Jordan Burch of Hammond

Midlands Top Returning Players for 2018 Season

MIDLANDS AREA TOP TEN FOOTBALL PLAYERS FOR 2018 SEASON

RANK PLAYER POSITION HGT/WGT CLASS SCHOOL NOTES
1 Jordan
Burch
DE 6-5,
260
2020 Hammond SCVarsity.com’s top
prospect for the 2020 class, Burch will be a five-star player and one
of the top ranked defensive ends nationally in his cycle.
2 Gregg
Williams
LB 6-4,
235
2019 Swansea The top returning senior
in the Midlands, this linebacker is a downhill player with big-hit
ability. Strong on key-diagnosis and a ball hound.
3 Darrius
Bell
DE 6-3,
260
2019 Gilbert Was a sack machine in
2017; Bell is long and rangy, quick off the edge with good instincts.
4 Ron
Hoff
RB 5-10,
180
2020 Dutch
Fork
Missed much of the 2017
season with injury, Hoff is one of the most evasive runners in the
state and will be inside the Class of 2020 Top 20. Was a freshman
All-American in 2016.
5 Kendrell
Flowers
ATH 6-0,
190
2019 Irmo Dangerous playmaker as a
special teams guy, running back or wide receiver. Had 1,390 all-purpose
yards and is equially dangerous as a wide receiver or running back.
6 Jalin
Hyatt
WR 6-1,
165
2020 Dutch
Fork
Speed to stretch the field
and has excellent hands. Averaged 21 yards per reception in 2017 as a
sophomore and gets great YAC.
7 Jeremiah
Green
RB 6-2,
220
2019 Pelion Rushed for more than 1,300
yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
8 Alex
Huntley
DL 6-4,
270
2020 Hammond One of the top prospects
in the Class of 2020, collected 9 sacks for the Skyhawks this past
season. Already 2 power-five offers on the table from South Carolina
and Georgia.
9 Patrick
Godbolt
LB 6-2,
205
2019 Blythewood Great player who is
explosive  off the edge; had 25 tackles for loss in 2017 with
12 sacks.
10 Noah
Johnson
LB 6-2,
220
2019 River
Bluffl
Strong and athletic
defender who is strong off the edge and athletic enough to drop back
when needed in coverage. He had close to 80 tackles in 2017 with 10
sacks.

Some other impressive players in the Midlands that are worthy of mention and in the same conversation:

One player very close to making the Top 10 was Braden Walker (2020) of River Bluff. The 6-0, 185lbs athlete played quarterback out of necessity for the Gators but if they find a signal caller for 2018, he will move back as a ball carrier and be one of the best in the Midlands.

The quarterback position is not going to be extremeley deep in the Midlnads after graduating some solid players but look for impressive play from Brookland-Cayce’s Reed Charpia (2019), Gray Collegiate’s Hunter Helms (2020), Ridge View’s JaVon Andrson (2019), Gilbert’s Josh Strickland (2020), and Dutch Fork’s Ty Olenchuk.

Running backs Rod Edmonds (2019) of Fairfield Central and Lexington’s Jordan Hillar (2019) are both backs that could find themself among leaders at their position. Hillar is the 2nd leading rusher returning to the Midlands behind Jeremiah Greene of Pelion.

Defensive backs who are impressive are Spring Valley’s Jalen Geiger (2019), Akele Pauling, who is also a WR, of Ben Lippen (2019) and Quincy Riley (2019) of AC Flora.

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.

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