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January 20, 2006

Sapp leads final SC ranking

Clemson defensive end commit Ricky Sapp and South Carolina offensive guard commit Garrett Anderson are the two prospects trending upward the most in the release of the South Carolina postseason top 25

With a stellar showing during practice sessions for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in December, Sapp's versatility and elite speed clearly set him apart from the state's other top prospects. He was injured during the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but showed good speed the few times he did get on the field during practice and the game.

Anderson showed off his tremendous strength, technique and footwork during the Shrine Bowl workouts. He just missed moving into the Rivals100 with a mid four star (5.9) rating. Every coach he worked out for during the summer at camp offered him a scholarship on the spot (West Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson). He projects as a guard at this time, but has the feet to play tackle in college.

Clifton Geathers fell behind Anderson to the No. 4 spot in-state. The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder has all of the physical tools, but is much more of a project than what was once thought. He was overmatched at offensive tackle at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and moved to defensive end during the week, where he played much better. Geathers also played defensive end during Shrine Bowl practices (he was injured and did not play in the game) and got better as the week went on.

Nevertheless, Geathers still projects as an offensive tackle and has a long way to go to reach his full potential at either position. Therefore, his rating dropped.

Georgia-bound athlete Prince Miller also moved up from a three to four star prospect in the final rankings release. As a cornerback prospect, where he was listed before, Miller has a lower ceiling because of his height. During Shrine Bowl workouts, he was good, not great, at the position.

But with the ball in his hands, Miller is an electric player. He has extremely quick feet and is always a few steps from taking it the distance. While cornerback is where he will likely start out in college, it would not be a surprise to see him develop into an All-SEC kick returner or slot receiver eventually.

Offensive tackle Jamal Medlin enjoyed a great week of work at the Shrine Bowl. The Clemson commit started the week with one offer, from Maryland, and ended the week with offers from N.C. State, Virginia, Central Florida and South Carolina, along with the Tigers. He moved from a two to a three-star rating and into the top 15 overall prospects.

Vanderbilt commit D.J. Moore also moved into the top 15 and up to three stars based on his showing at the Shrine Bowl. Moore, like Miller, is projected as a cornerback at the next level, but may actually shine more as a kick returner.


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