It’s fun to look back and see which prognostications were correct and which were way off. When it comes to the state of South Carolina, the recruiting rankings haven’t been far off when rating offensive linemen the last few years.
Since 2008, the No. 1 ranked offensive lineman coming out of the state of South Carolina is Brandon Shell, who has had a remarkable career at South Carolina and was a freshman All-American. Right behind Shell in the ranking is A.J. Cann, who is going into his senior year and has been an anchor on the line for 3 seasons. Certainly a nice recruiting one-two punch for the Gamecocks a few years ago.
Here’s a look at the top O-line recruits that came from the state of South Carolina since ’08.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
|NO.||ATHLETE||YR||COLLEGE||HOMETOWN||247 #||THE SKINNY?|
|1.||Brandon Shell||‘11||South Carolina||Goose Creek||.9525||Has 23 career starts, Fr. All-American|
|2.||A.J. Cann||‘10||South Carolina||Bamberg||.9360||Has program leading 38 starts|
|3.||J.K. Jay||‘09||Clemson||Greenville||.9347||Career ended early, injuries|
|4.||Donell Stanley||‘14||South Carolina||Latta||.9317||True bright spot in signing class|
|5.||Eric Mack||‘10||Auburn||St. Matthews||.9217||Had off-the-field problems|