Football recruiting is turning out to be a year-round job for college football coaches — and the recruiting services that rank the players.
Rivals has released its first list of its top 100 prospects in the country for 2014, and three players from the Palmetto State are on the list: Donell Stanley of Latta, Christian Miller of Spring Valley and Shaq Davidson of Gaffney.
Stanley is the No. 34 player in the country, according to Rivals. He is a 6-3, 311-pound offensive lineman. He already has 11 scholarship offers from schools, including South Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, Southern Cal and Alabama.
Miller is a very athletic 6-4, 200-pound linebacker who has nine offers, including South Carolina, Clemson and Florida State. He checks in at No. 91 on the Rivals 100.
Davidson is the No. 96 player. He's a 6-0, 170-pound wide receiver. He has 12 scholarship offers, including South Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame and Georgia.
De'Shawn Hand, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 1 prospect for 2014. He has 32 scholarship offers, and his top five schools include Virginia Tech, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Alabama.
Meanwhile, 24/7Sports has ranked the top 19 players in the state, and Stanley, Miller and Davidson are 1-2-3.
The Lowcountry is well represented with three players in the top 11: Jacob Park of Stratford and Kalan Ritchie and Caleb Kinlaw of Goose Creek.
Park, the No. 5 player in the state, is a 6-3, 202-pound pro-style quarterback. His top five schools include Virginia Tech, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia and Auburn.
Ritchie, a 6-5, 210-pound tight end, is the No. 11 player in the state. His top five schools are Clemson, South Carolina, Connecticut, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.
Kinlaw, a 5-10, 180-pound running back, is the No. 11 player in the Palmetto State. Kinlaw's older brother, Rodney, was a running back at Penn State in the 2000s. The younger Kinlaw's college choices include Tennessee, Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio State.
Region 8-AAAA girls basketball
Colleton County basketball standout Deyja Brown is the Region 8-AAAA girls player of the year. Matthew Legare, who led Summerville to the region championship, is coach of the year.
Brown averaged 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds this season. The junior also recorded 6.1 steals and 1.5 assists per game.
Legare led the Green Wave to a 19-5 record, including 10-0 in the league.
The rest of the team includes Shelby Daly, Ashley Ridge; Kwanza Murray, Summerville; Briana Chisolm, Colleton County; Zuri Green, Summerville; Erica Cobbs, Fort Dorchester; Dynasty Mervin, Bluffton; Tinara Brown; Summerville; Jordan Fields, Beaufort; Heather Chapman, Summerville; Ashley Tierney, Ashley Ridge; and Courtney Eady, Colleton County.
West Ashley baseball player David Allen signed to play baseball for USC Sumter.
Meanwhile, two Berkeley High athletes signed to play for Florence-Darlington Tech. Ashtin Kullnat will play softball, while Andrew Lockliear will play baseball.
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