Wando defensive end Gimel President has been named to the prestigious Parade All-America high school football team.
President, a 6-4, 255-pound first-team All-Lowcountry selection, is one of three players from South Carolina named to the 49th annual all-star team comprised of 53 high school seniors from across the country. The other state selections are Gaffney wide receiver Quinshad Davis and Lexington receiver Shaq Roland.
"I didn't know a lot about the Parade team until I researched it," President said. "Now I know it's a great honor to be named to an All-American team with such a great history. I'm lucky. It's been a great year, and this caps it off. I'd like to thank all the people who support me, especially my parents."
President, who committed to Auburn prior to his senior season, was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after recording 91 tackles, including a team-high 59 solo stops. He had 24 tackles for a loss, five sacks, recovered three fumbles and forced three fumbles.
Davis caught 108 passes for 2,009 yards and 25 touchdowns to help Gaffney reach the Division I-AAAA title game. He has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
Roland, who has committed to play for South Carolina next fall, caught 79 passes for 1,546 yards and 19 touchdowns his senior season.
Another wide receiver, Dorial Green-Beckham of Hillcrest High
School in Springfield, Mo., is Parade's player of the year. He caught 119 passes for 2,233 yards and 24 scores.
National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told MaxPreps that Green-Beckham is the best wide receiver he's seen in nearly two decades.
"It's taken 17 years, but I've finally found a wide receiver who is as good as Randy Moss. For years I've said Randy Moss was the best high school player I have seen, and Mr. Beckham has similar skills," Lemming said. " He's a combination of A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Randy Moss. At the wide receiver position, he can do it all."
California leads all states with six selections. Florida has five and Texas four.
The team is featured in this week's Parade Magazine that will be included in Sunday's edition of The Post and Courier.
Quarterback Danny Croghan, who helped Bishop England win the Division II-AA state championship, committed to play for Charleston Southern.
The 6-4, 220-pound senior completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,799 yards and 22 touchdowns. He added 563 yards and 10 TDs rushing.
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