Tramel Terry had potential when he walked into the Goose Creek football locker room back in the summer of 2009. He was a freshman who had an unusual combination of strength and speed to be an outstanding football player.
Second TeamOffenseQuarterback: Jordan Park, Stratford, JuniorRunning backs:Jarrod Tucker, Summerville, Senior; Daitwan Commodore, Fort Dorchester, SeniorWide receivers: Marquise Webber, Bluffton, Senior; De'Angelo Frazier, Baptist Hill, JuniorTight end: Kalan Ritchie, Goose Creek, JuniorLinemen: Dillon Alford, Georgetown, Senior; Caleb Glee, Beaufort, Senior; Roger Flathman, Hanahan, Senior; Charles Thompson, Cane Bay, Senior; T.J. Griffin, Berkeley, Senior Kicker: Masamitsu Ishibashi, Goose Creek, SeniorDefenseLinemen: Austin Fister, Wando, Senior; Johnny Burch, St. John's, Senior; Leon Givens, Cane Bay, Senior; Myles White, Fort Dorchester, Sophomore Linebackers: Matt Norman, Wando, Senior; Mac McCurry, Summerville, Sophomore; Michael Simmons, Stratford, JuniorDefensive backs: Mark Stembridge, West Ashley, Senior; Devontae Shepherd, Cross, Junior; Taylor Morrison, Stratford, Senior; Reed Fosberry, Bishop England, JuniorPunter: Drew Costa, Bishop England, SeniorHonorable mentionOffenseQuarterbacks: Anthony Smalls, Hanahan; C.J. Frazier, Bluffton; Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek; Kevin Herbst, Bishop England; Antonio Davis, Garrett Tech; Michael Julian, Hilton Head; Thomas Rogers, Porter-Gaud; Brandon Dickerson, St. John's; Brandford Halls, Cross; Troy Harrison, Baptist Hill; Stokes Brownlee, Dorchester Academy; Jacob Thompson, Ashley Ridge; J.T. Waters, Palmetto Christian; Michael Delee, WoodlandRunning backs: Davon Anderson, Summerville; Jaclay Mixon, Beaufort; Noah Shuler, Stratford; Hakeem Nelson, West Ashley; Dominique Gaines, West Ashley; Trey Pierce, Porter-Gaud; Stuart Walters, Academic Magnet; Ezekial Jenkins, Berkeley; Steven Archie, Military Magnet; Octavius Hayes, Hanahan; Khalil Lewis, Hilton Head; Tresvon Coakley, St. John's; Ivan Wiggins, Military Magnet; Jordan Weathers, Dorchester Academy; Deangelo Rivers, Military Magnet; Ryan Roe, Palmetto Christian; Dionte Evans, Cross; Vernon Moree, Ashley Ridge; Charles Loftland, Fort Dorchester; James Londergran, Pinewood Prep; Darrett Drayton, Northwood Academy; Dakota Holmes, BaptistWide receivers/Tight ends: Jordan Johnson, Stratford; Antonio Mack, North Charleston; Jordan Carswell, Stall; De'Angelo Frasier, Baptist Hill; Maurice Wesley, Cane Bay; Isaiah Sloan, Battery Creek; KiJana Brown, Lincoln; T.J. Smith, Fort Dorchester; Tre Orr, Northwood AcademyLinemen: Hudson Little, Bishop England; Williams Snipes, Baptist Hill; Kaylon Ford, Hilton Head; Adam Dobbins, Bishop England; Trevon Sanders,Garrett Tech; James Gaddist, Woodland; Willie Doe, Battery Creek; Nick Tononi, Fort Dorchester; Ryan Bowman, Burke; Chandler Samberts, Bishop England; Philip Marshall, Porter-Gaud; Sid Smith, St. John's; Malik Gooding, Cross; DaQuan Chambers, Cross; Kevin Smalls, Baptist Hill; Joseph Pringle, Ashley Ridge; Grant Wactor, Summerville; Tyese McDonald, Fort Dorchester; Michael Barnett, Woodland; Lee Riley, Colleton PrepDefenseLinemen: Malcolm Nazon, Bishop England; Justin Frazier, Battery Creek; Michael Preddy, Porter-Gaud; Aunterio Tolbert, Baptist Hill; Heath Fisk, Colleton Prep; Shamier Blackshear, BlufftonLinebackers: Cody Ashy, Academic Magnet; Ryan Kinsey, Woodland;Vontrel Grant, Hanahan; Brandon Keith, James Island; Westin Marvin, Bishop England; Lyndon Young, Hanahan; Matt Rudy, Cane Bay; Kevyn Flores, Fort Dorchester; Kealon Weldon, Cane Bay; Zach Richter, Bishop England; Clint Wright, Beaufort; Olin Pinckney, Cross; Leonard Brown, Baptist Hill; Brandon Jamison, Woodland; Graham Blunt, Palmetto ChristianBacks: Laquan White, Woodland; Rameak Smith, Woodland; MarlonWashington, Hanahan; Nick Shiver, Bishop England; Raheem Cooper, Battery Creek; Brock Richardson, Porter-Gaud; Josh Wright, BaptistHill; Kendall Felder, Ashley Ridge; Daquan Buksha, Fort Dorchester;Anthony Smith, Bluffton; Tyler Lares, Northwood AcademyKicker/Punters: Brady Cormier, Beaufort; Bernard Gathers, Baptist Hill
He had a dream and the only uncertainty was his desire.
