Conway quarterback Mykal Moody is likely going to get more college scholarship offers this season.
But he’s not planning on waiting around to announce where he will go.
Moody said over the weekend that he’s got three of his official visits – Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina State – planned for the coming weeks. He’ll be allowed two more official trips to college campuses.
“I was thinking about early next month or half-way through the season commit just to get it out of the way,” Moody said. “I want to finish out the year [without having to] think about it.”
As a junior, Moody ran for 1,490 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also passed for 1,519 yards and 17 touchdowns. It was a great year for a player who missed all of 2010 with a severe ankle sprain that required surgery.
The diversity in his game also showed that he could play a variety of positions. Outside of the obvious, Moody also displayed skills that make many think he could translate well to running back, receiver, defensive back or kick returner on the college level.
It led the three aforementioned schools and Marshall to offer him a scholarship. Moody said in July and again this weekend that he and the University of Oregon have had discussions. However, he said the cross-country distance might be too far.
Some other schools reported to be interested include South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, although none of those have made an official offer as of Monday. Regardless, Moody said playing time will be at the forefront of his choice.
“I want to come in and play. I want to make a difference in a program,” Moody said. “I want to fill a hole, and bond with the coaches and the players. I know I can play a lot of positions, so it wouldn’t matter where I play in college.”
Carolina Forest running back Harold Atkinson is taking a similar approach, albeit in a much more limited scope.
Atkinson, who plays tailback for the Panthers and ran for 1,472 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, was ranked by the national recruiting site Rivals as the second-ranked fullback in the country.
He said he would play whichever position a college staff preferred, as long as it got him on the field.
The 6-foot, 205-pound running back has offers from North Carolina State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Indiana and East Carolina. He’s also reportedly drawing interest from in-state schools Clemson and South Carolina, as well as Georgia Tech.
Atkinson said he doesn’t have a commitment date in mind and did not reveal any visit dates, but that he wants to make the most of his senior season to best position himself for college.
“It’s been on my mind a lot lately. When your name is big like that, you have to live up to it,” he said. “I’d hate for my name to blow up and not live up to it.”
Both Moody and Atkinson will begin their senior seasons on Friday, and both players will be allowed to sign an official commitment in February, barring an early high school graduation.
Football on the radio
Six of the 13 high school football teams in The Sun News coverage area will now be on radio each week.
Socastee, following three years off the air, has come to terms with Coastline Sports Media, the production company that also handles Carolina Forest games. The Braves will air on WSYN-FM, 103.1.
The Panthers’ first two games will be broadcast on WJXY-FM, 93.9 while the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ season wraps up. After that, Carolina Forest will transfer back to WDSP-FM, 101.9 and WIQB-AM, 1050.
Fans of those two teams will have multiple options this week, as Socastee heads to Carolina Forest for the season opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Conway will once again be broadcast on WGTR-FM, 107.9, and Myrtle Beach will return for its third season on WYNA-FM, 104.9 (also known as BOB FM). North Myrtle Beach will air on WRNN-FM, 99.5, as well as online at www.nmbchiefs.com.
Lastly, Loris’ radio home of WLSC-AM, 1240 AM will resume for another season.
USA baseball Mid-Atlantic selections
Three area high school players were chosen to play for the USA Baseball Mid-Atlantic National Team Identification Series, a precursor to the 2012 national team trials.
Carolina Forest catcher Robert Jolly and Aynor infielder Graham Herrington will both compete for the 17-and-under, while Georgetown senior Seth Wall will play for the 16-and-under squad. All three will play a three-game series in Cary, N.C., Aug. 23-26.
Herrington, Wall and Jolly each participated in multiple evaluation periods in order to make the team. The 18 players for each team were selected from South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
There are 11 regions nationwide, and after those competitions, a handful of players will be chosen to play for the 18-and-under national team for next year. Plenty of college coaches and professional scouts are also expected to be in attendance.