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2018 Palmetto State Player Rankings: V6.0

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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Barry Every's updated player rankings for the Palmetto State's Class of 2018 athletes.

What’s new in Version 6.0 of the 2018 Palmetto State Player Rankings? For starters, we have added a column for commitments. There is also expansion from a Top 80 to a Top 85 with five new names; all new additions are bolded. Finally there has been some upward mobility for a handful of prospects.

There are currently 32 football players in the class of 2018 that have made their college intentions public. Both Clemson and South Carolina lead the way five in-state commits each. They are followed by Wake Forest (4), Georgia State (3), Duke (2) and Virginia Tech (2). Though the Gamecocks seem the likely candidate to gain the most commitments from their home-state, there is no mistaking the effort that ACC schools have put into gaining a foothold in South Carolina.

The highest new entry at #45 is two-way standout Najee Thompson of Boiling Springs (S.C.). Last season he racked up 54 tackles, eight PBU’s, three INT’s and scored three defensive touchdowns while accumulating 416 all-purpose yards and three offensive scores. Thompson recently made a commitment to Georgia Southern.

Kicker Chance Poore of Anderson (S.C.) Westside re-enters the rankings at #60. As a junior he nailed six of 12 attempts with a long of 48-yards while having a 63% touchback rate on kickoffs. Poore made his intentions known back in June choosing Kentucky.

In version 1.0 of the Palmetto State Player Rankings it was noted that the state was loaded with quality kickers. Right now there are five in the class of 2018 committed to Power-5 Schools. Currently 15.6% of all commitments in South Carolina’s class of 2018 are kickers, Wow!

Conway (S.C.) behemoth Gunner Britton makes the largest jump from #64 to #54. Though raw at this time that didn’t stop Western Kentucky from extending an offer. Britton rewarded the Hilltoppers with a pledge.

Possibly the hottest prospect in the state is Britton’s teammate Raiqwon O’Neal. He moves up eight spots to #14 as his FBS offer list climbs to no less than 25.

Jumping up seven spots each are Trajan Jeffcoat of Columbia (S.C.) Irmo and Zion Keith of Florence (S.C.). Jeffcoat projects as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker and has really picked up steam on the recruiting front gaining offers from Appalachian State, Colorado State, East Carolina, Georgia State and Missouri. Keith is a speedster that could play on either side of the ball for the Demon Deacons; last season he picked off a whopping seven passes.