Hunter Renfrow can add a Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas selection to his long list of accolades.
The Socastee quarterback was officially announced as one of the 40 seniors to the 2013 South Carolina roster Thursday, along with Carvers Bay defensive tackle Naquez Pringle. The game will be played Dec. 21 at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.
Renfrow, The Sun News’ defending Toast of the Coast Offensive Player of the Year, has rushed for 789 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He’s also passed for another 287 yards and six scores for the Braves, who are 6-0 heading into Friday’s game against Myrtle Beach.
Renfrow has been the catalyst for a team that has won 18 of its last 19 games and last season advanced to the third round of the Class AAA playoffs.
“It’s huge for us as a program, and I’m honored to be playing with such great athletes,” Renfrow said Thursday after the teams were announced.
As a junior, Renfrow combined for nearly 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns on offense while also returning kicks, playing some defense and handling the team’s punting duties.
That diversity will serve him well in the Shrine Bowl. Much like Shrine Bowl coaches did a year ago with former Conway quarterback Mykal Moody, Renfrow has been picked as an athlete. That means he could be catching passes, returning kicks or playing defensive back in the December all-star game. Both teams have typically run versions of the spread offense in this game for several years, a system completely opposite of Socastee’s triple-option attack.
Renfrow is the first Brave selected since receiver Alvin Greene made the list in 1999.
Pringle, one of the state’s top college recruits, was generally considered a lock for the game after an impressive junior season in which he garnered postseason awards and was invited to multiple national all-star game combines.
“That’s a great honor for the school and the community. It’s a great honor for him and his family,” Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said. “When you’re trying to pick 40 kids and you narrow it down to six on the line, you never know how it goes. I’m just thankful he got picked.”
Pringle’s 2013 stats were not immediately available. However, the defensive lineman piled up 92 tackles, four tackles for loss, four sacks and two fumble recoveries last season. He is currently in the process of selecting between a number of scholarship offers from college football programs – including South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina, Central Florida, North Carolina and East Carolina. The national recruiting service Scout rates Pringle as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the state.
The 6-foot-2, 270 pounder is the fifth player in Carvers Bay’s 13-year history selected to the Shrine Bowl. He joins Clayton Geathers and Davious Chestnut (2009), Malcolm Elder (2006) and Clifton Geathers (2005).
In addition to the two local players, Aynor head coach Jody Jenerette will serve as an assistant coach for the South Carolina team, working with the offense. Jenerette was also an assistant for the North-South All-Star game in 2011.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson’s Tommy Brown will be the South Carolina head coach in the Shrine Bowl.
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