Spring Valley Again Holds Stars

Three years ago, three linemen from Spring Valley High in Columbia, S.C. signed scholarships to play football for BCS schools. Leon Hart, a five star offensive lineman, signed with Auburn while three-star defensive linemen Mack Frost and Anthony Davis signed with Maryland and Wake Forest respectively. The Vikings appear to once again have three tremendous line prospects this year.

College coaches are already making their way to Spring Valley to see the trio, led by athletic offensive tackle Quintin Richardson. Richardson, a 6-5, 265-pounder with a lean body and long arms, has a growing offer list, but is not completely set on his future position.

"Whatever one the colleges put me at; I think I am probably better at offensive tackle, but I like the defensive line," Richardson said with a laugh. "I am pushing everybody in the weight room and when we get to spring practice, we have to keep everybody as a team and go out there and have fun. I am a leader, but more of a motivational speaker."

Quintin Richardson
Richardson is indeed a leader in the weight room, where he's aiming to break some school marks. The paper chart pinned to the wall of the Spring Valley weight room displays records held by Frost, Hart, and Seattle Seahawks safety Michael Boulware, and as long as these records hav stood, a few of the papers are beginning to turn brown with age. Richardson's goal is to put a new sheet of paper on the board.

"Some of those are coming down, probably the power clean," Richardson said, adding that he wants to bring down all the numbers held by Hart and Frost along the offensive and defensive line.

That type of attitude has colleges coming through early in the process, with Clemson, Maryland, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennesee, and Middle Tennessee State all offering the big man.

"The ones in the South are my favorites because I would like to stay close to home, but there are a lot of great schools out there like Notre Dame, North Carolina, even Texas A&M which has interest," he said, adding that he wants to find a school with a solid program in his major - business. "Education is the biggest thing. The step down from there has to be the coaching staff and prestige of the school. I'm probably leaning towards an early commitment, and there are a couple teams I have in mind."

Playing next to Richardson is Mason Cloy, a tight

Mason Cloy
end in for the Vikings who expects to play center in college. A heady leader of the group with over a 4.0 grade point average, Vanderbilt and South Carolina both offered the lineman a scholarship and more offers are destined to make their way.

"They both offer a good education and SEC football," Cloy said. "I don't think I will make a decision and probably wait. I learned that from the last class and not to tell anybody anything."

Cloy plans to attend several camps this summer but is unsure of which as of yet and is receiving interest from Clemson, North Carolina, and Army.

The other anchoring tackle on that offensive line is Kyle Fischer. At 6-6, 270 pounds, colleges

Kyle Fischer
love his potential at the position and the Commodores, which picked up three players from South Carolina last year, have offered Fischer as well.

"Work hard, keep your grades up, and good things will happen," said Fischer, who added that he is receiving interest from Maryland and North Carolina. "They say I look good on tape and to keep up the good work."

Good work continues to be the mantra for Spring Valley, and they look to be a force once again with a strong presence along the trenches.

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