Myrtle Beach junior quarterback Everett Golson was named a Junior All-American by MaxPreps, adding to the list of honors for one the top quarterbacks in the state.
"The fact that he has been honored in that group of players, that's outstanding for him and our program,'' said Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson.
Golson was one of five players from the Palmetto State to be named to the MaxPreps list. Northwestern wide receiver Robert Joseph, Goose Creek offensive lineman Brandon Shell and South Pointe defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney were also on the first team list, and Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley, the MaxPreps sophomore of the year in 2008, was on the second-team list.
Wilson said the recruiting heat for Golson has cooled a little now because of basketball season. Golson has seven written offers already from FBS schools, including Clemson, East Carolina, Duke, North Carolina, Stanford, Michigan and Virginia Tech. "He just got an offer from Michigan during the season,'' Wilson said as he reviewed the list of Golson's suitors. "I don't know that he has had a chance sit down and sort things out.''
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Wilson, who added the heralded recruit has a verbal offer from South Carolina, said he believes Virginia Tech and North Carolina are still Golson's frontrunners, and that "[Golson's] as smart kid. He wants to weigh all those options.''
Golson was invited to Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American underclassmen combines, but did not attend because he was in the middle of basketball season, Wilson said.
Golson passed for over 3,500 yards as a junior with 47 touchdowns and just three interceptions while helping lead Myrtle Beach to a second-straight appearance in the Class AAA state championship game.
He has 126 career touchdown passes and 9,864 career passing yards.
Bromell sets Loris record
LaQuandian Bromell's Loris classmates have confirmed what the state wrestling community already knew: the senior is a great athlete.
Bromell, who earned the senior superlative of Most Athletic from his classmates, has set the school's record for career wins at 177.
Bromell passed former Lion Jonathan Willard, a four-time state champion who finished with 155 career wins. Willard is now a linebacker on Clemson's football team.
But Bromell, who has put together a 33-0 record so far in his senior season and is ranked No. 2 in Class AA/A at 140 pounds, is still chasing that elusive individual state championship. He finished fourth at 119 pounds in 2009 after back-to-back third-place finishes in 2007 (103) and 2008 (112).
Bromell had a 144-22 record after his first three seasons and has a chance to become just the 11th wrestler in South Carolina history to reach 190 career wins.
Rexroad hits the road
Myrtle Beach junior offensive lineman Jason Rexroad took advantage of a trip to Texas for the Army All-American Game's Underclassmen Combine last week, stopping by the Texas A&M football facilities in College Station.
``It was great,'' said Rexroad, who said he and his father were greeted by three tour guides. They visited the football complex, the weight rooms and met with a strength coach, then spent more than an hour in a closed-door meeting with Aggies head coach Mike Sherman.
Rexroad said Sherman was very positive and the lineman enjoyed the experience so much that A&M has jumped from the bottom of his list to a neck-and-neck tie at the top with Tennessee, although neither school has submitted an official scholarship offer at this point.
Florida International has offered Rexroad a scholarship, and he has made unofficial visits to Clemson, South Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee among others.
The 6-5, 270-pounder was one of 10 players from South Carolina invited to participate in the underclassmen combine held in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Game. Combine invitations were extended to 500 of the top prospects for the Class of 2011 or beyond.
Rexroad said the combine went well and was full of players he had a lot in common with in terms of size, strength and speed.
``He had a great time,'' Wilson said. ``I heard he practiced well and that gives him an opportunity to improve and get better for next season.''
Area grapplers noticed
Loris junior wrestler Jamar Gore was named the U.S. Army STRONG Wrestler of the Week.
Gore, who qualified for the state tournament as a freshman in 2007 at 103 pounds and finished third last season at 112 pounds, is currently ranked No. 2 in Class AA/A at 125 pounds according to S.C. Wrestling Coaches Association on scmat.com. He is now a finalist for the Army STRONG Wrestler of the Year.
Gore and teammate Bromell lead a large group of local wrestlers in the top five in their respective weight classes. In Class AA/A, Loris' Dexter Richburg is ranked third at 171, Waccamaw's Terron Britton is No. 2 at 189 and Aynor's Ethan Nobles is fifth at 112.
In Class AAAA, Carolina Forest junior Brian Gibson is ranked first at 160 and Eric Connell is fifth at 112.
In Class AAA, St. James' Nuji Holmes is ranked second at 285 and teammate Joshua Clark is third at 112 while three North Myrtle Beach wrestlers are in their respective weight class top fives, with Travis Gore fourth at 119, Kelton Chestnut fifth at 160 and Jared Michael fifth at 171. Myrtle Beach's Blake Holt is fourth at 135.
Loris is the top ranked Class AA wrestling team in the state according to the latest coaches poll. Aynor is ranked 11th in Class AA, and in Class AAA, North Myrtle Beach is ranked 13th, St. James is 15th and Lake City is 16th.