It's almost too hot to even think about high school football, but practice begins July 27 and the top players are already preparing for the season.
The 2012 season should produce another bumper crop of senior recruits, according to Rivals' latest ranking of the top 20 players in the state.
There are five four-star players in the state and three play on area teams. Tramel Terry, the No. 2 player in the state, and Gerald Turner, the No. 5 player, are members of the defending Division II-AAAA state champion Goose Creek Gators. The other local four-star recruit is Mike Williams, He's the No. 3 player in the state and plays for Lake Marion.
Tramel is a dynamic athlete who has already committed to play for the Georgia Bulldogs and could see time on both offense and defense. Turner, the top linebacker in the state, has committed to South Carolina while Williams has numerous offers including Clemson, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Alabama.
One other local player is in the top 20: Jalen Stevens, a defensive end from Goose Creek. He has offers from Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina and Southern Miss.
Rivals lists Michael Hill of Pendleton as the top player in the state. He's a defensive tackle who has committed to Ohio State.
The Clash of the Carolina officials have changed the official scoring for the North Carolina girls team after watching video of Saturday's all-star game featuring the top seniors from North Carolina vs. the top seniors from South Carolina.
Kylie Tawney was credited for the Tar Heels' first goal. Officials first credited the goal as an own goal.
Teammate Logan Vitale was credited with the other goal, which came in the 78th minute.
“After reviewing the video replay, the official box score has credited Kylie Tawney with North Carolina's first goal at the 48-minute mark and also changed the goal scorer to Logan Vitale in the 78th minute,” Classic official Kyle Heise wrote on SCsoccer.com. “Though the video is not conclusive as to who the actual goal scorer is on the first Tar Heels' goal, we would rather credit an offensive player for the score and it certainly looks like a 50/50 challenge.”
Moring commits to College of Charleston
First Baptist rising junior Tucker Moring committed to play baseball for the College of Charleston. Moring, a 6-2, 185-pound right-hander, was 3-2 with one save and a 3.29 ERA in nine games. He pitched 261/3 innings.
Weekley commits to Charleston Southern
James Island pitcher Tyler Weekley committed to play for Charleston Southern University. Weekley, a rising senior, was 4-1 with two saves and 1.50 ERA during the 2012 season.
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