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2019 Palmetto State Top 20

By Barry Every
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It’s time to crank out the initial version of the 2019 Southern Pigskin Palmetto State Rankings. Version 1.0 starts off with 20 total names.

It’s early in the recruiting process, but that has not stopped at least a trio of South Carolinians from receiving Power Five scholarship offers. So it’s time to crank out the initial version of the 2019 Southern Pigskin Palmetto State Rankings. Version 1.0 starts off with 20 total names.

Over the last nine years South Carolina has averaged only 38.7 FBS signees per recruiting cycle, with a high of 48 in 2011. That number should increase with the addition of Coastal Carolina to the FBS ranks. We must also keep in mind that there are six FCS schools in the state and some of those institutions offer full rides.

Starting off in the #1 spot is massive defensive end Zacch Pickens of TL Hanna High School. Last year as a sophomore he racked up 77 tackles, 11 TFL’s, 4.5 sacks and 13 QBH’s on his way to being named Second Team All-Area. Pickens has garnered double digit offers; this list includes schools like Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Making his entry at #2 is 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide out Jacoby Pinckney of Dorman High School. He led the Cavaliers with 65 catches for 968 yards and five scores. His current offer list includes Appalachian State, Duke, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Defensive end Greg Williams is a bit of an anomaly at Swansea. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker also doubles as a running back. Williams was a key player on the Tiger’s basketball team this past season. Look for his stock to take rise soon.

Dillon had another great run in 2016 going (13-2). One of the standouts for the Wildcats was sophomore Shamar McCollum. McCollum put up some eye-popping numbers for a young defensive end, recording 80 tackles and 15 sacks. He makes his entry at #4.

The next member of the Top 20 is dynamic slot receiver Jamario Holley of Northwestern High School. He made a huge splash as a freshman catching a whopping 70 passes for 946 yards and 11 touchdowns. He already boasts offers from Florida State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Crestwood jumbo athlete Josh Simon comes in at #6. Last season he caught 28 passes for 536 yards and seven scores. At 6-foot-4, 215-pounds he most likely projects as a tight end at the next level.

If you feel we have left someone off this list please contact us via twitter @BVEvery or @SouthernPigskin. All evaluations are based on varsity film. Our goal is to help as many athletes possible reach their goal of attaining a football scholarship.