Jim Baxter

Founder of SCVarsity.com. Nationally published recruiting anlayst witih 30 years of experience in the industry. His work has appeared in publications such as Athlon, Sporting News, The Recruiting News and Deep South Recruiting and he is the author of the best selling book, The Book On Evaluating Football Players.

GET RECRUITED: The Guide available now

I’ve referred to recruiting as the “vast unknown” in the past because it IS a wilderness. It is confusing and sometimes will make absolutely no sense to you. Answers you get to some questions create new questions in your mind automatically. Navigating this process can be frustrating. Football recruiting is …

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Get Recruited: Finding The Right School For you

This is the time of the year that I get the most emails and DMs from parents and players about what they need to do to get that ball rolling on their recruiting. Whether they are varsity players finishing up their sophomore seasons or juniors about to embark on the …

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Get Recruited: Doing It Yourself

This is the time of the year that I get the most emails and DMs from parents and players about what they need to do to get that ball rolling on their recruiting. Whether they are varsity players finishing up their sophomore seasons or juniors about to embark on the …

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Five Non-Negotiable Traits of a Legit Football Prospects

Recruiting analysts and coaches rage about what it takes to be the perfect recruit. Recruiting is an inexact science to say the least due to its subjective nature and the wide margin for error that characterizes the talent evaluation process. But there are 5 nonnegotiable traits that the smart recruiter …

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My Film Room Evaluation: Jaquan Dixon, RB, Green Sea-Floyd (2021)

Jaquan Dixon, RB, Green Sea Floyd 5-11,185 Class of 2021 Inside Ability: outstanding ability to pick his holes and slide through them, lending credibility to his level of vision in traffic and his ability to cut and change directions with incredible top end speed. Outside Ability: There is no doubt …

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Film Room Evaluation: Justus Boone, DE, Sumter (2021)

Justus Boone, DE, Sumter Class of 2021 6-5, 250 Against run: He is a shutdown machine on anything coming his way and his backside pursuit of the run is better than any other player in this class. Pass rush: His speed coming off the edge is like a sprinter and …

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30 for 2021: Breaking down the next recruiting cycle

As I work on my next recruiting cycle rankings, watching film, as I always do early Thanksgiving morning, I realize that the Class of 2021 are going to be very strong in South Carolina. Impressive list of guys. 30 For ’21…The evaluation process is well underway, with more than 300 …

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2019 ALL AREA TEAMS

These are the players from around the state that were standouts and impact players in their areas. Where appropriate, players are listed at their projected position at the next level. ALL MIDLANDS TEAM POSITIONPLAYERHGTWGTSCHOOLYEARQBTy Olenchuk6’2195Dutch Fork2020RBBraden Walker6’0200River Bluff2020RBWillis Lane5;9180Camden2021OLTyshawn Wannamker6’4330Calhoun County2020OLParker Clements6’7270Lugoff-Elgin2020OLNick Taiste6’1295White Knoll2020OLTa’Chawn Brooks6’5294Dutch Fork2020OLJosh Taylor6’1290chapin2020OLGarrett Hyuck6’5275Chapin2020WRJalin Hyatt6’2170Dutch Fork2020WRTylee …

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2019 SCVARSITY ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams for the 24th annual SCVarsity All-State Football selection. Selecting the All-State football team is one of those things that is an emotional paradox. As an analyst, it is one of the things that I love to do – watch athletes, evaluate their play, and …

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