Prep notebook | Recruiting decisions loom for Strand football standouts

For The Sun NewsDecember 17, 2012 

  • 2013 Carolinas Kickoff Clash schedule Aug. 30, 2013 • Richmond County (N.C.) vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2013 • Wilmington Hoggard (N.C.) vs. Irmo, 1 p.m. • Southeast Raleigh (N.C.) vs. Dutch Fork, 4:30 p.m. • Wilmington New Hanover (N.C.) vs. Conway, 8 p.m.

With their high school seasons over, several Grand Strand football players have less than two months to figure out their college plans.

Conway quarterback Mykal Moody, who scored a touchdown for the South Carolina team in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, said he will make his final visits in the coming weeks. He has offers from Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina State and Marshall, and he said he is planning trips to Clemson, Miami, East Carolina and South Carolina.

Moody, who missed his final three games with a thigh injury, said he hopes to have a decision made by mid-January.

Myrtle Beach defensive back Chocolate Wilson is in a similar position after missing the entire regular season with a knee injury. Wilson has already been extended offers from Purdue, North Carolina State, Missouri, Mississippi and Marshall.

However, he said NCAA Football Championship Subdivision school Appalachian State is starting to come on hard as well. Wilson said he would consider the lower-tier school just as much as the BCS programs on the list. He said he is going to take his time with trips – he has yet to take any official visits – before making any decisions.

“I’m not quite to that point right now,” Wilson said. “I’m going to wait until after I take these visits after Christmas.”

The area’s two other Shrine Bowl selections, Carolina Forest’s Harold Atkinson and Conway’s Malcolm Green, hope Saturday’s game helped open up other options.

Atkinson has offers from Minnesota, Indiana, North Carolina State, East Carolina and Kentucky, and he said he likely won’t know anything until closer to signing day in February. He has said previously that playing time was a major concern, and that could lead to a spot on and FCS roster capable of speeding that along.

Green, who was named South Carolina’s offensive MVP after making three catches for 98 yards Saturday, has yet to pick up any offers. However, several FCS and NCAA Division-II schools are interested.

The recruiting cycle is just starting to pick up for Socastee quarterback Hunter Renfrow.

The junior is already receiving interest from East Carolina, Wofford and The Citadel, although none of those schools has made an official offer yet. After the 2013 signing day, though, offers from those schools and others could start coming immediately as colleges see how this year’s classes develop.

Renfrow said he would be interested in playing quarterback in a triple-option offense, but that he could also see himself as a defensive back or slot receiver in college. Prior to the last three games of his sophomore season, Renfrow played primarily those two positions, as well as running back, for the Braves.

As a junior, Renfrow made the full-time switch to quarterback and led Socastee to a 12-1 record and the team’s first undefeated regular season in school history.

The biggest decision Renfrow may have, though, isn’t which position, but which sport. He’s also a standout in baseball, and has been named to The Sun News’ Toast of the Coast teams in both.

“It’s always been a dream of mine,” Renfrow said of college football. “But it’s also been a dream of mine to play college baseball. I’m going to have to weigh my options.”

CBCA Fabulous Five

The Coastal Basketball Coaches Association, a faction of primarily Grand Strand high school boys basketball coaches, announced its Fabulous Five list for last week, the third of the regular season.

The group is led by Aynor’s Christian Buie, who averaged 16.5 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the Blue Jackets’ split with Green Sea Floyds and Lake View.

Also on the list was Conway’s Kahmil Cooper (19 points per game, seven rebounds per game), Carvers Bay’s Darius Williams (17 points per game, 12 rebounds per game), Georgetown’s Stephfon Cuttino (10 points per game, two steals per game, three assists per game) and Myrtle Beach’s Bert Mack (11 points per game, eight rebounds per game).

2013 Carolinas Kickoff Clash field, schedule set

The South Carolina vs. North Carolina format of the Derrick Law Firm Carolinas Kickoff Clash is set for 2013, and as expected, there have been some minor adjustments made to the schedule.

The Carolinas Kickoff Clash, originally named the Surf and Turf Kickoff Classic prior to sponsorship and format-related name changes, will open with Myrtle Beach’s game against Richmond County (N.C.) at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

The following day, Wilmington Hoggard (N.C.) will play Irmo, Southeast Raleigh (N.C.) with take on Dutch Fork and Wilmington New Hanover (N.C.) will cap off the night against Conway. All four games will take place at Myrtle Beach’s Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Missing from that list is Northwestern. The Trojans – who defeated Conway in the inaugural event in August – opted out of returning for a second year. The Class AAAA, Division II runners-up weren’t replaced with just any other school, though.

Dutch Fork, the South Carolina team taking Northwestern’s place, was the runner-up in the Class AAAA, Division I playoffs, where it lost to Gaffney in the state finals.

These games will serve as Week 1 of the S.C. high school season, and will be the season opener for Myrtle Beach. The Seahawks will again use their bye week in Week 0.

For ticket or other information on the Carolinas Kickoff Clash, visit www.derricklawfirmkickoff.com.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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