Baxter’s Blitz

To flip or not to flip is the question

scvarsity@ sc.rr.comSeptember 10, 2012 

SOMETIMES there are “flippers” in the recruiting world — student-athletes who pledge to one school verbally but then break that off and commit somewhere else.

There is talk of Goose Creek’s Tramel Terry, who is committed to Georgia, leaning toward Clemson. Terry already has decommitted from the Bulldogs before re-pledging. He visited Clemson a few weeks ago and is supposed to visit for a home game this season. I don’t think he’s going to come off of Georgia again. He wants the ball in his hand, and the Bulldogs have told him they will use him at wide receiver and on special teams, whereas the Tigers like him as a defensive back.

Big stock risers

The 2014 class has had several prospects see big increases in their value on the recruiting market.

Stratford quarterback Jacob Park recently was offered by Auburn, and has had serious interest from Alabama and Arkansas, as well as other SEC and ACC schools. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior has an incredibly strong arm to go with a fantastic skill set at the quarterback position and is a strong runner.

Byrnes junior quarterback Shuler Bentley (6-1, 186 pounds) recently was offered by Delaware.

Two players who really had their fortunes soar over the summer were linebackers Kevin Crosby of Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Christian Miller of Spring Valley. Crosby (6-1, 226) plays multiple positions for the Red-Raiders and has more than two dozen offers. Miller (6-4, 205), son of former Gamecock and NFL great Corey Miller, got an early offer from Clemson this summer and it attracted other Division-1 programs. The long, rangy outside linebacker plays well in coverage and is a monster as a run-stopper for the Vikings.

Big-time sleepers

The state’s biggest sleeper is 2013 wide receiver Rontavious McClure of Northwestern. This (6-5, 215) receiver has a solid frame, very good hands, runs good routes, attacks the ball at its highest point and is explosive after the catch. He did not have a great junior season but is having a spectacular senior season. He could play football or basketball at the next level, but could have a longer future on the gridiron.

In the Class of 2015, Lexington wide receiver Al Walker (6-3, 200) could fill the playmaker void left by Shaq Roland. Walker is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He has the hips to pop and run with receivers and could be used as a big cornerback. He’s got great transition speed and is physical, which would also make him an ideal safety.

Early impact

The Class of 2013’s Terry had 150 yards of total offense for Goose Creek against Summerville this past week. Last season as a junior, he accounted for more than 1,600 yards of total offense. He’ll have a great future on defense, but Georgia coach Mark Richt can insert Terry in the offense early on and see him shine.

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