South Carolina's high school football programs have been lingering around the top 10 for a few years now.
But as the talent from schools like Byrnes, Sumter, T.L. Hanna, and Manning High Schools has started to heat up on the national stage, SC's two in-state programs are trying to be match that intensity.
Take the case of Marcus Lattimore. At first he appeared to welcome the recruiting attention, and seemed genuinely interested in becoming a national prospect.
But as Steve Spurrier's efforts became more intense, Lattimore's interest in the Penn States and Oregons and USCs seemed to die away, and he finally chose the in-state Gamecocks over Auburn a few days before Signing Day.
Though that kind of national exposure will draw elevated interest from college programs to Byrnes for years to come, it's unclear whether the Gamecocks and Tigers will be willing to let their top prospects leave the Palmetto State without a fight.
Programs like Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and even Michigan are trying to crack the Palmetto State.
2010 was loaded at the top, but 2011's is, in my opinion, the deeper class. Check out this great article from Tharinger.com on the Palmetto State Dynamic Dozen (Jadeveon Clowney, Charone Peake, Brandon Shell, Dexter Staley, Shon Carson, Everett Golson, Hakeem Flowers, Justin Worley, Shamir Jeffery, Phillip Dukes, Tony McNeal and Gerald Dixon) for more on South Carolina's bounty in 2011.
Clowney is expected to be one of the top, and possibly the top, prospect in the upcoming recruiting season. Golson, a QB, broke the South Carolina state record for passing touchdowns as a junior. And Flowers, a top athlete, is holding offers from over 30 schools and counting.
It looks like the recruitniks are getting the word about the Palmetto State. More time will tell us whether Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier care to make it interesting.