Was he willing to do the work? Be a leader? Be an example?
Coach Chuck Reedy looked at the young player and told him he could be the best player in the state by the time he graduated.
“I knew he coached college,” Terry said of Reedy, whose resume includes a head coaching position at Baylor and an assistant's job at Clemson. “I knew he knew what he was talking about. He knows what it takes to excel. I listened and I worked.”
Four years later, Terry is at the top of the high school football mountain. He was named South Carolina's Mr. Football and he's been honored as an All-American.
Terry, who was All-Lowcountry as a junior, is The Post and Courier's player of the year and heads up the 2012 All-Lowcountry team.
“I offered him a challenge and he accepted it,” Reedy said. “He's right up there with Brandon Shell as far as the best football players at Goose Creek. I've coached in the Lowcountry and A.J. Green is the best football player I've seen. A.J. is No. 1, and Tramel's No. 2. He's that good.”
Terry was a triple-threat as a receiver, running back and return man his senior season. He rushed for 841 yards and tallied 818 yards in receptions and scored 25 touchdowns. He tallied nearly 5,000 all-purpose yards in his career.
There were two disappointments though. His team went 13-0, but was disqualified from the playoffs for using an ineligible player. And he tore his ACL in the Shrine Bowl and will undergo surgery on Jan. 3.
But Terry, who will enroll at Georgia next week, remains upbeat.
“He has the right attitude,” Reedy said. “He's mature and has handled everything thrown his way. That's what makes him special. He has the talent, desire and the humility.”
Terry is the third straight Goose Creek player to be named player of the year. Lineman Brandon Shell earned the honor in 2010 and running back Virgil Smalls was player of the year last season.
Goose Creek landed seven players on the first team, while Wando was next in line with six selections.
Goose Creek's other selections include: defensive linemen Gerald Turner and Michael Myers, linebacker Jalen Stevens, defensive back Omar McCrae, offensive lineman Rodney Garrett and running back Caleb Kinlaw.
Wando's selections include: quarterback Christian Hart, offensive linemen Chuck Rouse and Nolan Kelleher, kicker Casey Clawson, tight end Taylor Kimball and wide receiver Rudder Brown.
Summerville and Timberland both had three first-team selections.
The Green Wave's selections include sophomore lineman Zack Bailey and junior defensive back Darrin Smalls. Both players have been offered by the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Green Wave's Parker Cleveland is the punter.
Timberland's picks include athlete Roderick McCray, defensive back Austin McKinney and lineman Brian Moore. He is the only player in school history to start on both sides of the ball for four years.
Bishop England, which won its second straight Division II-AA state championship, had two selections: defensive end Griffie Loy and defensive back DeAngelo Stephenson.
Bishop England's John Cantey repeats as coach of the year. The team lost 24 seniors from last year's team, but still managed a 13-1 record and another state title. The Bishops recorded a shutout in the title game for the second year in a row.
The All-Lowcountry football team, player of the year and coach of the year are selected by The Post and Courier from schools in Regions 8-AAAA, 7-AAAA,
8-AAA, 6-AA, 7-AA, 6-A and local independent schools based on all-region and all-star teams selected by coaches.
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