The success of the Irmo running game has been enormous over the last few seasons. The past two seasons it was RB Mustafa Greene getting the brunt of the carries and this season it is Dawan Scott gashing opposing defenses. One constant variable during the past 3 seasons for coach Bob Hanna's rushing attack is C/OT Shaquille Counts. The 6'2 275 pound prospect has been on the recruiting radar for a few seasons now and heading into region play Counts is still drumming up plenty of interest.
Asked to talk about why he's had such a successful career at Irmo, Counts talked about his strengths as an offensive lineman.
"My strengths are my run blocking and being able to be athletic enough to pull and get down the field and make key blocks not only on d-lineman and linebackers but on defensive backs and safeties too which is key. Because those blocks will bust them usually 10-15 yards runs and turn them in to 40 and 60 yard runs."
The 2011 prospect also touched on aspects of his game that he tries to key on to continue to get better each and every time out.
"Well I feel pretty comfortable with everything I do but I really just want to work on flexibility because that is a key part of being a offensive lineman and I need to work on that a little bit."
Counts and his Irmo squad have gotten off to a huge season only losing one game to high powered Goose Creek. With their record at currently Counts talked about the mindset that he and his teammates take to the field each time they step on the gridiron.
"Each time our team steps on the field we have the mentality to have the best game of our season each week. We are set on going out and getting the job done and play our game to keep getting better as a team each week."
With some tough games already in their rear view mirror there still remains a few games that Counts is looking forward to with great anticipation. He talked at length about those games and why they stand out to him. He also talked about his top performance of his senior season thus far.
"I'm looking forward to Blythewood and mainly Dutch Fork because first we have never played Blythewood so it will be something new. Dutch Fork because thats our rivalry game and it will be one heck of a game."
"My best game was probably against Fort Dorchester I had at least 7 or 8 pancakes and I just was killing their linebackers that game most of my pancakes came from there and I just had a heck of a game and it was just dominated them so it was very memorable."
The recruiting scene has been pretty hectic for Counts and things continue to get better as the games pass by with his superb play. He shared with us the very latest happenings which includes a couple of new offers since we last spoke with him.
"The schools I am hearing from right now are Appalachian State, South Carolina, William & Mary, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina, North Carolina State, North Carolina Central, Wofford, Miami of Ohio. They are all showing me a lot of interest but Western Carolina, North Carolina Central, and Newberry have all offered." "All the schools are showing me the same amount of interest. I have no favorite right now. I'm just sitting back and keep playing good ball and seeing where will it be best for me to go. Most colleges are recruiting me at center and guard."
The 2011 prospect has taken in a few schools and he shared with us just what he enjoyed most about each school during his visit.
"I have visited Appalachian State, South Carolina, Georgia Southern, Wofford, and Western Carolina so far. I liked Appalachian State's football atmosphere and how they played so good as a team. That and how they just have a winning mentality. I also liked USC's game atmosphere and how they are a team on the rise. I liked Georgia Southern's campus and atmosphere. I like how Wofford played hard and got the job done and beat Furman pretty good. I liked Western Carolina's campus and they are a team on the rise too."
As we mentioned before Counts' former teammate RB Mustafa Greene is at North Carolina State having great success as a true freshman. The Wolfpack have recently got involved and want film from Counts' senior season. With things still in the early stages it's a situation we'll keep a close eye on.
Counts meanwhile has his eyes focused on his senior season with his Irmo teammates.
"My goals from a team standpoint are to finish this year strong, get a good seeding in the playoffs, and finish this season right with a state championship ring. That has been our goal all season and it's been a lot of work put into it."
Counts says he's uncertain as to when he may make a final decision but says that once he does pull the trigger that it will be final.
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