Baxter: Treasures found at All-Star game

December 15, 2013 

THE NORTH TEAM continued its dominance of the North-South All-Star Game on Saturday with a 38-21 victory on Saturday at Myrtle Beach.

Here are a few players who caught me eye:

Bobby Ruff, LB, West Ashley: This kid was probably the most impressive player. He plays with a motor that is stuck in high gear and was the most physical defensive player on the field.

He is committed to Charleston Southern. His offers were from FCS schools.

Dre Massey, QB, Mauldin: Massey, a North player, lived up to his hype when he threw for a touchdown and ran for another. He played quarterback and wide receiver and was the most exciting offensive player.

Ronheen Bingham, DE, Marlboro County: Bingham was almost unblockable for the South and had eight tackles, two for loss and two sacks. He’s lean for an end at 198 pounds, but ferocious coming off the edge.

Shuler Bentley, QB, Byrnes: Bentley passed for 95 yards for the North. He’s a mechanical model for a quarterback and possesses arm strength and accuracy.

All-Stars

and rules

It’s amazing how many hurdles players selected for all-star games have to clear because of rules and standards.

In October, when the NCAA adopted five rules by the Division I Board of Directors, there was a rule that prohibited coaches/staffs to attend all-star games or activities associated with the games.

The NAIA and Division II schools may attend these events and some players who had no offers ended up getting financial help from some of those institutions.

The problem is in the belief that some of those players might be able to play at a higher level but, because of the ban, schools are unable to evaluate those players.

One of those I have already mentioned is Ruff. I believe had some FBS schools been allowed to attend, he might have received an opportunity to play for a bigger program.

Another problem is the 7-point grade scale that is crippling our kids. There were two schools in particular interested in a player, but after talking with his coach and parents, it appears he’s short on his core GPA to garner offers from those schools.

If S.C. had a 10-point grade scale like Georgia and Florida, the player would have qualified.

We need a level playing field so some S.C. players can compete for scholarships.

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