We had an email from Jason P. from North Charleston posing the question, "Have you ever looked back at seen the players you've highlighted on "UP NEXT" and seen how they've done by the time they finished their high school career?"
Well we'll delve into it a little and list just some of the big timers we've showcased previously before they became known commodities in the recruiting ranks or amongst college coaches. Click on the links beside each player's name to read their "UP NEXT" story.
Marcus Lattimore-UP NEXT: 2010 Byrnes RB Marcus Lattimore We started chirping about Marcus during his freshman season. We finally caught up with him during the summer and the rest as they say is proverbial history. We told Marcus he had a chance to be not only the state's best running back but on the national level as well. The humble youngster didn't give it a whole lot of thought at the time but continued to work on his game. Lattimore went on to become the #1 RB in the nation according to Scout.com his senior season and All-American status as a freshman at South Carolina last season.
Khris Middleton-UP NEXT: Porter Gaud SG Khris Middleton Middleton caught our eye playing with the Carolina Celtics AAU team and his stock shot up in a huge way during the course of one summer. We continued to sing his praises and the offers started to come in for him. Middleton signed with Texas A&M and just finished his sophomore season where he earned 2nd Team All Big 12 honors while leading the Aggies in scoring with 14.4 points per game. He also won the team's Most Improved Player Award. Some NBA scouts are already talking about his length and scoring ability for the pro level.
Bruce Ellington-UP NEXT: 2010 Berkeley WR Bruce Ellington Ellington was first known for his football talents and then his basketball talent. After leading Berkeley to a state championship as a one man army on the football field he decided to go play hoops for the South Carolina Gamecocks after achieving 4-star status on Scout.com. Now he's going to give football another shot for the Gamecocks. Don't be surprised if he succeeds in a big way there too.
Damien Leonard-UP NEXT: 2011 SG Damien Leonard Leonard was a prospect we saw as an 8th grader and we knew right then he was going to be a high major target. Leonard has been an all-state selection all 4 years of high school and the 4-star shooting guard will suit up for South Carolina next season.
Brandon Willis-UP NEXT: 2010 DE Brandon Willis Willis we had heard about since his time at Hillcrest High before he transferred to Byrnes. He ultimately grew into a defensive tackle and the 4-star prospect originally signed with North Carolina before transferring to UCLA and now back to North Carolina. Word is he's ready to contribute early once cleared to play again.
Dylan Thompson-UP NEXT 1.2: QB Dylan Thompson Thompson we started watching as a freshman basketball standout but his career soon started to buzz more towards the football side of things. Eventually he signed with South Carolina where he is battling as one of their primary backups. Thompson had a strong spring season and continues to be one of the most grounded and humble prospects we've ever encountered.
Logan Stewart-UP NEXT: 2010 OL Logan Stewart Stewart like his teammate and good friend Thompson emerged under coach Bruce Clark and once he started to get out on the camp and combine circuit his stock picked up. Stewart committed to Vanderbilt where he played as a true freshman last year starting the last 6 games at center for the Commodores.
Pat Martin-UP NEXT: 2011 S/LB Pat Martin Martin emerged on our radar early and started piling up some impressive offers. He would commit to Tennessee where next year he is hoping to add to the tradition that the UT defensive backfield has had over the years.
Hakeem Flowers-UP NEXT: 2011 WR Hakeem Flowers Flowers' recruitment was like no other we had seen. We introduced Flowers on a Wednesday afternoon and by Saturday he'd landed 3 offers after attending camp at FSU. One offer came from FSU and 2 others came on his return trip home from Talahassee. Flowers piled up over 40 offers before ultimately deciding on North Carolina State. A forward thinking prospect Flowers is hoping to see some playing time next season as a freshman but is eager to begin college so he can become an entrepreneur after his football career.