MYRTLE BEACH - Brett Toth is a natural to play the left tackle position on the offensive line. The West Ashley senior is 6-7 and weighs 265 pounds.
North-South All-Star Game
66th North-South All-Star Game
When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Dough Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach
Name, School Pos.
Trevor Pederson, Wando WR
Omar McRae, Goose Creek DB
Bobby Ruff, West Ashley DB
David Kennedy, Summerville K
Trevson, Coakley St. John's RB
Jordan Ward, Georgetown LB
Jordan Johnson, Stratford RB
Khalil Lewis, Hilton Head RB
Cecil Smith, Stratford LB
Kentrell Seabrook, Beaufort DL
Brett Toth, West Ashley OL
Corey Rawlings, Fort Dorchester WR
Jordan Barnes, Goose Creek WR
Stephen Baggett, Beaufort TE
Sean Smith, Summerville TE
Terrell Green, Hanahan ER
Toth has the size, speed, footwork and agility to man the most important position on the offensive line. He is the best pass blocker on the team and uses his agility to protect the quarterback's blindside.
He's one of the best in South Carolina and was selected to play in Saturday's North-South All-Star Game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 12:30.
Toth is soaking up the experience, getting lessons from the South coaching staff while talking technique with other linemen.
"I am learning a lot of new skills because we have players from different areas of South Carolina," Toth said. "It's a learning experience. It's really good to be around good players and coaches like they have up here."
Toth, who is 17 years old and wears size 17 football cleats, might have been born to play tackle. But it took West Ashley coach Bobby Marion to convince him that playing tackle gave him a future at the next level.
He came into the program as a 6-4, 240-pound tight end who would provide blocking while catching an occasional pass.
"I told him his future was at tackle if he wanted to play at the college level," said Marion, who was named the Region 7-AAAA coach of the year after leading West Ashley to a 6-5 record one year after winning just one game. "He has a lot of upside. By the time he steps onto a college field, he could play at 300 pounds and not lose a step."
The move paid massive dividends. Toth is getting recruited by The Citadel, Western Carolina, Newberry, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian and Army.
Toth has made a lot of friends in the days leading up to the 61st annual North-South Game, which pits 44 of the top seniors from the North vs. 44 of the top seniors from the South. He's also making quite an impression on the coaching staff during practice.
"I've talked to a lot of the coaches up there, and they say he's the best lineman out there," Marion said.
Toth had a big role in the Wildcats' impressive turnaround from 2012.
"We really improved with six victories," Toth said. "But it was kind of a letdown because we should have won eight games. Overall, it was a good season."
Toth said being selected to play in the all-star game makes all the hard work, aches and pains worth it. But it is bittersweet because West Ashley didn't qualify for the playoffs.
"This is an individual accomplishment so it doesn't make up for missing out on the playoffs," Toth said. "The other players, my teammates, didn't get a reward. That should give the team motivation for next year. We're making strides, but we need the community to rally around us. We always need good fan support."