Goose Creek's got it going on

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - Chuck Reedy, who's served as the head coach at Goose Creek High School since 2002, has three assistants with college coaching experience.

That doesn't even include Reedy's impressive resume.

Before coming to Goose Creek in 2002, Reedy spent one season (1999) as the offensive coordinator at South Carolina. From 1993-96, he posted a 23-22 record as the head coach at Baylor. He was the Bears' offensive coordinator from 1990-92.

Reedy also worked as the offensive coordinator at Clemson from 1986-89 and the running backs coach from 1978-85.

Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Mark Leposky has coached at Temple, Carnegie Mellon, Tennessee-Martin and Westminster College.

Offensive line coach Buddy King has coached the offensive lines at Clemson, South Carolina Arkansas, LSU, Wake Forest and Wofford. He also spent one season with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL.

Co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Joe Bowers coached at Valdosta State.

Secondary coach Joe Hauff got his first job in the business as an assistant recruiter at South Carolina.

It's not just the coaching staff that's talented. The program is also packed full of BCS level prospects.

"It's the most talented team that we've had here," Reedy told CUTigers.com on Wednesday, after the Gators' final practice of the spring. "That's really all I can relate it to. I coached high school football so long ago. But this is our most talented team."

Goose Creek, the Region 7-AAAA champions, entered the playoffs as the as the No. 1 seed before falling to eventual state champion Northwestern in the semi-finals. The Gators finished 13-1.

A host of talented players who made big impacts a season ago are back for 2011.

Rising junior wide receiver Tramel Terry caught a team-high 28 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. He rushed 11 times for 56 yards and three touchdowns and returned 12 kicks for 303 yards.

"He's had a great spring. We're going to play him both on offense and defense this year. He's also going to play for us some at running back," Reedy said. "He's got a chance to be as good a player as there is in the state of South Carolina."


Safety/outside linebacker T.J. Burrell, a rising senior, racked up 105 tackles and three interceptions last season. (Scout.com)
Safety/outside linebacker T.J. Burrell, a rising senior, racked up 105 tackles and three interceptions last season.

"T.J. has had a very good spring," Reedy said. "Coming back from a shoulder surgery that he had right after the season, so he missed about three or four months of lifting. He got right back into it and was physical--really played physical in the last week. I think he's ready for a great season."

Burrell's classmate, Bryan Flute, was moved from defensive tackle to offensive tackle before the start of the spring. As a junior, Flute had 26 tackles and a sack. He'll replace South Carolina signee Brandon Shell at right tackle.

Flute was sidelined for much of the spring after breaking his right hand on the first day of practice in pads.

"We didn't get a chance to get him any real work. He's got all the tools. He's 295. He's 6-4. He's strong, can run. We just have to teach him how to play the position," Reedy said.

Clemson's among several schools that are recruiting him as an offensive lineman.

"I suspect he's a tackle. He's got good height. It just depends. We've got to see what he does this fall," Reedy said.

Defensive end/linebacker Gerald Turner had 38 tackles, 27 assists, 8 tackles for loss, six sacks and two sacks as a sophomore in 2010.

South Carolina offered last fall. Clemson could be on the way with one next week.

"Gerald had an ankle injury most of the spring. We know he can play. We're not worried about that…he's a legitimate, big-time guy," Reedy said. "He's strong, he's fast. He's big. Has great explosion, he's athletic.

"We may play him some at tight end. We haven't done that much in the past. We have some guys that we're going to need on the field, not sitting over there on the sideline."

Rising sophomore running back Caleb Kinlaw rushed 39 times for 524 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned three kicks for 80 yards.

Though Kinlaw sprained his shoulder on the second to last practice of the spring, he still had a solid session.

"He needed to get beat up and knocked around. He's still a young kid," Reedy said. "He's not a big kid. He's only 170 or so. We need to put another five or 10 pounds on him. He proved that he'll run the ball up inside. He's a tough kid. He got what he needed."

CUTigers.com will run on location interviews with all prospects over the next several days.

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