ON LOCATION: Naquez Pringle

HEMINGWAY, S.C. - In his 11 seasons at Carvers Bay High School, Nate Thompson has won 105 games and a pair of state championships.

DT Naquez Pringle Profile

Three of Thompson's players have gone on to play at South Carolina, two went to Georgia and another to UCF. Two of those six currently play in the NFL.

Up next for Thompson is rising junior defensive tackle Naquez Pringle, who has a chance to be next in the line of top-flight players from Carvers Bay.

"If he sticks to schedule, he could be a heck of a kid," Thompson said in an interview with CUTigers. "He has good manners, is strong-willed, and has great size. He's still growing. As a matter of fact, in track, he was doing running event and throwing events."

At 6-foot-2, 270 pounds, Pringle has early interest from several schools, but does not have any offers. LSU, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Marshall sent coaches by the school this spring.

Pringle hasn't taken many college visits. His lone trip to Clemson was an overnight stay last fall for the North Carolina game.

"I liked the campus and everything. When I got there, they were just getting done with the new West End Zone. I like how their recruiting area is [inside]. I like how the fans and the stadium are so live."

The only other college campuses he's been on are North Carolina and Coastal Carolina. In Chapel Hill, "it was just like a visit, just me and my dad, because he used to go there."

Pringle will hit the road again this summer.

"I know for a fact I'm going to Clemson. I'm trying to get up to UNC, going to Coastal and hopefully go to some other camps this summer," he said.

Pringle didn't grow up pulling for just one team.

"I'll say that my two teams down here are USC and Clemson," he said.

As a sophomore, Pringle recorded 40 tackles, two sacks and recovered two fumbles.

"He has the movement and the power, a surge. It's hard to teach that surge. You can step and punch all at the same time, that's terrific. But if you can step and punch with power, he can do that," Thompson said.

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