrific-looking prospect and already claims offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Blue burst onto the scene this past year, earning all-state honors after recording more than 100 tackles. It will be interesting to see what type of range he has.

Justin Bridges-Thompson, DB, Spartanburg (S.C.)
Bridges-Thompson is a three-star safety who claims offers from programs such as Arizona, N.C. State and Wake Forest. He's a big-hitting defender who is adept at both playing the pass and stopping the run. He has very good range and is known for his bone-crushing hits.


Kevin Crosby, TE/ILB, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 2014
Crosby is among the country's top sophomore prospects. On Thursday, Kentucky and USF offered, giving him almost two dozen offers. Crosby is an exceptional athlete that looks terrific in pads and is a standout at both tight end and linebacker. As a receiver, he runs solid routes, has good hands and is very difficult to tackle. On defense, his strength and instincts stand out.

Lasamuel Davis, WDE, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 2015
When a freshman already has a Division I offer, you know he can play. And Davis claims one from UCLA, which recently pulled the trigger. He's 6-4, 205 pounds, and possesses excellent speed. This camp should be a good test for him, as he faces some of the state's best offensive linemen.


Marcus Edmond, ATH, Hopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland
The 6-foot, 175-pound Edmond recently picked up offer No. 1 from Arizona. Although he can play on either side of the ball, his future probably is at cornerback. On film, Edmond looks extremely quick and he reaches top-end speed in a hurry. He's also an outstanding tackler.

Demetrius Odom, RB Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Interest in Odom is starting to pick up and he now holds a handful of offers, including one from the ACC. This is a 6-1, 195-pound back that has both size and better-than-average speed. He also has good strength; he can bench press 300 pounds. He's still flying under the radar, but a good showing could change that.


Jalen Stevens, LB/DE Goose Creek (S.C.)
The 6-4, 218-pound Stevens is a long, lean and rangy linebacker that claims a North Carolina offer and interest from several others. He excels as a pass rusher, largely because of his quickness. He also does a nice job going laterally and fighting off blocks to reach the ballcarrier. On film, he mostly plays with his hand down, but he also looks good in coverage.


Jake Whitley, OL, North Augusta (S.C.), 2014
Whitley doesn't yet have any offers, but he apparently is generating a fair amount of interest from Division I colleges. He was a first-team all-area pick in 2011. Whitley is listed at 6-4, 295 pounds, and this will be our first chance to eyeball him. On film, he appears to have pretty good feet, and does a nice job getting to the second level.

Dexter Wideman, DT, Saluda (S.C.), 2014
Wideman is one of the top recruits in the state - period. This is a nice talent with excellent size (6-4, 275) and the skills to go with it. He claims early offers from Clemson and South Carolina. As a sophomore, he recorded 14 tackles for loss and 13 quarterback pressures. Will anybody be able to block him effectively Saturday?


If you are the coach or parent of a prospect with D-I offers or likely to receive D-I offers, or the prospect himself, contact Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell at mike@rivals.com, via Twitter at @rivalsmike or via Facebook.

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