2003 Profile: RB Demetrius Summers

Does recruiting really start this early? You bet it does. We start the 2003 campaign with a look at the top running back in the nation. Demetrius Summers, out of Lexington High School in Columbia will be one of the most sought after athletes in the nation next February.

The top running back in the state of South Carolina this year didn't sign anywhere on signing day.

Know why?

Because he was only a junior. One of the top prospects in the country for 2003 is running back Demetrius Summers (6'1, 205, 4.55) out of Lexington High School.

This past season, Summers rushed for 2,329 yards and 39 touchdowns while helping lead the Wildcats to the AAAA playoffs. Over the course of his career he has rushed for more than 6,500 yards, and has averaged close to 10-yards every time he touches the football. He also holds the state scoring record with over 100 touchdowns, and he will likely break the state rushing record in his first game next season.

Demetrius has the size to run straight up the gut, and the quickness to take it the distance on a sweep. He's a tough player that most experts think will only get better as he continues to mature. Summers is also a standout basketball player and is considered a top prospect among several schools in the southeast on the hardwood. His true love though is football, and will see him on the gridiron at the next level.

Fortunately, the Tigers were the first team to offer this impressive back, but you can guess who followed up almost days later. None other than Lou Holtz and the South Carolina Gamecocks. You just have a gut feeling that this has the makings of another classic in-state battle.

Intrestingly enough, the word on Summers is that Florida State has been a favorite of his for quite some time. And you can bet that Papa Bowden will be licking his chops to come up to Columbia and give Demetrius his sales pitch. In fact, he has already been hearing from FSU, Miami, and Michigan.

You can believe that this is the first of many updates on Demetrius Summers. He'll be involved with a lot of big name schools, and it will be another wild ride to next February.

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