The Myrtle Beach Seahawks pulled together last season and won another AAA state championship. One of their key weapons will return in 2015 wide receiver Malik Waring. A trio of regional schools are taking a look at the 6'1 178 pound prospect so far but from what we saw of him at the Palmetto State Showdown 7 on 7 Tournament this weekend he should be hearing from a lot more schools before too long.
The Seahawks have had one of the most potent offenses in the state for the past decade and that doesn't change again this coming season. The aforementioned Waring paired with fellow wide receiver Kyle Belack makes for a tough tandem to deal with. On Friday we caught a few of their games during the tournament and Waring was making some rather impressive catches for his squad.
"I think I did well. I can always improve though and I love playing against guys who are top prospects because they raise the level of my game. It's my goals to show that I'm better than them."
Last season as a junior Waring says he had 33 catches for 700 yards and 9 touchdowns.
"I'm hearing from The Citadel, South Carolina State, and Elon so far," Waring said.
To date he says that he feels The Citadel is showing the most interest compared to everyone else. He's already made two camp stops and he talked about both schools he's been to.
"I've been to camp at Wake Forest and The Citadel."
"At Wake Forest me and the receivers coach had a good conversation. He said that he liked me and that I had good hands and nice routes."
"At The Citadel they really liked me and loved how I was coachable. He wanted me to come out and visit this season. They want to talk to me more after my first couple of games next year."
The 2015 prospect says there are some other schools he'd like to hear from soon as well.
"I'd like to hear more from Liberty, Wofford, East Carolina, and Coastal Carolina."
When asked about his strengths and areas for improvement Waring shared his thoughts with us.
"I've got good hands, very good at route running, I'm physical, and good at playing the ball in the air."
"To get better this off season I'm trying to get faster and getting more explosive out of my cuts."
Still waiting on his first offer we asked Waring what it would feel like for him when that day finally comes?
"It's gonna be like a dream come true. It's something I've worked hard for and something my family has been forward to since I began playing sports."
As for his upcoming senior season next year Waring shared with us what his goals are for himself and his team.
"My personal goal is to get 1,000+ receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. For my team our goal is to win another state championship."
So what was it like to hoist the state championship trophy last year as a junior?
"It was unreal. Like sometimes I sit back and think about it and still can't believe we did it. It was the happiest moment of my high school career so far!"
Waring reports a GPA of 3.2+ currently.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...MALIK WARING
Bench press: 265 pounds
Squat: 360 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
One thing you'd be surprised to know about me: "That I didn't start playing wide receiver until the middle of my freshman year."
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