News and notes from this week's North-South All-Star game practice in Myrtle Beach.
Setting it straight
Wade Hampton wide receiver Hakeem Flowers set the record straight earlier this week regarding his recruitment by the two in-state schools.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has narrowed his choices to Oregon, LSU, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Michigan. He’s taken unofficial visits to all five of those schools and an official visit to Michigan last month. He plans to visit the other four soon.
Flowers is one of the state’s top receivers – his straight-line speed has been questioned by some schools and recruiting analysts – but South Carolina and Clemson were never really involved in his recruitment.
Some have speculated that he made it clear early in the process that he wanted to play out of state, causing them to show him little interest. His disputes that claim, however.
“I was interested in them,” he said. “They were interested in me. They just never threw an offer out. They sent letters, came to the school, talked to me, talked to my coach and called. I just never got an offer from them.
“When I talked to the coaches they said they felt like I wanted to go out of state. That’s why they said they were scared to pull the trigger.”
With USC and Clemson out of the picture, Flowers said he is comfortable with leaving South Carolina and potentially the Southeast to play collegiately.
Turn in the limelight
Irmo tailback Dawan Scott put up huge numbers for the Yellow Jackets this season.
Yet he’s still something of an unknown quantity since he had played only a supporting role for several seasons behind Class of 2010 standout Mustafa Greene, who rushed for a team-high 584 yards with N.C. State this season.
“I think this is a great chance to show my ability,” Scott said of the North-South All-Star game. “At Irmo we had a great line. This shows me and other people how great I am playing against other great people.”
Scott’s recruitment is starting to pick up. He has offers from Miami of Ohio, Presbyterian and Western Carolina. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are also showing interest in the versatile 6-foot, 180-pound slasher.
“As the year moves along I’m just hoping more schools come along before signing day,” Scott said. “I’ve got offers to play running back. Western Carolina offered me as an athlete. Most likely I’ll play running back. I want to play running back.”
Dutch Fork quarterback Justin Suber had a career year under first-year coach Tom Knotts. But was it enough for him to get the opportunity to play quarterback in college?
The 6-foot, 205-pounder doesn’t currently hold any scholarship offers, though he talks frequently with coaches from Presbyterian, Coastal Carolina and The Citadel. N.C. State inquired about him last week.
All of them are recruiting him as an athlete. However, he’s playing quarterback for the North team this week.
“It looks like he’s doing pretty well right now,” Knotts said earlier this week while watching North-South practice. “He’s the kind of kid that can play anything. Whoever is fortunate enough to get him has to give him a shot at quarterback, because I think his future is all ahead of him.
“He could be a running back, though. He’s got great hands and could be a wide receiver. Of course, he could go be a defensive back. I think he’s an ACC-level player, but he just doesn’t have any offers quite yet.”
Knotts said Suber saw exponential growth as a quarterback over the course of the 2010 season. Suber said he would like the opportunity to play quarterback but he’s also intrigued by the possibility of playing wide receiver.
Suber’s high school teammate, Curtis Cannon, is also participating in the North-South game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is playing wide receiver this week but could become an H-back or tight end at the next level.
“He’s got good control of his body and makes a good move when he catches the ball,” Knotts said. “He catches most everything thrown at him. He might be a step slow for some people, but when he beefs up some, he’ll make a great H-back. You can put him outside and bring him back in [on the line of scrimmage].”
Cannon has an offer from Newberry. Other schools have shown interest in him, though he still has some work to do academically to be fully qualified.
Richland Northeast linebacker Ryan Quarles is waiting on his SAT scores to come back. Once that happens – assuming the scores are adequate – he expects several offers to roll in from FCS schools.
The 6-foot, 215-pound North all-star currently holds offers from N.C. Central and Newberry. Georgia Southern, Elon and others are showing interest in his services.
Quarles played inside linebacker in high school and will do the same this weekend. He’s projected to play outside linebacker at the next level, allowing him to use his speed and ability in space to make plays.
“Blitzing and finding the football,” Quarles said of his best attributes.
Quarles made 111 tackles with seven sacks and two fumble recoveries this season.
Odds and ends
Daniel wide receiver Antonio Cannon has been committed to Kentucky since the spring. However, East Carolina has entered the picture and offered the chance to play both football and basketball, a prospect he finds intriguing. However, he remains committed to the Wildcats for the time being.
Ridge View defensive end Antoine Parker, a North all-star, said he does not have any offers, though Western Carolina and Coastal Carolina have shown interest. The 6-foot, 240-pounder is being recruited as an undersized defensive end, he said.