By the time the 2013 football season is over, Carvers Bay defensive lineman Naquez Pringle may have more scholarship offers than any Grand Strand player in the past five years.
Already, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina State, East Carolina, Central Florida and a number of Football Championship Subdivision schools have pulled the trigger, and some of college football’s heaviest hitters are evaluating offers of their own. Pringle, however, isn’t anywhere near ready to pick a school or even list his favorites.
He said he will wait until after his highly anticipated senior season before making a decision.
“I’d rather do that. I feel safe in that area if I just wait,” Pringle said. “I don’t know what will happen. People might fall off. I’d like to see who sticks with me.”
As a junior, the 6-foot-2, 270-pound tackle recorded 92 tackles, four tackles for loss, four sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was invited to the Army and Under Armour All-America game combines.
This year, he’s going to have to try his best to avoid opposing coaches’ best efforts to slow him down. Those coaches will scheme their offenses specifically around him, and double- and even triple-teaming the big lineman will become commonplace.
“I told him ‘If your production drops off, everyone else’s production better go up,’” said Bears coach Nate Thompson, who plans to move Pringle around on the line. “He has to understand that he’s going to get double-teamed more than he has before. They’re going to scheme away from him. That’s what I would do.”
Even if there is statistical dip, Pringle’s existing body of work and the countless videos of him dominating opposing offensive players have the nation’s biggest schools taking notice. It’s re-created another facet to Thompson’s day-to-day duties, one the coach hasn’t seen since current NFL player Robert Geathers graduated in 2001.
Thompson is faced with distractions caused by the phone calls and letters that have been coming seemingly non-stop since the end of Pringle’s sophomore season.
“You kind of take it all in stride,” Thompson said. “All this is great, but he still has to come and play football. He understands that he still has to come play. He’s pretty level-headed.”
Pringle recognizes the attention he’s receiving. He and members of his family have taken trips, including camps at South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina State. He’ll have his five official visits, as well, to help determine his college home.
In the meantime, he’s doing his best to break down the process to what got him here in the first place.
“I know that I’m one of the top recruits,” he said. “I feel like I’m one of the biggest targets. But either I get beat, or I do the beating.”
Georgetown football sticking with tradition
Bradley Adams has found success in his team’s mini-camp the last few years.
Adams, about to begin his fourth season at Georgetown, is using another mini-camp at Loris’ Grace Christian School to continue to build unity. The Bulldogs will leave for the three-day endeavor Tuesday afternoon.
Georgetown, which finished third in Region VII-AAA a year ago, will be charged with replacing its quarterback (Caleb Hughes), top running back (Julian Lunsford), top three receivers (Alvin Walker, Tariq Tucker and Chris Gamble), as well as North-South All-Star linemen Anthony Blair and Dillon Alford.
The returning players and newcomers will practice at Grace Christian five times in three days before lining up on the road against Darlington Friday evening in the team’s first scrimmage.
A handful of other scrimmages for others schools have been formally announced as well. At 9 a.m. Friday, Socastee and Orangeburg Prep will play a round-robin schedule at Aynor. North Myrtle Beach and Hemingway will also head to Aynor next Tuesday for a 6 p.m. set.
Carolina Forest will head to Georgetown that same day for a scrimmage.
The nine Horry County schools and Waccamaw will play in the CNB Kickoff Classic on Aug. 16 at Myrtle Beach. Socastee and Aynor will be the first of five scrimmages played in that event.
The following day, Carvers Bay will host its annual jamboree with nine out-of-area programs.
Familiar name trying to reload NMB volleyball
Erica Allman made an impact at North Myrtle Beach as a volleyball player.
Now, she’s trying to make her mark as its coach.
The North Myrtle Beach and Columbia College alum will be responsible for leading the Chiefs into a 2013 season that – despite heavy losses on the roster – will be accompanied by a target stemming from last year’s Class AAA state championship.
“I’ve told them, they have to work 10 times as hard as they did last year. They have to get 10 times as strong,” said Allman, a 2008 North Myrtle Beach graduate. “That’s been our main focus this spring and this summer – we’ve been in the weight room. The stronger that they are, the more they’re going to make up for what they lost.”
One of those losses was none other than Allman’s younger sister, Taylor.
Taylor Allman was a Class AAA All-State selection and the Toast of the Coast Volleyball Player of the Year in 2012. She is continuing her career at Charleston Southern.
The squad also lost libero Moriah Jones, not to mention coach Estelle Barentine. Barentine led the Chiefs to last year’s 30-1 record, one that included just four lost sets all season. The team’s dropped only one set in the postseason, the match opener against Pickens in the state championship.
Now, it’s Erica Alman’s responsibility to maintain as much of that success as possible.
After she twice earned all-region and Toast of the Coast honors in high school, she played at Columbia College from 2008-2011. There, she earned all-conference mentions her last three seasons. She graduated from the school in December.
Her biggest hurdle in moving back to North Myrtle Beach was getting over the fact that all of her current players saw her more as a peer when she first arrived. Allman had spent each of the last four summers scrimmaging with the Chiefs, and all of them associated her with being Taylor’s older sister, not as a coach figure.
“That’s how they knew me,” Allman said. “As a coach, it was a hard transition. They still weren’t putting me in that coach role. I wasn’t letting them slack off. They realized that I was here and I meant business.
“Some of the girls have already come to me. They feel like they can confide in me.”
The South Carolina High School League has finalized region assignments for the 2014-2016 school years.
Every move regarding area teams from earlier this year came to fruition. The most noticeable difference is Socastee’s moved to Class AAAA. The Braves will join Region VI-AAAA, the division that also holds area programs Carolina Forest and Conway.
That had been a five-team region for the past three academic years.
Lake City, which had temporarily dropped down to Class AA, will take Socastee’s place in Region VII-AAA, joining Grand Strand schools Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Georgetown and St. James and Florence school Wilson.
Class AA programs Aynor, Loris and Waccamaw will remain in Region VIII-AA, while Class A school Carvers Bay will re-join Region VIII-A alongside Green Sea Floyds.
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