QUESTION: What’s your prediction on the Dutch Fork-Westwood game this week? Which team has the best shot at going to the championship game?
ANSWER: My prediction is really predicated on how well Dutch Fork quarterback Tate Fant plays; I believe that Westwood will attempt to decrease Matt Colburn’s effectiveness, and if they are able to do that, Fant’s play becomes more important. This defensive scheme that Westwood runs is tough to block, and while I think it is suspect to a screen game, I do think it will be the best defense that the Foxes have seen this year. In terms of who can get to the championship, I think they each have an equally tough road in their respective divisions. Dutch Fork will eventually see either Byrnes or Dorman while Westwood is in Division II and will see teams such as Goose Creek and Northwestern. There is a lot of good competition in both divisions this season.
Q: Who are the top Midlands players for next season?
A: I will start with the kids I think can play FBS level; Dutch Fork’s Stephen Davis at safety; Lower Richland wide receiver Larry Collins; Lexington defensive back Nick Graves; Richland Northeast linebacker T.J. Brunson. Those are my top four guys from the Midlands area for 2016. Other players who are going to be prospects to watch: Lexington WR Jayson Hopper; Lexington RB Slade Carroll; River Bluff QB-Ath Brandon Tillman; Keenan QB D’Marco Zeigler; Newberry QB Yafari Werts; Heathwood Hall Linebacker Brandon Hill; Blythewood defensive back Khris Pam; Cardinal Newman Defensive End Seth Ham; Dreher QB Avery Armstrong; Pelion DL Octavious Green; Airport TE-OL Alec Spooner; Spring Valley QB Ryan Lee; Westwood OL Torey Boone.
Q: We are beginning to talk to college coaches, but my son is the one talking on the phone; what questions should he ask?
A: I will summarize for the sake of space; these are the questions I would definitely ask and have them written down while on the phone so you don’t forget them.
A. How do you see me fitting in on the team (position)
B. Do you plan on red-shirting me?
C. Where do you see this program in the next four years?
D. How many others (position) have you offered in my class?
E. How many (position) will you sign in my class?
F. What kind of academic support do the athletes have?
This is a “get started” list of important questions, but there are many others. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time and I can answer these types of questions a little more thoroughly.