About a year ago, we created a list of area juniors to watch for the 2014 signing class. The list included nine players who were prime candidates to sign Letters of Intent.
Five of those players spent a portion of Wednesday doing just that.
Cordell Brown (South Carolina State), Sam Hall (Newberry), Hunter Renfrow (Clemson), Delonzo Williams (Limestone) and Ryan Yurachek (Marshall) all signed with various schools, while the other four are still mulling options.
Laquinn Bellamy (North Mrytle Beach), Ryan Bellamy (Loris), Naquez Pringle (Carvers Bay), Jalen Simmons (Waccamaw) are all expected to ink down the line, with Simmons and Bellamy being strong possibilities to commit for baseball purposes.
Well, its that time again.
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Another National Signing Day is behind us. And while there will be plenty of activity before April (when the football signing period officially closes), college recruiters are already hard at work with the Class of 2015.
Below is a list of some Grand Strand guys we expect to be in the mix next February.
Will Brunson, QB, Carolina Forest In 11 games, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder threw for 2,967 yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed just shy of two-thirds of his pass attempts. The biggest knock on Brunson was that he played on a bad team. He may not end up at Alabama, but a NCAA Division-I scholarship is certainly viable as his arm strength continues to improve and more teams continue to evaluate him throughout the spring.
Kelton Greene, DB/WR/KR, Myrtle Beach Two things are helping Greenes chances when it comes to playing college football. For starters, hes part of a team that drew a ton of attention in 2013 when it made an improbable run to the Class AAA state championship. Coaches from schools big and small saw many of those late-season games live. For those who didnt, they got more tape on Greene. The other aspect working in Greenes favor is that hes versatile. He plays on offense, defense and special teams. With his wheels, its hard to believe someone cant find a spot for him.
Colby Gore, DB, North Myrtle Beach Similar to Greene, Gore may end up being one of the biggest beneficiaries of North Myrtle Beachs improvement in terms of wins and losses. (And yes, we recognize the team is also getting a benefit from Gore being on the field.) Gore had an area-leading eight interceptions and added seven pass deflections in 2013. He brought two of those picks back for touchdowns. Hes not the biggest defensive back around listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds but he also didnt shy away from contact, recording 44 tackles.
Keyshawn Moore, LB, North Myrtle Beach Moore is a tackling machine. Despite playing alongside Toast of the Coast defensive player of the year Laquinn Bellamy, Moore piled up 149 stops and 23 tackles for loss. At 5-foot-11, many colleges will saddle him as being too short for big-time football. However, even if he doesnt breach the 6-foot mark in the next year, some school is going to get a tough-as-nails linebacker.
Max Kjosa, TE, Socastee Maybe no player will have more of a breakout season in 2014 than Kjosa. If for no other reason, it appears the Braves may be ready to throw the ball more than they have in the past decade. Even in the triple-option, Kjosa had eight receptions for 260 yards (a 32.5 yards/catch clip) and five touchdowns. Whats more, Kjosa (6-foot-3, 200) isnt afraid of contact. With a just a bit more size, he could open up the eyes of some of the schools who look for block-first tight ends.
Sean Huggins, K, Myrtle Beach Its getting hard to bet against some of the players coming through the Myrtle Beach Kicking Academy. Huggins older brother, Max, is a walk-on at South Carolina, and the younger of the two could be on a similar path. As a junior, Sean Huggins was 51-of-54 on extra points and seven-of-11 on field goals, including the chip-shot game-winner in the state title game. He could also be in line to take over punting duties this fall, as well, meaning hell have plenty of tape and numbers to show recruiters.
Tyler Davis, OL, Waccamaw College coaches love fellow coaches kids. For the most part theyre good at taking instruction and recruiters know that player has had every phase of the game ingrained in their head. Football tends to dominate dinner-table talk. Davis, the son of Warriors coach Tyronne Davis, is no different. On top of that, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman is versatile along the line. Getting noticed at Waccamaw isnt easy. But keep in mind that size often jumps off game film.
Levi Moody, RB, Loris There may not be a more oddly placed defensive tackle in the entire state. The last two years, Moody has been charged with playing both sides of the football. And we can guarantee there arent many 5-foot-8 guys playing in the middle of the defensive line. Still, Moody held his own and made a huge impact for the Lions. Nearly half of his 33 tackles were for loss. Now take those defensive responsibilities out of the mix, and theres still one heck of a running back. Last year, he rushed for 992 yards and 17 touchdowns. Some school is going to notice his production and wonder what he can do when hes only playing offense.
Kyle Belack, WR, Myrtle Beach Belacks transfer to Myrtle Beach has many thinking the rich simply got richer. That wouldnt the case if Belack didnt have the type of numbers he did as a junior. It was then that he led the area in receiving yards (1,067), setting a new school record at Carolina Forest. He also had 15 touchdowns and averaged 17.5 yards per reception. Those are numbers that get college coaches as interested as the locals.
By now, area football fans know that a handful of potential big-time signees are now just two years away. Conway receiver Bryan Edwards, Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold and Seahawks running back Brandon Sinclair are all developing interest from the biggest schools in the Southeast. Edwards has a handful of unofficial BCS offers. The other two could be heading that direction as the 2014 classes are finalized in the coming weeks.