Football players get one last chance to impress
With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, many Lowcountry football players took advantage of one last opportunity to make an impression on college coaches.
Goose Creek High School played host to the Lowcountry Senior Showcase on Jan. 12.
“The combine was designed for kids that have not yet received offers or maybe were looking for something a little better,” said camp administrator Brad Bowles, an assistant coach at GCHS. “I was looking for an opportunity to allow these guys to showcase their ability free of charge, making it a first class operation, and allowing scouts to be physically present at the event.”
Among the colleges represented was upstart state program Limestone College. Other programs in attendance were Newberry College, Tusculum, Methodist and Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech.
“They all loved being able to evaluate a lot of guys, many of them on their recruiting boards, in one setting,” Bowles said. “It was great to be able to give these kids an opportunity to be evaluated in front of these coaches and there was a lot of conversation between coaches and players.”
In all, 111 players participated in the showcase. They had the chance to show off their speed, strength and agility through five different combine-style events (40-yard dash, bench press rep max, vertical leap, pro agility, and L drill).
Stratford receiver Chris White had one of the best 40 times, running a 4.41, and Chris Thompson from Cane Bay was given the top offensive lineman award. Thompson bench pressed 185 pounds 39 times.
Mario Gates from Hanahan finished in the top three in about every category as a wide receiver and Hanahan quarterback Anthony Smalls showcased his ability as well winning awards for offensive MVP and Top QB.
“There was a good amount of talent at the Lowcountry Senior Showcase and we plan on having another combine for underclassmen at some point in May,” Bowles said.
National Signing Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6. It marks the beginning of a period high school football players can make their college decisions official.