The Class of 2011 may be the year of the quarterback in South Carolina — Justin Worley, Everett Golson, Tony McNeal and Robert Smith will all play in the ACC or SEC — but that doesn't mean the cupboard is bare in the junior class.
Porter-Gaud's Hudson Worthy is drawing early recruiting attention from a number of schools, including Miami, Duke and several Ivy League schools. Before last week's win over Pinewood Prep, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder had thrown for 2,905 yards and 32 scores.
"They certainly like his arm strength and also his decision-making capability," Porter-Gaud coach Rick Reetz said of visiting college coaches. "He's completing over 70 percent. He only has a few interceptions and those have come on deflections. He's extremely smart, understands the game and makes great decisions under pressure."
Porter-Gaud runs a wide-open, spread offense and Worthy has helped it flourish. The Cyclones are averaging 41.6 points per game, and an average of seven to nine players are catching passes from Worthy every game.
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Many of Worthy's passes are going to Stanton Seckinger, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound senior with offers from several ACC schools, including Clemson. However, Reetz praised Worthy's ability to move around in and out of the pocket to buy time for his receivers to get open. Once they do, he almost always finds them.
Worthy hasn't yet attracted much attention from Clemson or South Carolina, though Reetz believes the interest will ramp up in the coming months. Worthy has been invited to the U.S. Army National Combine in January.
Runs like a Ford
After nabbing one of South Carolina’s top prospects in the Class of 2011 (Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley), Tennessee is hoping to do the same with a dynamic junior playmaker. Marlboro County receiver/corner Malik Ford did enough to impress the Volunteers at a camp this summer that they had a coach on hand to watch the Bulldogs play last week.
“He gets letters from everybody, but Tennessee really likes him a lot,” Marlboro County coach Dean Boyd said. “They were here last week. Of course, they were here to watch [senior linebacker Lateek Townsend], but they don’t think they have a shot at him. But I think they are looking toward Malik and their chances with him.”
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder attended Tennessee’s camp last summer without an invitation. Within hours, the coaching staff moved him into their elite camp and have loved him ever since, Boyd said.
Ford’s first season in football was 2009. He was a standout for Marlboro County’s basketball team and Boyd convinced him that his talent would translate well to the gridiron. This season he leads the running-oriented Bulldogs with 60 catches.
“He’s actually probably made a bigger name for himself in football than he did in basketball,” Boyd said. “He’s loving it out there.
“He’s a very tough-nosed player and one of the best kids and competitors you’ll ever going to be around. He’s a very clean-cut, well spoken young man. He loves the game, and loves the competition. He’s just a smooth player.”Ford plays both sides of the ball. Boyd believes he could be a dynamic receiver or a shutdown corner at the collegiate level.