High School Football

Myrtle Beach's Golson makes All-State team

Myrtle Beach junior quarterback Everett Golson was named to the South Carolina All-State High School Football Team released Tuesday by The Associated Press.

There was only one team named for offense, defense and special teams and Golson was the lone quarterback. He was one of only four juniors to make the team. The rest of the selections made from nominations from state AP members were seniors.

Golson completed 224-of-356 pass attempts for 3,529 yards and 47 touchdowns with three interceptions this season. He also rushed for 199 yards and five scores in leading Myrtle Beach to a 13-2 record and a Class AAA runner-up finish. The Seahawks lost 35-26 to Clinton in the state championship game.

In three years as Myrtle Beach's starting quarterback, Golson is 659-of-1061 passing for 9,872 yards and 126 touchdowns with 24 interceptions while the Seahawks have gone 39-4. He is on pace to finish high in the national record books in several passing categories.

Myrtle Beach had two seniors - wide receiver Jamere Valentine and defensive end Matt Smith - make the All-State team in 2008.

Golson has been invited to combines for the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in early January, but Myrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson said Golson has decided not to attend either combine.

"They are a 2- or 3-day combine." Wilson said. "You come in and they test you on the bench, 40, agility test and stuff like that. Then you do some one-on-one type competitions.''

Wilson said Golson decided to skip the combines because the junior did not want to miss time with the Seahawks basketball team. Golson, the team's starting point guard, missed until Dec. 5 with the school's football team.

''I don't think it is mandatory that you have to be there to be in the game next year," Wilson said. ''I don't think that will hurt him when they pick the teams."

Golson has scholarship offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson, Duke and Stanford.

Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore, the state's "Mr. Football," earned his second straight selection and was one of three Byrnes players to make the team - defensive linemen Corey Miller and Brandon Willis were the others.

The other juniors selected were Northwestern wide receiver Robert Joseph, Goose Creek offensive lineman Brandon Shell and South Pointe defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, jr, South Pointe, had 162 tackles, including 23 sacks.