The senior season of South Carolina commitment K.J. Brent didn’t exactly end how he had planned.
The standout receiver had led Marvin Ridge (N.C.) to a 9-2 record in the regular season this year. However, the Mavericks fell victim to North Carolina’s first-year pod playoff system, which was implemented to cut down on postseason travel.
The system pitted many teams against opponents they had already played in the regular season in the first round. A week after hammering Weddington (N.C.) 34-7 in the regular-season finale, Marvin Ridge lost the rematch 28-14.
“I didn’t get an invite to the Army game or the Shrine Bowl, so I didn’t think I was going to play another game,” Brent said. “I was just getting ready for [college football].”
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However, Brent will get the chance to finish his prep career on a better note. He has been invited and will participate in the inaugural National Underclassmen All-World Gridiron Classic. The game will be played at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium on Dec. 31.
Brent will be joined at the event by fellow USC commitments Damiere Byrd and Kadetrix Marcus.
Brent finished 2010 with 53 catches for 1,082 and 10 touchdowns. Those were impressive numbers considering that he battled a back injury that hindered him all season long.
“I tweaked it during the preseason and I didn’t get a chance to rest it or rehab it,” Brent said. “but it’s fine now.”