January 1, 2010

All Decade Football Team

It has been an outstanding decade from 2000 - 2009 for SCVarsity.com and for myself. When I began pondering an All-Decade Team I was flooded with memories of seeing fantastic high school players on the gridiron. The list I've put together is purely from memory, so I'm sure I will leave some out. If there is someone missing, email me at scvarsity@sc.rr.com and "jog" my memory. Enjoy reading over the names and I hope as you get a glimpse at them, you'll capture some fond memories, too.

The cut-off for this team is the Class of 2010, so if you notice some names missing that are part of the junior class this year, that's the reason. Those guys will be part of the next All-Decade team in ten years!

Best Quarterback Of The Decade:

Here is a great debate. There are many who will argue Willy Korn because of the numbers he put up. And I've been noted as saying he was one of the best QB's to play the game in South Carolina. But if you look at the impact that the particular player had on his team, combined with his numbers and achievements, then I've got to go with Blythewood's Richard Mounce. He was an outstanding dual threat and was extremely difficult to game plan for. If it were not for the SCHSL, Mounce would have led his team to another state title game his senior year.

Best Running Back Of The Decade:

Demetris Summers of Lexington was the best running back of the decade, and, in my opinion, the best high school running back the state has ever seen. I've been doing recruiting and evaluations for 24 years and he is one of the best high school players I've ever seen - and the best back I've ever seen since watching Emmitt Smith at Escambia High School. As a matter of fact, Summers' surpassed Smith in the national record books.

Best Wide Receiver of The Decade:

This is a tough one. As much as I want to say A.J. Green, I'm going to have to go with Tymere Zimmerman of Marlboro County High School. Zimmerman (2000). Zimmerman had the size, speed, vertical ability, and the stickiest hands I've seen in a high school wide receiver. He could catch anything - not just the catchable balls. I suppose the edge he had over Green was that he was a more physical player.

Best Offensive Lineman of The Decade:

This is a tough position to pick just one. So many of these guys don't get the press attention and you rarely hear about their accolades on the field. But from just memory, there were two players who stand out in my mind as absolutely dominating their opponents every time I saw them on film or live. So, I'm going with Leon Hart from Spring Valley and Quinton Washington from Timberland for this pick.

Best "Utility" Player of the Decade:

Most of these guys played other positions, but this selection is based on how much they impacted their team. I will tell you that while Bruce Ellington of Berkeley was very close to the top of this list, I don't think there was another player like Stephon Gilmore of South Pointe High School in terms of what he meant to his team on both sides of the ball, as well as the impact he had on the amount of success his team had.

Best Kicking Specialist Of The Decade:

This is a toss up; I think Jad Dean was an outstanding kicker and went on to have a good career at Clemson, but I also like Jake Broome of Camden. I'll always remember the game winner he kicked in the state championship game with those golden shoes (literally, golden shoes).

Best Defensive Lineman of the Decade:

In my mind, this is an easy pick. There was not another player on the defensive line that dominated his man like Daquan Bowers of Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Bowers was not only the best defensive linemen of the decade, but he is one of the best high school football players I've seen play the game of my 24 years of doing this.

Best Linebacker of the Decade:

There were so many players on this list whom I would not argue if they were listed as the best of the decade. But the one that sticks out in my mind, and it was because of the big-time hits I watched him make from his sophomore year through his senior year, is Ricardo Hurley of Greenwood High School. He was a pad-level player with the ability to make ball-carriers miserable for the entire game.

Best Defensive Back of the Decade:

Like almost every other position, there are so many guys on this list that could be labeled "the best of the decade" with little argument from me. But I'm going to go with Fredrick Bennett of Manning High School because I watched him stick to one of the decade's best athletes (Roscoe Crosby) like glue in the 2000 state championship game. (yeh, I know, Union won the game anyway)

Here's the list; enjoy. Again, if I've missed someone, jog my memory.

