THE BLITZ answers questions from the mail bag to open the new year:
QUESTION: What do you think was the biggest story in high school football from 2014?
ANSWER: The biggest story was the debacle in the Camden-Dreher game, and the bigger debacle that followed in the investigation/appeals process. It was a big story because all eyes were on the S.C. High School League, who, I believe, handled the situation properly. It was followed by the “special appeals” committed – the government-appointed committee – reversing the suspensions. This was a big story because it exposed how the new process has rendered the SCHSL ineffective in these cases.
Q: Looking ahead into 2015, what Midlands teams do you see as being contenders?
A: Outside of Batesburg-Leesville and Fairfield Central, I don’t see a team of championship caliber. That can change as we get to the spring and get a better look at the players who will be filling voids left from graduation.
Q: Who are the sleepers would could find themselves on recruiting boards?
A: Richland Northeast linebacker T.J. Brunson could rise up. He’s got the size, speed, and physicality to be a good player at the next level. River Bluff quarterback Brandon Tillman has the potential as an “athlete.” He reminds me a lot of Shaq Roland as a high schooler, whom I always thought projected better as a defensive back. Tillman could be a college safety or even outside linebacker.
Cardinal Newman’s Seth Ham, at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, is a bit small for the defensive end, but has a great skills set as a defensive player. I also like Keenan quarterback D’Marco Zeigler as an athlete. I don’t think he’ll play quarterback at the next level.