GOOSE CREEK — National Signing Day is starting to seem like “Groundhog Day” at Goose Creek High School.
You remember the movie in which Bill Murray finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. Well, the same thing is happening again and again on National Signing Day at Goose Creek.
On Wednesday, the Division II-AAAA state championship team once again had some of the state’s best players sign national letters of intent.
T.J. Burrell, one of the top linebackers in South Carolina, signed with Clemson. Virgil Smalls, considered to be the best fullback in the state, signed with South Carolina State. Jaquan Marsh, considered the best option-quarterback in the state, signed with Brevard College.
Burrell, wearing a Clemson cap, was all smiles Wednesday morning.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Burrell said. “I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this moment. The athletics and academics, it’s a win-win situation.”
Last year, Brandon Shell, one of the nation’s top linemen, attracted all the attention on National Signing Day when he signed at a ceremony that included national media.
Next year, it should be more of the same. One recruiting site has already pegged Goose Creek wide
receiver Tramel Terry as the No. 1 prospect for the class of 2013, while teammate Gerald Turner is rated 11th.
Two years from now, running back Caleb Kinlaw, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore, should highlight the 2014 class.
It wasn’t like that before coach Chuck Reedy arrived a decade ago. Back then, the program wouldn’t even have two or three victories, let alone major college prospects.
“I think that’s been a process that has evolved over the last 10 years,” Reedy said. “The young guys come in and they see the older guys go away to play college football,” Reedy said. “It motivates the younger guys and perpetuates the desire to win. This senior class won 46 games, and the juniors want to better that mark. No one wants to take a step back.”
Two other local players signed with marquee programs.
Hanahan wide receiver Chris Brown signed with Notre Dame and Wando defensive end Gimel President signed with Auburn.
President was happy that the recruiting process was over.
“I’m an Auburn Tiger,” he said by phone from Austin, Texas, where was preparing for a national all-star game. “It feels great to be a Tiger. I can have fun now. I can relax now. I can be an Auburn Tiger now.”
Brown, who is headed to South Bend, Ind., said he can’t wait to run from the tunnel of Notre Dame’s famed stadium.
“My adrenaline will be pumping so hard I’ll probably need an IV,” Brown said.