Marlboro County has sent its share of highly touted prospects into the college ranks, including 2005 Scout.com four-star wide receiver Rendrick Taylor. The latest is junior outside linebacker Lateek Townsend.
"He's got 42 offers. That's probably the highest profile recruit we've had, even though we've had some great ones," said Marlboro County coach Dean Boyd. "We've probably never had anyone that's had that many offers this early."
According to Boyd, Townsend plays with a high motor.
"He plays wide-open all the time," Boyd said. "He only knows one speed on the field and that's wide-open. He's running, he's going, he's hollering, he's screaming. He's just a wide-open kind of guy."
"He plays wide-open all the time," Boyd said. "He only knows one speed on the field and that's wide-open. He's running, he's going, he's hollering, he's screaming. He's just a wide-open kind of guy." - Marlboro County head coach Dean Boyd. (Hale McGranahan)
"When the players leave the locker room and go back onto the field he's going to have 10 or 12 little ones around," Boyd said. "They all love him and look up to him. He's a good role mole model because he's not going to put anything bad into his body to hurt himself and any opportunity that's going to mess him up. I think that helps a lot.
"It sets a good tone for the rest of the kids in community. He's a role model."
Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Florida and South Carolina are schools that Townsend told CUTigers that he's currently considering.
Although has no plans for visits this summer, any trips will probably be a spontaneous.
But Townsend does have a good idea of what he likes. There could be some candidates removed from the list.
"Things are getting closer right now, I'm going to have go and narrow things down, so there won't be so much pressure on me," he said.
Throughout the recruiting process, Townsend said he's listened to everyone and anyone who's recruited him. There's one thing that he said will make a difference with the school he likes best.
"Any school you go to can give you a good education, no matter what university it may be," he said. "I just want to hear what they have to say to me. The first thing I always look for is see how the coach talks to me. I can tell how the coach talks to me if I can trust him or not. Once I get down to the university fits me, if it fits me, I can do everything with that.
"As long as I can get to the university and be normal, everything else is going to take care of itself. The main thing I look for when I go to a school is how it's going to be day in and day out." (Hale McGranahan)
Townsend feels comfortable with the six schools that he's "looking at a lot."
"I just need to get some more insight on how some things are. Then I'm going to pick the best place," he said.
CUTigers asked about the February awards banquet when some believed that Townsend announced he was committed.
"Right now, I'm open with the process until it's time. I'm going to announce my decision U.S. Army All American game. I'm just going to take my time with it and not rush it."
The plan is to take all five official visits.
"My coach and I are going to sit down sometime and he's going to let me know. He's been through this a lot," Townsend said. "He knows what to look for. Right now, I'm just kind of doing everything on my own. Once he comes in, he can give me some more knowledge of how to do things…it should be sometime this week when we sit down. He's going to tell me everything I need to look for in a school."