Quarterbacks
Willy Korn, Byrnes High School, 2007
Syvelle Newton, Marlboro County High School, 2003
Malcolm Long, Gaffney High School, 2007
Richard Mounce, Blythewood High School, 2007
Eric McCollum, Camden High School, 2003
Chas Dodd, Byrnes High School, 2010
Josh Stepp, Pelion High School, 2002
CoCo Hillary, Strom Thurmond High School
Running Backs
Demetris Summers, Lexington High School, 2003
Reggie Merriweather, North Augusta, 2002
Marcus Lattimore, Byrnes High School, 2010
Mustafa Greene, Irmo High School, 2010
Vernell Jones, Lake View, 2004
Rockarius King, Timberland High School, 2009
Travis Small, Cheraw High School, 2009
Raphael Little, T.L. Hanna High School, 2004
Corey Carter, Ninety-Six High School, 2000
Wide Receivers
A.J. Green, Summerville High School 2008
Alshon Jeffrey, Calhoun County High School, 2009
Roscoe Crosby, Union High School, 2001
Tymere Zimmerman, Marlboro County High School, 2000
Sidney Rice, Gaffney High School, 2004
Kelvin Grant, Camden High School, 2002
Marquan Jones, Blythewood High School, 2008
Jamere Valentine, Myrtle Beach High School, 2009
Derrick Higgins, Lamar High School, 2001
Roddy White, James Island High School, 2001
Ben Hall, Byrnes High School, 2001 *(TE)
Eric Huggins, Conway High School, 2005
Sidney Rice, Gaffney High School, 2005
Offensive Lineman
Leon Hart, Spring Valley High School, 2004
Dustin Frye, Summerville High School, 2002
James Thompson, Sumter High School, 2004
Thomas Austin, Camden High School, 2005
Garrett Anderson, Dutch Fork High School, 2006
Clifton Geathers, Carvers Bay High School, 2006
Mason Cloy, Spring Valley High School, 2007
Quinton Richardson, Spring Valley High School, 2007
Dalton Freeman, Pelion High School, 2008
Kenneth Page, AC Flora High School, 2008
Brandon Thomas, Dorman High School, 2009
Marion Dukes, Pickens High School, 2003
Jabari Levy, Berkeley High School, 2002
Jamar Nesbit, Summerville High School
Quinton Washington, Timberland High School, 2009
A.J. Cann, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, 2010
Utility
Allen Patrick, Conway High School, 2003
Troy Williamson, Silver Bluff High School, 2002
Sinclair Cannon, Greer High School, 2004
Kendrick Lynch, Dorman High School, 2004
C.J. Byrd, North Augusta High School, 2005
Rendrick Taylor, Marlboro County High School, 2005
D.J. Moore, Broome High School, 2006
Jaron Brown, Cheraw High School, 2008
Stephon Gilmore, South Pointe High School, 2009
Tramaine Billie, Dreher High School, 2003
Bruce Ellington, Berkeley High School, 2010
Brian Kingsboro, Clinton High School School, 2007
DeAndre Hopkins, Daniel High School, 2010
Kicking Specialist
Jad Dean, Greenwood High School,
Richard Jackson, Riverside High School, 2006
Wesley Wilson, Wando High School, 2002
Jamie Wingard, Lexington High School, 2004
Jake Broome, Camden High School, 2003
Defensive Linemen
Jeff Littlejohn, Gaffney High School, 2002
Dorell Scott, Ridge View High School, 2004
Jerrell King, Beaufort High School, 2005
Adam Patterson, Richland Northeast High School, 2006
Antoine Morgan, Marlboro County High School, 2002
Nathan Pepper, Greenville High School, 2005
Ricky Sapp, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, 2006
Carlos Dunlap, Fort Dorchester High School, 2007
Cliff Matthews, Cheraw High School, 2007
Daquan Bowers, Bamberg-Erhardt High School, 2008
Robert Quinn, Fort Dorchester High School, 2008
Maliciah Goodman, West Florence High School, 2009
Sam Montgomery, Greenwood High School, 2009
Cory Miller, Byrnes High School, 2010
Brandon Willis, Byrnes High School 2010
Moe Thompson, Stratford High School, 2002
Everette Dawkins, Byrnes High School, 2008
Linebackers
Lawrence Timmons, Wilson High School, 2004
Ricardo Hurley, Greenwood High School, 2002
Anthony Waters, Lake View High School, 2002
Robert Ayers, Marlboro County High School, 2004
Rodney Paulk, Richland Northeast High School, 2006
Dekoda Watson, South Aiken High School, 2006
Scotty Cooper, Lake City High School, 2007
Charles White, Blythewood High School, 2007
Bruce Taylor, Myrtle Beach High School, 2008
L'twayne Thompson, Dillon High School, 2009
Roger McIntosh, Gaffney High School, 2001
Defensive Backs
Fredrick Bennett, Manning High School, 2002
Tim Jennings, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, 2002
Jonathan Hefney, Rock Hill High School, 2003
KO Simpson, Rock Hill High School, 2003
C.J. Barber, Northwestern High School, 2004
Jamie Robinson, Northwestern High School, 2005
Darius Gaither, Fairfield Central High School, 2006
Gary Gray, Richland Northeast High School, 2007
Charles Whitlock, Chester High School, 2008
Walt Canty, Dorman High School, 2009
Demario Jeffrey, Columbia High School, 2009
Deandre Hopkins, D.W. Daniel High School, 2010
John Fulton, Manning High School, 2010
Sheldon Robinson, Lake City High School, 2010



 

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