Hunter Renfrow has an unusual supporter when it comes to his college recruiting.
The Socastee quarterback is listening to people like his father, Braves Athletics Director Tim Renfrow, a former college football player himself. There are a handful of his closest friends, many of whom are involved with college football and baseball teams right now. He also has siblings with strong ties to various schools around the state and Southeast.
But for all the people in his corner, the one that stands out the most this week is the coach trying to beat him.
North Myrtle Beach’s Perry Woolbright, an Appalachian State graduate, has already gone to bat for the Socastee senior. He’s spoken with Mountaineers’ assistant coach Justin Stepp, ASU’s primary Grand Strand recruiter. Woolbright also stays in touch with Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield, who was Woolbright’s position coach when he played quarterback for the Mountaineers.
The message to both men is that Renfrow would be a solid addition to Woolbright’s alma mater.
“I’d love to see him up there,” Woolbright said. “That would be a great fit for him.”
Woolbright played at ASU from 2000-2005. He then graduated from the school a year later, and spent time there as an assistant coach prior to taking over the North Myrtle Beach job in 2010.
His future hopes for Renfrow – who has rushed for 568 yards, thrown for another 280 and combined for 14 touchdowns so far this season – have not taken much of a break this week, oddly enough.
Socastee and North Myrtle Beach, both 5-0, will play Friday night. The two teams are the early favorites to compete for the Region VII-AAA title, and the winner of this match-up earns a crucial step up for the region’s top seed for the Class AAA playoffs.
Still, six days out from this game, Woolbright was texting with Tim Renfrow. It wasn’t about the all-important contest between the two schools. He was pushing his old university.
“It’s great to have him think that. I appreciate it,” Hunter Renfrow said. “That’s a great compliment. It’s an honor to have him think that.”
Renfrow, who took one of his official visits to Boone last weekend for the Mountaineers’ loss to Charleston Southern, also has offers from CSU, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. On the baseball diamond, he has a scholarship offer from Liberty, while several others could be closer to an official offer soon.
Many consider the interest from Appalachian State among his best options, at least so far. The Mountaineers, like Charleston Southern, have told Renfrow he’d be allowed to try out at quarterback before a potential move to receiver or defensive back, the positions most schools are recruiting him for.
Appalachian State is also in the process of moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Mountaineers will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 and will be eligible for a bowl game starting the following year.
However, it may not be enough to keep Renfrow from Clemson.
The Tigers have allotted a preferred walk-on spot to Socastee’s senior. He’d still be responsible for paying his own way or using an academic scholarship to do so. But he’d be in competition for a scholarship, not to mention playing time, down the line. Renfrow said this week that he’s leaning toward Clemson for two reasons.
First, he’d be close to his good friend, Sawyer Jordan. The son of Conway head coach Chuck Jordan is a student assistant with the Tigers’ football team. Secondly, Renfrow said he’s starting to think a move to slot receiver or defensive back might be better for him over the long term.
Renfrow admitted he’s nowhere near ready to make a decision, and that he doesn’t expect to do so until closer to National Signing Day in February. Between now and then, Woolbright is going to continue his support to a player that last year ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs.
“He’s a great kid on the field, but he’s a great kid off the field, too,” Woolbright said. “I’d love to have him represent the school I played and coached for.”
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