From Jim Baxter’s mailbag:
Question: Who are some of the unknown recruits in the state who could star at a small college and then make it big in the NFL, a player such as Roddy White of Atlanta?
Answer: Here are kids without a lot of media attention who could be special in college:
John Miller, RB, Spring Valley: Miller has been underrated because of his size (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) and running in the flexbone. But he’s got the talent and skill set of a player who could make you scratch your head in three years and say, “How did we miss that kid?” He has offers from the military academies, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Richmond.
Stephen Baggett, TE, Beaufort: Committed to East Carolina. Has all the tools to be a great tight end at the next level and has a good receiver skill set.
Jordan Carswell, WR, R.B. Stall: Will play small school, or possibly JUCO, but this 6-4, 190 athlete has the makings of a star at the next level. Had to play QB for his school but is either WR or safety in college.
Hylek Foster, RB, Gaffney: He might be one of the biggest misses by the in-state schools. Foster is committed to Marshall, though he could flip to East Carolina. He was the best back in the state this past season and can play anywhere — WR, RB, DB.
Bobby Ruff, LB, West Ashley: Bobby will be heading to Charleston Southern and could be the biggest steal. He’s an All-American safety waiting to happen at the FCS level.
Q: With signing day next week, which high school coaches do you think does the best job of promoting their kids?
Here are five who seem to be working all of the time: :
Derek White, assistant at Christ Church, does an outstanding job of getting kids to camps and getting their names out.
Mark Hodge, coach at Chapman, makes sure to get film out for evaluation and always follows up.
Robin Bacon, offensive coordinator at Spring Valley,does an outstanding job of promoting his kids and being proactive in reaching out to college coaches.
Eddie Ford, Allendale-Fairfax coach, does a great job of communicating with college coaches, getting film out and promoting the younger kids (rising ninth-graders) before anyone knows about them.
Dean Boyd, Marlboro County coach, might be the best at this, with great communication to the coaches, sending out film and getting his kids to camps. He also helped organize the small school recruiting fair for Division II schools during the week of North-South all-stars.