There are records and then there are records. 2014 running back Andre Stoddard of St. Joseph's High School broke the record of arguably the greatest running back ever to come out of the Palmetto State this year.
"I finished the season with 40 touchdowns and 2,775 yards rushing. I broke Marcus Lattimore's rushing record."
It was obviously another good year for Stoddard and his St. Joseph's team. The 2014 prospect talked about it and his feelings concerning his junior season too.
"We finished the season 8-4 losing to the state champs in the second round of the playoffs. I feel like we had an outstanding season and made a huge improvement from last year."
"I was happy because I worked extremely hard to get to this point and it all paid off but I am still not satisfied. There is still a lot of room for improvement."
His efforts on the field haven't gone unnoticed either as he's got an impressive list of schools that are actively recruiting him. Stoddard recalled the list of suitors for us and also talked about the ones he feels are chasing him the hardest right now.
"Right now I'm hearing from Notre Dame, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Auburn, and some other schools. Right now I'd say Notre Dame, North Carolina, Louisville, and Mississippi State are recruiting me the hardest right now."
The 2014 prospect did some traveling prior to and during his junior season as well. He talked a little bit about his travels with us.
"My last visit was in September at Clemson and I really loved the atmosphere there. I visited Notre Dame over the summer and loved everything about the campus."
This coming off season Stoddard is planning to be even busier with his travels as he intends on camping with a number of schools who are recruiting him currently.
Stoddard, despite his all-world numbers, has yet to pick up his first scholarship offer. The St. Joseph's star talked about what that first offer will mean to him.
"The first school to offer me will definitely get some extra consideration from me by being the first to offer me. If the right offer comes along early then I'll commit early."
The 5'10 218 pound back says he'll push himself hard this off season to strengthen various areas of his game. He talked about some key elements he hopes to improve the most.
"I'm going to work hard on my lateral running game and doing a better job of utilizing my speed to get to the outside."
Stoddard had a great haul in the awards department this season too. He shared which ones he picked up during his junior campaign.
"I was named All-Region, Region Player of the Year, All-County, All-State, 3-time Player of the Week, and Star of the week."
His strength and ability to run in between the tackles is a known commodity but Stoddard has surprising speed too. He talked about some of his most recent testing measurements.
"I'm up to 340 pounds on the bench press, 540 pounds on the squat, and have run a 4.51 second 40 yard dash."
With those kinds of numbers to his credit after a record breaking season Stoddard is hoping to start adding some scholarship offers to his resume before too long. SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with him as his recruitment rolls on towards this off season.
Stoddard informed us that he'll also be participating in CarolinaCombines.com's Combine which is going to be held January 12th, 2013 at The Kroc Center in downtown Greenville. Other running backs with big reputations who have already committed to the event are 2016 RB Robert Washington (NC)(Mississippi State verbal), 2016 RB Moe Neal (NC), 2014 RB Ryan Moore (York HS), and 2015 RB Lutrell Dallas (Southside SC).
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